January 18, 2012
“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, And before honour is humility.” Proverbs 18:12
What is your attitude today? Do you view and treat others better than yourself or are you prideful? Remember Christ’s attitude before his persecutors (1 Peter 2:21-23).
February 18, Saturday, 2012
Proverbs 18:9 "He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster."
Do others see you as lazy or diligent? How will you make your time from God count today instead of wasting it?
March 18, 2012
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: The righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)
Names in Bible times often represented a person’s existence, character, and reputation.
Where do you run in life’s difficulties? Flee to God. His character never changes, so you can count on him to help you flee from the temptations and trials that may beset you.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
April 18, Wednesday, 2012
Proverbs 18:2 "A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself."
Are you like the fool who follows the whimsical desires of his heart or are you delighting in the understanding and skill you gain from learning and experience? Do you hate Bible study, school, instructions, and studying, or do you enjoy it?
May 18, Friday, 2012
Proverbs 18:13 "He that answereth a matter (speech, advice) before he heareth it, it is folly (foolishness) and shame (reproach, confusion, dishonor) unto him."
Do you interrupt people before they are done talking because you think you know what they are going to say, only to find out you do not?
Remember be quick to hear and slow to speak. Make sure the other person is done talking and you understand what they are saying, then think about what you are going to say before you say it, and be careful not to get angry (James 1:19). How will you listen and be attentive to what others are telling you today and especially the Lord. Do not assume you know what others are trying to tell you.
June 18, 2012
“A fool hath no delight in understanding, But that his heart may discover itself.” (Proverbs 18:2)
This is perfectly descriptive of many today. The BIG LIE "follow you heart" could be stated in plainer terms: BE A FOOL! Today instead following your deceitful and desperately wicked heart how are you seeking the Lord’s understanding in all you do? (Jeremiah 17:9) Today delight yourself in the wisdom and understanding that God’s Word provides.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: And the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)
July 18, 2012
“The words of a talebearer are as wounds, And they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.” (Proverbs 18:8)
The word talebearer is used seven times in the Bible. Strong’s Dictionary defines it as "to roll to pieces; a slanderer:—talebearer, whisperer." In the KJV it is translated murmured 3X, whisperer 1X, talebearer 3X. It is essentially gossip and slander. The first occurrence of it is when the Israelites are in the wilderness. Deuteronomy 1:27 says the people murmured in their tents saying the Lord hated them. Remember what the Lord had done and was doing for the Israelites. He delivered them from bondage in Egypt, parted the Red Sea, fed them 6 days a week with manna providing enough on the sixth to provide for their food on the seventh. How do you think God must have felt about His people? Now what has God done for you?
Have you ever accidentally come on a conversation where you are being bashed and criticized? It hurts very deeply doesn’t it? Or have you ever been the talebearer and the friend of yours showed up that you are bashing? Proverbs 16:28 using the same Hebrew word for talebearer says "a whisperer separateth chief friends."
A talebearer should not describe any believer’s life. Rather if a brother has offended us we should go privately and talk to that person one on one. Matthew 18:15 says, “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.” (Matthew 18:15)
If you have a problem with being a tale bearer ask God to help you keep the door of your lips as David did.“Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; Keep the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)
August, 18, Saturday, 2012
Proverbs 18:15 "The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge."
Heart (H3820) – will, intellect, mind, feelings
Prudent (H995) – have intelligence, understand, wise, look well to, discern, know. The word for prudent is actually a verbal adjective in the passive voice indicating continued, simple action.
Knowledge (H1847) – of the 91 times this Hebrew Word is used it is used 40 times in the book of Proverbs and is closely associated with biblical wisdom. It means: knowing, learning, discernment, insight, aware.
Ear (H241) – give audience.
AMG Complete Word Study Dictionaries says that this word is often used metaphorically as an instrument of obedience and intellect.
Wise (H2450) – intelligent, skillful, cunning, wisehearted
Seeketh (H1245) – ask, beg, beseech, desire, enquire, get, procure, request, require
So a paraphrase of this verse could be:
The mind and will of those who are discerning attain Godly discernment; and the intelligent person’s ear gives audience begging for Godly discernment.
