Wednesday, July 27, 2022
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.