Proverbs – Chapter 20

proverbs chapter 20

Verse 1 – Wine is a mocker, intoxicating drink arouses brawling, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

Any time I have a discussion with someone that sees nothing wrong with drinking, they want to remind me, “Jesus drank wine.”

First of all, there are two kinds of wine referred to in scripture; fermented and unfermented. Jesus never created fermented wine at the wedding feast or any other time. Read Leviticus 10:9, 10. Grape juice is holy, grapes of the vine, unfermented; fermented is unholy and unclean.

Anyone who uses the excuse “Jesus drank wine” so therefore I can too, is lacking in understanding of scripture.

When the word wine is used in both Old and New Testament, look it up in the original form of the word: Old Testament is in Hebrew; New Testament is in Greek.

So when you became born-again and were delivered from alcohol, if you drank, why would you ever consider drinking again? Don’t ever go back to what God has delivered you from. Ask anyone who has drunk for a while, destruction will come to your life.

Verse 2 – The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.

Verse 3 – It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel.

Verse 4 – The sluggard will not plow because of winter; therefore he will beg during the harvest and have nothing.

Verse 5 – Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Sometimes people don’t want to talk about their problems, but if you are a good friend, be patient and gently encourage them to talk about it.

Verse 6 – Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man.

Most people will proclaim they are honest, but are they trustworthy; will they act in time of need?

Verse 7 – The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.

Verse 8 – A king who sits on the throne of judgment, scatters all evil with his eyes.

In Solomon’s day, the king was also judge. The judge allows no lies or evil in his court.

Verse 9 – Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?”

Verse 10 – Diverse weights and diverse measures, they are both alike, an abomination to the Lord.

Verse 11 – Even a child is known by his deeds, by whether what he does is pure and right.

Verse 12 – The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made both of them.

God can open the ear and the eye to His wisdom.

Verse 13 – Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.

Verse 14 – “It is good for nothing,” cries the buyer; but when he has gone his way, then he boasts.

Verse 15 – There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

God  and precious stones have value, but how do you use them? Knowledge is useful and can lead to life.

Verse 16 – Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger and hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress.

Verse 17 – Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

Evil actions are like this at first, but after a while comes shame and guilt.

Verse 18 – Every purpose is established by counsel; by wise counsel wage war.

Be cautious when making important decisions, count the cost.

Verse 19 – He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.

Verse 20 – Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in deep darkness.

Verse 21 – An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.

This verse is proved true in the parable of the periodical son (Luke 15:11-13).

Verse 22 – Do not say, “I will recompense evil”‘ wait for the Lord, and He will save you.

It’s not our job to punish those who have hurt us. Romans 12:17 – Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. Romans 12:19 – Beloved do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

Verse 23 – Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord, and a false balance is not good.

Verse 24 – A man’s steps are of the Lord; how then can a man understand his own way?

We don’t always understand what is happening in our lives. We are often confused until we look back and things seem to have fallen into place. But we are to never stop trusting God in ordering out steps. He knows what He’s doing.

Verse 25 – It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, and afterwards to reconsider his vows.

Have you ever promised, “Lord if you get me out of this, I’ll never…? Have you taken wedding vows, and broken them? Vows are like a promise that we make to another. The Bible says it’s better not to make them in the first place, then to make them and break them.

Verse 26 – A wise king sifts out the wicked, and brings the threshing wheel over them.

The threshing wheel is what separates the chaff from the grain.

Verse 27 – The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.

God knows our thoughts. He even knows the motives behind our actions.

Verse 28 – Mercy and truth preserve the king, and by loving kindness he upholds his throne.

Verse 29 – The glory of young men is their strength , and the splendor of old men is their gray head.

Verse 30 – Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, as do stripes the inner depths of the heart.

Punishment is meant to remove bad behavior. That’s why we have prisons set up to incarcerate those who break the law. It’s supposed to deter someone from ever doing whatever again.

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Proverbs – Chapter 19

Proverbs 19

Verse 1 – Better is the poor who walks in integrity than one who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.

Verse 2 – Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, and he sins who hastens with his feet.

Too many people make hasty decisions, wither out of panic or being ill-advised. They don’t consider the consequences of their actions. Get all the knowledge you can through God’s wisdom before running off into an adventure that might not turn out so well.

Verse 3 – The foolishness of a man twists his way, and his heart frets against the Lord.

Verse 4 – Wealth makes many friends, but the poor is separated from his friend.

Have you ever fell on hard times and your friends start to disappear, one by one? People who always have money seem to have a lot of friends, but let the money be cut off and see how many are left.

Verse 5 – A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape.

Verse 6 – Many entreat the favor of the nobility and every man is a friend to one who gives gifts.

Verse 7 – All the brothers of the poor hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him! He may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him.

Ever notice that people with money hang out with others in the same class. When you go so far up the success ladder to where the only people you know or associate with are on the same income level, how will you ever be aware of those in need?  These verses just show how superficial people are; those who have wealth, have friends; those in poverty don’t. I personally never want to live in a neighborhood where I can’t help a neighbor.

Verse 8 – He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will find good.

Verse 9 – A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall parish.

Verse 10 – Luxury is not fitting for a fool, much less for  a servant to rule over princes.

This always reminds me of people who win large amounts in the lottery. Some buy million dollar houses, fancy cars, and then after a couple of years of just blowing the money on every whim, they can’t afford to replace a roof on that million dollar house or pay for any upkeep on that expensive car. They were foolish and went through the money like water.

Verse 11 – The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and it is to his glory to overlook a transgression.

Verse 12 – The kings wrath is like the roaring of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

Verse 13 – A foolish son is the ruin of his father, and the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.

Both of these are irritating and frustrating.

Verse 14 – Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

The inheritance was worked for by the labor of man’s hands, but a godly wife is a gift from the Lord.

Verse 15 – Slothfulness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.

Slothfulness refers to laziness.

Verse 16 – He who keeps the commandments keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die.

To obey what God teaches in the Bible is self-preserving. To disobey is self-destruction.

Verse 17 – He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and he will pay back what he has given.

When you help someone, it’s as if done to the Lord. Think about this for a minute; what God gives has an assignment. He’s not stingy and He always gives more than enough. Our blessings we receive are not just for us!

Verse 18 – Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.

Verse 19 – A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; for if you deliver him, you will have to do it again.

These two verses go together. If a person learns after being corrected, they will change. However, if they never had any discipline and get in trouble, they will have to be rescued time and again.

Verse 20 – Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.

Verse 21 – There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lords counsel – that will stand.

Verse 22 – What is desired in a man is kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar.

Verse 23 – The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil.

1 Timothy 4:8 – For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of life that now is and of that which is to come.

Verse 24 – A slothful man buries his hand in the bowl, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

This is a very lazy man that is too lazy to even fee himself. He refuses to work, so he earns nothing and because he earns nothing, he will go hungry.

Verse 25 – Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become weary; reprove one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge.

Verse 26 – He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother, is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.

Verse 27 – Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Solomon is talking to his own son in verse 27. Perhaps he saw his son starting to go his own way.

Verse 28 – A disreputable witness scorns justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.

If a witness lies in court, a judge may make the wrong judgment and the innocent may suffer.

Verse 29 – Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and beatings for the backs of fools.

Judgment is always God’s find punishment; it is never meant for correction.

Proverbs – Chapter 18

Proverbs 18

Verse 1 – A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all judgment.

People that think they can reach their goals without any help from others are sadly mistaken. The goals we reach for the Kingdom, will be done by interacting with others and building relationships, all for God’s glory.

Verse 2 – A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart.

Verse 3 – When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; and with dishonor comes reproach.

Verse 4 – The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.

Verse 5 – It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

Verse 6 – A fools lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for blows.

Verse 7 – A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

Verse 8 – The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the body.

Solomon compared gossip to candy; its hard to resist the first piece.

Verse 9 – He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.

Slothful is to be slack; to be lazy; to neglect. The Bible never says slothful is a good thing. In everything we do, we are to do it diligently unto the Lord.

Verse 10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Verse 11 – The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his own esteem.

Where is your security? Is it in your money and possessions? Those things can disappear in an instant and leave us feeling desperate and isolated. However, when we place our trust and security in Jesus Christ who is always faithful to deliver, then we are completely secure.

Verse 12 – Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty (to be arrogant), and before honor is humility.

Verse 13 – He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.

Verse 14 – The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?

