Proverbs 13:10 – Pride Causes Fights

Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:10

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 9:9, 11:2

My thoughts:

Why am I so full of pride? I have nothing to be proud about! Everything I have and know and believe has been gifted or learnt from someone else. My skill and ability and all else come from God.

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As this Proverbs states, where there are arguments and quarreling, a little examination will prove pride is at work. Pride only gets us into a fight about who is wiser. To gain wisdom we ought to be open again to what others we trust have to say. Humbleness can give us so much more in the end.

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Proverbs 13:7 – Monetary Deception

One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:7

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 12:9, 13:5 20:14

My thoughts:

Lots of people like to talk up their latest favourite purchase3353084755_ce382b255c_z.jpgs. Its part of the fun of buying stuff, including the fact that you had the money to splurge on it.

Yet the people mentioned in this proverb aren’t boasting about things they have, but are completely deceiving others about their wealth. The two types are rich people pretending to be poor and those with very little lying about being wealthy. We ought to be wary of deceptive people like this. In all likelihood the motivation is greed or high social standing. Who knows what other lies one might tell if guided by these desires.

We seem to feel compelled to help someone claiming to be desperate or feel drawn to associate with well-off people. Let’s be careful to not join in any such lies and likewise be careful to avoid being deceived.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Proverbs 13:5 – Odious Lies

The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:5

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 6:16-19, 8:13, Psalm 119:163

My thoughts:

Hate is a strong emotion. We shouldn’t hate people personally, but we are given free 8392533192_78cbf30d83_zreign in the Bible to hate evil. Evil deserves drastic action. For us to hate our own evil actions or the temptation to do them, we’d need to avoid them, stamp them out, and flee such things.

In this proverb, the man who seeks to be righteous despises any deception; he follows in what God hates. The wicked man has no qualms about lying, as long as it gets them what they want. Yet they bring upon themselves all manner of shame. So often the truth ousts us. We realise it would have been far better to have not lied in the first place.

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Proverbs 13:3 – Guard Your Lips

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:3

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 13:2,4; 18:21, 21:23

Theme: Prov 13:2-4 – The Hebrew words translated as “desire”, “appetite”, “life”, and “soul”,  is literally “soul” or “breath” and can refer to the inner desires of people, but also the essence of who you  are. (Reiterated from A Mentor Commentary On Proverbs – John A. Kitchen

My thoughts:

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How often I wish to take back my words -whether they were hurtful, false claims or promises unkept!

This proverb promotes a careful guarding of our lips before we say anything stupid. Whether it’s talking big, a sly joke, or careless words, we are warned our words can be ruinous.

Like a gate of a city that needs protection, our mouth needs to be opened carefully. Let’s protect our lives, reputation, etc., by keeping our big mouths closed.

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Proverbs 13:2 – Violent Outcomes

From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:2

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 12: 14,18

Theme: Prov 13:2-4 – The Hebrew words translated as “desire”, “appetite”, “life”, and “soul”,  is literally “soul” or “breath” and can refer to the inner desires of people, but also the essence of who you  are. (Reiterated from A Mentor Commentary On Proverbs – John A. Kitchen

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My thoughts:

How often our words cause strife. We speak without thinking or even with malice or other evil desire. Life should teach us that speaking with a desire to trick or manipulate only ends in bad things, for us and others. We’re asking for it if we use our words to deceive. This proverb speaks of the produce of our lips bringing good for us. Let’s then speak with care, so that we produce good outcomes.

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus, he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 13:1 – Standing Corrected

A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:1

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 1:8; 3:1; 12:1; 13:13

My thoughts:

We tend to think better of our knowledge than what others think. How often, though, we are shown to be in the wrong in our thinking! This proverb speaks of the correction of a 33106857585_ee06c78ff0_zfather, and how wisdom would encourage us to obey it. When I first started writing on Proverbs I was a bit arrogant. I didn’t often place myself in the position of the “mocker”. Yet it is true that we all need to come under God’s Word and be taught to be wise and to obey.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:26 – Picking Friends

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. – Proverbs 12:26

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 18:24; 22:24-25

My thoughts:

How do you pick your friends? I know for myself people can come into my life and I’m drawn to them, not thinking about their character too much. It can be easy to connect with people at an emotional or intellectual level, but not delve into all of who they are. 6651627573_6009ab41d6_zFriends do influence us both in good and bad ways, and this proverb speaks of how it is the mark of the righteous to choose them carefully. Let’s be wise with who we hang out with so we aren’t influenced to turn away from God.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:25 – Anxious Thoughts

Anxiety weighs down the heart,

but a kind word cheers it up.

– Proverbs 12:25

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 17:22, Ephesians 4:29

My thoughts:

All too often we can be weighed down by our fears and worries. This proverb speaks to that, saying it’s anxiety that troubles our hearts. Yet a timely word from a friend can be 14612703007_bd9126d35c_zall we need to get out of our mental or emotional slump. So often I’m then reminded of God’s goodness and how I’ve been losing control of my mind. Don’t ever underestimate the power of encouragement!

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:23 – Blurting it out

The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly. – Proverbs 12:23

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)

Some places where else this is discussed:

Proverbs 10:19, 12:16a

My thoughts:

We can be so quick to give our opinion. I know I feel obliged to do so when presented with the news or a personal problem someone shares with me. A bit of prudence can 4218357504_4a48abc9cc_zoften mean that we change from our initial thoughts. This proverb talks of a fool spouting their folly, meaning words that have no value or context. Let’s seek to be slow to speak, in order to edify at the right time, when we have a wise response.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:22 – Lying Lips

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. – Proverbs 11:22

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)

My thoughts:

God is truth. It’s one of His steadfast attributes. You could say He doesn’t leave home without it. This proverb testifies to God hating liars but loving truth-sayers. The tongue16095429_8644c85462_o.jpg has played a part in many surrounding verses, and we have found one thing common among them: it matters what we say. God cares and that should be reason enough for us to care too.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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