Meditation and Prayer Journey – Proverbs 18


Proverbs 18

Scripture

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Amplified Version

 1HE WHO willfully separates and estranges himself [from God and man] seeks his own desire and pretext to break out against all wise and sound judgment.

2A [self-confident] fool has no delight in understanding but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself.

3When the wicked comes in [to the depth of evil], he becomes a contemptuous despiser [of all that is pure and good], and with inner baseness comes outer shame and reproach.

4The 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].

5To respect the person of the wicked and be partial to him, so as to deprive the [consistently] righteous of justice, is not good.

6A [self-confident] fool’s lips bring contention, and his mouth invites a beating.

7A [self-confident] fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to himself.

8The words of a whisperer or talebearer are as dainty morsels; they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

9He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and [a]he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide.

10The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong.

11The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as a high protecting wall in his own imagination and conceit.

12Haughtiness comes before disaster, but humility before honor.

13He who answers a matter before he hears the facts–it is folly and shame to him.(A)

14The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?

15The mind of the prudent is ever getting knowledge, and the ear of the wise is ever seeking (inquiring for and craving) knowledge.

16A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.(B)

17He who states his case first seems right, until his rival comes and cross-examines him.

18To cast lots puts an end to disputes and decides between powerful contenders.

19A brother offended is harder to be won over than a strong city, and [their] contentions separate them like the bars of a castle.

20A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].

21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].(C)

22He who finds a [true] wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.(D)

23The poor man uses entreaties, but the rich answers roughly.

24The man of many friends [a friend of all the world] will prove himself a bad friend, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

* 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 18

Proverbs Spiritual Checkup

Proverbs 18:13a
A Way Of Loving

In her book Listening To Others, Joyce Huggett relates her experiences of listening to suffering people. She says they often raved about all she had done for them. “On many occasions,” she writes, “I had not ‘done’ anything. I had ‘just listened.’ I quickly came to the conclusion that ‘just listening’ was indeed an effective way of helping others.”

This was the help that Job’s wordy, preachy friends failed to give him. He complained that they were “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2) and was so distraught that he even accused God of not listening. He cried out, “Oh, that I had one to hear me!” (Job 31:35).

What does active listening accomplish? Listening is a way of loving others. It says, “I want to understand and know you.” It comforts the brokenhearted, builds relationships, and encourages faith in God. Listening is also a means of learning the facts. Solomon, in Proverbs 18:13, warned that it is folly to answer a matter before hearing it.

Most of all, listening to others should reflect our attentiveness toward God and His Word. He has so much He wants to teach us and tell us. As you take a moment of stillness today and give Him a listening ear, you’ll be better able to listen to the hurting people around you. –J E Yoder  (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)

A caring heart, a listening ear,
A thoughtful word, a loving tear
Will help to lift the heavy load
Of hurting people on life’s road. –DJD

You can win more friends with your ears
than with your mouth.

Multi Media

The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 18

Proverbs 18:20 -Christian Or Jerk? – Today’s Christian Videos

The Things People Say – Proverbs 18:21

The name of the LORD is a strong tower…Proverbs 18:10

Commentaries

STUDIES ON PROVERBS Exposition: Proverbs

Bible commentaries: Here are a few I personally use: John Darby’s SynopsisMatthew Henry’s Concise Commentary;John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

Bible Explained: An interactive commentary on the whole Bible.

My Reflections

Wise or Foolish

Pop out verses:

5To respect the person of the wicked and be partial to him, so as to deprive the [consistently] righteous of justice, is not good.

6A [self-confident] fool’s lips bring contention, and his mouth invites a beating.

17He who states his case first seems right, until his rival comes and cross-examines him.

V5 – This one struck me as I think about how many times we don’t follow this proverbial wisdom. It’s another case of ignoring some of the tougher verses in the Bible and replacing it with something else. Really think about what this is saying here. How many times have you heard the saying, “God is no respecter of persons.” Really? Then what’s the point in Jesus Christ and salvation? If we believe this then when judgement day comes doesn’t that mean we’ll all go free? We know this isn’t true, it’s just uncomfortable to be someone who is a “respecter of persons. Let’s break verse 5 down a bit.

Respect – nâśâ’  nâsâh – A primitive root; to lift, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, absolutely and relatively: – accept, advance, arise … .

Wicked – râshâ‛ – From H7561; morally wrong; concretely an (actively) bad person: –  + condemned, guilty, ungodly, wicked (man), that did wrong. A primitive root; to be (causatively do or declare) wrong; by implication to disturb, violate: – condemn, make trouble, vex, be (commit, deal, depart, do) wicked (-ly, -ness).)

Righteous – tsaddı̂yq – From H6663; just: – just, lawful, righteous (man). (H6663 – A primitive root; to be (causatively make) right (in a moral or forensic sense): – cleanse, clear self, (be, do) just (-ice, -ify, -ify self), (be, turn to) righteous (-ness).)

Justice – comes from the root word H8199 – A primitive root; to judge, that is, pronounce sentence (for or against); by implication to vindicate or punish; by extension to govern; passively to litigate (literally or figuratively): – + avenge, X that condemn, contend, defend, execute (judgment), (be a) judge (-ment), X needs, plead, reason, rule.

Ok, so what does it really say to us? It seems to me that we aren’t supposed to accept, advance, or lift up a person who is morally wrong, does the wrong things (of course according to what the Bible says, not man) or disturbs or violates something or someone. To do this is really depriving the person who lives a moral, lawful life. I can think of many times this happens, many. I guess if we followed this, we would do away with punishing a whole class because one person did something wrong, if we know who did it. If someone isn’t following rules, is stirring up trouble, is violating something, isn’t respecting people in charge, don’t turn the other cheek and pretend they aren’t doing it because it’s unfair to all those who are following rules. Going to have to remember this one and make some changes, how about you?

V6 – This one just stuck out in a kind of funny way. When I heard “his mouth invites a beating,” it just struck me as funny. lol  Oh my, I looked up the original word for beating – it’s worse than I thought. O.O

Beating – mahălûmmâh – From H1986; a blow: – stripe, stroke. (H1986  A primitive root; to strike down; by implication to hammer, stamp, conquer, disband: – beat (down), break (down), overcome, smite (with the hammer).)

OUCH!!

V17 – This is something we all have to remember. It goes with the saying that the truth is always somewhere in the middle. No matter who we are, when we tell something, we tell it from our perspective, with our frame of reference – it is very rarely the absolute truth. Sure, one or the other person probably tells “more” of the truth than the other. That is why it is always better to get both sides of something before making a judgement against anyone. That is probably why in biblical times, there had to be at least two witnesses for a case to be heard.

Prayer

Father, thank you for opening up some new things to apply to my life. Thank you for Your words of wisdom left to us by Your chosen writers in what we now call the Bible. Thank you for allowing us to acquire wisdom, knowledge and understanding and to be able to walk in a more righteous manner. I pray for all those who have been righteous and yet suffered because of someone allowing a wicked/bad person to get away with what they did. I pray that their hearts be healed and their soul hurts be supernaturally removed by Your loving Spirit. I pray for those who have lost relationships because of those who have heard only one side of things and decided that it was the truth and acted upon that understanding. I pray that their   any bitterness or frustration in not being heard be replaced with joy and peace. I ask that the truth be revealed and the righteous vindicated and that justice be served by You in a righteous way. In Jesus Name, AMEN!

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