Proverbs 21 – June 5

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. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.

Proverbs 21 – Proverbs of Solomon

In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water
    that he channels toward all who please him.
A person may think their own ways are right,
    but the Lord weighs the heart.
To do what is right and just
    is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
Haughty eyes and a proud heart—
    the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.
The plans of the diligent lead to profit
    as surely as haste leads to poverty.
A fortune made by a lying tongue
    is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
The violence of the wicked will drag them away,
    for they refuse to do what is right.
The way of the guilty is devious,
    but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
Better to live on a corner of the roof
    than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The wicked crave evil;
    their neighbors get no mercy from them.
11 When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom;
    by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.
12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked
    and brings the wicked to ruin.
13 Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor
    will also cry out and not be answered.
14 A gift given in secret soothes anger,
    and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous
    but terror to evildoers.
16 Whoever strays from the path of prudence
    comes to rest in the company of the dead.
17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor;
    whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.
18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous,
    and the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to live in a desert
    than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.
20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil,
    but fools gulp theirs down.
21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love
    finds life, prosperity and honor.
22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty
    and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
    keep themselves from calamity.
24 The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name—
    behaves with insolent fury.
25 The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him,
    because his hands refuse to work.
26 All day long he craves for more,
    but the righteous give without sparing.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable—
    how much more so when brought with evil intent!
28 A false witness will perish,
    but a careful listener will testify successfully.
29 The wicked put up a bold front,
    but the upright give thought to their ways.
30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan
    that can succeed against the Lord.
31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
    but victory rests with the Lord.

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Posted on June 5, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Which proverb nudged you today?

    Mine was verse 3 — just a constant reminder that I have to work on my heart daily. Rule followers like the Pharisees, Sadduccees, and Israelites focused more on the rules than the heart. If they sacrificed a dove or two or whatever was written in the law, then they thought they could get away with anything. But God wants our heart. Doing what is right and just requires a right heart with God. This was part of the sermon today at my church, contrasting Saul and David. Saul was a man after the people’s heart, while David was a man after God’s heart. Samuel’s words to Saul after Saul went through the motions of sacrificing so that the Lord would let him win a battle: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams for…arrogance [is] like the evil of idolatry.” (1 Samuel 15:22-23)

    Lord, help me to keep working on my heart, to let Your Holy Spirit continue to transform me and to not backslide. One baby step toward You at a time, slow and steady, no slippery slope to arrogance and idolatry.


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