Category Archives: Proverbs

Proverbs 31:10-31 — To be a woman

In this passage, we find out what it means to be the ideal woman.  As with men, too often, this world has a warped view of what a woman should be.  Much of it is focused on her appearance.  Being … Continue reading

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Proverbs 31:1-9 — To be a man

I suppose I could have called this post, “to be a king,” but I don’t think too many kings are reading this blog.  Maybe zero? But there are many men out there, and what King Lemuel’s  mother said to him … Continue reading

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Proverbs 30:29-33 — To be a leader

What does it mean to be a leader?  I think that we can get some clues from this passage. Agur writes, There are three things that are stately in their stride, four that move with stately bearing:  a lion, mighty … Continue reading

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Proverbs 30:24-28 — Learning from the small and weak

It’s very easy for us to look down on people or things that appear small or weak.  But Agur was not one who would make that mistake.  He looked at four small creatures, and from them found wisdom. From the … Continue reading

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Proverbs 30:11-23 — A corrupt generation

In this passage, Agur talks about the generation he saw in his own time.  (The word translated “those” in this passage, is actually most often translated “generations” throughout the Old Testament.  I suppose it was translated “those” to soften the … Continue reading

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Proverbs 30:1-9 — Humble before God

We go now the words of a man named Agur.  Who he was, no one knows.  But in his words, we find not only wisdom, but humility. Verse 1 is  bit obscure in its meaning.  A possible meaning (and held … Continue reading

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Proverbs 28-29 — Though we live in the midst of evil

It used to be that you could call the United States a Christian country.  But though there are many people that still claim to believe in God and even claim to be Christians, I doubt you could say that anymore. … Continue reading

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Proverbs 27 — Wounds from a friend

I remember a time in my life when I was still walking with the Lord, and I was still going to church, but I had started to neglect fellowship in a small group. My small group had broken up amicably … Continue reading

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Proverbs 26-27 — Living with a fool, living like a fool.

In these two chapters, we see how we should deal with fools, and how to avoid acting like one.  In this passage, the Hebrew word that is used for “fool” means a person who is stupid and arrogant.  They insist … Continue reading

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Proverbs 25 — Winning favor in the eyes of men

I should say right off that it shouldn’t be our top priority to win favor in the eyes of men (or women).  Our top priority should be to please God. But I titled this as such because of what the … Continue reading

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Proverbs 24-25 — Revenge

I once heard Bill Cosby give a comedy routine on Revenge.  And he told a story of how when he was a kid, he plotted revenge against a kid that threw a slushball at him, and how his plan went … Continue reading

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Proverbs 24:11-12 — When we fail to warn the lost

Solomon writes some very poignant words here in these verses. Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.  If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive … Continue reading

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Proverbs 24 — Building our house

What kind of house are you building?  No, I’m not talking about your literal house.   I’m talking about your life.  What kind of life are you building? That’s what Solomon addresses here in chapter 24. He says, By wisdom a … Continue reading

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Proverbs 23 — What we pursue

In this chapter, we see warnings concerning what we pursue in life. Solomon starts by saying, When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are … Continue reading

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Proverbs 22 — A good name

How do others see you?  It’s an issue that Proverbs brings up more than once.  We saw this in chapter 10, and we see it again here.  Solomon writes, A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be … Continue reading

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Proverbs 21:1, 30-31 — Remembering who’s in control

When we look at this world, it’s easy to wonder if God is still in control. In verse 1, Solomon writes, The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.  … Continue reading

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Proverbs 21:5, 20 — Being wise with our money

America is a very credit driven society.  Japan, where I live, is much less so.  One of the major cultural differences I’ve found here is that at grocery stores and supermarkets, the usage of credit cards is quite minimal.  Probably … Continue reading

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Proverbs 20-21 — Facing our Judge

It’s so easy as we go through life to forget that this life is not all there is. There is a life to come after we pass out of this one.  And on the day that we leave this life, … Continue reading

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Proverbs 19-24 — Lazy

When I was a kid, I could be very lazy, particularly about my schoolwork.  I remember nearly missing out on my 4th grade school trip to the Big Island on Hawaii because I wasn’t doing my schoolwork.  I also got … Continue reading

