The Motives You Save Maybe Your Own IV

Sunday, July 31, 2022

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17 You’re addicted to thrills? What an empty life!

    The pursuit of pleasure is never satisfied.

18 What a wrong person plots against the good, boomerangs;

    the plotter gets it in the end.

19 Better to live in a tent in the wild

    than with a cross and petulant spouse.

20 Valuables are safe in a wise person’s home;

    fools put it all out for yard sales.

21 Whoever goes hunting for what is right and kind

    finds life itself—glorious life!

22 One sage entered a whole city of armed soldiers—

    their trusted defenses fell to pieces!

23 Watch your words and hold your tongue;

    you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.

24 You know their names—Brash, Impudent, Blasphemer—

    intemperate hotheads, everyone.

-Proverbs 21:17-24 The Message

Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man;

    he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.

18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous

    and the traitor for the upright.

19 It is better to live in a desert 

    than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.

20 Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling,

    but a foolish man devours it.

21 Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness

    will find life, character, and honor.

22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty

    and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

23 Whoever keeps his mouth and tongue

    keeps him out of trouble.

24 “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man

    who acts with arrogant pride.

-Proverbs 21:17-24 ESV

Verse 17 study: Wine and oil suggest the word extravagance, mainly in feasting. This is living a life you may not be able to afford or just pleasures you want to have you can’t afford.

Verse 18 study: Ransom is something given up for something more valuable. The wicked and unfaithful are expendable compared to the righteous and the upright. In another definition, a ransom is a sum paid to release someone. This proverb does not depend on this precise sense but points to the Last Judgment. This is the day when the righteous will be vindicated and the wicked defeated.

Verse 20 study: This proverb is about saving for the future. Easy credit has many people living on the edge of bankruptcy. People’s desire to keep up with the ties and push their spending are stretching their credit to the limit. Anyone who spends all they have is paying more than they can afford. A wise person puts money to the side when they may have less. God approves of foresight and restraint. God’s people should examine their lifestyle to see if their spending is God-pleasing or self-pleasing.

Verse 21 study: Those who develop the right relationships and loyalty find lasting benefits in life.

Verse 22 study: 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 says, “4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” Force is no match for wisdom. These are similar.

The Motives You Save Maybe Your Own III

Saturday, July 30, 2022

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11 Simpletons only learn the hard way,

    but the wise learn by listening.

12 A God-loyal person will see right through the wicked

    and undo the evil they’ve planned.

13 If you stop your ears to the cries of the poor,

    your cries will go unheard, unanswered.

14 A quietly given gift soothes an irritable person;

    a heartfelt present cools a hot temper.

15 Good people celebrate when justice triumphs,

    but for the workers of evil, it’s a bad day.

16 Whoever wanders off the straight and narrow

    ends up in a congregation of ghosts.

-Proverbs 21:11-16 The Message

11 When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise;

    when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.

12 The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked;

    he throws the wicked down to ruin.

13 Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor

    will himself call out and not be answered.

14 A gift in secret averts anger,

    and a concealed bribe, strong wrath.

15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous

    but terror to evildoers.

16 One who wanders from the way of good sense

    will rest in the assembly of the dead.

-Proverbs 21:11-16 ESV

Verses 11-12 studies: It is better to learn from other people’s mistakes than your own. One way for me is that you are not biased, making excuses when you make a mistake. By learning from others, you can listen to their advice. You can counsel yourself from others instead of going ahead of yourself and learning the hard way.

Verse 12 study: The Hebrew can translate “The Righteous One” to “righteous person.” So it makes more sense as a reference to God. the divine retribution is affirmed based on divine righteousness than human observation.

Verse 13 study: We should always work to meet the needs of the poor and protect their rights; you never know when you will need those same services.

Verse 15 study: Maintaining justice shows the well-being of those who live by it. Those who don’t go along with it will be undone. The wise discern this divine, providential under which is degraded by sin, is to some degree maintained in the world. Our job is to perceive His order and live in harmony with it. The center is God’s Word and our faithful obedience to it. Such obedience is meant by “the fear of the Lord.”

The Motives You Save Maybe Your Own II

Friday, July 29, 2022

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6 Make it to the top by lying and cheating;

    get paid with smoke and a promotion—to death!

7 The wicked get buried alive by their loot

    because they refuse to use it to help others.

8 Mixed motives twist life into tangles;

    pure motives take you straight down the road.

