Devotional Readings

Proverbs 24 – A wise word for today….

With the election (political that is over) I found this Psalm to hold some gold nuggets of advice to President elect Trump and to all people.

I will highlight just a few comments….you will find many wise thoughts.

Pro 24:1  Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

Pro 24:2  For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

Pro 24:3  Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:

Pro 24:4  And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Pro 24:5  A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.


Pro 24:6  For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.


Pro 24:7  Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Pro 24:8  He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.


Pro 24:9  The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

Btw Jesus once said:


Lust

Mat 5:27  Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

Mat 5:28  But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Mat 5:29  And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Mat 5:30  And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Divorce

Mat 5:31  It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

Mat 5:32  But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.


Certainly words for our time.



Pro 24:10  If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

Pro 24:11  If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;

Pro 24:12  If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

Pro 24:13  My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:

Pro 24:14  So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

Pro 24:15  Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

Pro 24:16  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Pro 24:17  Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:

Pro 24:18  Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

Pro 24:19  Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;

Pro 24:20  For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.


Pro 24:21  My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

Pro 24:22  For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

Change! That was Obama’s slogan, but it might be pulling the verse out of context to apply it here.


More Sayings of the Wise

Pro 24:23  These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.


I will be headed back to jury duty, and if selected this is a good verse to remember.


Pro 24:24  He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:

Pro 24:25  But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

Pro 24:26  Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.


Pro 24:27  Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.


First things first….old John Gill writes:

…diligently attend to thy business without doors, whatever it is, that thou mayest provide for thyself and family the necessaries and conveniences of life, which are in the first place to be sought after;

and make it fit for thyself in the field; let nothing be wanting in managing the affairs of husbandry, in tilling the land, in ploughing and sowing, and reaping, and gathering in the increase, that there may be a sufficiency for the support of the family;

and afterwards build thine house; when, though the blessing of God upon thy diligence and industry, thou art become rich, or however hast such a competent substance as to be able to build a good house, and furnish it in a handsome manner, then do it; but first take care of the main point, that you have a sufficiency to finish it; see the advice of Christ, Luk 14:28; necessaries are first to be sought after, before things ornamental and superfluous; first take care to live, and then, if you can, build a fine house. Jarchi interprets this of a man’s first getting fields, vineyards, and cattle, something beforehand in the world, and then take a wife, when he is able to maintain her, whereby his house may be built up; see Rth 4:11.



Pro 24:28  Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.

Pro 24:29  Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.


An of course one of the true roots of poverty, the other is outright oppression, which God hates.


Pro 24:30  I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

Pro 24:31  And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

Pro 24:32  Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

Pro 24:33  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

Pro 24:34  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

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