Proverbs 25

“Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence, or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, ‘Come up here’, than to be put lower in the presence of a noble” (Proverbs 25:6,7). We should always avoid self-exalting. Even as we humble ourselves...

Proverbs 24

“Do not say, “I will do to him what he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done” (Proverbs 24:29). When we speak against others without cause, the tendency is to exaggerate or bend the truth into something that is more deceptive. This...

Proverbs 23

“Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly.  In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder” (Proverbs 23:31,32). Today’s chapter devotes seven verses to the misery of abusing alcohol. Wine can be pleasing on...

Proverbs 22

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). As any parent knows, children need training. Parents also know that it is their job and responsibility to train their children in the way they should go....

Proverbs 21

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart” (Proverbs 21:2). Our human nature is to justify what we say and do. Sometimes we do this correctly in honest, godly sincerity. But other times we justify with deception and stubborn pride, which...

Proverbs 20

“The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts” (Proverbs 20:27). There are mysteries and specific truths of the inner man in each of us; this is the spirit of man. And this spirit of man is stuff that only the lamp of the...

Proverbs 19

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11). We know it isn’t necessarily weakness or lack of courage that makes a man or woman slow to anger. It may very well be wisdom, stated in this verse as “good sense.”...

Proverbs 18

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10). God provides a wonderful and safe defense for us. This is not just in the speaking of His name as if it were some sort of lucky charm, but in...

Proverbs 17

“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent” (Proverbs 17:28). Chapter 17 continues in the areas of wisdom, justice, and family life. Verse 28 is one of my personal favorites -- it has taken me most of my years to...

Proverbs 16

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7). This chapter makes a nice carryover from yesterday’s chapter 15. These verses point out that although imperfect, we can and should strive to live a life that pleases God. We...