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November 20-21, 2017

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Reading along with us in Proverbs? Here’s today’s reading:

Proverbs 13 (ESV)

A wise son hears his father’s instruction,
    but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good,
    but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
    he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
    while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
The righteous hates falsehood,
    but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.
Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,
    but sin overthrows the wicked.
One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
    another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,
    but a poor man hears no threat.
The light of the righteous rejoices,
    but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
10 By insolence comes nothing but strife,
    but with those who take advice is wisdom.
11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle,
    but whoever gathers little by little will increase it..
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  1. 11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle,
    but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. ( This explains why most lottery winners declare bankruptcy shortly after their windfall )

    12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.🌳

  2. “By insolence comes nothing but strife,
    but with those who take advice is wisdom.”

    Some people think that boldness and brashness are good qualities. Wisdom, respect and presentation matter. Accepting advice from the wise shows humility.

    insolence: insultingly contemptuous in speech or conduct :overbearing. 2 :exhibiting boldness or effrontery :impudent.
    impudent: not showing due respect for another person; impertinent.

  3. v.3 “He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” With all that Proverbs has said about speech I have found myself reflecting a little more on what I say and making sure my words are consistent with what God would have me say. It is interesting to see what happens when you think before you speak (speaking rashly is the opposite of that) and what gets guarded when you guard your words.

    I also like v7 ” One man pretends to be rich yet has nothing. Another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.” How significant in a world that shows the American Dream is not all it is cracked up to be with those who have supposedly “made it” doing harmful things to others and themselves.

    And I liked verse 12 too Melanie…..

    And v 20. He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” so important to remember that bad company corrupts good morals, and good company reinforces good morals!

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