A grieved spirit can bring infirmities in the body. If we keep our focus on Jesus and what He says in His Word, He will sustain us through sickness or crises.

Verse 15 – The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Seek and ye shall find. Seek knowledge from God, and you will find it, then apply it.

Verse 16 – A mans gift makes room for him, and brings him  before great men.

Verse 17 – The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him.

Verse 18 – Casting lots causes contentions to cease, and keeps the mighty apart.

That’s because, back in the proverbs we’ve already read , God says He determines the outcome when lots are cast.

Verse 19 – A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.

After we have said hurtful things to people, don’t be surprised if they don’t want anything to do with you after that.

Verse 20 – A mans stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, and from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.

The stomach in this verse refers to the conscience. You will have what you say (Mark 11:23, 24; Matthew 21:22).

Verse 21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Words have power and when spoken can either help or harm.

Verse 22 – He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.

Verse 23 – The poor man uses entreaties, but the rich answers roughly.

It’s wrong for those that are wealthy to treat those less fortunate with contempt. God will judge their actions severely.

Verse 24 – A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

If you want friends then show yourself friendly. But the one who will stick closer than a brother is Jesus!

Proverbs – Chapter 17

Proverbs 17

Verse 1 – Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.

Verse 2 – A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, and will share an inheritance among the brothers.

Verse 3 – The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.

God knows our hearts, but we don’t always know what is on the inside of us, as far as strength and endurance. We have no idea the amount of endurance we have until we have been tested. It takes a 1,000, or more degrees of heat to refine gold, but what comes out is pure. Don’t think it strange when you go through times of testing, God’s got big plans for you. Try to remember; the plans He has for you are not just for you. Can you handle what He’s about to do?

Verse 4 – An evildoer gives heed to false lips, a liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.

Verse 5 – He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

When we mock others, we should remember who made them. Ridicule and contempt are not characteristics of a Christian.

Verse 6 – Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.

It’s rare today in our society to even find the father in a home. Some men have forgotten their roles to bring their children up in the way of the Lord.

Verse 7 – Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, much less lying lips to a prince.

The Hebrew meaning for fool used here is one who curses God and denies His existence.

Verse 8 – A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; wherever he turns, he prospers.

This verse is talking about someone who gives a bribe to obtain a favor.

Verse 9 – He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates the best of friends.

The person who conceals another persons offense, is the one who seeks love.

Verse 10 – Reproof is more effective for a wise man than a hundred blows on a fool.

Verse 11 – An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a cruel messenger will he set against him.

Rebellion is turning away from God. Messenger could mean the angel of death.

Verse 12 – Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly.

Verse 13 – Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.

Verse 14 – The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.

Verse 15 – He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.

Verse 16 – Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, since he has no heart for it?

Verse 17 – A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

The greatest evidence of a genuine friendship is loyalty (loving at all times). Check out your friends you still have after you go through a hardship and trying times, and see who stuck by you.

Verse 18 – A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, and becomes surety for his friend.

Verse 19 – He who loves transgressions loves strife, and he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.

Verse 20 – He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, and he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.

Verse 21 – He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.

Verse 22 – A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.

To have a merry heart is to be positive on your outlook of life, speaking encouragement into others lives. It will be like medicine to the body.

Verse 23 – A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back to pervert the ways of justice.

How many times have we seen state and federal officials taking bribes? They get caught, deny at first, and then sort of admit it. The Bible calls them “Wicked!”

Verse 24 – Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

We all have dreams or goals for our lives, but do they line up with God’s desires for us? This is where understanding of knowing our God will come into play with the goals we set. It’s going to involve strong determination and hard work. On the other hand is the fool who sits around trying to gain without the process; without God, and without hard work.

Verse 25 – A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.

Verse 26 – Also, to punish the righteous is not good, nor to strike princes for their uprightness.

Verse 27 – He who has knowledge spares his words and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

James 1:19 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;

Verse 28 – Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.

Proverbs – Chapter 16

Proverbs 16

Verse 1 – The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

This verse, as many in scripture, only apply to those who belong to God, His children. As we go through life, we prepare by faith, set goals and make plans. But, if you are His, then He controls the outcome. That’s why we can earnestly be seeking Him in a decision that we think is from Him, or maybe it’s not meant for us, He will turn it around for our good. The Lord’s way is always perfect.

