October 31, 2010

Proverbs 26: 23

Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.

October 30, 2010

Proverbs 26: 21-22

A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood. Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one's heart.

October 29, 2010

Proverbs 26: 20

Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.

October 28, 2010

Proverbs 26: 18-19

Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon is someone who lies to a friend and then says, "I was only joking."

October 27, 2010

Proverbs 26: 17

Interfering in someone else's argument is as foolish as yanking a dog's ears.

October 25, 2010

Proverbs 26: 13-16

The lazy person claims, "There's a lion on the road! Yes, I'm sure there's a lion out there!" As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed. Lazy people take food in their hand but don't even lift it to their mouth. Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.

October 24, 2010

Proverbs 25: 9-12

A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk. An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots at random. As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness. There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise.

Proverbs 26: 6-8

Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison! A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg. Honoring a fool is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot.

October 23, 2010

Proverbs 26: 3-5

Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back! Don't answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation.

October 22, 2010

Proverbs 26: 1-2

Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest. Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.

October 21, 2010

Proverbs 25: 28

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.

October 20, 2010

Proverbs 25: 25-27

Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty. If the godly give in to the wicked, it's like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring. It's not good to eat too much honey, and it's not good to seek honors for yourself.

October 18, 2010

Proverbs 25: 23-24

As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger! It's better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.

October 17, 2010

Proverbs 25: 20-22

Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone's coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound. If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the LORD will reward you.

Proverbs 25: 18-19

Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow. Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.

October 16, 2010

Proverbs 25: 17

Don't visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome.

October 15, 2010

Proverbs 25: 16

Do you like honey? Don't eat too much, or it will make you sick!

October 14, 2010

Proverbs 25: 15

Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones.

October 13, 2010

Proverbs 25: 11-14

Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket. To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry. Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer. They revive the spirit of their employer. A person who promises a gift but doesn't give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.

October 11, 2010

Proverbs 25: 9-10

When arguing with your neighbor, don't betray another person's secret. Others may accuse you of gossip, and you will never again regain your good reputation.

Proverbs 25: 6-8

Don't demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great. It's better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace. Just because you've seen something, don't be in a hurry to go to court. For what will you do in the end if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?

October 10, 2010

Proverbs 25: 1-5

These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah. It is God's privilege to conceal things and the king's privilege to discover them. No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the king's mind! Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith. Remove the wicked from the king's court, and his reign will be made secure by justice.

October 9, 2010

Proverbs 24: 30-34

I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

October 8, 2010

Proverbs 24: 28-29

Don't testify against your neighbors without cause; don't lie about them. And don't say, "Now I can pay them back for what they've done to me! I'll get even with them!"

October 7, 2010

Proverbs 24: 27

Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house.

October 6, 2010

October 5, 2010

Proverbs 24: 23-25

Here are some further sayings of the wise: It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment. A judge who says to the wicked, "You are innocent," will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations. But it will go well for those who convict the guilty; rich blessings will be showered on them.

October 4, 2010

Proverbs 24: 21-22

My child, fear the LORD and the king. Don't associate with rebels, for disaster will hit them suddenly. Who knows what punishment will come from the LORD and the king?

October 3, 2010

Proverbs 24: 17-20

Don't rejoice when your enemies fall; don't be happy when they stumble. For the LORD will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them. Don't fret because of evildoers; don't envy the wicked. For evil people have no future; the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

October 2, 2010

Proverbs 24: 15-16

Don't wait in ambush at the home of the godly, and don't raid the house where the godly live. The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.

October 1, 2010

Proverbs 24: 13-14

My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.