Monday, July 11, 2022
11 Criminals out looking for nothing but trouble
won’t have to wait long—they’ll meet it coming and going!
12 Better to meet a grizzly robbed of her cubs
than a fool hellbent on folly.
13 Those who return evil for good
will meet their own evil returning.
14 The start of a quarrel is like a leak in a dam,
so stop it before it bursts.
15 Whitewashing bad people and throwing mud on good people
are equally abhorrent to God.
-Proverbs 17:11-15 The Message
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion,
and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs
rather than a fool in his folly.
13 If anyone returns evil for good,
evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous
are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
Verse 11 study: God gave the government order to preserve society. (Romans 13:1-5) What rebellion does is invites official retribution against the attempt to destroy the social order.
Verse 12 study: No animal in the world is more dangerous than a fool. A “fool” denies God’s reality or refuses to obey His commands. Avoid his way of thinking. some of the characteristics of a fool in Proverbs are slander, doing evil, trouble to his family, unsubmissive to counsel, and easily annoyed.
The Fool Says, There Is No God To the choirmaster. Of David. 14 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. -Psalm 14:1 ESV
8 The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin. -Proverbs 10:8 ESV
18 The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool. -Proverbs 10:18 ESV
23 Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding. -Proverbs 10:23 ESV
29 Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart. -Proverbs 11:29 ESV
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. -Proverbs 12:15 ESV
16 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. -Proverbs 12:16 ESV
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. -Proverbs 14:6 ESV
Verse 14 study: You know what the sound of a faucet is; the force of water that comes out. An argument is like the faucet; don’t turn it on when arguing.