Oct 18 2009

Strong Tower

I love Sunday mornings!  The pace is slower, I get to spend "wake up" time with my boys, and there are waffles:)  I hope your Sunday (or sometime this weekend) has a section of time devoted to joining with other Christians to worship and sing and hear the Word.  For a mulititude of reasons, it's such an important part of a healthy life.  I don't know about you, but for me, reading through the Proverbs this month (one a day for the month of October) has helped me.  Knowing that you might be doing this with us keeps me on track:)  Happy Sunday, Lisa

Proverbs 18

 1 An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends;
       he defies all sound judgment.

 2 A fool finds no pleasure in understanding
       but delights in airing his own opinions.

 3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
       and with shame comes disgrace.

 4 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters,
       but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.

 5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked
       or to deprive the innocent of justice.

 6 A fool's lips bring him strife,
       and his mouth invites a beating.

 7 A fool's mouth is his undoing,
       and his lips are a snare to his soul.

 8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
       they go down to a man's inmost parts.

 9 One who is slack in his work
       is brother to one who destroys.

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

 11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
       they imagine it an unscalable wall.

 12 Before his downfall a man's heart is proud,
       but humility comes before honor.

 13 He who answers before listening—
       that is his folly and his shame.

 14 A man's spirit sustains him in sickness,
       but a crushed spirit who can bear?

 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge;
       the ears of the wise seek it out.

 16 A gift opens the way for the giver
       and ushers him into the presence of the great.

 17 The first to present his case seems right,
       till another comes forward and questions him.

 18 Casting the lot settles disputes
       and keeps strong opponents apart.

 19 An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city,
       and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

 20 From the fruit of his mouth a man's stomach is filled;
       with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.

 21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
       and those who love it will eat its fruit.

 22 He who finds a wife finds what is good
       and receives favor from the LORD.

 23 A poor man pleads for mercy,
       but a rich man answers harshly.

 24 A man of many companions may come to ruin,
       but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.


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Oct 17 2009

A friend loves at all times

Proverbs 17 (NKJ)

 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
       than a house full of feasting, with strife.

 2 A wise servant will rule over a disgraceful son,
       and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.

 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
       but the LORD tests the heart.

 4 A wicked man listens to evil lips;
       a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.

 5 He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
       whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

 6 Children's children are a crown to the aged,
       and parents are the pride of their children.

 7 Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool—
       how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

 8 A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it;
       wherever he turns, he succeeds.

 9 He who covers over an offense promotes love,
       but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

 10 A rebuke impresses a man of discernment
       more than a hundred lashes a fool.

 11 An evil man is bent only on rebellion;
       a merciless official will be sent against him.

 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
       than a fool in his folly.

 13 If a man pays back evil for good,
       evil will never leave his house.

 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
       so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
       the LORD detests them both.

 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool,
       since he has no desire to get wisdom?

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

 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge
       and puts up security for his neighbor.

 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin;
       he who builds a high gate invites destruction.

 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper;
       he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.

 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief;
       there is no joy for the father of a fool.

 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
       but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret
       to pervert the course of justice.

 24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view,
       but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
       and bitterness to the one who bore him.

 26 It is not good to punish an innocent man,
       or to flog officials for their integrity.

 27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,
       and a man of understanding is even-tempered.

 28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
       and discerning if he holds his tongue.

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Oct 16 2009

Pleasant words

We're reading through Proverbs in October.  Want to join us?  Verse 24 says, "Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones."  I hope your Friday is filled with some of those pleasant words--either coming from your own mouth, or filling your ears from those you're with today...

blessings and k-love, Lis 

Proverbs 16 (NKJ)

1 The preparations of the heart belong to man,
      But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
       2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
      But the LORD weighs the spirits.
       3 Commit your works to the LORD,
      And your thoughts will be established.
       4 The LORD has made all for Himself,
      Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.
       5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD;
      Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.
       6 In mercy and truth
      Atonement is provided for iniquity;
      And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil.
       7 When a man’s ways please the LORD,
      He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
       8 Better is a little with righteousness,
      Than vast revenues without justice.
       9 A man’s heart plans his way,
      But the LORD directs his steps.
       10 Divination is on the lips of the king;
      His mouth must not transgress in judgment.
       11 Honest weights and scales are the LORD’s;
      All the weights in the bag are His work.
       12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness,
      For a throne is established by righteousness.
       13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
      And they love him who speaks what is right.
       14 As messengers of death is the king’s wrath,
      But a wise man will appease it.
       15 In the light of the king’s face is life,
      And his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.
       16 How much better to get wisdom than gold!
      And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
       17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
      He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
       18 Pride goes before destruction,
      And a haughty spirit before a fall.
       19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
      Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
       20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
      And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
       21 The wise in heart will be called prudent,
      And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
       22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.
      But the correction of fools is folly.
       23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
      And adds learning to his lips.
       24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
      Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
       25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
      But its end is the way of death.
       26 The person who labors, labors for himself,
      For his hungry mouth drives him on.
       27 An ungodly man digs up evil,
      And it is on his lips like a burning fire.
       28 A perverse man sows strife,
      And a whisperer separates the best of friends.
       29 A violent man entices his neighbor,
      And leads him in a way that is not good.
       30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things;
      He purses his lips and brings about evil.
       31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory,
      If it is found in the way of righteousness.
       32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
      And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
       33 The lot is cast into the lap,
      But its every decision is from the LORD.

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Oct 15 2009

Before honor is humility

As I was reading through today's Proverb, it struck me how many of these verses are a part of my life.  Every few months, you can take a month and read one a day and the wisdom will seep into your soul:)

Today, October 15th, we are to the Proverb that helps us know what to do when someone is yelling at us (verse 1), that God is always watching (verse 3), and that it's important to listen to and to receive correction (verse 5)...and so much more!  This is a rich chapter.

Even if you're just reading this today for the first time, come back tomorrow and finish out the Proverbs with us.  blessings, Lisa

Proverbs 15 (New King James Version)

 1 A soft answer turns away wrath,
      But a harsh word stirs up anger.
       2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly,
      But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
       3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
      Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
       4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
      But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
       5 A fool despises his father’s instruction,
      But he who receives correction is prudent.
       6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
      But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
       7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge,
      But the heart of the fool does not do so.
       8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
      But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
       9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
      But He loves him who follows righteousness.
       10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way,
      And he who hates correction will die.
       11 Hell and Destruction[are before the LORD;
      So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.
       12 A scoffer does not love one who corrects him,
      Nor will he go to the wise.
       13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
      But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
       14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
      But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
       15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,
      But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
       16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD,
      Than great treasure with trouble.
       17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is,
      Than a fatted calf with hatred.
       18 A wrathful man stirs up strife,
      But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
       19 The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns,
      But the way of the upright is a highway.
       20 A wise son makes a father glad,
      But a foolish man despises his mother.
       21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment,
      But a man of understanding walks uprightly.
       22 Without counsel, plans go awry,
      But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
       23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
      And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
       24 The way of life winds upward for the wise,
      That he may turn away from hell below.
       25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud,
      But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
       26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
      But the words of the pure are pleasant.
       27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,
      But he who hates bribes will live.
       28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer,
      But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.
       29 The LORD is far from the wicked,
      But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
       30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
      And a good report makes the bones healthy.
       31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life
      Will abide among the wise.
       32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,
      But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
       33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom,
      And before honor is humility.

New King James Version (NKJV)

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.