Proverbs

July 26, 2019

Proverbs 28 – 2019-07-26

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  • Proverbs 28:10-16 (ESV)

    10 Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way

    will fall into his own pit,

    but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.

    11 A rich man is wise in his own eyes,

    but a poor man who has understanding will find him out.

    12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,

    but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.

    13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,

    but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

    14 Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always,

    but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

    15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear

    is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

    16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,

    but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.

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July 25, 2019

Proverbs 28 – 2019-07-25

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  • Proverbs 28:1-9 (ESV)

    1 The wicked flee when no one pursues,

    but the righteous are bold as a lion.

    2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,

    but with a man of understanding and knowledge,

    its stability will long continue.

    3 A poor man who oppresses the poor

    is a beating rain that leaves no food.

    4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,

    but those who keep the law strive against them.

    5 Evil men do not understand justice,

    but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.

    6 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity

    than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.

    7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,

    but a companion of gluttons shames his father.

    8 Whoever multiplies his wealth by interest and profit

    gathers it for him who is generous to the poor.

    9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,

    even his prayer is an abomination.

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July 24, 2019

Proverbs 27 – 2019-07-24

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  • Proverbs 27:17-27 (ESV)

    17 Iron sharpens iron,

    and one man sharpens another.

    18 Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,

    and he who guards his master will be honored.

    19 As in water face reflects face,

    so the heart of man reflects the man.

    20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied,

    and never satisfied are the eyes of man.

    21 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,

    and a man is tested by his praise.

    22 Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle

    along with crushed grain,

    yet his folly will not depart from him.

    23 Know well the condition of your flocks,

    and give attention to your herds,

    24 for riches do not last forever;

    and does a crown endure to all generations?

    25 When the grass is gone and the new growth appears

    and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,

    26 the lambs will provide your clothing,

    and the goats the price of a field.

    27 There will be enough goats’ milk for your food,

    for the food of your household

    and maintenance for your girls.

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July 23, 2019

Proverbs 27 – 2019-07-23

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  • Proverbs 27:7-16 (ESV)

    7 One who is full loathes honey,

    but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.

    8 Like a bird that strays from its nest

    is a man who strays from his home.

    9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad,

    and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

    10 Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend,

    and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity.

    Better is a neighbor who is near

    than a brother who is far away.

    11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,

    that I may answer him who reproaches me.

    12 The prudent sees danger and hides himself,

    but the simple go on and suffer for it.

    13 Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,

    and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.

    14 Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,

    rising early in the morning,

    will be counted as cursing.

    15 A continual dripping on a rainy day

    and a quarrelsome wife are alike;

    16 to restrain her is to restrain the wind

    or to grasp oil in one’s right hand.

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July 22, 2019

Proverbs 27 – 2019-07-22

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  • Proverbs 27:1-6 (ESV)

    1 Do not boast about tomorrow,

    for you do not know what a day may bring.

    2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;

    a stranger, and not your own lips.

    3 A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,

    but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.

    4 Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming,

    but who can stand before jealousy?

    5 Better is open rebuke

    than hidden love.

    6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend;

    profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

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July 19, 2019

Proverbs 26 – 2019-07-19

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  • Proverbs 26:17-28 (ESV)

    17 Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own

    is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

    18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death

    19 is the man who deceives his neighbor

    and says, “I am only joking!”

    20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,

    and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.

    21 As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,

    so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.

    22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;

    they go down into the inner parts of the body.

    23 Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel

    are fervent lips with an evil heart.

    24 Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips

    and harbors deceit in his heart;

    25 when he speaks graciously, believe him not,

    for there are seven abominations in his heart;

    26 though his hatred be covered with deception,

    his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

    27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,

    and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.

    28 A lying tongue hates its victims,

    and a flattering mouth works ruin.

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July 18, 2019

Proverbs 26 – 2019-07-18

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  • Proverbs 26:12-16 (ESV)

    12 Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes?

    There is more hope for a fool than for him.

    13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!

    There is a lion in the streets!”

    14 As a door turns on its hinges,

    so does a sluggard on his bed.

    15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;

    it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.

    16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes

    than seven men who can answer sensibly.

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July 17, 2019

Proverbs 26 – 2019-07-17

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  • Proverbs 26:1-11 (ESV)

    1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,

    so honor is not fitting for a fool.

    2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,

    a curse that is causeless does not alight.

    3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,

    and a rod for the back of fools.

    4 Answer not a fool according to his folly,

    lest you be like him yourself.

    5 Answer a fool according to his folly,

    lest he be wise in his own eyes.

    6 Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool

    cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

    7 Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless,

    is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

    8 Like one who binds the stone in the sling

    is one who gives honor to a fool.

    9 Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard

    is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

    10 Like an archer who wounds everyone

    is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.

    11 Like a dog that returns to his vomit

    is a fool who repeats his folly.

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July 16, 2019

Proverbs 25 – 2019-07-16

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  • Proverbs 25:16-28 (ESV)

    16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,

    lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.

    17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,

    lest he have his fill of you and hate you.

    18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor

    is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.

    19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble

    is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.

    20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart

    is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,

    and like vinegar on soda.

    21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,

    and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,

    22 for you will heap burning coals on his head,

    and the Lord will reward you.

    23 The north wind brings forth rain,

    and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

    24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop

    than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

    25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul,

    so is good news from a far country.

    26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain

    is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

    27 It is not good to eat much honey,

    nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.

    28 A man without self-control

    is like a city broken into and left without walls.

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July 15, 2019

Proverbs 25 – 2019-07-15

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  • Proverbs 25:1-15 (ESV)

    1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.

    2 It is the glory of God to conceal things,

    but the glory of kings is to search things out.

    3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,

    so the heart of kings is unsearchable.

    4 Take away the dross from the silver,

    and the smith has material for a vessel;

    5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king,

    and his throne will be established in righteousness.

    6 Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence

    or stand in the place of the great,

    7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,”

    than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.

    What your eyes have seen

    8     do not hastily bring into court,

    for what will you do in the end,

    when your neighbor puts you to shame?

    9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself,

    and do not reveal another’s secret,

    10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,

    and your ill repute have no end.

    11 A word fitly spoken

    is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

    12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold

    is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

    13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest

    is a faithful messenger to those who send him;

    he refreshes the soul of his masters.

    14 Like clouds and wind without rain

    is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.

    15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded,

    and a soft tongue will break a bone.

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