June 6th

Proverbs 13-15

  • 13:1— This Proverb relates perfectly to the parable of the Prodigal Son as well as the Psalm. Both the father to the son and God to the Israelites gave wise counsel on how to live. They had the choice to listen or to choose their own way. When we choose our own way, we suffer the consequences.
  • 13:2-3— We should be slow to speak and quick to listen. Our words are often destructive and are best not spoken.
  • 13:5-6— We view most sins as harmless, but this verse explains that sin can overthrow us and lead to our ultimate demise.
  • 13:7-8— This is similar to a comparison made in Proverbs 12:9. Because of the honor/shame society the Israelites lived in, they would much rather be seen as honorable or as having wealth, whether it was true or not, so they would not receive shame.
  • 13:9-10— A reminder that evil does not win out. It can be frustrating when evil seems to get the upper hand, but in the end, Jesus wins
  • 13:11— Most often, wealth gained little by little takes time and effort to grow. This inevitably grows the wealthy person’s appreciation for it.
  • 13:12-14— These verses explain the benefit of God’s word and wisdom. God does not simply want us to grow in these things as busy work, but because they are life-giving and necessary
  • 13:16— This is reminiscent of the saying, “If someone tells you they’re crazy, believe them.”
  • 13:19— This reminds us that it can quickly become apparent what kind of company you keep depending on whether or not they consider your attempts to turn away from evil an abomination or not.
  • 14:8— Our wisdom is not simply for good looks or just convenient. Our wisdom should be used to discern where God is calling us and where we should go
  • 14:9-10— Foolish people mock us when we choose to do what is right and choose to obey God and repent. We should give their mocks no merit
  • 14:12— We should seek what is right to God instead of leaning on what we think or understand.
  • 14:14—There are a number of references in the New Testament to bad sources only producing bad fruit and good sources only producing good fruit. We cannot expect to produce great things if our hearts are not great as well
  • 14:16—This is similar to the familiar phrase, “look before you leap.” The foolish tend to jump into things without weighing the consequences while the cautious are able to turn away from evil because they seek God’s wisdom first
  • 14:17— There are several references in the Proverbs that equate quick decisions with foolishness. This would suggest that steadiness and quality of thought is considered more prudent in almost all cases.
  • 14:20-21— These two verses work together to juxtapose how the poor are often treated versus how we are intended to treat them
  • 15:1-2— The book of James dedicates a large section to taming the tongue. The tongue is compared to a horse’s bridle or a boat’s rudder. It steers and can control us. This Proverb supports that.
  • 15:4—We often think perverse words or thoughts are all in fun or can be stopped at any time. Instead, these words and thoughts are the fruit of what we are putting into ourselves. From a good tree comes good fruit. From a bad tree comes bad fruit
  • 15:5— Each one of us could probably recall a specific piece of advice from our parents we did not listen to and wish we would have. Wisdom is knowing to listen to that advice.
  • 15:11— Sheol was the name of the place people thought the dead went. Abaddon was an angel said to be in charge of an army of locusts. He is also mentioned in Revelation
  • 15:12-14—When we are already steeped in sin, we often avoid those who are wise or righteous because we don’t want to be called out and have to abandon our sin. This behavior becomes a deeper and deeper hole we dig for ourselves
  • 15:16-17— Beautiful verses explaining where real value lies
  • 15:18— Yet another example of prudence and wisdom being associated with rational thought out responses
  • 15:22-23— We are designed to be in relationship at all times. We are not to trust others above God, but we are to seek wise counsel from those who are in active relationship with God
  • 15:25— Pride normally means we rely on ourselves but wisdom tells us the Lord is the only one we can rely on. Everything else crumbles
  • 15:28— The continual theme in Proverbs of wisdom being slow and thoughtful is repeated here.
  • 15:31-32— We often know the wise choice, whether it’s been told to us or it’s just obvious. It’s our choice to follow wisdom or choose another way.

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