Proverbs 12:27 – Diligent hunting

The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt. – Proverbs 12:27

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 12:11; 19:24; Eccles.5:19

My thoughts:

We all have dreams we want to carry out. Many of these dreams get left behind due to forgetfulness, inability, or the difficulty of life. Here, the reason we might or might not 5347165657_720ee1532a_zachieve our goals is based on our level of diligence. The picture in the proverb shows a hunting trip for food and how one’s laziness keeps them from roasting the spoils. Some plans can go astray despite our best efforts, but when it’s up to us, let’s work hard at what we hope for.

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 12:24 – 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 12:14 – The Value of Words

From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward. – Proverbs 12:14

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

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

My thoughts:

Words have value, just as actions have value. Whether that value is uplifting or 34571596115_fb2a7005b9_o.jpgdestructive is in the hands of the speaker. This proverb is positive in nature, encouraging the listener to seek the good in words, just like we seek good in our actions. Often undervalued are the words of a caring parent or teacher. Let’s aim for good fruit.

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.

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Proverbs 12:11 – Chasing Fantasies

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. – Proverbs 12:11

Some places where this is discussed in Proverbs:

Proverbs 14:23, 28:19

My thoughts:6699892843_361aa27429_b.jpg

 

Get-rich-quick schemes are so often dependent on the person being so invested no good sense will give them pause. So often it’s just not worth it; the risk is too great. A steady job is much more worthwhile, and while the dividends may be small in comparison to the promised wealth of a scheme, it is the wiser option. May we be diligent in our steady work and not chase fantasies.

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.

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