September 18 Proverbs 27:1-14 (ESV) 27:1 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, … More September 18 Proverbs 27:1-14
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me…” How many times did we hear that as a kids? In our American culture, sarcasm and jesting are common. Ever had someone make fun of you, only later to say, “Just kidding!!” According to Proverbs, words DO indeed have the power to hurt. … More Use your words to heal instead of hurt.
Septemeber 17 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 … More September 17 Proverbs 26:17-28
Proverbs 26:4-5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes. Hmm…which is it? When we come to confusing passages, we can approach it in one of two ways: “Do these verses contradict each other? Sure … More A fool: answer him or not?
September 16 Proverbs 26:1-16 (ESV) 26:1 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 … More September 16 Proverbs 26:1-16
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. —Proverbs 25:21-22 From the ESV Study Bible: Although interpreters differ about the meaning of the metaphor of heaping burning coals … More Heap burning coals?
September 15 Proverbs 25:15-28 (ESV) 15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone. 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 … More September 15 Proverbs 25:15-28
It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. Proverbs 25:2 C. H. Spurgeon, in a sermon, “God’s Glory on Hiding Sin” Imitate the Lord in forgetting the sins of those who repent. If ever they offend you, let that atonement which satisfied God for … More The spirit of forgiveness
September 14 Proverbs 25:1-14 (ESV) More Proverbs of Solomon 25:1 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 … More September 14 Proverbs 25:1-14
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. C. H. Spurgeon on Proverbs 24:33-34( From “Morning and Evening”) The worst of sluggards only ask for a little slumber; they would be indignant if they … More Spurgeon: Life is wasted by driblets