Proverbs

Proverbs 19-21

So let’s mix it up a little. These are hard!  If you are like me, you come to some Proverbs and you read it, have no idea really what it is saying, so you go to the next one.  Now this will be hard for some of us, BUT if God wants us to soak up all of His teachings, we will humble ourselves and submit to this:

When you come to a Proverb that does not resonate or you just need clarification you are going to put it in comments.  It will give me something to research…

Since I KNOW it is hard to do this, I will start….

I didn’t get past the first 3..

A person’s own folly leads to their ruin,
    yet their heart rages against the Lord.

After research: Instead of repenting of the sins that led to ruin, he/she is so convinced that his way of life is right that he is angry against the LORD, holding him accountable for his “ruin”. 

These are hard!  Ready…your turn.  I am just sitting here (there are so many I struggled with I am just researching them).  I am ready for you!!

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10 thoughts on “Proverbs 19-21

  1. OK, so the research on 19:12 was super cool. So if you look at the one before it:

    A person’s wisdom yields patience;
    it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

    Our Christ-like characteristic on this one would be “slow to anger”. For example, remember when Esau and Jacob reunited. Everyone including Jacob thought surely he will kill me after what I stole from him. And what did Esau do…Overlooked his offenses and hugged him. (Oh I needed to hear that)

    So 19:12 is the compare/contrast statement:

    A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion,
    but his favor is like dew on the grass.

    The opposite would be someone who is quick to anger “rage”. Leaders can be quick to anger, but if you give favor to people instead it blesses them like the morning dew! So the application is what kind of leader do I want to be? (We already know the King of kings is slow to anger and gives us favor)

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  2. 20:14
    “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—
    then goes off and boasts about the purchase.

    The core of this is about lying to get what you want.

    So if an Israelite wanted something maybe to purchase or barter, they could lie and say “It’s no good” just to sweeten the deal when they knew all along it was worth the price being asked. (This is why I don’t do garage sales…it drives me crazy!) The lie works and you turn around as boast about it.

    If someone does a job for you, or work for you, pay them what they deserve!

    Give people, pay people, owe people what they deserve.

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  3. 20:30
    Blows and wounds scrub away evil,
    and beatings purge the inmost being.
    (what in the world??)

    OK, so I know why we crunch our eyebrows down when we read this but after I research it, it made sense. When someone does something evil (or bad) the punishment is the thing that can teach them. The “blows, wounds, beatings” may come from someone else, God, or yourself. That outward punishment is what changes us on the inside.

    Here are some examples: A kid in our town this week drove 110 mph in a 40 and got a ticket. There was no discipline him. Two days later he crashed into a tree and totalled the car (he was fine but I am sure he is in a lot of pain). We pray that the pain of this experience will change his innermost being.

    When I pray for my brother, who is not a believer, I pray that ‘something’ happens to him that is painful enough so that he has no other choice but to seek a God.

    I am glad you brought this one up. I believe hands are for praying and loving…so when I spank I use a wooden spoon like my Italian mother did! I am going to get my dremel out and carve Proverbs 20:30 on it. The ONLY reason I spank my kids is that I hope the “butt beating” changes them on the inside.

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  4. Candace, I thought for a moment you were asking out 19:13 which I think is a typo in the Bible and my husband typed in!!

    20:13-
    Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
    stay awake and you will have food to spare.

    I am glad you had me research this because I glazed over it as “don’t me lazy…get a job” but as I read about it each commentator had a totally different comment about it. So I really sat and thought about what it means: and I came up with “It’s personal”.

    What do I sleep over that makes me poor?
    Reading my Bible…yes! (before I was called to read this read through I didn’t know where my Bible was). How can I feed truth into others, with enough to spare, if I myself have grown poor.
    (I can list a ton of other things)

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    1. 20:25
      It is a trap to dedicate something rashly
      and only later to consider one’s vows.

      “Szymanski” application is like when I was at college and I vowed to the Lord with my head in the toilet “If you make the room stop spinning I promise….” Only later to consider what I was saying. Ha!

      OK, so there are so many scriptures about keeping our vows. If we make a promise we must keep it. God vows to save us, and He keeps His. We should do the same. Sooo when making a vow we really need to think about it before not after the fact. There is an example in Judges 11: 30 “And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.

      ”Does anyone remember what came out of the house?? It was a rash statement that Jephthah had to follow through on. I have a friend that just broke her wedding vow for no other reason than “I want to be happy, it’s my time”. Golly, I struggle with that. I am not against divorce when it is needed, and the Bible is clear that God isn’t against it when needed either. BUT a wise woman once said to me “God calls us to be Holy, not Happy” and it was a profound statement.

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      1. That is so weird! We must have different Bibles! In chapter 21 mine goes: verse 15, 16, 17 18, 20. There is no 19! Can someone text me and remind me to buy more whiteout…I ran out. 😂

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