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Proverbs Chapter Twenty-Six and Twenty-Seven

Chapter 26

vs 4. Do not respond to a fool like a fool

vs 11. Fools don’t learn from mistakes. They continually make the same errors. Wise aren’t perfect but they do learn from their mistakes.

vs 13-16. Lazy men are fools.

vs 18-19. Deception is not of the Lord.

vs 20-22. Contentions do not lead to good but to evil. Strife is not conducive to productivity. Contentions arise from consistent arguing and self-seeking.

vs 23-26. The wicked sometimes hide their evil under a cloak of kindness. Discernment is needed.

Chapter 27

vs 1. Take one day at a time and don’t presume that tomorrow is guaranteed.

vs 2. Don’t brag about yourself. Let your works speak for themselves. You never want to be your own biggest fan.

vs 4. Jealousy can have a worse work than wrath and anger.

vs 8. We all have our role and our place. Be faithful to YOUR calling.

vs 15-16. A contentious woman is a great burden. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to restrain her. But God is able to change such a woman.

vs 19. Men are not judged by outward appearance but by their heart. And no man knows what is in another man except that man. His heart, when exposed, will reveal who he really is. God will judge the thoughts and intents of every man’s heart.

vs 23-27. Be diligent and responsible for what is under your charge.

– Nehemiah, Asher, Malachi and Pat Woods

Proverbs Chapter Twenty-Four

Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. (vs 3-4)

vs 7. Men cannot cheat on wisdom. They either have it or they don’t. It “is too lofty for a fool” and when have a shortage of it, their mouths will betray them.

vs 10. “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Strength is to be employed when things are difficult. We grow in strength during the good times so that we can withstand the bad times.

vs 12. God will “render to each man according to his deeds”

vs 16. “A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again.” Resilience is righteous. Perseverance and persistence are the characteristics of the righteous. They do not easily quit. Their faith and devotion is not easily overthrown.

The parable and visual of the lazy man (vs 30-34):

I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; and there it was, all overgrown with thorns; its surface was covered with nettles; its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction:

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest; so shall your poverty come like a prowler, and your need like an armed man.

Proverbs Chapter Twenty-Two

vs 1. Guard anything you put your name on. Reputation DOES matter.

vs 3. Be observant and try to avoid the evil that may arise.

vs 6. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Training children is like establishing default settings that they can resort to for the rest of life.

The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!” (vs 13)

Laziness always has an excuse for why it won’t do something. The fear of harm or failure is paralyzing and is the root of laziness.

vs 19. The Proverbs are written so that we may trust in the Lord

vs 22-23. God is a defender and avenger of those who cannot protect themselves. Provide for those who cannot provide for themselves. Be a helper.

vs 29. Do everything in excellence and you will not be ashamed.

Proverbs Chapter Nineteen

vs 3. Foolishness produces a crooked path and causes men to fear. Wisdom is akin to faith in God.

vs 6-7. There really is no glory in poverty.

vs 11. “The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.” This will require patience, compassion and not being easily offended.

vs 14. “Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.” I cannot think of anything more precious in this life than a godly wife. She is to be sought after and honored. God has truly blessed the man who has found a wife that will help him.

“There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel – that will stand.” (vs 21)

God is driven by His own counsel. That is why things happen. He is working His own purpose. The plans of a man’s heart, are to be committed to the Lord. When our will matches up with God’s will – then we have something special.

vs 26. It is a shameful thing to dishonor your mother and father.

Proverbs Chapter Thirteen

vs 3. “He who guards his mouth preserves his life.” I have always been amazed at those who can tame their tongue in the most heated situations. It really shows great power and meekness. The greatest example of this is our Lord who “like a lamb led to the slaughter” didn’t open His mouth or revile those who reviled Him.

vs 7. There is “one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.” Yes there is. There is one who actually became more that we might become rich! Nevertheless, flaunting possessions is a vain thing. True riches come from the Lord and praise, glory and honor return to Him, not self.

vs 19. “A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.” There is great reward for him to obtains that for which he has labored, desired, and asked for. When the Lord provides such things it is right to give Him thanks.

vs 23. “Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor.” I often think about this. How much good and opportunity is left untapped simply because man didn’t do what was required. Laziness is such a thief. Break up the fallow ground and see what the Lord has in store for those good stewards that do the most they can with what they have.

vs. 24. Discipline is a tough task. It is often grievous but it is always necessary. Refusing to discipline promptly will produce an enduring problem. One once said, “whatever is not corrected is accepted.” If you don’t correct it, you must accept it.

Proverbs Chapter Twelve

This is quite a start to the chapter:

Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. (NKJV)

It really is stupid to refuse correction. Would you rather be wrong and have no one say anything about it? Really, correction requires humility and a teachable spirit. God can work with such a person.

vs 3. “The root of the righteous cannot be moved.” In another place it is written that the righteous are as bold as lions. When you do righteousness, you have no one to fear. You may have enemies but you can stand assured that God is with you.

vs 9. It is becoming more apparent to me that some people simply want the appearance of success or the appearance of wealth or the appearance of righteousness. The real things almost always require sacrifice and diligence. Some people would rather have a beat up Ferrari than a minivan in excellent condition. There really is no glory in honoring yourself.

vs 18. “The tongue of the wise promotes health.” Our words can either build up or tear down. The wise man is known by those who are the better for being in his presence.

vs. 25 “Anxiety in the heard of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Many have known the truth of this statement.

vs. 27 “Diligence is man’s precious possession.” We must wag war against those things which rob us of our diligence. Many forms of entertainment have this ability to make us lazy. Do not be enslaved by your lust for rest and entertainment. Let it serve you.

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