1BE NOT envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them;
2For their minds plot oppression and devise violence, and their lips talk of causing trouble and vexation.
3Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation],
4And by knowledge shall its chambers [of every area] be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
6For by wise counsel you can wage your war, and in an abundance of counselors there is victory and safety.
7Wisdom is too high for a [b]fool; he opens not his mouth in the gate [where the city’s rulers sit in judgment].
8He who plans to do evil will be called a mischief-maker.
9The plans of the foolish and the thought of foolishness are sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to men.
10If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.
11Deliver those who are drawn away to death, and those who totter to the slaughter, hold them back [from their doom].
12If you [profess ignorance and] say, Behold, we did not know this, does not He Who weighs and ponders the heart perceive and consider it? And He Who guards your life, does not He know it? And shall not He render to [you and] every man according to his works?
13My son, eat honey, because it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
14So shall you know skillful and godly Wisdom to be thus to your life; if you find it, then shall there be a future and a reward, and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.
15Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God); destroy not his resting-place;
16For a righteous man falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked are overthrown by calamity.(B)
17Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles or is overthrown,
18Lest the Lord see it and it be evil in His eyes and displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him [to expend it upon you, the worse offender].
19Fret not because of evildoers, neither be envious of the wicked,
20For there shall be no reward for the evil man; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
21My son, [reverently] fear the Lord and the king, and do not associate with those who are given to change [of allegiance, and are revolutionary],
22For their calamity shall rise suddenly, and who knows the punishment and ruin which both [the Lord and the king] will bring upon [the rebellious]?
23These also are sayings of the wise: To discriminate and show partiality, having respect of persons in judging, is not good.
24He who says to the wicked, You are righteous and innocent–peoples will curse him, nations will defy and abhor him.
25But to those [upright judges] who rebuke the wicked, it will go well with them and they will find delight, and a good blessing will be upon them.
26He kisses the lips [and wins the hearts of men] who give a right answer.
27[Put first things first.] Prepare your work outside and get it ready for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house and establish a home.
28Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and deceive not with your lips.(C)
29Say not, I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for his deed.(D)
30I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31And, behold, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles were covering its face, and its stone wall was broken down.
32Then I beheld and considered it well; I looked and received instruction.
33Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep–
34So shall your poverty come as a robber, and your want as an armed man.
* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.
During General Colin Powell’s tenure as US Secretary of State, he discovered that a speech he made to the United Nations had been based, in part, on wrong information. In his long and distinguished career, this was a low point and a blot on his record. “I’m disappointed,” he told an interviewer. “I’m sorry it happened and wish those who knew better had spoken up at the time, but there isn’t anything else I can say about it.”
Instead of being chained by the past, Mr. Powell says he has chosen to “focus on the front windshield and not the rearview mirror” of life.
All of us have something in our past that we regret doing. It may have been an honest mistake, a moral failure, or a foolish decision. We wish it had not happened, but it remains in our mind and often drags us down.
The writer of Proverbs said that “honey . . . is sweet to your taste; so shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; if you have found it, there is a prospect [future hope], and your hope will not be cut off” (Prov. 24:13-14).
While the past remains part of our lives, it doesn’t have to determine our future. With God’s wisdom and the forgiveness He offers (Ps. 130:3-4; Acts 13:38-39), we can focus on the future with hope. —David C. McCasland (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
The vain regrets of yesterday
Have vanished through God’s pardoning grace;
The guilty fear has passed away,
And joy has come to take its place. —Ackley
It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and despair.
The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 24
Proverbs 24:1 – 2 – geared toward the younger crowd, but applies to all
Wise or Foolish? There are only two kinds of people, which one are you?
Personal pop out verses:
V11-12 – As I read this I thought about how many times Christians look at those who are being led away to death or led to the slaughter as non-Christian people. But if you read it in the Amplified, I think you can’t help but realize that it could be those Christians being “drawn” away. In order to be drawn away from something, you have to have been somewhere else first. We tend to throw our judgments and condemnations on those who don’t know Christ in their life, however, those are really supposed to be saved for those who do no Christ, who call themselves a brother or sister in Christ. We will have to answer for the fact that we did not confront, admonish, or correct a brother/sister who is being drawn away, tempted, or shows signs of continual sin in their life. Why is it so much easier to speak about someone’s sin when it’s a “sinner” and yet so much harder when it’s a “fellow believer?” Are we thinking of ramifications in this world or of those in the next? hmmm
V 17-18 Well now, I’m sure this one is one we all need to reflect on and try to apply to our lives. In fact, it is very applicable to today. As I am writing this, there is a man who predicted today was going to be the end of the world, and of course, it isn’t. So now all the facebook statuses are making fun of him. Do you think this would apply to this incident? I don’t know, maybe not. Either way, we all know that we have a tough time with this one. I know one thing, I sure don’t want the Lord turning and looking at me – that will wipe that smile right off my face for sure! hehe. Working on this one, working, working.
V24-25 I think this goes with V11-12. Wicked doesn’t mean sinner. Not sure where that came from. Well, I guess in a way it does, but the word wicked when we hear it leaves out a lot of people who are wicked. ANYONE who leads someone away from God and his word is wicked. ANYONE who is not obeying God’s word is wicked. So you can be saved, be a Christian, go to church every Sunday and be wicked if you walk in a way that is contrary to God’s word. So again, if we see someone who is a Christian continually walking in a way contrary to God’s word and tell them they are righteous and innocent, we are walking in the wrong. But if we (upright judges) rebuke them, it will go well. You’re either walking with the wise, or walking with the fool. There is no gray area.
God, You are just so awesome. None compare to You, none ever can. It is so good to walk in Your love, in Your ways, and with Your blessings. Father, help us to have the wisdom, understanding, and knowledge to see those who are walking contrary to Your Word. Help us to correct, confront, and admonish them in a loving manner pleasing to You. Father, if we are the ones on the receiving side of that, help us to gracefully receive the words and apply them to our life. Lord, it is very difficult when we see someone who has hurt us or others, who has seemed to get away with a lot, and who we know deserves punishment get it. It’s very difficult to not be somewhat glad and feel justice was served. Please, Holy Spirit, help us with this area. Help us to visualize God’s face turning and looking at us as we smile, snicker, and retell the story of their punishment. Help us to feel His eyes upon us so that we do not fall into this trap. Thank You Lord for giving us the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us through these narrow pathways that are so easily strayed from. And thank You for Your assurance of forgiveness through the blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen!