[Linux4christians] Thursday - Proverbs 16
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Wed Jun 1 22:47:28 EDT 2011
16:1 The intentions of the heart belong to a man, but the answer of the
tongue comes from the Lord.
16:2 All a person's ways seem right in his own opinion, but the Lord
evaluates the motives.
16:3 Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
16:4 The Lord works everything for its own ends -- even the wicked for
the day of disaster.
16:5 The Lord abhors every arrogant person; rest assured that they will
not go unpunished.
16:6 Through loyal love and truth iniquity is appeased; through fearing
the Lord one avoids evil.
16:7 When a person's ways are pleasing to the Lord, he even reconciles
his enemies to himself.
16:8 Better to have a little with righteousness than to have abundant
income without justice.
16:9 A person plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps.
16:10 The divine verdict is in the words of the king, his pronouncements
must not act treacherously against justice.
16:11 Honest scales and balances are from the Lord; all the weights in
the bag are his handiwork.
16:12 Doing wickedness is an abomination to kings, because a throne is
established in righteousness.
16:13 The delight of kings is righteous counsel, and they love the one
who speaks uprightly.
16:14 A king's wrath is like a messenger of death, but a wise person
16:15 In the light of the king's face there is life, and his favor is
like the clouds of the spring rain.
16:16 How much better it is to acquire wisdom than gold; to acquire
understanding is more desirable than silver.
16:17 The highway of the upright is to turn away from evil; the one who
guards his way safeguards his life.
16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
16:19 It is better to be lowly in spirit with the afflicted than to
share the spoils with the proud.
16:20 The one who deals wisely in a matter will find success, and
blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.
16:21 The one who is wise in heart is called discerning, and kind speech
16:22 Insight is like a life-giving fountain to the one who possesses
it, but folly leads to the discipline of fools.
16:23 A wise person's heart makes his speech wise and it adds
persuasiveness to his words.
16:24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing
to the bones.
16:25 There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the
way that leads to death.
16:26 A laborer's appetite works on his behalf, for his hunger urges him
16:27 A wicked scoundrel digs up evil, and his slander is like a
16:28 A perverse person spreads dissension, and a gossip separates the
16:29 A violent person entices his neighbor, and leads him down a path
that is terrible.
16:30 The one who winks his eyes devises perverse things, and one who
compresses his lips brings about evil.
16:31 Gray hair is like a crown of glory; it is attained in the path of
16:32 Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one
who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city.
16:33 The dice are thrown into the lap, but their every decision is from
Lord, You are in control, You are the standard for good and evil, right
and wrong, wise and unwise, righteous and unrighteous. When I need
answers may You always be the first place I go.
Solomon returned to his theme that a person apart from the Lord and His
wisdom "All a person's ways seem right in his own opinion, but the Lord
evaluates the motives." and that one must choose to "Commit your works
to the Lord, and your plans will be established."
He observed that for the one who belongs to the Lord God "A person plans
his course, but the Lord directs his steps."
Solomon declares the standard of earthly ethics and justice, and the
certain justice of eternity, to be of the Lord "Honest scales and
balances are from the Lord; all the weights in the bag are his handiwork."
He warns again that choices have consequences "Pride goes before
destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.", a haughty spirit
being arrogant and unteachable.
Solomon noted the linkage between the essential physical needs, not
optional lusts, of the body and positive motivation "A laborer's
appetite works on his behalf, for his hunger urges him to work."
He returned to his warning as to the influence of those with whom
associates "A wicked scoundrel digs up evil, and his slander is like a
Solomon warned again of the trouble caused by gossip "A perverse person
spreads dissension, and a gossip separates the closest friends. A
violent person entices his neighbor, and leads him down a path that is
He observed that, among those who obey the Lord God, wisdom is gathered
over time "Gray hair is like a crown of glory; it is attained in the
path of righteousness."
Solomon returned to the outward expression of an inward peace "Better to
be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his
temper is better than one who captures a city."
And he concluded Chapter Sixteen with a return to the observation that
the events of life for one who belongs to the Lord are not random "The
dice are thrown into the lap, but their every decision is from the Lord."
The life of one who truly belongs to the Lord is not random, unlike most
of what happens in the life of the one who lives without the Lord.
Why would an emphasis on the Lord God's justice and His involvement in
the life of a believer be so important to emphasize? Could it be part of
his strategy to keep people from arrogance?
Solomon keeps warning about the bad consequences of bad company and
living without the wise counsel of the Lord God.
When have you experienced or observed the destructive impact of gossip?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a place in your walk where He has
"guided your steps", of which you had not previously been aware.
Today I will give thanks for the Lord God's loving care and His blessed
intervention in my life when I needed it.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Friday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day!
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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Teacher's Verse: John 7:16
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