Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Proverbs 21:16-31

16 A man who strays from the path of understanding 

comes to rest in the company of the dead.

17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; 

whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.

18 The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, 

and the unfaithful for the upright.

19 Better to live in a desert 

than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.

20 In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, 

but a foolish man devours all he has.

21 He who pursues righteousness and love 

finds life, prosperity and honor.

22 A wise man attacks the city of the mighty 

and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.

23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue 

keeps himself from calamity.

24 The proud and arrogant man-"Mocker" is his name; 

he behaves with overweening pride.

25 The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, 

because his hands refuse to work.

26 All day long he craves for more, 

but the righteous give without sparing.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable— 

how much more so when brought with evil intent!

28 A false witness will perish, 

and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever.

29 A wicked man puts up a bold front, 

but an upright man gives thought to his ways.

30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan 

that can succeed against the LORD.

31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, 

but victory rests with the LORD.

Questions to consider:

  • Contrast the futures of wicked and righteous people.
  • Can you find and explain the metaphors?
  • Do you remember your proverb from yesterday? Why did you choose it?

Possibilities for prayer:

So, how intense is verse 30? If you read that like I do, you’re maybe a little overwhelmed by, well, the Lord. Nothing we can do/think/try is bigger than or more powerful than God. For us, as people who are seeking God, this is a good thing! God is big, powerful, and on our side, desiring good things for us (and wants to give us wisdom if we’ll ask). Today, let’s praise God for the greatness, strength, and love for us (among many other things) that characterize Him.