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Proverbs 10

Proverbs 10

New King James Version (NKJV)


Wise Sayings of Solomon

1 The proverbs of Solomon:

A wise son makes a glad father,

But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.

2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing,

But righteousness delivers from death.

3 The LORD will not allow the righteous soul to famish,

But He casts away the desire of the wicked.

4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor,

But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son;

He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.

6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,

But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

7 The memory of the righteous is blessed,

But the name of the wicked will rot.

8 The wise in heart will receive commands,

But a prating fool will fall.

9 He who walks with integrity walks securely,

But he who perverts his ways will become known.

10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble,

But a prating fool will fall.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,

But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

12 Hatred stirs up strife,

But love covers all sins.

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding,

But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.

14 Wise people store up knowledge,

But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city;

The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

16 The labor of the righteous leads to life,

The wages of the wicked to sin.

17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life,

But he who refuses correction goes astray.

18 Whoever hides hatred has lying lips,

And whoever spreads slander is a fool.

19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,

But he who restrains his lips is wise.

20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;

The heart of the wicked is worth little.

21 The lips of the righteous feed many,

But fools die for lack of wisdom.

22 The blessing of the LORD makes one rich,

And He adds no sorrow with it.

23 To do evil is like sport to a fool,

But a man of understanding has wisdom.

24 The fear of the wicked will come upon him,

And the desire of the righteous will be granted.

25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more,

But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,

So is the lazy man to those who send him.

27 The fear of the LORD prolongs days,

But the years of the wicked will be shortened.

28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness,

But the expectation of the wicked will perish.

29 The way of the LORD is strength for the upright,

But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.

30 The righteous will never be removed,

But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.

31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,

But the perverse tongue will be cut out.

32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,

But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.

My Thoughts:

  1. So let’s start with (v. 14) we read “Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.”
    1. The wise man will learn from everyone and every experience, he is seeking to insure he is prepared for all experiences that may arise both good and bad (Matt. 13:51-52).
    2. The foolish man is the opposite of this. He will mocks at any chance to learn and in the end is not prepared for what is to come.
  2. In (v. 22) we read “The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it”
    1. All things a that are worth having are for God, so many people think that the riches in life are received because of skill or just good fortune but the truth is without God  no of the stuff makes any difference. Without the blessing of God the wealth we have will not last and in the end no of the earthy stuff last. (Hag. 1:5-9; Mal. 3:8-12)
  3. And we will finish today with (v.30) “The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not inhabit the earth”
    1. Solomon is telling us that the righteous will never leave the earth; yes it is true that we all die and we will sleep until the return of Christ we are to be taken to heaven for the duration of millennium (Rev. 20:1) but our stay in heaven will be but a short time. God has given the righteous this earth (Isa 45:18) and it will be their home.
    2. For the wicked it, they put their thoughts in to earthly things and have no place to call home, it will be as they never existed (Obadiah 1:15-16)


Thought of the Day

“The right attitude toward your family begins with a right attitude toward God.”

Wise children will want to please their parents. First, though, they must understand them. As any teenager knows, parents are tough to figure out. These seven tips may help:

1. Don’t shy away from speaking their language. Try some strange-sounding words like “Let me help you with the dishes,” or “Yes.”

2. Try to understand their music. Play “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” on the stereo until you get accustomed to the sound.

3. Be patient with their weaknesses. If you catch your mom sneaking a candy bar, don’t jump all over her. Quietly set a good example.

4. Encourage your parents to talk about their problems. Keep in mind that things like earning a living or paying off the mortgage seem important to them.

5. Be tolerant of their appearance. When your father gets a haircut, don’t try to hide him from your friends. Remember, it’s important to him to look like his peers.

6. If they do something you think is wrong, let them know that it’s their behavior you dislike, not them.

7. Above all, pray for them. They may seem confident on the outside but feel weak on the inside. They need God to get them through these difficult years. —Haddon W. Robinson Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)

On Second Thought

These seven tips can work just as well for parents.

Read them again with that in mind.

Then give them a try.

Personal Reflection and Discussion

  1. What do you think (v. 16) is saying?
  2. What other things do you see in the text?

Prayer Activities

  1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
  2. Continue to have a prayer list and continue to praying for them.
  3. Pray with them and ask for the following;
    1. For God to help us cherish knowledge and wisdom.
    2. For God to help us understand what is means to live in Christ.
    3. For the individuals on your pray list.
  4. Let’s use (Matt. 18:3) for today’s prayer verse.

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

3 comments on “Proverbs 10

  1. Rosi
    October 5, 2011

    I really liked your seven thoughts for teenagers and parents. I see too that is is the chapter that Proverbs changes the way it was written. Now each verse is its own saying. They do all tie together but we can’t read them as we do other chapters in the Bible. We have to take one verse and chew on it awhile and then take the next one and so on. Verse 16 can be compared to Proverbs 6:23. They both talk of righteousness as the way to life. There again we have to realize that does not necissarily mean longer life as we know it here on earth. It does work out that way at times because we don’t put ourselves in dangerous situations if we are following wise decisions. Following wisdom means following God which will lead you to eternal life. The wages of the wicked is sin and the wages of sin death. I don’t think it gets much clearer than that.

    • bobh6
      October 5, 2011

      I too like the seven thoughts, and I love reading Proverbs I know we move fast through the book but that is also why I pick our prayer verses from there a lot of the time, this book needs to be part of our regular reading and part of our prayer life so we may understand and become wiser.

  2. Amalia
    October 6, 2011

    There was a lot there to read over like Rosi said, we need to read one at a time and chew on it. Over all we see Solomon is pointing out the differences of the righteouness vs wickedness. “The heart of the wicked is worth nothing”, in comparision, “the lips of the righteous feed many”. Where our heart is their also is our treasure. The wicked’s heart is in worhtless earthly temporal riches. the righteous knows he’s here to make a difference (the world a better place) and in serving others. It’s interesting how you could go back and forth and get a better picture. The righteous heart is worth more since he recieves commands, his labor of the righteous leads to life, the hand of the righteous makes rich (doesn’t say him neccesarily), and the wise son makes a glad father. God calls us to work … but the lazy is like smoke to his eyes; the righteous works and recieves favor and rewards.

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