Are you seeking after knowledge? Does your ear give audience, begging for knowledge? Is your ear like a mooching dog that gives unwavering attention to the person that has food in his hand? Are you giving that kind of attention to those who have Godly knowledge? Are you gaining knowledge in your life?
Knowledge is a gift from God.
For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Eccl 2:26 (KJV)
September 18, 2012
“A man’s gift maketh room for him, And bringeth him before great men.” (Proverbs 18:16)
Are you gifted in a particular area such as art, music, sports, computers, working with kids, you name it? Generally if you are gifted in a particular area people are going to want to benefit from what you have and want your services. So if you are gifted in a particular area keep working at becoming better at it. If not so much work on honing a gift you may have, so that you can better serve the Lord and witness for Him.
Just as a basketball player who wants to make it to the pros has to be persistent and consistent in becoming a better player, so we who are gifted by the Lord need to work on making our gifts better. Just like Jesus parable of the men with the talents. God wants us to make a good return on what he has given us, so that others are blessed by what we have.
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” (Romans 12:6–10)
How are you working on improving and using your gift with love for God today?
October 18, 2012
“The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a wounded spirit who can bear?” (Proverbs 18:14)
Spirit denotes the entire immaterial consciousness of man. (Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. Edited by Harris, R. Laird, Gleason L. Archer, Jr. and Bruce K. Waltke. electronic ed. Chicago: Moody Press, 1999.) Thus, the spirit of man can refer to the inward feelings and attitudes.
Sustain: maintain, or keep inside like a vessel keeps water inside.
Wounded: stricken, broken
Bear: it has the idea of enduring, carry.
The attitude or spirit of a person often affects how well they heal of physical sickeness.
The Pulpit commentary gives helpful insight into the latter part of this verse. It says.
But a wounded (broken) spirit who can bear? The body can, as it were, fall back upon the support of the spirit, when it is distressed and weakened; but when the spirit itself is broken, grieved, wearied, debilitated, it has no resource, no higher faculty to which it can appeal, and it must succumb beneath the pressure. Here is a lesson, too, concerning the treatment of others. We should be more careful not to wound a brother’s spirit than we are to refrain from doing a bodily injury; the latter may be healed by medical applications; the former is more severe in its effects, and is often irremediable. Proverbs, ed. H. D. M. Spence-Jones, The Pulpit Commentary (London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909), 350.
Have you been wounded in spirit through unkind words others had said to you? If so, have you come to Jesus for healing? Isaiah 61:1 says this about the Messiah,“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; Because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” (Isaiah 61:1)
More importantly, how are you watching what you say today to avoid wounding the spirit of those around you? Do your words build others up, or are they destructive? Remember, what your word are not retractable, so as the Psalmist prayed, let us all pray. “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; Keep the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)
November 18, Sunday, 2012
Proverbs 18:11 "The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own conceit."
God richly blesses us, but how often when God has blessed us we trust in His blessings rather than God Himself. Do not be like the foolish man who foolishly trusts in his riches for his security. In who or what is your trust?
December 18, Tuesday, 2012
Proverbs 18:4 "The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook."
Two cross references in my Bible, Proverbs 10:11 and Proverbs 20:5 shed a little more light on what this verse is talking about.
"The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked." Proverbs 10:11
"Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out." Proverbs 20:5
The context of this verse is speaking of wisdom and the words of a wise person.
Words (H6917): this Hebrew word is used in a variety of ways of which most notable is that of its use for the words of the Lord. This word means word, speech, matter (as spoken of). The Ten Commandments were literally called the ten words of the Lord (Deuteronomy 4:13).
AMG’s Complete Word Study Dictionaries
This paraphrase from AMG’s Encyclopedia of Bible Facts well summarizes this verse:
"4 The words of a [discreet and wise] man’s mouth are like deep waters [plenteous and difficult to fathom], and the fountain of skillful and godly Wisdom is like a gushing stream [sparkling, fresh, pure, and life-giving]"
Is Jesus Christ who is wisdom your personal Savior (1 Corinthians 1:30)? If He is, how is His wisdom flowing through you to others? Is there anything in your life that is hindering the flow of Christ our Wisdom through your life? Think of two ways you can share the unsearchable riches of Christ with others today. What unsearchable riches will you share with others (Ephesians 3:8)?