Verse 2 – All the ways of man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits.

Our ways, our actions, can be purely innocent, but we don’t see the whole picture and don’t know all of the surrounding factors. God does. When things are delayed, that you know to be true, it’s because everything that is involved, is being worked out to line up with God’s plan for your life, and it’s always for our best.

Verse 3 – Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.

Too many only partially commit their works to the Lord and after it gets off the ground, they put themselves in charge again. In these last days, I believe everything we do is to be done by faith, trusting only in Christ. Dependence for our very breath should be put in the Lord’s hands, to do His will, knowing He causes everything to turn out for our good. In everything we do, be it done unto the Lord!

Verse 4 – The Lord has made all things for Himself, yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.

This verse doesn’t mean that God created some people to be wicked, but that He uses even the wicked to fulfill His purpose.

Look at what Joseph said to his brothers in Genesis 50:20, “But as for you , you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

Verse 5 – Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished.

Pride whispers, “I got this. I don’t need God.” Or how about believing you can live without God in your life? The longer we walk with the Lord, we will find ourselves in more and more situations that are impossible for us to deliver ourselves. We first have to “kick pride out!” Then we admit, “I can’t do this Lord, unless You help me!” God is growing us up to increase our faith for total dependence on Him.

Verse 6 – In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by fear (worship, faith, and loyalty) of the Lord one departs from evil.

Verse 7 – When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Verse 8 – Better is a little with righteousness, than vast revenues without justice.

Verse 9 – A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

God knew before we did, that one day we would turn our lives over to Him. Everything in our past has directed us to where we are “right now!” Every  hardship; every experience that we have been through to get us to where we are right now, was directed for a greater good that we can’t imagine. It’s all been to bring God glory!

Verse 10 – Even though divination is on the lips of the kings, his mouth must not transgress in judgment.

This verse refers to a king seeking God’s mind when passing judgment.

Verse 11 – A just weight and balance are the Lord’s; all the weights in the bag are His work.

There is no middle ground here. Whether buying, selling, or doing a service, we are to be completely honest.

Verse 12 – It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness.

Verse 13 – Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him who speaks what is right.

Verse 14 – As messengers of death is the kings wrath, but a wise man will appease it.

Verse 15 – In the light of the king’s face is life, and his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.

When you commit your life to “King Jesus,” God’s Word promises the “Latter is better than the former!” Haggai 2:9 – “The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, says the Lord of hosts.”

Look at Job’s life, His life was better in his latter years. God doubled what he had from the beginning and had lost. Look at Joseph life: He ended up second in command of all of Egypt. You will end up better than when you started your walk with the Lord, if you continue in His ways.

Verse 16 – How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Verse 17 – The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he who keeps his way preserves his soul.

Verse 18 – Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

People can become prideful over a lot of things; but mostly money and knowledge. An attitude to look down on others because of their lack of either of these two things makes them think they are better than others. Watch out when you want for nothing. Pride will creep in before you know it. To avoid a spirit of pride, stay humble before God all Mighty. His Spirit will keep you in check.

Verse 19 – Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Verse 20 – He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

Verse 21 – The wise in heart will be called prudent, and sweetness of the lips increases learning.

Verse 22 – Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it, but the correction of fools is folly.

I have found that the most pleasant people to be around are those who know God’s Word and spend time in His presence. Why, because they know they have been forgiven of all sin; Christ died to give them an abundant life; and when you have a heavenly Father that gives us all things that pertain to life, there’s nothing to complain about.

Verse 23 – The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.

When our hearts of full of the knowledge and wisdom of Christ, it can’t help but come out of our mouth.

Verse 24 – Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

We can literally speak health into our lives  and we can also speak health over someone else. How, by speaking what God says. Kind , encouraging, words does the body good. Always remember; God watches over His words and when spoken in faith knowing they will not return to Him without accomplishing what they set out to do, you will see it come to pass!

Verse 25 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

Verse 26 – The person who labors, labors for himself, for his hungry mouth drives him on.

Verse 27 – An ungodly man digs up evil and it is on his lips like a burning fire.

Verse 28 – A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends.

Yes, even Christians can gossip, setting their tongues a wagging. But, when the one they have been telling tales about finds out, get ready for a few friends to split up!

