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READING: Proverbs 16-17 – Proverbs of Solomon


“Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.” (16:3) Men may make plans, but they do not know the future. Our plans have a greater change of succeeding when we commit our work to our God through prayer and supplication. He will guide us when we ask Him. But if we go off on our own initiative, He will leave us on our own.

“It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.” (16:12) When kings do evil, they are corrupt. The LORD sometimes removes such kings from their thrones. Had they been righteous, they could have succeeded. God is patient with us, but when a dynasty is corrupt, His patience runs out and removes it.

“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (16:18) Here is a true parallel. Pride is the same as a haughty spirit, and destruction is parallel to a fall. This can be true of individuals or of nations and cultures. Western civilization thinks of individuals; other cultures think of communities and nations. God hates a haughty, and a prideful people will have a terrible fall – as the Jews found out in A.D. 70.

“One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city.” (16:32) The person slow to anger is self-controlled. He is contrasted with a warrior who captures a city. The man who captures a city usually is angry and often acts out from sheer hatred, both things God hates.

“Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.” (17:1) How many Thanksgiving dinners were tense with strife? Most families have disagreements, which they either endure and overcome, or they quit talking, or more rarely actually have physical violence. The tense Thanksgiving dinner is the prelude to one of those.

“Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a ruler.” (17:7) When a ruler speaks falsely and deceit, he is not establishing his domain. You do not expect fine speech from a fool. There is no telling what the foolish man may say. But whatever he says, it will not have the same impact that the false speech of a ruler will have.

“A friend loves at all times and kinfolk are born to share adversity.” (17:17) Families are important in our lives. People who have no family to fall back on, really need a family of friends that can be found in the family of God. When our church families stick with us, our friends love us, and our biological family supports us in our adversity, we will overcome it. If any of these is missing, overcoming adversity is more and more difficult.

“Even fools who keep silent are considered wise; when they close their lips, they are deemed intelligent.” (17:28) If foolish people keep quiet, others may think them wise.

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MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself)   

Holy Father, my prayer for all who read this and for myself, is that each of us will see some of Solomon’s Proverbs that are pertinent to us in our own situations and find solutions to our needs. This is my prayer for all who read this and for me, in the name of Jesus, I pray, AMEN!

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