Meditation and Prayer Journey – Proverbs 12

Proverbs 12


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1WHOEVER LOVES instruction and correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is like a brute beast, stupid and indiscriminating.2A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of wicked devices He condemns.

3A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall never be moved.

4A virtuous and worthy wife [earnest and strong in character] is a crowning joy to her husband, but she who makes him ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.(A)

5The thoughts and purposes of the [consistently] righteous are honest and reliable, but the counsels and designs of the wicked are treacherous.

6The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them and the innocent ones [thus endangered].

7The wicked are overthrown and are not, but the house of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall stand.

8A man shall be commended according to his Wisdom [godly Wisdom, which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God], but he who is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

9Better is he who is lightly esteemed but works for his own support than he who assumes honor for himself and lacks bread.

10A [consistently] righteous man regards the life of his beast, but even the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.(B)

11He who tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits is lacking in sense and is without understanding.

12The wicked desire the booty of evil men, but the root of the [uncompromisingly] righteous yields [richer fruitage].

13The wicked is [dangerously] snared by the transgression of his lips, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall come out of trouble.

14From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hands shall come back to him [as a harvest].

15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise.(C)

16A fool’s wrath is quickly and openly known, but a prudent man ignores an insult.

17He who breathes out truth shows forth righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), but a false witness utters deceit.

18There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

19Truthful lips shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is [credited] but for a moment.

20Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but for the counselors of peace there is joy.

21No [actual] evil, misfortune, or calamity shall come upon the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil, misfortune, and calamity.(D)

22Lying lips are extremely disgusting and hateful to the Lord, but they who deal faithfully are His delight.(E)

23A prudent man is reluctant to display his knowledge, but the heart of [self-confident] fools proclaims their folly.(F)

24The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.

25Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.(G)

26The [consistently] righteous man is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked causes others to go astray.

27The slothful man does not catch his game or roast it once he kills it, but the diligent man gets precious possessions.

28Life is in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), and in its pathway there is no death but immortality (perpetual, eternal life).(H)

* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

Proverb-A-Day: Chapter 11

STUDIES ON PROVERBS Exposition: Proverbs

Proverbs Spiritual Checkup

Singing Liars

There are many ways of telling a lie. Some people who pride themselves on never speaking a falsehood would be amazed if they would begin to recount the number of lies they sing each Sunday in church.

Many years ago I read an article by an unknown author who wrote, “We sing ‘Sweet Hour Of Prayer’ and then content ourselves with only 10 to 15 minutes of intercession each day. We sing ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ but wait to be dragged and drafted into God’s service. We join in the song ‘O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing’ and then do not use the one tongue we have for His glory.

“We sing ‘There Shall Be Showers Of Blessing’ very enthusiastically in dry and sunny weather, but when the Lord sends a few literal showers we find it impossible to go to church because it’s raining. We sing ‘Blest Be The Tie That Binds’ and then let the least little offense sever that precious tie. We sing ‘Serve The Lord With Gladness’ and then complain constantly about all that we have to do.”

Remember, lies are lies whether we speak them or sing them. Next time you open the hymnbook, be sure you mean the words that come out of your mouth.

Don’t be a singing liar! —Henry G. Bosch (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)

Tell the truth and tell it right,
A lie will never do;
The Bible says that God is truth—
He wants the truth from you. —Branon

After all is said and done, more is said than done

Proverbs 12:17-25
Speak That Word

In Charles Dickens’ novel David Copperfield, young David returns from a happy visit with friends to find his widowed mother remarried to Edward Murdstone, a harsh and domineering man. Mr. Murdstone and his permanently visiting sister Jane set out to conquer David’s spirit through cruel punishment and intimidation.

Early in the process, David describes his feelings: “I might have been improved for my whole life, I might have been made another creature . . . by a kind word.”

Copperfield desired so much to hear a word of encouragement, of understanding, and of reassurance that he was still welcome at home. He was sure that any act of kindness would help him respect and obey Mr. Murdstone. But to his dismay, no words of encouragement were ever given.

The tragedy of not speaking a kind word to a fearful and worried heart is as old as time. Wise King Solomon wrote: “There is one who speaks like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health” (Proverbs 12:18).

In our personal and family relationships, are we trying to force others to do what we want, or are we seeking to lead by example and encouragement? A sharp tongue leaves a scar, while a helpful word heals the heart. —David C. McCasland (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)

I long to have a caring heart—
To show God’s love to those in need;
So help me, Lord, to share a part
Of all I have through word and deed. —Hess

Kind words can give a lift to a heavy heart.