Verse 29 – A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good.

Verse 30 – He winks his eye to devise perverse things; he purses his lips and brings about evil.

Verse 31 – The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.

As we deal with older people show them respect. They’ve lived a lot of experiences and just might give us some advise to help us.

Verse 32 – He who slows to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Self-control is superior to conquest. Too many things in life can be lost when someone can’t control their temper.

Verse 33 – The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.

In the Old Testament “Lots” were cast into the lap to determine an important decision. They were either sticks or stones with markings. In the New Testament after Judas killed himself, the disciples cast lots to see who would be his replacement. After Pentecost, there was no need for casting lots because the Holy Spirit gives the guidance.

Proverbs – Chapter 15

Proverbs 15

Verse 1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Have you ever tried to argue with someone in a whisper? Tension rises when our voices rise.

Verse 2 – The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.

Verse 3 – The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

The lost don’t know that God sees everything. Sometimes Christians act as though God will overlook their bad behavior or attitudes. However, when this verse says God sees every place, it literally means God sees the actions and the motives and intentions, because He sees the heart.

Verse 4 – A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Verse 5 – A fool despises his fathers instruction, but he who receives reproof is prudent.

Verse 6 – In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.

Verse 7 – The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the fool does not do so.

Verse 8 – The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.

Verse 8, is talking about prayers from those who have never truly given their hearts to Jesus. They may go through some ritual to gain favor as if using magic, but to no avail. The prayers of the upright are yielded by faith.

Verse 9 – The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but He loves him who follows righteousness.

Verse 10 – Harsh correction is for him who forsakes the way, and he who hates reproof will die.

The path to life is the path to righteousness. The one who forsakes this path, are the ones who hate correction.

Verse 11 – Hell and destruction are before the Lord; so how much more the hearts of the sons of men?

If God sees every place, He also sees into hell, so why could He not see into the hearts of men?

Verse 12 – A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, nor will he go to the wise.

Verse 13 – A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance. but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Our countenance is part of our personality that we project to others. When we have pure joy within our hearts, others will see it by our actions and what comes out of our mouth. Sometimes I can see a heaviness on people, and that tells me they need prayer.

Verse 14 – The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

What we feed our minds has a huge influence on our mental diet. What we watch; what we listen to, and words we hear affects our total well-being. Thus, a strong desire to seek the God kind of knowledge will lead to the God kind of wisdom.

Verse 15 – All the days of the afflicted are evil, but he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can control our attitude about the situation. What we focus on, will consume us. The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Try it, it works. When you know the Word of God, let it flood your mind with what God says and His perfect peace will come and calm your spirit.

Verse 16 – Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble.

Verse 17 – Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fated calf with hatred.

Verse 18 – A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays (calms) contention.

Verse 19 – The way of the slothful man is like a hedge of thorns, but the way of the upright is a highway.

Verse 20 – A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Verse 21 – Folly is joy to him who is destined of discernment, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.

Verse 22 – Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.

Sometimes our vision is just not large enough. We are to  seek godly council who have a wealth of experience. Always be open to new ideas and be willing to weigh the suggestions carefully.

Verse 23 – A man has joy but the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season how good it is!

Verse 24 – The way of life winds upward for the wise, that he may turn away from hell below.

Verse 25 – The Lord will destroy the house of the proud, but He will establish the boundary of the widow.

Verse 26 – The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasant.

Verse 27 – He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but he to who hates bribes will live.

Verse 28 – The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.

Verse 29 – The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.

The Lord hears the prayers of those who have accepted His Son, Jesus. Those who refuse to come to Christ and make Him their Lord and Savior, will not be heard until they commit to Him. The first prayer that someone speaks should be to the knowledge and belief in Christ, believing He is the Son of God and died for their sin at Calvary. And then, after submitting to the One and Only God, will their prayers be heard. It’s a matter of the heart. A transformation has to take place and it has to be with the full intention of going in a different direction than the one they have been going.

Verse 30 – The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and a good report makes the bones healthy.

Verse 31 – The ear that hears the reproof of life will abide among the wise.

Verse 32 – He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds reproof gets understanding.

Verse 33 – The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.

Without humility, most people will not take instructions. They have a spirit of pride that says, “I know better.” The Bible is a Christians manual to right living, but those who refuse to read it and follow what it says, go astray.