"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I (Jesus) shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. " John 4:14
The well spring of wisdom is as a flowing brook, it just keeps giving, because its source is our infinite awesome God. Keep looking to the Source and His resources will flow through you.
January 18, 2013
“Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh And intermeddleth with all wisdom.” (Proverbs 18:1)
Desire – I was very surprised to see how the exact Hebrew form of this word is translated in the 3 other places it occurs in the Old Testament – pleasant (Genesis 3:6); lusted exceedingly (Psalm 106:14); greedily (Proverbs 21:26). All three of these occurrences are used in negative contexts in which the desire for something forbidden is prevalent.
disperse, divide, be out of joint, part, scatter (abroad), separate (self), sever self, stretch, sunder. [A Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and The Hebrew Bible Vol.2]
Seeketh – require, desire
He is unfriendly (18:1)—more literally, “is separated”—suggesting broken relationships (see 19:4). Whether or not the separation was of his choosing, he relishes his isolation in order to satisfy selfish ends. [Proverbs: A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition ]
Intermeddle – to expose, lay bear, break out. (Logos Bible Word Study & Theological Word Dictionary of the Old Testament)
Wisdom – this Hebrew word for wisdom is only used four times in Proverbs. In these occurrences it is translated sound wisdom. It conveys the idea of wisdom that is sure and tried. Such as wisdom to know how to do a business venture, or common good sense about knowing how to do things smartly and wisely. This sense and a few others are brought out in Strong’s definition of this word. He writes that it means "to substantiate; support or (by impl.) ability, i.e. (direct) help, (in purpose) an undertaking, (intellectual) understanding:—enterprise, that which (thing as it) is, substance, (sound) wisdom, working."
Regarding this verse the Bible Knowledge Commentary states that "Some people, out of selfishness, avoid friendly relations with others. Their self-centeredness makes them enemies of sound judgment."
It is possible that this verse may entail separating ones self to study, but most seem to lean that this verse entails a separation from good advice and a defiance toward any sound advice which seems to be the indication of the word intermeddle from other two contexts it is used (Proverbs 17:14; 20:3).
The question is today is do you listen to reason or are you so set on that your own way is correct that you ignore biblically sound and godly advice of others, so you can continue doing what is right in your own eyes?
I pray that today we would not be as Israel who sinned against the Lord and consequently separated themselves from their fellowship with God. May we keep the channels clear and be humble to accept Godly, sound, and biblical advice of God, our authorities, and friends. May we not respond in anger and intermeddle against good advice to our detriment, but in thankfulness for their concern about us.
“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; And a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” (Proverbs 1:5)
February 18, Monday, 2013
Proverbs 18:3 "When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach."
Wicked (H7563) – condemned, guilty, ungodly, bad person, that did wrong. Indicates an enemy of God from whom David asked God to deliver him (Psalm 17:13).
Contempt (H937) – despised, shame. An attitude of disrespect and scorn toward persons. – AMG’s Complete Word Study Dictionaries
Ignominy (H7036) – from a root Hebrew word meaning disgrace. This word means confusion, dishonor, reproach, shame.
Reproach (H2781) – rebuke, shame, scorn, taunt
Thus, when the wicked comes, there comes also an attitude of disrespect towards others. When someone is a disgrace, dishonor, confusion or reproach, it brings shame, rebuke, and scorn.
What is our attitude like? Do we take with us an attitude of scorn and disrespect towards others or an attitude of the love of Christ wherever we go? Is our attitude more like the wicked’s attitude or more like Christ’s attitude?
Secondly, are our actions disgraceful (sinful) and bringing shame to the name of Christ?
Today let us live in obedience and with the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:1-8). Praise the Lord we can do both of these things, as we by faith accept and picture ourselves crucified with Christ. Just as we believe Christ died for us we believe that the Bible is true when it says we are dead to sin. While the law of sin is still present, through Christ we have the power to live above the law of sin; sin has no power over a dead man. I was listening to a session of the Basic Seminar by Bill Gothard yesterday, and he gave and interesting point I had heard before but had forgotten. To pray for victory over sin is not Biblical; Christ has already given us the victory. When temptation comes we need to remember who we are in Christ and quote Scripture to ward off the temptation. Romans 6 and 8:1-15 are excellent passages to memorize and engraft into our soul (mind, will, and emotions). The Truth sets us free (John 8:31-32).
