Skip to comments.Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]
Posted on 03/21/2014 8:38:35 AM PDT by OneVike
Proverb 21 (NKJV)
The LORD Considers the Heart
01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD,
00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
00 But the LORD weighs the hearts.
03 To do righteousness and justice
00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
04 A haughty look, a proud heart,
00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin.
05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
00 But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
06 Getting treasures by a lying tongue
00 Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
07 The violence of the wicked will destroy them,
00 Because they refuse to do justice.
08 The way of a guilty man is perverse;
00 But as for the pure, his work is right.
09 Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
00 Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;
00 His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise;
00 But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
12 The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked,
00 Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.
13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
00 Will also cry himself and not be heard.
14 A gift in secret pacifies anger,
00 And a bribe behind the back, strong wrath.
15 It is a joy for the just to do justice,
00 But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding
00 Will rest in the assembly of the dead.
17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man;
00 He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous,
00 And the unfaithful for the upright.
19 Better to dwell in the wilderness,
00 Than with a contentious and angry woman.
20 There is desirable treasure,
00 And oil in the dwelling of the wise,
00 But a foolish man squanders it.
21 He who follows righteousness and mercy
00 Finds life, righteousness and honor.
22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty,
00 And brings down the trusted stronghold.
23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
00 Keeps his soul from troubles.
24 A proud and haughty man--"Scoffer" is his name;
00 He acts with arrogant pride.
25 The desire of the lazy man kills him,
00 For his hands refuse to labor.
26 He covets greedily all day long,
00 But the righteous gives and does not spare.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
00 How much more when he brings it with wicked intent!
28 A false witness shall perish,
00 But the man who hears him will speak endlessly.
29 A wicked man hardens his face,
00 But as for the upright, he establishes his way.
30 There is no wisdom or understanding
00 Or counsel against the LORD.
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
00 But deliverance is of the LORD.
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 to know which Proverb to read. 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.
Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evilExactly where the liberal mindset has brought America to. We do not make those breaking the law to pay for their crime, a vast amount of Americans realize their will be little or no punishment for a crime, so they fear not the law.
13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.
My pick. As I have been writting a lot lately about the difference between the Poor and the Slouthful and about how peoples hearts have become so harden they can not longer tell them apart.
He who has a slack hand becomes poor,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
He who gathers in summer is a wise son;
He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.
He who is slothful in his work
Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.
The lazy man will not plow because of winter;
He will beg during harvest and have nothing.
The lazy man says, "There is a lion outside!
I shall be slain in the streets!"
I went by the field of the lazy man,
And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
And there it was, all overgrown with thorns;
Its surface was covered with nettles;
Its stone wall was broken down.
When I saw it, I considered it well;
I looked on it and received instruction:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest;
So shall your poverty come like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.
I think you could also add those who suffer from depression or other mental health issues. What some see as being lazy may be in some cases a deep depression.
You know, I am sure there are a few, but to make that an excuse to ignore the vast majority who are lazy and always looking for a free ride is just asinine!
I would say that maybe, and I am being gracious, there is .001% who are suffering from mental or other disorders out of their control.
Those are the the same as the ones the left got judges to force institutions to rel;ease into the streets in the early 80s. Then the left accused Reagan of having no heart for the homeless.