The 'BARKING OWL' always has something to say, and like the feathered version, can be either WISE...............or ANNOYING!

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Proverbs 31 Project: Commenting March 16th on Proverbs 16:6-10

                   March 16th?     Read Proverbs 16!

[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 its 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 it out every day, and leave a comment once in a while. 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, 6-10, are highlighted in red
                                          (and my questionable comments are in blue).

Proverbs 16

1 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.

2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the LORD.

3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.

4 The LORD works out everything to its proper end—
even the wicked for a day of disaster.

5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart.
Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.

6) Whose 'love and faithfulness' can atone for sin?  Only God's!  I praise God that He IS so loving and faithful, even to his rebellious creation!    Ephesians 2:8 says,
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—

7 When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

7) What a gift that is, to those who please the Lord!  May I, always.

8 Better a little with righteousness
than much gain with injustice.

8) I picture a little old man or woman living all alone in a ramshackle house.  There is nothing to show for the long life of labor, but there is always a smile on the face or a happy tune meddling around the spirit as he or she dwells happily with the clean conscience of a righteous life.

And then there is the picture of strife filling a mansion, as warring factions of a fractured family battle through their spites or ignore and hide from each other.  Without justice, all the fighting is unfair and selfish.  I too would prefer the "little" to the "gain". 

9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the LORD establishes their steps.

9) I wonder if this means that the LORD establishes the steps He would WANT us to take; the path most fitting and appropriate for each individual, and full of the greatest blessings.  Our free will is an amazing power.  We are even free to disobey or run away or change any of God's good plans into a life long disaster.  Perhaps we should go ahead and make our human plans, but only after consulting with the Master Project Manager.

10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
and his mouth does not betray justice.

10) A good King, that is.  The quality of our leadership is so important!  We willingly elect our reps from among our very selves, and we give them great power to wield over us.  How careful would you be in choosing the juggler if he was going to be flipping chainsaws over your front row seat?  We need leaders who will never "betray justice".

11 Honest scales and balances belong to the LORD;
all the weights in the bag are of his making.

12 Kings detest wrongdoing,
for a throne is established through righteousness.

13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
they value the one who speaks what is right.

14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
but the wise will appease it.

15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life;
his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to get insight rather than silver!

17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
those who guard their ways preserve their lives.

18 Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.

19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud.

20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,[a]
and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.

21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
and gracious words promote instruction.[b]

22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,
but folly brings punishment to fools.

23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
and their lips promote instruction.[c]

24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

25 There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.

26 The appetite of laborers works for them;
their hunger drives them on.

27 A scoundrel plots evil,
and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.

28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.

29 A violent person entices their neighbor
and leads them down a path that is not good.

30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity;
whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.

31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
it is attained in the way of righteousness.

32 Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control than one who takes a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the LORD.
Proverbs 16:20 Or whoever speaks prudently finds what is good
Proverbs 16:21 Or words make a person persuasive
Proverbs 16:23 Or prudent / and make their lips persuasive

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