Do Your Best, Prepare for the Worst

9 Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack

    than share a mansion with a nagging spouse.

10 Wicked souls love to make trouble;

    they feel nothing for friends and neighbors.

-Proverbs 21:6-10 The Message

6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue

    is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.

7 The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,

    because they refuse to do what is just.

8 The way of the guilty is crooked,

    but the conduct of the pure is upright.

9 It is better to live in the corner of the housetop

    than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;

    his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes.

-Proverbs 21:6-10 ESV

Verse 6 study: The Hebrew is difficult; this proverb maybe relate to 20:17; stolen bread tastes sweet, but soon your mouth is full of gravel. Being dishonest with people.

Verse 7 study: The wicked refuse to help; this is a reminder to listen to wise people and to stay out of conversations involving gossip. The gossip of bad people keeps you in trouble, while good people have the self-control to stay out of trouble.

Verse 8 study: Upright motives; remember, your honest life shows respect to God. A life full of unstableness is a slap to God’s face.

Verse 9 study: The corner of the housetop may reference a small attic room built on the flat house. An argumentative wife didn’t come from God. A pleasant spouse comes from God.

Verse 10 study: A wicked or evil person is destructive of human relationships. They have no regard for anybody.

The Motives You Save Maybe Your Own I

Thursday, July 28, 2022

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God Examines Our Motives

21 Good leadership is a channel of water controlled by God;

    he directs it to whatever ends he chooses.

2 We justify our actions by appearances;

    God examines our motives.

3 Clean living before God and justice with our neighbors

    mean far more to God than religious performance.

4 Arrogance and pride—distinguishing marks in the wicked—

    are just plain sin.

5 Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run;

    hurry and scurry puts you further behind.

-Proverbs 21:1-5 The Message

21 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;

    he turns it wherever he will.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,

    but the Lord weighs the heart.

3 To do righteousness and justice

    is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart,

    the lamp of the wicked, are sin.

5 The diligent’s plans indeed lead to abundance,

    but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

-Proverbs 21:1-5 ESV

Verse 1 study: In the days of Solomon, kings possessed absolute authority and were like gods. This proverb shows that earthly rulers do not have the authority over world politics. They may not realize it, but the earth’s powerful king has always been under God’s control.

Judgment on Arrogant Assyria

5 Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger;
    the staff in their hands is my fury!
6 Against a godless nation I send him,
    and against the people of my wrath I command him,
to take spoil and seize plunder,
    and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
7 But he does not so intend,
    and his heart does not so think;
but it is in his heart to destroy,
    and to cut off nations not a few;
8 for he says:
“Are not my commanders all kings? -Isaiah 10:5-8 ESV

Who is a king that doesn’t have control over world politics but his own interests and not God’s will? Solomon received a special endowment of the wisdom of God.

Verse 2 study: People will find excuses behind everything they do. God looks behind those excuses to the motives of the heart. We have to make choices in areas where the right action is difficult to do. We can help ourselves by asking and identifying our motives first. Ask yourself whether God would approve of my motives for doing this. God will not be pleased by us doing good deeds for something in return.

Verse 3 study: What we do with our sacrifices and offerings are not bribes to make God overlook our character faults. If our personal and business affairs aren’t characterized by justice, no generosity in this world can make up for it.

Verse 4 study: Haughty eyes usually express pride and arrogance. The lamp of the wicked is a metaphor for uncertainty.

Verse 5 study: Faithful completion of tasks is always a great accomplishment. The work you do is patiently carried out and follows the plan. Strong characters are those who are diligent at their work. Don’t be the one to look for easy answers. Poverty is brought on by laziness. It can be from rash and unwise actions. Be diligent in serving God.

Deep Truths VI

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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26 After careful scrutiny, a wise leader

    makes a clean sweep of rebels and dolts.

27 God is in charge of human life,

    watching and examining us inside and out.

28 Love and truth form a good leader;

    sound leadership is founded on loving integrity.

29 Youth may be admired for vigor,

    but gray hair gives prestige to old age.

30 A good thrashing purges evil;

    punishment goes deep within us.

-Proverbs 20:26-30 The Message

26 A wise king winnows the wicked

    and drives the wheel over them.

27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,

    searching all his innermost parts.

28 Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,

    and by steadfast love, his throne is upheld.

29 The glory of young men is their strength,

    but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.

30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil;

    strokes make clean the innermost parts.

