Skip to comments.Proverb A Day, Proverb 15 [Prayer and Meditation]
Posted on 03/15/2014 8:44:59 AM PDT by OneVike
Proverb 15 (NKJV)
A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath
01 A soft answer turns away wrath,
00 But a harsh word stirs up anger.
02 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly,
00 But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
03 The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
00 Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
04 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
00 But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
05 A fool despises his father's instruction,
00 But he who receives correction is prudent.
06 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
00 But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
07 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge,
00 But the heart of the fool does not do so.
08 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
00 But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
09 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
00 But He loves him who follows righteousness.
10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way,
00 And he who hates correction will die.
11 Hell and Destruction are before the LORD;
00 So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.
12 A scoffer does not love one who corrects him,
00 Nor will he go to the wise.
13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
00 But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
00 But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,
00 But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD,
00 Than great treasure with trouble.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is,
00 Than a fatted calf with hatred.
18 A wrathful man stirs up strife,
00 But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
19 The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns,
00 But the way of the upright is a highway.
20 A wise son makes a father glad,
00 But a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment,
00 But a man of understanding walks uprightly.
22 Without counsel, plans go awry,
00 But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
00 And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
24 The way of life winds upward for the wise,
00 That he may turn away from hell below.
25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud,
00 But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
00 But the words of the pure are pleasant.
27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,
00 But he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer,
00 But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.
29 The LORD is far from the wicked,
00 But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
00 And a good report makes the bones healthy.
31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life
00 Will abide among the wise.
32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,
00 But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom,
00 And before honor is humility.
The purpose of Writing the book of Proverbs by Solomon is to reveal the mind of God in matters high and lofty and in common, ordinary, everyday situations. It appears that no topic escaped King Solomon's attention. Matters pertaining to personal conduct, sexual relations, business, wealth, charity, ambition, discipline, debt, child-rearing, character, alcohol, politics, revenge, and Godliness are among the many topics covered in this rich collection of wise sayings.
Without wisdom, knowledge is nothing more than an accumulation of raw facts, influenced by emotional feelings. Many highly educated people are in positions of power in the United States, but very few of those educated leaders have the wisdom needed to rule properly.
One can say that they have been educated well beyond their intelligence. A cursory look at the court system will prove my point that knowledge without wisdom will only lead to an immoral society that eventually crumbles from within. Judges are supposed to be above the fray, and immovable to emotions. Instead, the vast majority of judges today are Godless individuals who are vacant of wisdom. So their rulings are totally based upon emotional feelings.
We the people are to blame, because we ignored God';s guidance in appointing our leaders. Instead of putting leaders full wisdom in power, we instead chose those who would scratch our itchy ears to lead us.
Along with my daily routine of reading the Bible, I try to read through the book of Proverbs once a Month. It's an easy task when you consider there are 31 Proverbs. So all you need to know is what day of the Month it is. In the Months that have less than 31 days, I just double so I can begin the next month with Proverb 1 on the first again.
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands for Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting." (Micah 5:2)
A very interesting read. Thanks!