June 7th

Proverbs 16-18

  • 16:1-3—A powerful explanation of our plans versus God’s. When we offer up our plans to God and give him ultimate authority, we are certain to see success.
  • 16:4— God does not create us wicked, but we sin and fall short. Thus the need for a day of judgment.
  • 16:6— We often wonder how we can quit a certain sin or be more faithful. This proverb gives good insight – fear the Lord and you can turn away from evil.
  • 16:9— A great image of the relationship we’re allowed to share with God in creating our future.
  • 16:11— Many tax collectors and others who worked with money would cheat on the weights so people had to pay far more than what was actually owed.
  • 16:12-13— The irony here is that at least half of the Kings of Israel are listed as “doing evil in the sight of the Lord.” The throne was established by God, but many of the kings fail to live up to their calling.
  • 16:16-17— It is rare that we put much of anything above the pursuit of wealth, but this proverb confirms that wisdom and understanding are far more valuable.
  • 16:18— Our pride often tells us we deserve or are capable of more than we’re called to. Humility allows us to wisely and graciously take what God gives us.
  • 16:22— Good sense is life giving because it assures we make decisions that will prosper us. Folly, on the other hand, comes when we listen to unwise counsel
  • 16:24— Grace and kindness are both beneficial to the giver and the recipient
  • 16:25— And this is why we should seek God in all things
  • 16:26-27— This is the difference between someone who works for good, productive results versus someone who works for harmful, careless results
  • 17:1— Though many of us seek wealth for our families, peace is a far greater blessing.
  • 17:2-3— Throughout Scripture there is a theme of birthright and status not guaranteeing that you receive that is due to you. God does not judge as we judge, he looks at the heart
  • 17:4-5— This proverb seems to describe the actions of a bully and how they will not prosper
  • 17:10— A wise person responds to rebukes while a foolish person can be told over and over and over
  • 17:12— Well, I think that sums up how undesirable and destructive folly is.
  • 17:15— Condoning evil and persecuting good are both equally detestable to God
  • 17:17— True, godly relationships are able to withstand difficulty and trials.
  • 17:22— Joy, a fruit of the spirit, is more than just enjoyable, it’s life giving
  • 17:24— We often to look to everything else to satisfy us, but wisdom will guide us faithfully where we are supposed to go
  • 17:26— Presumably the fine would be unwarranted if it was placed on a righteous man
  • 17:28— This is the origin of the well-known adage, “Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”
  • 18:2— This is one of the key skills in listening. Listen to understand the other person, not to make your next point.
  • 18:6-7— A creative way of saying our mouths write checks are rears can’t cash
  • 18:9— Verses in Colossians and Ephesians also encourage us to work to the best of our ability. We are to work like we’re working for God, not man.
  • 18:11— Solomon makes it clear that wealth is a false sense of security
  • 18:15— Often when we welcome some piece of knowledge and wisdom, we acquire even more than we sought in the first place
  • 18:17— This verse backs up the adage that there are always two sides to every story. Withhold judgment of decisions until you have heard from both parties.
  • 18:20-21— This is very similar to Proverbs 12:14 where it explains that kind, honest words reap a good harvest like a farmer who plants good seed
  • 18:23-24— This is encouragement to choose friends carefully. You can’t be best friends with everyone and it’s not wise to try

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