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Proverbs 18-19 — Who (or what) we put our trust in

Who or what do you put your trust in? Yourself?  Your money?  Or God? That’s what Solomon addresses time and again in Proverbs.  He writes, The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and … Continue reading

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Proverbs 18-19, 21 — Blessing your husband

I don’t write many things addressing wives very often.  Most admonitions I write concerning married couples, at least up until this point, have been directed primarily at men.  One key reason for this is that God seems to put more … Continue reading

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Proverbs 18 — Before we speak

The proverbs are loaded with sayings about our speech.  I had a friend who once admitted avoiding Proverbs because he knew God would convict him for the things he let come out of his mouth.  (It didn’t matter, God threw … Continue reading

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Proverbs 17-19 — True friends

I’ve been fortunate over the course of my life to have found some really good friends.  People who have been there for me during the good times and bad. Several years ago, I was reminded of just how important such … Continue reading

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Proverbs 17 — Even when it works…

I’ve mentioned before that some of the proverbs express truths that God doesn’t necessarily approve of.  Proverbs 17:8 is an example of this. A bribe is a charm to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds. At … Continue reading

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Proverbs 16-17 — How to build relationships…and tear them down

In this passage, we see some important principles for building and maintaining our relationships. One of the key issues is watching what we say. Solomon writes, A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.  Pleasant words … Continue reading

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Proverbs 16 — Aligning our will with God’s

Often times, we try to invite God to join in with what we’re planning.  But one thing that is crystal clear from this passage is that this the wrong way to go about living our lives. We shouldn’t be inviting … Continue reading

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Proverbs 15:13, 15-17 — Is it worth the price?

Jesus once said of being a disciple, “You’ve got to count the cost.”  (Luke 14:28-33) But there are also other things for which we need to count the cost.  And we need to ask ourselves, “Is what I’m pursuing worth … Continue reading

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Proverbs 15 — Pleasing the Lord

How do we live lives pleasing to our Lord? Solomon writes in verse 3, The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. We can’t hide from God.  Not only does he see all … Continue reading

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Proverbs 15 — Being wise in our speech

Proverbs has a lot to say about being wise in our speech, and we see a lot of it here. It starts with verse 1. A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  (1) Often … Continue reading

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Proverbs 14:9, 23, 30 — At peace with others and within yourself

A few more passages strike me as I read this chapter.  First, Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.  (9) All of us are human.  All of us make mistakes and hurt other … Continue reading

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Proverbs 14:20-21, 31 — Despising our Maker

How often do we despise God? “Despise God,” you may ask.  “I don’t despise God.” And yet when we look down on those God has created, we do despise him. That’s what Solomon reiterates several times in the Proverbs.  He … Continue reading

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Proverbs 14 — Think!

“Think!” I’m sure many of us have heard that sentence punctuate the end of a scolding when we were kids.  We do something stupid, and after railing at us for what we did, our parents tell us, “Think next time!” … Continue reading

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Proverbs 13:24 — Disciplining our children

We’ve often heard the proverb, “Spare the rod, spoil the child.”  This isn’t a direct quote from the Bible, but the idea is certainly repeated fairly often. In Proverbs 13:24, it says, He who spares the rod hates his son, … Continue reading

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Proverbs 13:20 — Walking with the wise

One of my pastor’s favorite passages is this one, He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.  (20) He points out that it doesn’t say that a companion of fools becomes foolish, although … Continue reading

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Proverbs 13 — Pride

A lot of themes are repeated over and over in Proverbs, and one of them is the danger of pride. How does pride hurt us? It hurts us when we refuse to listen to rebuke.  Rebuke can be painful, but … Continue reading

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Proverbs 12:18, 25 — Words that wound; words that heal

These are two verses from chapter 12 that really struck me, and I felt deserved a blog to themselves. The first comes from verse 18, which says, Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings … Continue reading

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Proverbs 12 — Blunt pieces of wisdom

You’ve got to love the bluntness of some of these proverbs. Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.  (1) It is a theme that you see throughout the Proverbs.  That to be truly wise, you … Continue reading

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Proverbs 11:24-26, 30 — Being a pipeline of God’s grace

We’ve already touched on Proverbs 11, but I wanted to take a closer look at a few of those verses one more time. This passage is about the joy that comes from giving.  How when people give, it leads to … Continue reading

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Proverbs 11 — Looking ahead

If there is one theme that is repeated throughout this chapter, it’s the importance of looking ahead to the consequences of our actions. So many people in this world don’t.  I was watching part of a sports documentary called “Broke.”  … Continue reading

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Proverbs 10 — What kind of name do you have?

Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?”  Quite a lot actually. Solomon wrote, The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.  (7) When people hear the name Hitler, for example, there … Continue reading

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Proverbs 9 — Wisdom: A willingness to change

Some people mistake God’s love and acceptance of us with a license to sin.  They think, “God accepts me anyway, so why change?  Why not live the way I want?” But in this passage, we see that a wise person … Continue reading

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Proverbs 8 — Interpreting God’s word correctly

Sometimes people get into trouble as they interpret the Bible simply because they really don’t know how to interpret it correctly.  One of the big mistakes people make is when they bring two passages together that have no connection to … Continue reading

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Proverbs 7 — Easy pickings

Recently, my daughter had a sports festival at her nursery school.  One of the “sports” was running down to a place where she would “fish” for a gift.  She lowered her little fishing pole, and a person there attached the … Continue reading

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Proverbs 6:20-35 — Captivated by sin

It’s amazing how often we see adulterous relationships portrayed on TV nowadays.  Nobody even blinks at it.  And yet, one wonders why people never learn from it.  Even on TV, most times there are negative consequences that come from these … Continue reading

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Proverbs 6:12-19 — Acting as God’s children, or as the devil’s?

In this passage, Solomon talks about the “scoundrel,” or as the NASB puts it the “worthless person.”  In other words, a man of no use to man or God because they live only for themselves and place themselves under no … Continue reading

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Proverbs 6:1-11 — Being secure financially

I’m definitely not one to talk about how to improve your finances.  My family’s doing okay, but we’re definitely not rolling in green or anything, so I feel a little weird talking about financial matters.  But Solomon does, so here … Continue reading

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Proverbs 5 — Delighting in your wife (and husband)

This is one of several long passages warning against adultery in the book of Proverbs. In this world, people have lost sight of what marriage is about, and largely because of that, what sex is all about. Marriage is about … Continue reading

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Proverbs 4:10-27 — Watching our step

“Watch your step.” Whenever we’re in a precarious situation, people always warn us to be careful.  And in this world there are numerous pitfalls that can bring us down. So David warned his son Solomon about the pitfalls in life, … Continue reading

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Proverbs 4:1-9 — Esteeming wisdom

In this passage, Solomon recalls the words his father David told him when he was a boy, words, that apparently left in a deep impression on him.  David told him, Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep … Continue reading

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Proverbs 3 — Love and faithfulness

Love and faithfulness.  Two things that are sorely lacking in this world.  It’s the reason why relationships, and particularly marriages fall apart in this world. Solomon writes in verses 3-4, Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around … Continue reading

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Proverbs 2 — Softening our hearts

In my last post, I noted the dangers of hardening our hearts toward God and his wisdom.  But in this chapter, it talks about what happens when we soften our hearts. Solomon writes, My son, if you accept my words … Continue reading

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Proverbs 1:20-33 — When we reject wisdom

In this passage, we see the dangers of rejecting God’s wisdom and clinging to our own ways. As I look at this passage, it makes me think of Noah.  For 120 years before the flood came, he preached to the … Continue reading

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Proverbs 1:8-19 — Where we get our counsel

Way back when I was in high school, I heard a song called, “Who to listen to.”  And it said, You’ve got to know who to, who not to listen to. They’re gonna hit you from all sides, Gotta make … Continue reading

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Proverbs 1:1-7 — Where wisdom begins

As we start through Proverbs, I must admit to a little uncertainty in how to present this book.  There are a broad variety of themes within Proverbs, even within the chapters themselves.  I briefly considered organizing this book by themes, … Continue reading

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