#31WISE Proverbs 21

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If you are new to the group and feel like you missed out on yesterday’s reading…don’t worry…you didn’t miss anything…you’ll be caught up by next month. Because it doesn’t matter what day you start on. We read a Proverb a day and it corresponds with the day of the month. Example: Today is June 21st so we are reading Proverbs 21. Join us below:

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Proverbs 21 (NASB)

1 The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.
2 Every man’s way is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.
3 To do righteousness and justice
Is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice.
4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart,
The lamp of the wicked, is sin.
5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage,
But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.
6 The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue
Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.
7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away,
Because they refuse to act with justice.
8 The way of a guilty man is crooked,
But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.
9 It is better to live in a corner of a roof
Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;
His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
11 When the scoffer is punished, the naive becomes wise;
But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
12 The righteous one considers the house of the wicked,
Turning the wicked to ruin.
13 He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be answered.
14 A gift in secret subdues anger,
And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
15 The exercise of justice is joy for the righteous,
But is terror to the workers of iniquity.
16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding
Will rest in the assembly of the dead.
17 He who loves pleasure will become a poor man;
He who loves wine and oil will not become rich.
18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous,
And the treacherous is in the place of the upright.
19 It is better to live in a desert land
Than with a contentious and vexing woman.
20 There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man swallows it up.
21 He who pursues righteousness and loyalty
Finds life, righteousness and honor.
22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty
And brings down the stronghold in which they trust.
23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
Guards his soul from troubles.
24 “Proud,” “Haughty,” “Scoffer,” are his names,
Who acts with insolent pride.
25 The desire of the sluggard puts him to death,
For his hands refuse to work;
26 All day long he is craving,
While the righteous gives and does not hold back.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination,
How much more when he brings it with evil intent!
28 A false witness will perish,
But the man who listens to the truth will speak forever.
29 A wicked man displays a bold face,
But as for the upright, he makes his way sure.
30 There is no wisdom and no understanding
And no counsel against the Lord.
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But victory belongs to the Lord.

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  1. What 1 or 2 verses stood out to you most while reading this passage?
  2. How would you summarize this passage or write it in your own words?
  3. What does this passage teach me about God or His character?
  4. Does this chapter challenge me? How so?
  5. How can I apply this chapter to my life TODAY?

Share the questions # and your answer in the comments below. Or do you have other questions? Something you don’t understand or doesn’t quite make sense?

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If you missed our first post about prayer please see it (lots of info).

Today ask God to reveal clean your heart. You might do this already and even on a daily basis, and that’s okay, but today take a time out to pray specifically for this. Ask Him to take away everything in your heart that is proud or haughty and give you a humble and meek spirit.

Do you have any prayer requests? Be sure to add those or email them to me for the group prayer list to: lacymlain[at]gmail[dot]com

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He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof
Will dwell among the wise. -Proverbs 15:31

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