Solomon CEO – Proverbs 12:27 – Mindset training – Hoverson Leadership

A Thriving Marriage – Education Videos

Multi Media

The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 12

Folk Song of 12 Proverbs – no idea what they are saying, but it sounded nice.

Abundance of Life – Rap

Key Words*

Most have been covered in the previous chapters.


Matthew Henry

Jamieson, Fausset & Brown

My Reflections

Wise or Foolish

Pop out verses:

1WHOEVER LOVES instruction and correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is like a brute beast, stupid and indiscriminating.

8A man shall be commended according to his Wisdom [godly Wisdom, which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God], but he who is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

16A fool’s wrath is quickly and openly known, but a prudent man ignores an insult.

22Lying lips are extremely disgusting and hateful to the Lord, but they who deal faithfully are His delight.(E)

27The slothful man does not catch his game or roast it once he kills it, but the diligent man gets precious possessions.

V1 – LOL I just love the strong words of the Bible. I think today in many ways we have become too kind. The Bible has some very strong language in it for people who are doing wrong – Christian or Non-Christian. We tend to be able to give strong words when someone does right – but shy away from using them when someone is doing wrong. We are worried about offending them, making the mad, turning them away. What came to my mind is this: If we believe that we can turn someone away from Christ, then we believe we are the ones that lead them to Christ. But we don’t. Not really. It’s strictly the job of the Holy Spirit to do that. We only scatter some seeds, we don’t have anything to do with making it grow – nothing at all. If we are walking in the wrong ways, we could possibly hinder growth, but when you look at the parable of the sower, the seeds even grew in rock. Anyway, back to this verse and the words in the Bible. Brutish? Stupid? Beast? Look at this:

The original Hebrew: ba‛ar – From H1197; properly food (as consumed); that is, (be extension) of cattle brutishness; (concretely) stupid: – brutish (person), foolish.

We would rarely quote this verse to some for real. And if we used it on our kids, we would be told how we are damaging their emotional well being. I do believe we speak into our kids lives, the problem is we tend to use only half of the verse instead of the whole thing. And we tend to use it at in appropriate times and for irrelevant actions. It seems like today we are all caught up in telling our kids how well the are doing and how good they are and not being honest with them because we are afraid to damage them. If we have a daughter how really can’t sing, we don’t tell her that, we pretend she is doing a great job and encourage her, that isn’t the truth. If we have a son who doesn’t take our advice on something, we just say, “Oh well, I guess they will have to learn from their own mistakes.” And if we stand up to anyone and tell them they are wrong, we are the ones chastised and told to be quiet. I can’t even imagine if I went to someone who wasn’t listening to good, Godly, Biblical advice and said to them, if you listen to this instruction, you are wise, if you can’t stand it, then you are a stupid, brutish beast. When word got out that I said that, oh boy, I’m sure I’d hear about it. Oh well, Wise or Foolish – thats what it really boils down to. I don’t know, just thoughts that came to my mind. And if we move to V8, my next pop out verse, it even talks about our reaction to the two different kinds of people.

V8 – Honestly, I don’t see this happening among the church nor our families. There may be some commending going on – quite honestly not enough. And there is very little of the last half. What struck me is this, I’ve just realized something about the proverbs – it doesn’t exactly address the problem – it addresses the person. Like here, it doesn’t say the ACTIONS of one who is of a perverse heart shall be despised – it is HE who is … Love the sinner – hate the sin, that’s not what I read in the Proverbs. Jesus kind of turned that around based on his actions and when he said love your enemies. Yet, again, I think we look at the good and comfy stuff.  The word translated as despised here is:

bûz – From H936; disrespect: – contempt (-uously), despised, shamed.

You can tell by Jesus’s strong words to the Pharisees and Sadducees that he has disrespect for them. It seems as though Jesus was willing to give anyone a chance. He would walk with, talk with, dine with, visit, heal, reach out to, step in for, defend anyone. But what it really comes down to is what they did when he did those things. We don’t hear about those that turn away and continued in their sinful ways. We hear about the ones that repented – changed their ways – recognized just what He did for them and appreciated it. Oh yes, He was forgiving, and we should be tool. That means that we shouldn’t want to make the person pay every time we see them, it doesn’t mean that we ignore what they are doing, it just means we recognize that God is the ultimate authority and that vengeance is His not ours. Jesus was able to forgive because He knew it was all part of God’s plan and Jesus’s purpose for being here. He also knew that God would judge each person justly. It was probably what made him able to ignore it, like in the next verse that popped out.

