May 31, 2010

Proverbs 16: 14-15

The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise will try to appease it. When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a spring rain.

May 30, 2010

Proverbs 16: 12-13

A king detests wrongdoing, for his rule is built on justice. The king is pleased with words from righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.

May 29, 2010

Proverbs 16: 10-11

The king speaks with divine wisdom; he must never judge unfairly. The Lord demands accurate scales and balances; he sets the standards of fairness.

May 28, 2010

Proverbs 16: 8-9

Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest. We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

May 27, 2010

Proverbs 16: 6-7

Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil. When people's lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them.

May 26, 2010

Proverbs 16: 4-5

The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster. The Lord detests the proud; they will surely be punished.

May 25, 2010

Proverbs 16: 1-3

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

May 23, 2010

Proverbs 15: 31-32

If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.

May 22, 2010

Proverbs 15: 29-30

The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous. A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.

May 21, 2010

Proverbs 15: 27-28

Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live. The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.

May 20, 2010

Proverbs 15: 24-26

The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind. The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of the widows. The Lord detests evil plans, but he delights in pure words.

May 19, 2010

Proverbs 15: 22-23

Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

May 18, 2010

Proverbs 15: 20-21

Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother. Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path.

May 17, 2010

Proverbs 15: 18-19

A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them. A lazy person's way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway.

May 16, 2010

Proverbs 15: 15-17

For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast. Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

May 15, 2010

Proverbs 15: 12-14

Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise. A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit. A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.

May 14, 2010

Proverbs 15: 11

Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the Lord. How much more does he know the human heart!

May 13, 2010

Proverbs 15: 8-10

The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright. The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness. Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die.

May 12, 2010

Proverbs 15: 5-7

Only a fool despises a parent's discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise. There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble. The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give.

May 11, 2010

May 10, 2010

Proverbs 15: 1-3

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness. The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.

May 9, 2010

Proverbs 14: 34-35

Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people. A king rejoices in wise servants but is angry with those who disgrace him.

May 8, 2010

Proverbs 14: 32-33

The wicked are crushed by disaster, but the godly have a refuge when they die. Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools.

May 7, 2010

Proverbs 14: 30-31

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him.

May 6, 2010

Proverbs 14: 28-29

A growing population is a king's glory; a prince without subjects has nothing. People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.

May 5, 2010

Proverbs 14: 26-27

Those who fear the Lord are secure, he will be a refuge for their children. Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.

May 3, 2010

Proverbs 14: 22-24

If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness. Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only foolishness.

May 2, 2010

Proverbs 14: 20-21

The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many "friends." It is a sin to belittle one's neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor.

May 1, 2010

Proverbs 14: 17-19

Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated. Simpletons are clothed with foolishness, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly.