Wednesday, June 15, 2022
17 Truthful witness by a good person clears the air,
but liars lay down a smoke screen of deceit.
18 Rash language cuts and maims,
but there is healing in the words of the wise.
19 Truth lasts;
lies are here today, gone tomorrow.
20 Evil scheming distorts the schemer;
peace-planning brings joy to the planner.
21 No evil can overwhelm a good person,
but the wicked have their hands full of it.
22 God can’t stomach liars;
he loves the company of those who keep their word.
23 Prudent people don’t flaunt their knowledge;
talkative fools broadcast their silliness.
-Proverbs 12:17-23 The Message
17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,
but a false witness utters deceit.
18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
but those who plan peace have joy.
21 No ill befalls the righteous,
but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,
but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
Verse 19 study: The timing of truth is applicable, especially today and in the future. This is changeless because the truth is connected with God’s changeless character. Go back in time; centuries passed since the book of Proverbs was written. Understand the countless hours spent studying every sentence of Scripture. The Bible has withstood the test of time Since God is truth. Trust His Word can give your guidelines.
Verse 21 study: This is general information. It is not unusual, but it’s true. Unfortunately, harm does occur to the righteous. The good thing is that the righteous can see opportunities in their problems and keep them moving. The wicked, on the other hand, without God’s wisdom, are not prepared to handle their issues.
Verse 23 study: Mindful people have a quiet confidence. Insecure people or uncertain people feel they have a point to prove, but the prudent don’t have that need. They know what they are capable of, so they can get on with their work. Be mindful of showing off. If you are muted, people may not notice but will eventually respect you later down the road.
Verses 17-22 studies: Your words and power tools can go both ways, honor or dishonor God. These depend on wisdom and truth.
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