Friday, July 29, 2022
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.