Proverbs 13:14 – Life-Giving Wisdom

The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death. – Proverbs 12:14

Some places where else this is discussed:

Proverbs 5:22, 10:11, 12:12, 14:27

My Thoughts:

Have you a friend in your life you turn to for good advice?  Maybe you have a pastor who can speak to you frankly and with wisdom.  Life has many struggles and temptations, and we are never far from falling prey to the “snares of death”.

This proverb speaks of a wise teacher’s words being a flowing life-extender.  When he teaches well, God’s ways have an impact on his students.  I take a long time to learn and put wisdom into practice.  Thankfully, I have some great teachers who live out what they preach.173769817_3395be6100_z

The foolish path has many snares, leading to death.  There are many a foolish person ready to guide you to an enticing but fatal end.   Seek the wise people in your life and learn from them.  Their words will be a life-giving stream for you.  And then maybe you could provide a fountain of life to someone else?

Thanks for reading! Pete



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Proverbs 13:13 – Rewards for Respect

He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded. – Proverbs 13:13

 

Have you ever completely ignored an order from your boss and they found out?  I’m sure they got quite upset.

26864548445_6536a73f9e_zThose in leadership want obedience.  They don’t want workers to make their own rules, and might very well punish with a vengeance.

Wisdom teaches us to also love the instruction from God, because it is for our good and others.  When we fear God and obey what he says, he promises to reward our faithfulness.  When we choose to live lives that dishonour Him, we are asking for judgement.

Either way we pay for disobedience. Slighting our boss results in very serious discussions.  When it comes to God, our very lives might be in jeopardy.

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 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 12:20 – Peace for Others

Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. – Proverbs 12:20

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

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

My thoughts:

Joy can be a fleeting thing if you simply seek after it. The better way to receive it is to seek it for others. The proverb speaks of promoters of peace, as if that is a role to take on. 53993517_ff46bfcd89_o.jpgWe are to seek the good for others and the outcome is that we can be blessed by that too. The alternative lifestyle, to seek for others’ downfall promises only problems for us too. Deceit is a double-edged sword and can affect the perpetrator.

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 difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:19 – Temporary Lies

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. – Proverbs 12:19

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

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

My thoughts:

Lies do get seen through eventually in some way or other. I found this every time I tried to lie to my parents. My lies didn’t have lasting value, unlike the truth. This proverb 26434249884_d6bb692a22_o.jpgspeaks of truth lasting forever, which can speak of it’s powerful nature here on earth, but also could be of the eternal nature of God’s judgement and kingdom. Only the truth will endure under His rule.

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 difficult concepts and words.

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Proverbs 12:18 – Sharp Tongue

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. – Proverbs 12:18

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

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

My thoughts: 

Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can cut like a knife. I honestly prefer my version to that saying, because it’s just true. This proverb points to the danger of a loose 8503280372_bbd784c2a3_o.jpgtongue, saying it pierces like a weapon. How often do we let loose the fire-starter that is our mouth! The much wiser way to use our words is to heal and encourage. We have all benefited from such blessing, I’m sure.

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 difficult concepts and words.

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