I learned yesterday evening that I will be having another girl. God is good.
Today I begin Proverbs 10. The first nine chapters focus on why you should consider wisdom. Chapter 10 begins the more practical aspects of wisdom.
I try to focus on the positive, because I’m already very good with the negative and pessimistic thinking. This doesn’t mean I am unaware of the opposite and the consequences.
Everyone one of these scriptures can be elaborated and expanded on. I may do some of those in the future.
1 The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.
Listen to your parents.
2 Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
but righteousness delivers from death.
Gain treasure through righteousness.
3 The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
God protects his children. Children means everyone. God protects those who are righteous and those who aren’t. I’m very grateful for that because most of the time I’m probably unrighteous.
4 Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.
Work with your hands and diligently provide value to the world. Then you will have wealth.
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
There is timing and seasons change. Prudently and strategically plan and do valuable work.
6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
If I’m righteous I will be blessed.
7 The name of the righteous is used in blessings,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
Righteous names can be used to bless.
8 The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
The wise accept instruction. Preferably commands from righteous people.
9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
Walk in integrity for security. Nothing is every truly done in secret.
10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,
and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Let your words be few and encourage.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Righteousness promotes life.
12 Hatred stirs up conflict,
but love covers over all wrongs.
Love covers all wrongs.
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
Wisdom can be found from wise people. Those who have no sense must be punished physically.
14 The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
Collect wisdom and knowledge.
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
but poverty is the ruin of the poor.
The rich can be seen by their life styles. Riches here are not just materially- don’t forget relationships and experiences.
16 The wages of the righteous is life,
but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
A long life is a gift by living in righteousness.
17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
Discipline is righteous. Everyone can influence.
18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
and spreads slander is a fool.
Spreading slander and lying is foolish. Slander is lying about someone.
19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
but the prudent hold their tongues.
Let your words be few… again.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of sense.
Wise words can be valuable. Fools don’t provide value.
22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,
without painful toil for it.
Blessings from the Lord bring wealth without pain.
23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,
but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.
Understanding people delight in wisdom.
24 What the wicked dread will overtake them;
what the righteous desire will be granted.
Righteous people will receive what they desire.
25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
but the righteous stand firm forever.
When tests come the righteous stand forever.
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so are sluggards to those who send them.
Send people who represent you.
27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.
Fear God and your life will be longer.
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
The righteous have joy.
29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,
but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
The way of the Lord is a refuge and if you follow it you will be blameless.
30 The righteous will never be uprooted,
but the wicked will not remain in the land.
The righteous will be protected.
31 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
Righteous people speak wisdom.
32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,
but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.
The righteous know how to persuade people.
Practical Action: Wisdom = righteousness. Need to learn how to be more righteous.