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Monday, March 12, 2012

The Proverbs 31 Project: Commenting March 12th on Proverbs 12:5-8

March 12th?     Read Proverbs 12!

[Please note: The first two paragraphs below are repeated each day for new readers. My amateur comments are offered below each of today's verses from Proverbs.]

Have you ever noticed that, like most months have 31 days, the Book of Proverbs has 31 chapters? Fascinating right? Well, it is at least interesting, and coincidentally beneficial to those who would like to read a portion of thought provoking scripture every day of the month. You might like to read the calendar coordinated chapter from Proverbs every day this month (I've included the whole chapter below!) and then see if my comments on a few of those verses line up with your own observations. My plan is to go through the year, writing my response to about one seventh of each chapter's verses every day, during each of the 7 months that have 31 days.  Clear as mud? That's what I thought.

I hope you check in, and leave a comment. Especially if I say something really off base and need to be corrected, because, as we will learn this month on the 27th, Proverbs 27:5 says
                                "Better is open rebuke than hidden love." 

                                    Today's inspired verses, 5-8, are highlighted in red
                                          (and my questionable comments are in blue).

Proverbs 12

1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,

but whoever hates correction is stupid.

2 Good people obtain favor from the LORD,

but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.

3 No one can be established through wickedness,

but the righteous cannot be uprooted.

4 A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,

but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.

5 The plans of the righteous are just,
but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.

5) Discerning which category your advice giver is in, is the real trick right?  One must get to know somebody fairly well before their great-sounding advice is heeded.  They just might be pointing you in one direction for all the wrong reasons.  Their vested interest in your decision might be hidden.

6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
but the speech of the upright rescues them.

6) When wicked people talk among themselves, whether the discussion is on how to get to that bank, or where to rendezvous after the job, the backdrop includes the free spilling of innocent blood.  If they have declared that they do not care for the material property rights of others, they will have a hard time protecting another's life and limb.  If a deed of ownership is immaterial, a dead witness is the next logical step down in the regression of wickedness.

As far as the speech of the upright goes, 
Jesus said that the "mouth speaks what the heart is full of", in Mt. 12:34  (This truth is one of the reasons I tried to resist my potty mouth as a teen.  I hated to think that my heart was full of s_ _ _!)  But thanks be to God!  In Ezekiel 36:26, He promises; I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
but the house of the righteous stands firm.

8) God is just.  There will be no effective argument against His conclusions on any matter.

8 A person is praised according to their prudence,
and one with a warped mind is despised.

9) Even of someone you might not like, you will remark when they act with prudence, "Yeah, well I would have done the same thing."  And even of the prurient, though we may watch their activities like a NASCAR pile-up, we cringe with disgust and pretend we don't know the person.  I admit that I watch the "World's Dumbest" show with fascination, but the warped minded episodes make me ashamed of my fellow man.

9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant

than pretend to be somebody and have no food.

10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals,

but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

11 Those who work their land will have abundant food,

but those who chase fantasies have no sense.

12 The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers,

but the root of the righteous endures.

13 Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk,

and so the innocent escape trouble.

14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,

and the work of their hands brings them reward.

15 The way of fools seems right to them,

but the wise listen to advice.

16 Fools show their annoyance at once,

but the prudent overlook an insult.

17 An honest witness tells the truth,

but a false witness tells lies.

18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords,

but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

19 Truthful lips endure forever,

but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,

but those who promote peace have joy.

21 No harm overtakes the righteous,

but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

22 The LORD detests lying lips,

but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves,

but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.

24 Diligent hands will rule,

but laziness ends in forced labor.

25 Anxiety weighs down the heart,

but a kind word cheers it up.

26 The righteous choose their friends carefully,

but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

27 The lazy do not roast[a] any game,

but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.

28 In the way of righteousness there is life;

along that path is immortality.

Proverbs 12:27 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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