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A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. A fool spurns a parent’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence. The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin. The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright. The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him. The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness. Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path; the one who hates correction will die. Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord—how much more do human hearts! Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise. A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil. Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred. A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel. The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway. A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother. Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course. Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word! The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead. The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place. The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight. The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live. The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil. The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise. Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding. Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor. Vs 1-33
I found this chapter much easier to read and comprehend than the last few. It was fun and brought a smile to my face. I especially enjoyed the first four verses. It reminds us to speak kindly because it keeps people calm rather than make them defensive and angry. Choose your words wisely and be careful of your tone when speaking. This section also tells us to notice knowledge with our words, not just our hearts. We’re to express it with others. Our kind perceptive words can bring healing to another. I love the, not so subtle, reminder that God is watching over all the good and the bad. I laughed out loud when I read it. It reminded me of when I use to give one of my kids, usually my son, ‘the look’ and point to my eyes and then to him. My silent way of saying ‘I’m watching you!’
Verse 13 and 30 tell us a smile from someone can bring joy to our heart. Which is so true! Then the joy in our heart, which we just received from seeing the smile, brings a smile to our face. The next time you receive a smile that causes you to smile, turn around and share your smile with someone else. Help bring a smile to their face. If we all did that every day, we could have the whole world smiling! Wouldn’t that be amazing! I certainly think it would be.
I never thought reading the Bible would cause me to giggle out loud, but today it did. I’ve always said God can be funny at times. I find it silly God felt the need to remind us about eating our vegetables and even tied it into love. Now when I eat my veggies I’ll laugh and think of God. I hope you enjoyed this chapter of Proverbs as much as I have. Until tomorrow…..
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the ability to smile and the joy it brings us when one is shared. Lord give us the courage to share our smile with others and may it give us opportunities to share about Your love, Amen