Proverbs – Chapter 14

Proverbs 14

Verse 1 – Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

Verse 2 – He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.

Verse 3 – In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

Verse 4 – Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox.

Verse 5 – A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness will utter lies.

Verse 6 – A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, but knowledge is easy to him who understands.

Knowledge and wisdom both, come from God. By reading God’s Word, we gain revelation, insight, and perspective. Here’s what some don’t know: When reading God’s Word, you will not have understanding until you have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of you. That’s why it seems foolish to those who are not born again.

Verse 7 – Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

Verse 8 – The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.

Someone who seeks God’s wisdom is going to obtain wisdom about their life; their goals and purpose should line up with a clear understanding of the purpose God has for their life. On the other side; someone without God’s wisdom lives for their own desires and pleasures, which is deceit unto themselves.

Verse 9 – Fools mock sin, but among the upright there is favor.

When we put forth an effort to be good to people, it will come back to you. Maybe not from the same person, but it will come back. Those who are always mocking, complaining, or disgruntled, in everything, will ultimately live miserable lives.

Verse 10 – The heart knows its own bitterness, and a stranger does not share its joy.

Verse 11 – The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tent of the upright will flourish.

Verse 12 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

People who compromise in what they believe will suffer consequences. When making decisions we should probably ask ourselves; is this an easy way out; am I keeping my moral standards; and does my choice line up with the Word of God? People who think that God will make an exception for them, find out soon enough, no, He doesn’t. What was wrong from the beginning, is still wrong today.

Verse 13 – Even in laughter the heart may sorrow, and the end of mirth may be grief.

Mirth – to be bright, cheerful, welcome, so I have no idea what this verse means. Maybe, it’s when; even though someone may be cheerful, their heart is still grieving.

Verse 14 – The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.

A backslider is someone who turns back to …

Verse 15 – The simple believes every word, but the prudent man considers well his steps.

Verse 16 – A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident.

Verse 17 – He who is quick-tempered acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated.

Verse 18 – The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Verse 19 – The evil will bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

The gates represent judgment. The gates of the cities is where the elders would gather to discuss important matters. This verse may not always be true in this life, but don’t ever forget, there is another life throughout all eternity we all have to face.

Verse 20 – The poor man is hated even by his own neighbor, but the rich man has many friends.

Verse 21 – He who despises his neighbor sins; but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Verse 22 – Do they not go astray who devise evil? But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good.

Verse 23 – In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads to poverty.

There’s a sense of laziness in idle chatter, which amounts to nothing. “I’m going to do this and that,” but never does it, will not amount to anything. However, when you actually “put your hand to the plow,” you will see a profit of accomplishing what you set out to do.

Verse 24 – The crown of the wise is their riches, but the foolishness of fools is folly.

Verse 25 – A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies.

The very life we live before others as a true follower of Christ, should be a witness to others, which should cause them to desire what you have on the inside of you!

Verse 26 – In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.

Verse 27 – The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to avoid the snares of death.

Verse 28 – In a multitude of people is a kings honor, but in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince.

Verse 29 – He who is slow to wrath has a great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly.

We see people who cannot control their anger all around us. All we have to do is watch 5 minutes of news or drive a car on a road full of angry drivers. Unless its anger at an injustice, its self-centerdness. People get angry when they don’t get their way; they get angry at insults; anger can come from many avenues, but just make sure yours is anger from an injustice that you try to set right.

Verse 30 – A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.

Envy and jealousy will eat you up inside and eventually will show up somewhere in your physical body.

Verse 31 – He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.

Verse 32 – The wicked is banished in his wickedness, but the righteous has a refuge in his death.

Plain and simple – The born-again go to Jesus when they die. He is our refuge. The lost, wicked, do not.

Verse 33 – Wisdom rests quietly in the heart of him who has understanding, but what is in the heart of fools is made known.

Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).

Verse 43 – Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

Verse 35 – The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, but his wrath is against him who cause s shame.

We can see the huge contrast in all these verses, between the wicked and the righteous. We either are adapting as we grow in the Lord to His ways, or we are living unto ourselves. Evil will follow evil and the end result will be death and all eternity without Christ. Everyone has a choice – choose life in Jesus Christ!