Proverbs 12:24 – Ruler or Slave?

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor. – Proverbs 12:24

Some places where else this is discussed:

Proverbs 6:6-11 10:4, 12:27, 21:25 (There are many more proverbs dealing with the diligent & the lazy)

My thoughts:

We all know the way you carry yourself under a boss will have ramifications. If you are a hard worker, you will generally do well. If you are lazy continuously, you’ll likely be shown the door. In the same way this proverb is painting a picture of the different places5726122341_2813cae0fb_z one may find themselves if they work well or not. I wonder how it would feel to be forced to work hard after years of not even trying? May we be motivated to work hard in all we do, regardless of the benefits.

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 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.

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 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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The Righteous Will Stand – Proverbs 12:7

The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
But the house of the righteous will stand. – Proverbs 12:7

What is this proverb saying?
Where people stand before God makes all the difference in this life and the next, this proverb seems to be stressing. The people who reject God and His ways, who go about their business with no regard of Him, are said here to be overthrown completely. They have no sure future, no way, José. What surety do they have if God can call them to account at anytime? No one knows the hour of their death, and there is only judgment awaiting the lost.
The righteous household has no fear of dangers that might befall it. The righteous person’s surety is in God, and they will stand regardless of whatever happens.4991042830_8804605e28_b
While there is an appearance of all people getting hurt and sick or dying at seemingly random times, the point is that the righteous will find safety in God and the wicked have no such promise.

What can we learn from Proverbs 12:7?
What is your trust in? Do you trust wholly in the things of this world, such as money, locks, police or fire-resistant insulation?
Despite the importance of partly investing in these things, it surely is far better to seek and to put your trust in God, the Creator of this world?
We should not fear anything happening to us if our trust is in God. Make sure you and your whole family are made right with God and not even death will be the end to your house. Amen.

Thanks so much for reading! – Pedrozki (Pete)

More Reading:

Check out TWO other posts about surety in God:

Your foundation in life is crucial – On Proverbs 10:24-26

God is an Immovable Foundation- Proverbs 12:3

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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A Generous Hand (Part 3) – Proverbs 11:26

“The people will curse him who withholds grain,

But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.” – Proverbs 11:26

 

It’s one thing to be a careful manager of your assets, and another thing to be so stingy that other people suffer because of it.

This proverb points out how a supplier of food who keeps back his stock receives nothing but bitterness from his customers. The people normally relying on him are left wanting and let loose curses onto his head. The other part of the verse then talks of the generous supplier who is roundly blessed by his customers because he provided his stock for consumption.

The issue in this instance is a supplier who decides for whatever reason to keep back his normal supply from the public. Those reliant on his service are in need now, and call him out on his greed. They are keenly attuned to the fact he is holding out on them!

He could very well be holding out to buffer the period of time until the next delivery of food, but that doesn’t help the customers in need, and they are indignant.

The supplier who does keep up a steady supply receives praise and prayer, instead.

 

Now, what can we learn from this as Christians?

For one thing, what could be excused as wise management could be inconsiderate action with little thought for others. Wise management of what we have is often not just about us, but also about those in need or who have expectations of us. We could have a very clear and safe savings plan, but leave out any extra for the poor or those in emergency situations.

May we remember all we have is from God, and He wants us to be generous and cheerful givers.

More reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10

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All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

A Generous Hand (Part 2) – Proverbs 11:25

The generous soul will be made rich,

And he who waters will also be watered himself.

 

 

THIS POST IS GOING TO BE REWRITTEN. TAKE EVERYTHING I WRITE WITH A GRAIN OF SALT.  

Being told to be generous without an explanation is not very pleasant for many, if not all of us.

This proverb does something different. It states the outcome of being generous. It says that the “generous soul” receives wealth.

The fact that the soul is mentioned here shows that merely giving something grudgingly does not show a generous spirit.

This proverb may be twisted like the previous one (and probably is) by televangelists who draw in their audience with soaring music and smooth tongues, asking them to give most generously to their massive “ministries” aka personal coffers.

This proverb assumes the reader is going to wisely give their money to worthwhile causes, even those without expected return.

It’s simply saying the giver’s freewill gift of money or time will be rewarded. It is not saying you will get back exactly an equal amount of wealth for your obedience, just that you will be blessed highly yourself.

It’s a lovely picture of pouring out your effort on others, and receiving back blessing and effort from God (possibly through others) in wonderful ways.

I like to think that God gives blessing to those who trust Him with their circumstances, when they give much to their ministry.

I know many ministries that run daily by God’s grace as those involved offer their generous efforts, watering and likewise being watered. It is a blessed thing to witness indeed. Amen.

This is dedicated to all the faithful ministries that in relying on God, they are incredibly blessed in so many ways.

THIS POST IS GOING TO BE REWRITTEN. TAKE EVERYTHING I WRITE WITH A GRAIN OF SALT.  

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Are you offended by what I write, or because of God’s Word

If it’s because of my writing, I’m sorry. I can be harsh when talking about truth and lies. Hopefully you realise I am trying to be loving as well. I can’t apologise for God’s Word, though. Hopefully you are convicted and call on Christ to be your Saviour and King. Cheers.

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

A Generous Hand (Part 1) – Proverbs 11:24

“There is one who scatters, yet increases more;

And there is one who withholds more than is right,

But it leads to poverty.”

 

Using food and farming as metaphors to help form a mental picture is pretty effective in the Bible. Anyone can picture a farmer scattering seed in a pasture, and grain producers would get this proverb immediately.

I’m not saying the farmer would find it any more easier to put the message into practice, just that it’d make sense!

Now for a farmer to get a great harvest he must sow and plant widely and generously. The seed can’t grow if it isn’t in the ground, and to ensure a bountiful produce, the farmer should plant more than necessary.

To not do so, to be super careful and keep back more than is going to produce a good harvest will backfire. A bit of risk is healthy and necessary. Ultimately this is a metaphor for being generous in all of life.

We have been blessed with many good things, and God desires us to respond in thankfulness. He delights in a generous giver who cheerfully gives back what was God’s anyway. This can also apply what we withhold from people around us.

A godly person must not be a hoarder of his wealth. Even the ungodly world likes and gives honour to celebrities who start up or give to a charity a tiny portion of their wealth.

 

So why should we be generous with our seeds/time/money?

Simply because it is a waste to hoard it. If you need another reason, God also desires it and commands it.

What is “more than right” to hold back?

You have to make that decision, but a good indicator is if you are too stingy to get little things to enjoy for yourself, you probably also aren’t being generous to God or others.

This is a stern warning to the miser, that a poverty of sorts will fall on him.

Maybe the dollar will drop out of the market or because of the lack of effort he puts into friendship, he ends up emotionally bankrupt.
Whatever he is holding back, he is bound to be missing out on the harvest he could have had. Amen.

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Thoughts or questions? Write them down in the comment section below!

Are you offended by what I write, or because of God’s Word

If it’s because of my writing, I’m sorry. I can be harsh when talking about truth and lies. Hopefully you realise I am trying to be loving as well. I can’t apologise for God’s Word, though. Hopefully you are convicted and call on Christ to be your Saviour and King. Cheers.

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.