Sunday, July 12, 2009

Proverbs 14: 26-35

26In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence,
And his children will have refuge.
27The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
That one may avoid the snares of death.
28In a multitude of people is a king's glory,
But in the dearth of people is a prince's ruin.
29He who is slow to anger has great understanding,
But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.
30A tranquil heart is life to the body,
But passion is rottenness to the bones.
31He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker,
But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
32The wicked is thrust down by his wrongdoing,
But the righteous has a refuge when he dies.
33Wisdom rests in the heart of one who has understanding,
But in the hearts of fools it is made known.
34Righteousness exalts a nation,
But sin is a disgrace to any people.
35The king's favor is toward a servant who acts wisely,
But his anger is toward him who acts shamefully.

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Tomorrow's Scripture Focus and Thought Question:

Proverbs 15: 1-11
  1. What proverb in today's passage spoke to you and why?

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Note: I read from the New American Standard Bible translation, specifically, The MacArthur Study Bible (NASB). I will quote other sources if used in a post.
I also use Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (with notes from the King James Version).

1 comment:

Carmen said...

The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord.

Reverence: a profound, adoring, and awed respect.

Worship: an extravagant respect or admiration for, or devotion to an object of esteem. (M-W Dictionary).

This is the kind of fear the bible talks about.

An acknowledged reverence for Who He is brings us refuge and life. How awesome is that?

The verse that stood out to me is vs. 30. Mostly because it used the word "passion." I checked the AMP, and it put it like this, "A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.

I've always thought of passion as a good thing, but here we see that passion is terribly destructive as a negative. Envy, jealousy and wrath have such a strong inflaming and corrupting drive to them! There's no doubt about that.

It amazes me at times how accurate the bible is. It shouldn't, but it does. It's just an incredible book!!