Proverbs 14


Verse 1 should convict us all.  If we are not careful our words and deeds can destroy the things we worked hard to build.  How many times have we seen a few careless words destroy long term relationships?  Or critical spirits or misplaced priorities damage relationships permanently?

14     The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

2 He whose walk is upright fears the Lord, but he whose ways are devious despises him.

3 A fool’s talk brings a rod to his back,

but the lips of the wise protect them.

4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,

but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

5 A truthful witness does not deceive,

but a false witness pours out lies.

The Bible speaks many times of the importance of truthful witnesses.  God doesn’t want justice to be impacted by bribes or by misplaced compassion for the poor.

6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none,

but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

7 Stay away from a foolish man,

for you will not find knowledge on his lips.

Choosing friends wisely is an important life skill.  As parents we need to encourage good friendships and reinforce good decisions they make with regards to who they hang out with.

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,

but the folly of fools is deception.

9 Fools mock at making amends for sin,

but goodwill is found among the upright.

I was just commenting to a friend yesterday how most people want reconciliation in relationships but are afraid to apologize or ask forgiveness.  We’re afraid the other person will pounce on our “weakness.”  But most of the time both sides want to end the conflict and there is a huge relief in making amends. 

I have found that even when the other person doesn’t accept an apology, once I’ve done my part I feel much better.  I try to remember that I can control my reaction but not theirs.

10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,

and no one else can share its joy.

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,

but the tent of the upright will flourish.

12 There is a way that seems right to a man,

but in the end it leads to death.

V. 12 is the theme of so many lives – they rationalize all sorts of wordly behavior but in the end it kills them.

13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,

and joy may end in grief.

14 The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways,

and the good man rewarded for his.

15 A simple man believes anything,

but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.

16 A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil,

but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.

17 A quick-tempered man does foolish things,

and a crafty man is hated.

18 The simple inherit folly,

but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19 Evil men will bow down in the presence of the good,

and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,

but the rich have many friends.

21 He who despises his neighbor sins,

but blessed is he who is kind to the needy.

22 Do not those who plot evil go astray?

But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.

23 All hard work brings a profit,

but mere talk leads only to poverty.

24 The wealth of the wise is their crown,

but the folly of fools yields folly.

25 A truthful witness saves lives,

but a false witness is deceitful.

26 He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress,

and for his children it will be a refuge.

27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,

turning a man from the snares of death.

28 A large population is a king’s glory,

but without subjects a prince is ruined.

29 A patient man has great understanding,

but a quick-tempered man displays folly.

Patience is a life skill.  Being patient and giving people the benefit of the doubt has saved me time and embarrassment over and over.  I only wish I was more patient more of the time!  Pride is at the root of our impatience, because we resent how others are impacting our lives.

30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,

but envy rots the bones.

When we envy we are basically telling God that He didn’t order the universe properly.  That is not the message I want to be sending!

31 He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,

but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Again, oppressing the poor isn’t just an evil act because we’re being unkind.  It actually shows contempt for the God who made them.

32 When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down,

but even in death the righteous have a refuge.

33 Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning

and even among fools she lets herself be known.

34 Righteousness exalts a nation,

but sin is a disgrace to any people.

Meditate on that part when considering our culture today:  Sin is a disgrace to any people.

35 A king delights in a wise servant,

but a shameful servant incurs his wrath.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.


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