-Proverbs 20:26-30 ESV

Verse 26 study: The wise king can sense situations.

Verse 27 study: This is a metaphor for the searching eye of God. He is the one that knows our innermost thoughts. It’s a person’s spirit that is God’s contact point. He brings it out and shows your true nature.

Verse 28 study: Steadfast love and faithfulness may be the king’s attitude towards his people. It set up a stable society and a secure throne. The phrase may be used here of God’s covenant with the dynasty of David.

Verse 29 study: When physical attributes decrease with age, wisdom should increase.

Verse 30 study: Corporal punishment has a place in prompting the conscience. It takes wisdom to know when to apply it.

Deep Truths V

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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The Very Steps We Take

21 A bonanza at the beginning

    is no guarantee of blessing at the end.

22 Don’t say, “I’ll get you for that!”

    Wait for God; he’ll settle the score.

23 God hates cheating in the marketplace;

    rigged scales are an outrage.

24 The very steps we take come from God;

    otherwise, how would we know where we’re going?

25 An impulsive vow is a trap;

    later you’ll wish you could get out of it.

-Proverbs 20:21-25 The Message

21 An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning

    will not be blessed in the end.

22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;

    wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.

23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,

    and false scales are not good.

24 A man’s steps are from the Lord;

    how then can man understand his way?

25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”

    and to reflect only after making vows.

-Proverbs 20:21-25 ESV

Verse 21 study: Rusing in the beginning before gaining the wisdom to handle it, or by the wrong mean not necessarily great.

Verse 22 study: The directive parallel warns against taking the law into one’s hands and undermining the order of society. The deliverance is not upon the nation, but possibly the meaning of due legal process, but ultimately with the Lord Himself as its source.

Verse 23 study: “Differing weights” refers to the loaded sales a merchant may use to cheat customers. Dishonesty is a difficult sin to avoid. People look the other way; it is easy to cheat if someone is not looking. Dishonesty shows how you are as a person to the core. It makes you untrustworthy and untrusting. The advice given is don’t take dishonestly lightly. Just a little bit of dishonesty is enough to kill your spiritual life. If you have dishonesty, tell God about it.

Verse 24 study: We stay confused by the events around us. We will never understand the many things that happen around us. Yet, as we look back on how God worked, things will fall into place, and we will realize how he worked years later. This proverb is counseling us not to worry if we don’t understand everything as it happens. Instead, we should trust that God knows what he is doing regardless of how we feel about his timing or work if it’s clear to us. Again, this goes back to knowledge from observation. God’s sovereign purposes alone are specific.

Verse 25 study: To say something is holy means dedicating it and giving it as an offering to God. Dedicated standards are set apart for religious use. This proverb shows the evil of rashly making a vow and then reconsidering it. God does take vows seriously, and they should be carried out.

21 “If you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay fulfilling it, for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and you will be guilty of sin. 22 But if you refrain from vowing, you will not be guilty of sin. 23 You shall be careful to do what has passed your lips, for you have voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God what you have promised with your mouth. -Deuteronomy 23:21-23 ESV

We may have good intentions when making a promise to please God, but Jesus tells us it’s best not to make promises to God because he knows how hard it is to keep them. (Matthew 5:33-37)


33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. -Matthew 5:33-37 ESV

If you feel it is important to make promises, at least consider the consequences of breaking that vow. Read Judges 11 to learn about Jephthah’s rash promise to sacrifice the first thing he saw on his return home. When it happened, he saw his daughter as the first person.

Jephthah Delivers Israel

11 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a prostitute. Gilead was the father of Jephthah. 2 And Gilead's wife also bore him sons. And when his wife's sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out and said to him, “You shall not have an inheritance in our father's house, for you are the son of another woman.” 3 Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob, and worthless fellows collected around Jephthah and went out with him.

4 After a time the Ammonites made war against Israel. 5 And when the Ammonites made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah from the land of Tob. 6 And they said to Jephthah, “Come and be our leader, that we may fight against the Ammonites.” 7 But Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, “Did you not hate me and drive me out of my father's house? Why have you come to me now when you are in distress?” 8 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, “That is why we have turned to you now, that you may go with us and fight against the Ammonites and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.” 9 Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, “If you bring me home again to fight against the Ammonites, and the Lord gives them over to me, I will be your head.” 10 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, “The Lord will be witness between us, if we do not do as you say.” 11 So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and leader over them. And Jephthah spoke all his words before the Lord at Mizpah.

12 Then Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites and said, “What do you have against me, that you have come to me to fight against my land?” 13 And the king of the Ammonites answered the messengers of Jephthah, “Because Israel on coming up from Egypt took away my land, from the Arnon to the Jabbok and to the Jordan; now therefore restore it peaceably.” 14 Jephthah again sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites 15 and said to him, “Thus says Jephthah: Israel did not take away the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites, 16 but when they came up from Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh. 17 Israel then sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, ‘Please let us pass through your land,’ but the king of Edom would not listen. And they sent also to the king of Moab, but he would not consent. So Israel remained at Kadesh.

18 “Then they journeyed through the wilderness and went around the land of Edom and the land of Moab and arrived on the east side of the land of Moab and camped on the other side of the Arnon. But they did not enter the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was the boundary of Moab. 19 Israel then sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, king of Heshbon, and Israel said to him, ‘Please let us pass through your land to our country,’ 20 but Sihon did not trust Israel to pass through his territory, so Sihon gathered all his people together and encamped at Jahaz and fought with Israel. 21 And the Lord, the God of Israel, gave Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they defeated them. So Israel took possession of all the land of the Amorites, who inhabited that country. 22 And they took possession of all the territory of the Amorites from the Arnon to the Jabbok and from the wilderness to the Jordan. 23 So then the Lord, the God of Israel, dispossessed the Amorites from before his people Israel; and are you to take possession of them? 24 Will you not possess what Chemosh your god gives you to possess? And all that the Lord our God has dispossessed before us, we will possess. 25 Now are you any better than Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab? Did he ever contend against Israel, or did he ever go to war with them? 26 While Israel lived in Heshbon and its villages, and in Aroer and its villages, and in all the cities that are on the banks of the Arnon, 300 years, why did you not deliver them within that time? 27 I therefore have not sinned against you, and you do me wrong by making war on me. The Lord, the Judge, decide this day between the people of Israel and the people of Ammon.” 28 But the king of the Ammonites did not listen to the words of Jephthah that he sent to him.

Jephthah's Tragic Vow

29 Then the Spirit of the Lord was upon Jephthah, and he passed through Gilead and Manasseh and passed on to Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he passed on to the Ammonites. 30 And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, “If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, 31 then whatever comes out from the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites shall be the Lord's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.” 32 So Jephthah crossed over to the Ammonites to fight against them, and the Lord gave them into his hand. 33 And he struck them from Aroer to the neighborhood of Minnith, twenty cities, and as far as Abel-keramim, with a great blow. So the Ammonites were subdued before the people of Israel.

34 Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah. And behold, his daughter came out to meet him with tambourines and with dances. She was his only child; besides her he had neither son nor daughter. 35 And as soon as he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you have become the cause of great trouble to me. For I have opened my mouth to the Lord, and I cannot take back my vow.” 36 And she said to him, “My father, you have opened your mouth to the Lord; do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, now that the Lord has avenged you on your enemies, on the Ammonites.” 37 So she said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me: leave me alone two months, that I may go up and down on the mountains and weep for my virginity, I and my companions.” 38 So he said, “Go.” Then he sent her away for two months, and she departed, she and her companions, and wept for her virginity on the mountains. 39 And at the end of two months, she returned to her father, who did with her according to his vow that he had made. She had never known a man, and it became a custom in Israel 40 that the daughters of Israel went year by year to lament the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in the year. -Judges 11 ESV

The overall story is not to make promises you know you can’t change later. It is better to count the cost beforehand and then fulfill them. It’s worse to have a rash vow you can’t honor.

Deep Truths IV

Monday, July 25, 2022

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16 Hold tight to collateral on any loan to a stranger;

    beware of accepting what a transient has pawned.

17 Stolen bread tastes sweet,

    but your mouth is full of gravel soon.

18 Form your purpose by asking for counsel,

    then carry it out using all the help you can get.

19 Gossips can’t keep secrets,

    so never confide in blabbermouths.

20 Anyone who curses father and mother

    extinguishes the light and exists benighted.

-Proverbs 20:16-20 The Message

16 Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,

    and hold it in pledge when he puts up safety for foreigners.

17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,

    but afterward, his mouth will be full of gravel.

18 Plans are established by counsel;

    by wise guidance wage war.

19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;

    therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

20 If one curses his father or mother,

    his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.