I pray today that we would "…walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;" (Colossians 1:10).
God bless and have a great day!
March 18, Monday, 2013
Proverbs 18:17 "He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbor cometh and searcheth him."
This verse is saying after hearing one person’s side of the story, it seems as if that person’s cause is right and just, but then his neighbor comes along and finds out what the other side of the story is which confirms or discredits this person’s story. Just as in a court of law, more than one testimony is given about the case to make a just ruling on the case, so we need to hear both sides of the story before giving our judgment. Are you swift to accept as fact things you hear before hearing the other side’s cause? We need to carefully weigh out the things we hear, and look at them from the view of God’s Word, versus just blindly accepting something because we like what someone said and it seems to make sense. God wants us to think, and to have logic in what we believe, not blind faith. Isaiah 1:18 says, "Come now and let us reason together, saith the LORD…"
Where this principle to logically reason through issues is violated is with the "theory" of evolution which it is often presented as truth without giving any consideration for creation or intelligent design. Scientifically, the view of origins most correctly aligns with creation and not the scientific impossibility of evolution which requires even more faith than creation. However, most people never hear the other side of the story, and therefore accept evolution as truth without knowing the case for creation.
Do you seek to understand both sides of issues from a Biblical perspective before coming to conclusions? Are you truthful in how you present your side of the story? Are you living for the cause of Jesus Christ today or for yourself? When others seek to find out your motives for living the Christian life, will they find that you are doing it for the just cause of the glory of God?
Here are is a link to a video by Carl Kerby on some amazing evidences pointing to our all powerful, creative, loving Designer, God, that will help you to better promote the idea of Biblical Creationsim: http://www.answersingenesis.org/media/video/ondemand/best-evidence/best-evidence-god-created.
April 18, 2013
“It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, To overthrow the righteous in judgment.” (Proverbs 18:5)
The context is the judgment seat.
The person of the wicked is not to be accepted. The power, wealth, and status of a man should have nothing with determining the outcome of a verdict. Righteous judgment is to be done in accordance with the righteous judgment of the law.
Adam Clark writes, "judge the case according to its own merits. But when the wicked rich man opposes and oppresses the poor righteous, then all those things should be utterly forgotten." So our judgment is not to be based on the possessions a person may have because we are hoping that they may bless us with some them after we get through the case. Justice by God’s righteous standard must be exercised by the judge.
Jesus said, "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." John 7:24 (KJV)
How do you make your judgment calls? Do you stereotype people? Are you hasty to try to make decisions to your personal advantage which are not ethically right? Today, let us be faithful to do good "to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly" with God. Micah 6:8 (KJV)
May 18, 2013
"A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes." Proverbs 18:6
Fool – The word fool has 61 occurences in the book of Proverbs and is translated from primarily three Hebrew words, "kesel," (stupid, insolent) 42 times, "ewil" (idiot, fool, foolish) 15 times, and "nabal"(futile, worthless, godless, unbeliever, miser, good for nothing) three times, and once each as compounds of "nabal" and "ewil". The Hebrew word in this passage is"kesel."
This is the guy who does not think carefully about his actions and simply does whatever comes to his mind. (Proverbs 29:11) He is confident when he is angry even though he is in the wrong and finds pleasure in evil doing. He fails to think about the long-term consequences of his behavior.
Contention – a dispute, brawl, legal case, quarrel, lawsuit. (Logos Bible Word Study) In the context brawling and quarreling seem to be the context.
Calleth – to call, shout, summon, to name, appoint, proclaim, announce (Logos Bible Word Study) This is guy who seems to thrive on calling out the punches in the fights, and instigating fights.
Strokes – blows, beating (Logos Bible Word Study) It is interesting that this word is only used twice. In the first occurrence, the fool is calling for strokes, the second time stripes are prepared for the back of fools. So what he delighted to encourage is the very thing which will be done to his own back. He will eventually be punished for his brawling.
The Pulpit Commentary states that the fool’s mouth leads "him into strife and quarrels." (349). What fruit are your lips bearing in your life? Consider these verses from Proverbs.
“A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: And the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.” (Proverbs 12:14)
“A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: But the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.” (Proverbs 13:2)
“A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; And with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.” (Proverbs 18:20)
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21)
Is the fruit of your mouth different from that of the fool? May we determine by God’s grace that our mouths will yield fruits unto righteousness?
