A human being lives, but he is given life.
New King James Version (NKJV)
1 A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly,
But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
5 A fool despises his father’s instruction,
But he who receives correction is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge,
But the heart of the fool does not do so.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
But He loves him who follows righteousness.
10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way,
And he who hates correction will die.
11 Hell and Destruction are before the LORD;
So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.
12 A scoffer does not love one who corrects him,
Nor will he go to the wise.
13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,
But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD,
Than great treasure with trouble.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is,
Than a fatted calf with hatred.
18 A wrathful man stirs up strife,
But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
19 The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns,
But the way of the upright is a highway.
20 A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment,
But a man of understanding walks uprightly.
22 Without counsel, plans go awry,
But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
24 The way of life winds upward for the wise,
That he may turn away from hell below.
25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud,
But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
But the words of the pure are pleasant.
27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,
But he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.
29 The LORD is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
And a good report makes the bones healthy.
31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life
Will abide among the wise.
32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,
But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom,
And before honor is humility.
Thought of the Day
In this age of electronics, we have all become aware of bugging devices. A person’s office, hotel room, or telephone can be monitored so that every sound is picked up. This is accomplished through highly sensitive microphones that are so small they can easily be hidden. Heads of state, government officials, and business people in strategic positions must be exceedingly careful of what they say, especially when entering a strange setting. The awareness that they might be overheard is sure to make them think twice before they speak.
Did you ever stop to think that God sees everything we do and hears everything we say every moment of the day? Hebrews 4:13 says that “all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
This truth is both comforting and sobering–comforting because God stands ready to deliver us when we are in trouble (Ps. 33:18-19), and sobering because “the eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Prov. 15:3). What a profound effect this should have on the way we live!
The next time you are tempted or in trouble, remember that God is watching and listening.
There is no time of day or night,
No place on land or sea
That God, whose eye is never dim,
Does not see you and me. –DJD
Personal Reflection and Discussion
Verse 22 talks about the importance of advice at times. The greater the decision, the greater the need for advice. I hate to make major decisions on my own. I am always asking, “what do you think, what would you do, what would you suggest?” After all this good advice (and some not so good) the hard part is actually making my decision. I am in no ways wise, but if I would just learn to pray about the decision and listen to the Lords advice, how much easier that would all be. I also like verse 23. Words are powerful. They can build someone up or destroy. Solomon devoted many of his proverbs to how important words are. A wise word can bring joy, happiness, encouragement, etc. We should always encourage one another and love one another just as our Father loves and encourages us.
I also have a difficult time in making desicions, since I am not always sure of God’s leading. I like to put a test of faith, like Gideon. I hope with time I mature in fatih to clearly know God’s voice and leading in my life. At the end I try to de-stress myself with the reminder that God has a way of working all things out for the good to those who love him. I’m not perfect, but God is; and I know I have made Him Lord of my Life so I trust He’s at work regardless on how pleasant or unpleasant the circumstance may be.
we all go through the samething but like you said we just need to pray and trust that God will lead us in the proper path.
There is an old saying we all learn as kids “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” well I wish that was true. In life we need to remember that they do hurt us and not be like the fool that just opens his mouth without regard for others.
I like vrs 33, “The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.” God wants and allows us to become humble many times in our lives so that we may be better qualified/ perpared to recieve honer with the same humility Jesus recieved and continues to recieves honer in heaven and here on earth. We all have to start out as helpless naked babies and work our way up to master of our life choices, then maybe have authority over another person in the form of a child or an employee, or to lead out in our homes, community, or church….. and utimately co-reign with God in heaven. What greater honer can there be!
We are told to be like a child and maybe some of that is being naked like the child only when we come to Christ in this manner can we truly receive Him.