Proverbs 20

pr20.jpgGreetings!  Back to the Proverbs today.  I always enjoy their timeless advice. 

20     Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;

whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

Alcohol isn’t prohibited by scripture, but too much of them can indeed lead you astray.  Drunkedness is indeed a sin.  They distort our interpretation of the truth, which is an all-important success factor in life.  Once our view of the truth is distorted we may do all sorts of stupid and sinful things.

2 A king’s wrath is like the roar of a lion;

he who angers him forfeits his life.

3 It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife,

but every fool is quick to quarrel.

Knowing how to choose your battles requires wisdom and discernment.  Too many quarrels or the wrong kind of quarrels are foolish, but too few may mean we’re being wimpy.  Some things are worth fighting over.

4 A sluggard does not plow in season;

so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.

Deferred gratification is also a key success factor in life.  Whether it is working or studying we must think ahead.

5 The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters,

but a man of understanding draws them out.

6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love,

but a faithful man who can find?

7 The righteous man leads a blameless life;

blessed are his children after him.

8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,

he winnows out all evil with his eyes.

9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;

I am clean and without sin”?

No one can!  That is why we need Jesus, who took the punishment for our sins.  We can’t fix ourselves or forgive ourselves.  We need a Savior.

10 Differing weights and differing measures—

the Lord detests them both.

God cares about fairness in business. 

11 Even a child is known by his actions,

by whether his conduct is pure and right.

12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—

the Lord has made them both.

13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;

stay awake and you will have food to spare.

14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer;

then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.

15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,

but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;

hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman.

17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man,

but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.

People can’t truly enjoy things they came by dishonestly.

18 Make plans by seeking advice;

if you wage war, obtain guidance.

19 A gossip betrays a confidence;

so avoid a man who talks too much.

20 If a man curses his father or mother,

his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.

21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning

will not be blessed at the end.

22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”

Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.

Revenge is such a powerful and consuming emotion.  Giving it over to God is the smartest thing to do. 

23 The Lord detests differing weights,

and dishonest scales do not please him.

24 A man’s steps are directed by the Lord.

How then can anyone understand his own way?

25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly

and only later to consider his vows.

26 A wise king winnows out the wicked;

he drives the threshing wheel over them.

27 The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man;

it searches out his inmost being.

We can’t hide anything from God: Actions, words and even thoughts.  That should be sobering to everyone.

28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe;

through love his throne is made secure.

29 The glory of young men is their strength,

gray hair the splendor of the old.

30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil,

and beatings purge the inmost being.

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

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One Response

  1. That was refreshing thank you.

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