Proverbs 10 – May 25

The Discover One Thing Online Study is doing a proverb a day for 31 days, seeking knowledge and discretion (Proverbs 1:4) and learning and guidance (Proverbs 1:5) from God. Read today’s scripture, journal on it using SOAP, then please share as we encourage one another in this one thing. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.

Proverbs 10 – Proverbs of Solomon

The proverbs of Solomon:
A wise son brings joy to his father,
    but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.
Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
    but righteousness delivers from death.
The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
    but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
Lazy hands make for poverty,
    but diligent hands bring wealth.
He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
    but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
    but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
The name of the righteous is used in blessings,
    but the name of the wicked will rot.
The wise in heart accept commands,
    but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
    but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,
    and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up conflict,
    but love covers over 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.
14 The wise store up knowledge,
    but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
    but poverty is the ruin of the poor.
16 The wages of the righteous is life,
    but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
    but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
    and spreads slander is a fool.
19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
    but the prudent hold their tongues.
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.
22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,
    without painful toil for it.
23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,
    but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.
24 What the wicked dread will overtake them;
    what the righteous desire will be granted.
25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
    but the righteous stand firm forever.
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
    so are sluggards to those who send them.
27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life,
    but the years of the wicked are cut short.
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
    but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,
    but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
30 The righteous will never be uprooted,
    but the wicked will not remain in the land.
31 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
    but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,
    but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

Hatred Stirs Up Strife, But Love Covers All | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Proverbs 10:12, 14-15, 17, 23, 32

Observation

My Bible notes on verse 23 – to do evil is wrong and displeasing to God, but to find sport in wrongdoing indicates that one’s nature has so conformed to this lifestyle that he finds it satisfying and amusing. Verse 12 – love covers all sins by forgiving them. You choose to value the offending persons, without grudges or retaliation. There is no more beautiful depiction of this “covering” by love than the atonement of Christ, who covered the sins of the world through His death on the cross.

Application

Early Sunday morning my husband got a call from security at work. He drove to his work and found out their warehouse had been vandalized.  The young people who did it (3 by the footprints they left, one footprint being smaller than my child’s) didn’t take anything just spray-painted profanity on walls and windows and slashed bags. Police say this is when kids are off school and with warm weather this kind of thing picks up. My first thought when my husband called to tell me was it’s too bad these kids don’t have someone who taught them growing up to respect authority and others things (but of course they could have great adults in their lives, and friends and boredom influenced them). I read my verses for today about the words destructive and idle hands cause trouble, I immediately thought of those young people. Verse 12 – it’s easy to be mad at them, but instead God is telling us to forgive them as He forgives us. And what they need is prayer.

Prayer

Father, thank You that the break-in wasn’t worse. I pray for those young people; please help put people in their lives that will lead them down a different path to You. And if You put kids in my path that need help, let me be observant enough to know You’ve put them there.

The Discover One Thing main website continues to follow the Life Journal Reading Plan which covers the whole Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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