Skip to comments.Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]
Posted on 06/22/2014 7:09:50 AM PDT by OneVike
Proverb 22 (NKJV)
The Value of a Good Name
01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold.
02 The rich and the poor have this in common,
00 The LORD is the maker of them all.
03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,
00 But the simple pass on and are punished.
04 By humility and the fear of the LORD
00 Are riches and honor and life.
05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
00 He who guards his soul will be far from them.
06 Train up a child in the way he should go,
00 And when he is old he will not depart from it.
07 The rich rules over the poor,
00 And the borrower is servant to the lender.
08 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow,
00 And the rod of his anger will fail.
09 He who has a generous eye will be blessed,
00 For he gives of his bread to the poor.
10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave;
00 Yes, strife and reproach will cease.
11 He who loves purity of heart
00 And has grace on his lips,
00 The king will be his friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge,
00 But He overthrows the words of the faithless.
13 The lazy man says, "There is a lion outside!
00 I shall be slain in the streets!"
14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit;
00 He who is abhorred by the LORD will fall there.
15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
00 The rod of correction will drive it far from him.
16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches,
00 And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.
Sayings of the Wise
17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
00 And apply your heart to my knowledge;
18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you;
00 Let them all be fixed upon your lips,
19 So that your trust may be in the LORD;
00 I have instructed you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things
00 Of counsels and knowledge,
21 That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth,
00 That you may answer words of truth
00 To those who send to you?
22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
00 Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;
23 For the LORD will plead their cause,
00 And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man,
00 And with a furious man do not go,
25 Lest you learn his ways
00 And set a snare for your soul.
26 Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge,
00 One of those who is surety for debts;
27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
00 Why should he take away your bed from under you?
28 Do not remove the ancient landmark
00 Which your fathers have set.
29 Do you see a man who excels in his work?
00 He will stand before kings;
00 He will not stand before unknown men.
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.
//15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
00 The rod of correction will drive it far from him. //
//06 Train up a child in the way he should go,
00 And when he is old he will not depart from it. //