Friday, June 24, 2022
11 Lives of careless wrongdoing are run-down shacks;
holy living builds soaring cathedrals.
12-13 There’s a way of life that looks harmless enough;
look again—it leads straight to hell.
Sure, those people appear to be having a good time,
but all that laughter will end in heartbreak.
Sift and Weigh Every Word
14 A mean person gets paid back in meanness,
a gracious person in grace.
15 The gullible believe anything they’re told;
the prudent sift and weigh every word.
16 The wise watch their steps and avoid evil;
fools are headstrong and reckless.
-Proverbs 14:11-16 The Message
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
13 Even in laughter, the heart may ache,
and the end of joy may be grief.
14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,
and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.
15 The simple believes everything,
but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,
but a fool is reckless and careless.
Verse 12 study: The “way which seen right” may show many options and fewer sacrifices. Easy choices should make us give the opportunity a second look. Is this a solution drawn to you because of laziness? Is it because it doesn’t ask you to change your lifestyle? What about moral restraints? The right choice is always hard and is worth sacrifice. Don’t be drawn to shortcuts that seem right but end in death.
Verse 13 study: Outer beauty doesn’t always appear authentic to feelings of the heart.