Lord, thank you for creating us. Thank you also for all the blessings poured out on our lives. We lift up those brothers and sisters who are suffering today and ask that you restore them spiritually and physically. We pray in Jesus’ name that you enlighten those visiting today with your wisdom poured out to us through Proverbs. Amen.
Wisdom of the Lord from Proverbs, Chapter 27
Pro 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
Pro 27:2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
Pro 27:3 A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
Pro 27:4 Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
Pro 27:5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
Pro 27:7 One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.
Pro 27:8 Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home.
Pro 27:9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.
Pro 27:10 Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.
Pro 27:11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.
Pro 27:12 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.
Pro 27:13 Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.
Pro 27:14 Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.
Pro 27:15 A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike;
Pro 27:16 to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in one’s right hand.
Pro 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Pro 27:18 Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.
Pro 27:19 As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.
Pro 27:20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.
Pro 27:21 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise.
Pro 27:22 Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.
Pro 27:23 Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,
Pro 27:24 for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?
Pro 27:25 When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,
Pro 27:26 the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field.
Pro 27:27 There will be enough goats’ milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your girls.
My personal notes regarding Wisdom culled from Proverbs, Chapter 27
7) Just like God’s word. Often when we are full of “honey” (material comforts) we do not seek God’s word in our lives. It is usually only when times of disaster come that we seek God. People have always been like this, though – I’m not going to “doom and gloom” you about the present generations being worse than previous.
8) This could have many meanings. From recent news though, it reminds me of foreign workers who have gone to Iraq to make relatively huge paychecks in comparison to what they make at home. Is that God’s will for their lives – I don’t know, but I do know that it puts them in exponentially higher danger. Every now and then one gets kidnapped an executed.
17) There is a small group at my church called “ironmen.” I always assumed they picked the name becase the name denotes “tough,” like the triathalon. God stresses to us how much we need to fellowship with members of the same sex who understand our mentality and common struggles. After my Cleansing Stream course is over, I will be seeking out a men’s group to meet with. It doesn’t have to be often (if you are worried about time commitments). Many try to meet once a week for a meal like breakfast or lunch (since we all have to eat). I hope you beat me to it, but if not I’ll let you all know what happens through that.
Thanks for joining today. I pray that everyone keeps reading the Bible each day even when this study is over. Do you like the Chapter-a-day pace? It was a bit weird at first, since everyone can read much more and still stay interested. I’ve found though, that chapter-size bites are the best. This way we can reflect on it and meditate on a few points of God’s word at a time.
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