V16 – Oh, how I wish I could walk in this one much better. I guess it really depends on whether I think I need to make someone pay for what they’ve done or if I believe it’s God’s job. It also depends on whether I am confident enough in myself to understand that the other person is a fool and doesn’t know what they are talking about – or if I believe that they know what they are talking about. If it’s all foolishness, then I just become a fool by reacting to it and address it. I think the Proverbs make clear the path, actions, and words of a Wise man as well as a Foolish. It’s always a choice for me, do I want to walk in the way of the Wise or the Fool. I just need to let that get into my Spirit – Wise or Foolish – which ever I choose will be openly known to those who are wise. And who cares what a fool thinks?

V22 – Truth sets us free. The enemy loves for the truth to be hidden because that is where he plays, in the darkness.  When the truth comes out sheds light in the darkness and exposes his ways. I find the hardest part of this is learning HOW to share the truth, or maybe it’s a WHEN issue. It just seems that people don’t want to get to the truth. They just want things to go away, fade to the back ground – don’t create drama. Many times the drama is really coming from the liar – not the one trying to expose the lie. It shouldn’t be about words – if there is no proof and it’s all about words – it can be very difficult to establish who is walking in truth and who is walking in lies. A battle of words, feelings, and he/she said, they said, we said, just ignore it like in v16. But we should hide wicked/evil/bad actions, schemes devised to hurt someone, false witnessing, and any of the other things that Proverb warns about. We should be able to expose them to the truth. Yet too often, these things are brushed under the carpet and hidden. But God is a just God and these things are hateful to Him, therefore, HE will reveal the truth. He will shine the light on the darkness. He will not allow the truth to remain hidden. The Proverbs are clear on this.

V27 –  *reads the text* WHAT?? HUh? What does this mean? Did I read that right? Does this really belong here? Going to investigate. Here are some various interpretations and commentary on this verse:

The slothful seems to enjoy hunting just for the sport of it, and then does not use what he has killed, but just lets it spoil. Wastefulness is a characteristic of the wicked. However, the righteous considers whatever substance he has a precious, and as a stewardship from the Lord to be used wisely. It is by divine knowledge, not by folly, that anyone gains precious substance, (Prov. 24:4). The righteous have the true riches, even godliness, which is eternal, (1 Tim. 6:6, 17). We may freely use the things of this world so long as we do not abuse them, nor let them abuse us, (1 Cor. 7:31). The world and all its substance is to pass away: only spiritual riches will abide, (1 John 2:17).

Albert Barnes: The word rendered “roasteth” occurs nowhere else; but the interpretation of the King James Version is widely adopted. Others render the first clause thus: “The slothful man will not secure (keep in his net) what he takes in hunting,” i. e., will let whatever he gains slip from his hands through want of effort and attention.

John Gill: Because he takes none. The slothful man takes no pains to get anything for a livelihood, by hunting or otherwise; and though he loves to live well, and eat roast meat, yet what he roasts is not what he has got himself, but what another has laboured for.

Ok, so a lazy man gets nothing and a diligent man appreciates everything they get. Got it. Makes a little more sense now.


Lord, thank you for Your Words, Your Wisdom, Your instruction. Father, I don’t like to be disciplined, I don’t enjoy it, but I am thankful that you care enough, love me enough, to want to see me grow and become wise, knowledgeable, and understanding. I pray for those who hates and rejects Your discipline that they will one day understand the love that went into it. Please help me to recognize the correction that comes from You through others and to receive it.

Father, help me to remember to praise others according to their wisdom. So often the people doing all the right things hear very little praise because they are doing what is expected of them. Help me to see those people so that I can be apart of praising them and their works through You. Lord, help me as I wrestle with speaking the truth, despising evil, and overlooking insults. This s a perfect example of the narrow path, something that can not be done without Your guidance. Knowing when to speak and when to remain quiet, when to confront and when to overlook, these are discernments that can only come from You through the Holy Spirit. I asked that you help me to grow in this area and walk steadily on the narrow path.

Father, truthfulness hurts sometimes. I know that You understand this. I know the price that Jesus paid for walking in truthfulness. It hurts, it is tiring, and it is tough. Please give me the strength to stay on the path of truth. Give me the peace and comfort in the midst of knowing the truths that have not been revealed. I pray for those who are walking in lies, living lies, believing lies, that every lie be revealed, every lie be exposed to the truth – set those people free! Set the victims free! Justly bring out the truth for all to know and delight in the truth and light. In JESUS name, Amen!


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