June 18, 2013
“The lot causeth contentions to cease, And parteth between the mighty.” (Proverbs 18:18)
Lot – the method of casting lots is not known According to TWOT the word is derived from a word which means pebbles "garwal." It may be like rolling dice today.
In the Bible "the method of casting lots is not specified or described and seems to have varied according to the need of the situation (cf. Lv 16:8; Nm 26:55, 56; Jgs 20:9)."(Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, 1356).
In Sacrifices – “And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat.” (Leviticus 16:8)
In Dividing the Promised Land – “Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit. According to the lot shall the possession thereof be divided between many and few.” (Numbers 26:55–56)
Deciding who would go to war – “But now this shall be the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot against it;” (Judges 20:9)
Choosing a replacement for Judas Iscariot – "And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:26)
Casting lots is not condemned by God. In fact, Proverbs says the outcome is from the Lord.
“The lot is cast into the lap; But the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:33) God cares even about the disputes we have in our life.
Life’s situation’s are under the control of the Lord. As you go throughout today remember that the situations of your life are not mere accident, but Divinely ordained. The outcomes of a lot were beyond the control of the participants, and was a way for disputes or outcomes to be fairly settled. So today there are often things that happen to us we have no control over, but only our responses to them. I pray that today we would respond wisely to the situations God brings us and realize His way is always perfect (Psalm 18:30).
July 18, Thursday, 2013
Proverbs 18:7 "A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul."
Here are some other verses to shed further light on the fool’s mouth and lips (his speech).
Proverbs 13:3 "He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction."
Proverbs 18:6 "A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes."
Proverbs 10:14 "Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction."
Ecclesiastes 10:12 "The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself."
Proverbs 26:9 "As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools."
From these verses, we see
1. A fool is a big mouth rashly saying whatever he feels like saying without evaluating the consequences (13:3)
2. What the fool has to say is often sinful (18:6)
3. A fool is argumentative. (18:6)
4. A fool’s speech is constantly pushing the limits (10:14)
5. A fool is not truthful (26:9)
6. He lacks understanding (26:9)
7. His speech eventually catches up to him and is his ruin and his trap . (Ecclesiastes 10:12)
8. The fool’s speech is not gracious (Ecclesiastes 10:12)
Let’s ask ourselves, "Does my speech resemble the fool’s speech? In what ways does my speech resemble the fools speech and how will I change it? Is my speech gracious, like a wise man’s speech?
Today let’s purpose and ask God to help our speech to be gracious.
August 18, 2013
September 18, Wednesday, 2013
Proverbs 18:17 "He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbor cometh and searcheth him."
This verse is saying do not be content with one side of the story, probe and ask questions. Just as in a court case witnesses are cross-examined for the validity of their accounts, so what people say needs to be thoroughly examined before taking it hook, line, and sinker. Scam artists take advantage of those who do not.
This verse assumes man’s fallen human nature. People have a tendency to exaggerate and embellish a story. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary summarizes this verse very succinctly, "One-sided statements are not reliable." Do you believe everything you hear, or do you take it with a grain of salt, ask questions, and/or listen to the other side?
Today, take some time to praise God for the absolute truths of the Bible that withstand any scrutiny, that seeks to disprove it! No scrutiny can disprove it; it is absolute Truth. Reject any thoughts or ideas that do not align with Scripture.
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." 1 Thessalonians 5:21
October 18, Friday, 2013
Proverbs 18:19 "A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle."
This verse is a clear illustration of what disunity between family members is like and is a stern warning to have a heart filled with love, grace, and forgiveness towards family and relatives. Love is the oil of relationships that keeps things running smoothly. It covers a multitude of sins (Prov. 10:12). I am not saying that this love oks sin, but it will look out for another’s wellbeing, pray for them, and desire God’s best for them.
Do you have a brother, sister, parent, or relative that is offended right now in your life? Is there a stronghold of bitterness in you, or does someone have one against you? What is your attitude towards them? Are you a castle builder or a peace maker (Mat. 5:9)? We cannot control another person’s response to us, but we can control our response to them. Remember, "Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom." (Prov. 13:10).
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" Psalm 133:1
November 18, 2013