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Proverbs 10 The Proverbs of Solomon

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Day 10 of the Proverbs challenge, I'm probably going to have to start googling cheesy knock knock jokes for the introductions, but oh well. Yesterday we talked about the similarity and difference between wisdom and folly. Today's chapter is a bit straight forward, so I'll write little after little in-between verses and then do a conclusive paragraph at the end of the chapter. If you missed it or any other posts, go back and check them out before continuing. But if you're all caught up and ready for more wisdom, enjoy.

The Proverbs of Solomon

1 A wise child brings joy to a father; a foolish child brings grief to a mother.

And we know the bible says to honor your mother and father. If you don't have a mother or fatherly figure in your life, just put God in that space and think about how wisdom will make God happy, but foolishness makes him disappointed.

2 Tainted wealth has no lasting value, but right living can save your life.

3 The Lord will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked.

4 Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.

5 A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.

6 The godly are showered with blessings; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

There's a phrase that says 'If you don't work, you don't eat'. God holds us to those standards of work. Just because we're Christian, doesn't mean life will be a breeze. We still have to go through our life with hardships and we have to work for our next meal, but with God all of that work will be worth a lot more.

7 We have happy memories of the godly, but the name of a wicked person rots away.

The people who help me without expecting something in return are the people I remember most. There was a woman who paid for my meal at Chick-Fil-Eh. I didn't see her face because we were going through a drive through window. It was a small gesture, but I remember it still and admire it because she did it without any recognition. There was another woman who posted a picture of two boys on Facebook, and she listed all the things she did for these two boys in a way that she was boasting about it. While both sides did good things, one did it with a godly intention, without expecting praise for her deed. The other made a scene about it on Facebook. Who wants to be remembered as a woman who fished for praise on the internet?

8 The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces.

9 People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.

10 People who wink at wrong cause trouble, but a bold reproof promotes peace.

11 The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

The thing about the bible that makes it significantly different than any other book out there, is that the bible has a sole intention of saving people. There's no hidden motives behind the writings of the bible. How do I know this? Read the bible for yourself! The words itself are healing, and it's amazing how no matter how many times you read the bible, you can still get something new out of it. I speak for myself and many when I say that it was through the bible that I had been given a new life.

12 Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.

13 Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding, but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod.

14 Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.

15 The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their destruction.

16 The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin.

How does this work? Is the money special compared to the money of the evil? No. All money is money, but think about the difference in where the money is being put. When we are blessed with money, it's a sign that God trusts us with something that belongs to him. A godly person invests ten percent or more of that money into the church or ministry. The rest of the money is used for bills, food, insurance, and or if the person plans an outing. Where does the money of the wicked go? In a sense, they invest their money towards their sin. If you spend a hundred percent of your finances, or even just ten percent of your finances towards your sin, you're not going to be blessed with finances for long.

17 People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.

18 Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.

19 Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.

20 The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless.

21 The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

There was a man who was an atheist. I don't remember his name but he said something along the lines of 'I don't believe in God, but if you're a real Christian, shouldn't you be trying to save me?' If you're speaking a godly message, unless you have an undying hate for God, that message touches everyone somehow. Whether it's the intention behind your godly message, or if it really does save a person, a true blue godly message is encouraging to everyone.

22 The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

23 Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.

24 The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted.

25 When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.

Without God, think about how easy it is for someone to lose their cool during hardships. Let's say that you're going through a family hardship, like your parents are fighting. As Christians we know that no matter what happens as long as we pray for God's will, we'll be fine. But think about how troubling that would be for someone who doesn't have God in their life. They don't have a reason to believe that things will be okay. They don't have the hope that they need. It'll be easier for them to lose hope in everything and just give up on their family. But with God, withering that storm and having that supernatural peace makes us stronger.

26 Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.

27 Fear of the Lord lengthens one’s life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.

28 The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing.

29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked.

30 The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land.

31 The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.

32 The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.

And that's it for Proverbs 10. I know I didn't speak a lot on this chapter, but if you ask me it was pretty self explanatory. Also as I went through reading I feel like this chapter illustrated two different kinds of people; a true blue Christian verses a true blue nonbeliever. In other words, if you're wanting a clear definition of a true blue and godly Christian, here you are. And if you're looking for a clear definition of a true blue nonbeliever you got that too. So I suppose that was the lesson. If you liked this post please give me a thumbs up and if you have a question or a comment please email me at fire.time.rsmith@gmail.com. Tomorrow is Proverbs 11, so until then God bless, and keep your fire for God, blazing!

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Taqresu650's avatar
These are interesting verses. While you do have to understand the context they were written in (to understand what was meant by some passages), most, if not all, can be applied in our time and into the future. For example, I struggle with laziness and it affects my work and schooling. These verses also delve into the use of finances and the priority of expenses, which I find interesting because it fits in with today's system of economics. Which is actually impressive considering how long ago this was written.