-Proverbs 20:16-20 ESV

Verse 16 study: The garment is taken as a loan. This verse could be a warning to be careful with money in dealing with those who take risks or who are unreliable.

Verse 17 study: A metaphor for wealth. Dishonesty does not satisfy.

Verse 18 study: See gossip? Don’t give it a chance to associate with.

Verse 20 study: Death comes, either by society executing the law, by divine retribution, or by indirect consequences of sins.

Deep Truths III

Sunday, July 24, 2022

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11 Young people eventually reveal by their actions

    if their motives are on the up and up.

Drinking from the Chalice of Knowledge

12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—

    we get our basic equipment from God!

13 Don’t be too fond of sleep; you’ll end up in the poorhouse.

    Wake up and get up; there’ll be food on the table.

14 The shopper says, “That’s junk—I’ll take it off your hands,”

    then goes off boasting of the bargain.

15 Drinking from the beautiful chalice of knowledge

    is better than adorning oneself with gold and rare gems.

-Proverbs 20:11-15 The Message

11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts,

    by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,

    the Lord has made them both.

13 Love not to sleep, lest you come to poverty;

    open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,

    but when he goes away, he boasts.

15 There is gold and an abundance of costly stones,

    but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

-Proverbs 20:11-15 ESV

Verse 11 study: The Hebrew word covers a wide range of ages from babyhood to early adulthood.

Verse 12 study: The gaining of knowledge are God’s given and reliable forms of what principles mean.

Verse 14 study: A person that is a bargainer belittles products at purchase but then gloats later over their value. Bargaining is an established social ritual. This verse is supposed to be a humorous comment.

Deep Truths II

Saturday, July 23, 2022

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6 Lots of people claim to be loyal and loving,

    but where on earth can you find one?

7 God-loyal people, living honest lives,

    make it much easier for their children.

8-9 Leaders who know their business and care

    keep a sharp eye out for the shoddy and cheap,

For who among us can be trusted

    to be constantly diligent and honest?

10 Switching price tags and padding the expense account

    are two things God hates.

-Proverbs 20:6-10 The Message

6 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,

    but a faithful man who can find?

7 The righteous who walks in his integrity—

    blessed are his children after him!

8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment

    winnows all evil with his eyes.

9 Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;

    I am clean from my sin”?

10 Unequal weights and unequal measures

    are both similar to an abomination to the Lord.

-Proverbs 20:6-10 ESV

Verse 6 study: Not everybody who profess mercy shows it in their relationships with others.

Verse 8 study: The wise king can discriminate between wheat and the chaff, between good and evil.

Verse 9 study: No one is without sin. When we confess our sins and repent, those sins come creeping back into our lives. This calls for ongoing cleansing, day by day. Thank God that he gives mercy and forgiveness by his mercy when we ask for it. Make confession and repentance a daily part of your life and talk with God. Rely on him moment by moment for the cleansing you need.

Deep Truths I

Friday, July 22, 2022

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Deep Water in the Heart

20 Wine makes you mean, beer makes you quarrelsome—

    a staggering drunk is not much fun.

2 Quick-tempered leaders are like mad dogs—

    cross them, and they bite your head off.

3 It’s a mark of good character to avert quarrels,

    but fools love to pick fights.

4 A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring

    has nothing to harvest in the fall.

5 Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart;

    a wise person draws from the well within.

-Proverbs 20:1-5 The Message

20 Wine is a mocker, strong drink, a brawler,

    and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;

    whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.

3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,

    but every fool will be quarreling.

4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;

    he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,

    but a man of understanding will draw it out.

-Proverbs 20:1-5 ESV

Verse 1 study: A wine mocker is someone who comes under its spell or is likely to become a mocker. This is not wise. The folly either gets drunk or the intoxicated person can’t act wisely.

Verse 3 study: A peacemaker is better than a troublemaker. A confident person doesn’t have to show it off. A brave person does not have to prove they are fearless. A woman with resources can find her way out of a fight. A man with willpower will avoid retaliating. Foolish people don’t even try to avoid strife. What type of person are you?

Verse 4 study: Many people are familiar with “if you don’t study, you will fail the test.” “If you don’t save money, you won’t have money when you need it.” God wants us to anticipate future needs and prepare for them. Without proper planning and action, we can’t expect God to rescue us when we are making our own trouble. He provides for us, but he expects us to be responsible.

Verse 5 study: If “deep water” refers to truth deeply hidden in the “heart,” the wise person can get wisdom and put it to work.