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Book of Proverbs

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    i've been reading Proverbs this way for years =]

    another good habit is 5 Psalms per day. in a 30 day month you read all 150
    the 24th of the month is rather long reading, including Psalm 116-120, ha!
     
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    let the glorious Lord be praised . Yes indeed .
     
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    August 1, 2021

    Proverbs Chapter 1
    Bible Gateway passage: Proverbs 1 - New International Version

    Proverbs 1
    New International Version

    Purpose and Theme
    1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

    2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
    for understanding words of insight;
    3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
    doing what is right and just and fair;
    4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
    knowledge and discretion to the young—
    5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance—
    6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
    the sayings and riddles of the wise.

    7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

    Prologue: Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom
    Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men

    8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
    9 They are a garland to grace your head
    and a chain to adorn your neck.

    10 My son, if sinful men entice you,
    do not give in to them.
    11 If they say, “Come along with us;
    let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
    let’s ambush some harmless soul;
    12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
    and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
    13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
    and fill our houses with plunder;
    14 cast lots with us;
    we will all share the loot”—
    15 my son, do not go along with them,
    do not set foot on their paths;
    16 for their feet rush into evil,
    they are swift to shed blood.
    17 How useless to spread a net
    where every bird can see it!
    18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
    they ambush only themselves!
    19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
    it takes away the life of those who get it.

    Wisdom’s Rebuke
    20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
    she raises her voice in the public square;
    21 on top of the wall she cries out,
    at the city gate she makes her speech:

    22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
    How long will mockers delight in mockery
    and fools hate knowledge?
    23 Repent at my rebuke!
    Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
    I will make known to you my teachings.
    24 But since you refuse to listen when I call
    and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,
    25 since you disregard all my advice
    and do not accept my rebuke,
    26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
    I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
    27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
    when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
    when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

    28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
    they will look for me but will not find me,
    29 since they hated knowledge
    and did not choose to fear the Lord.
    30 Since they would not accept my advice
    and spurned my rebuke,
    31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
    and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
    32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
    and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
    33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
    and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

    Footnotes
    1. Proverbs 1:4 The Hebrew word rendered simple in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, without moral direction and inclined to evil.
    2. Proverbs 1:6 Or understanding a proverb, namely, a parable, / and the sayings of the wise, their riddles
    3. Proverbs 1:7 The Hebrew words rendered fool in Proverbs, and often elsewhere in the Old Testament, denote a person who is morally deficient.
    4. Proverbs 1:21 Septuagint; Hebrew / at noisy street corners
     
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    Sister mayflower has began her august round of the proverbs .
    I am reading on it now dear sister . LET THE GLORIOUS LORD BE PRAISED.
     
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    This verse sums things up for me. Listen to God. Not man. We can trust the Lord for His protection. Praise God who gives wisdom and discernment and guides our path.

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    Oh wow. That is awesome. Thanks for the tip, @post
     
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    Let us continue to stay in the word . Let the Word of God dwell within our hearts and our minds .
    Growing in the grace of our LORD . The LORD is our hope , our song and our salvation .
    Let us continue to stir one another up with all reminders that HE did inspire . Let the Lord be praised my friends .
     
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    I see sister mayflower has arrived on site . LET THE LORD BE PRAISED MY DEAR SISTER .
    Any day that ends with Y in the english language , and any time of that day that the hand of a clock rests upon , IS A DAY and THE TIME
    to PRAISE AND THANK THE LORD . Yes it is sister . YES IT IS . LET THE GLORIOUS LORD BE PRAISED .
     
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    Proverbs 2

    My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the Lord And discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones. Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you, To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things; From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness; Who delight in doing evil And rejoice in the perversity of evil; Whose paths are crooked, And who are devious in their ways; To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words; That leaves the companion of her youth And forgets the covenant of her God; For her house sinks down to death And her tracks lead to the dead; None who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the paths of life. So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land And the blameless will remain in it; But the wicked will be cut off from the land And the treacherous will be uprooted from it.
    Proverbs 2:1‭-‬22 NASB1995
    Proverbs 2:1-22 My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice fo | New American Standard Bible - NASB 1995 (NASB1995) | Download The Bible App Now
     
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    Proverbs talks a lot about adultery and sexual purity. It is a good book I should start reading to my kids each morning. Get a head start...
     
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    The problem is , this is not what most folks hunger for . They hunger for the easy life , the money .
    When in truth the heart of a lamb hungers for TRUTH , FOR GOD has placed that hunger and that love ON the heart of a lamb .
    Try and imagine this next scenario .
    Imagine someone who , though they could lip JESUS by mouth , yet lived for pleasure , for the lusts of the flesh .
    Imagine one so dark that even some of the worst would have cringed at that heart .
    Now for the good news . One day GOD turned that person around . WHOLE NEW HUNGER , WHOLE NEW LOVE . AND THE BIBLE
    was and still is FED UPON .
    If GOD could change that heart , then i have no trouble believing anyone could have been saved .
    The person i speak about , the dark man as i call him , deserved the worst level of the lake of fire , IF there is such a thing of worst level .
    That person should be roasting alive in hellfire for all eternity . That is what they deserve . Its what they earned
    and thus its what they truly deserve .
    Now , i know that sounds hateful , judgmental . BUT ITS TRUE . That person deserves total punishment in a lake of fire .
    I will make no apologies for saying that . I will simply say it because its true .
    Now excuse me , while this man goes and PRAISES THE GLORIOUS LORD . This man , WAS THE DARK MAN . AND JESUS ALONE WAS and IS
    MY WAY OUT of what i deserved . LET THE KING BE PRAISED . And may all let the warners warn . I know it can seem a bit
    frightning or worrisome to some to hear these grave warnings i often give . BUT believe me , ITS OUTTA LOVE THAT I DO WARN .
     
