Biblical Wisdom

Whoever Gives Thought to the Word | Proverbs 16:20

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. Proverbs 16:20 ESV The natural interpretation of this verse would seem to refer to our words, our speech. Giving thought to the word, therefore, would be guarding one's mouth, considering carefully beforehand what is about to be …

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Turn Aside From Evil | Proverbs 16:17

The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life. Proverbs 16:17 ESV   The path of the upright veers to avoid evil. Indeed, it is the avoidance of evil that makes one upright at all. How do we do this? By guarding our ways. By being vigilantly attendant …

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One Gives Freely; Another Withholds | Proverbs 11:24

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Proverbs 11:24 ESV   The natural impulse is to hoard. Money, food, stuff. Everything is gathered together, then guarded. We don't call it selfishness. It's self-preservation, prudence. After all, how can we help others if we don't …

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The Belly of the Wicked Suffers Want | Proverbs 13:25

The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want. Proverbs 13:25   What is this proverb's setting? Everywhere. The righteous has enough, always. The righteous man or woman is content. Even in times of hunger, they are satisfied. But the wicked are not so. They are governed by …

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Where There Are No Oxen, The Manger Is Clean | Proverbs 14:4

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. Proverbs 14:4   I am aiming, not simply to live life, but to live it abundantly. The LORD has called us to do so. He who is the resurrection and the life will be faithful to …

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Walk with the Wise | Proverbs 13:20

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20 ESV   Wisdom, the skill of living, can be found in walking among the wise. Choosing to associate with wise people will inevitably lead to wisdom. Why is this? The heart dwells wherever the feet traverse. Movements, actions, …

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Choose Wisdom | Proverbs 9

We now conclude our study through Proverbs’ introduction. Our text brings to close the messages and themes of the first nine chapters, while also inviting us to dive into the collection of proverbs that follow. In many ways, this chapter is an expanded and illustrated explanation of Proverbs 1:7. Two paths in life are before …

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