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    The son of David sure did have a lot to say about the ladies and to heed the sexually immoral. One of my favs:

    As a ring of gold in a swine's snout,
    So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.

    (Proverbs 11:22) NKJV

    He is also very much poetically gifted, this analogy an example
     
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    August 3, 2021- Proverbs 3

    My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones. Honor the Lord from your wealth And from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine. My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord Or loathe His reproof, For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast. The Lord by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens. By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew. My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion, So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck. Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you. Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you. Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm. Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways. For the devious are an abomination to the Lord; But He is intimate with the upright. The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous. Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted. The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.
    Proverbs 3:1‭-‬35 NASB1995
    Proverbs 3:1-35 My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them arou | New American Standard Bible - NASB 1995 (NASB1995) | Download The Bible App Now
     
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    August 4, 2021: Proverbs 4

    "Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding, For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction. When I was a son to my father, Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother, Then he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; Keep my commandments and live; Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. Prize her, and she will exalt you; She will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a garland of grace; She will present you with a crown of beauty.” Hear, my son, and accept my sayings And the years of your life will be many. I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; And if you run, you will not stumble. Take hold of instruction; do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life. Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on. For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble. For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence. But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble. My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet And all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil."
    Proverbs 4:1‭-‬27 NASB1995
    Proverbs 4:1-27 Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, And give attention that you may gain understanding, For I give you sound teaching; Do not abandon my instruction. When I was a son to my father, Tender and t | New American Standard Bible - NASB 1995 (NASB1995) | Download The Bible App Now
     
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    Looking not to the left, nor to the right.
    My gaze fixed ahead on a glorious sight.
    Coming down from the sky, adorned like a bride...
    Is my home! :)
     
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    Proverbs 5

    My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding; That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge. For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother than oil is her speech; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, Her steps take hold of Sheol. She does not ponder the path of life; Her ways are unstable, she does not know it. Now then, my sons, listen to me And do not depart from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her And do not go near the door of her house, Or you will give your vigor to others And your years to the cruel one; And strangers will be filled with your strength And your hard-earned goods will go to the house of an alien; And you groan at your final end, When your flesh and your body are consumed; And you say, “How I have hated instruction! And my heart spurned reproof! I have not listened to the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to my instructors! I was almost in utter ruin In the midst of the assembly and congregation.” Drink water from your own cistern And fresh water from your own well. Should your springs be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? Let them be yours alone And not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth. As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love. For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner? For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, And He watches all his paths. His own iniquities will capture the wicked, And he will be held with the cords of his sin. He will die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he will go astray.
    Proverbs 5:1‭-‬23 NASB1995
    Proverbs 5:1-23 My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding; That you may observe discretion And your lips may reserve knowledge. For the lips of an adulteress drip honey And smoother th | New American Standard Bible - NASB 1995 (NASB1995) | Download The Bible App Now


    Proverbs 6

    My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger, If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth, Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor. Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids; Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand And like a bird from the hand of the fowler. Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest. How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest”— Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man. A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth, Who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, Who points with his fingers; Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who spreads strife. Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing. There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers. My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother; Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck. When you walk about, they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you; And when you awake, they will talk to you. For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the adulteress. Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids. For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned? Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched? So is the one who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her will not go unpunished. Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry; But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the substance of his house. The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it. Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out. For jealousy enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not accept any ransom, Nor will he be satisfied though you give many gifts.
    Proverbs 6:1‭-‬35 NASB1995
    Proverbs 6:1-35 My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger, If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth, Do this th | New American Standard Bible - NASB 1995 (NASB1995) | Download The Bible App Now
     
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    August 7, 2021: Proverbs 7

    My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you. Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your intimate friend; That they may keep you from an adulteress, From the foreigner who flatters with her words. For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice, And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense, Passing through the street near her corner; And he takes the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, In the middle of the night and in the darkness. And behold, a woman comes to meet him, Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart. She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home; She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner. So she seizes him and kisses him And with a brazen face she says to him: “I was due to offer peace offerings; Today I have paid my vows. Therefore I have come out to meet you, To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you. I have spread my couch with coverings, With colored linens of Egypt. I have sprinkled my bed With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with caresses. For my husband is not at home, He has gone on a long journey; He has taken a bag of money with him, At the full moon he will come home.” With her many persuasions she entices him; With her flattering lips she seduces him. Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool, Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life. Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth. Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths. For many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain. Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death.
    Proverbs 7:1‭-‬27 NASB1995
    Proverbs 7:1-27 My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you. Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your hear | New American Standard Bible - NASB 1995 (NASB1995) | Download The Bible App Now
     
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    @Mayflower Another good thread you have started there... :)
     
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    @Mayflower: PS: Looking forward to Proverbs 8, where wisdom personified seems to anticipate the NT's mention of 'Christ Jesus...made unto us wisdom' (1 Corinthians 1.30).
     
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