How to Conduct Your Life II

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

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6-8 Don’t accept a meal from a tightwad;

    don’t expect anything special.

He’ll be as stingy with you as he is with himself;

    he’ll say, “Eat! Drink!” but won’t mean a word of it.

His miserly serving will turn your stomach

    when you realize the meal’s a sham.

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9 Don’t bother talking sense to fools;

    they’ll only poke fun at your words.

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10-11 Don’t stealthily move back the boundary lines

    or cheat orphans out of their property,

For they have a powerful Advocate

    who will go to bat for them?

-Proverbs 23:6-10

6 Do not eat the bread of a stingy man;

    do not desire his delicacies,

7 for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.

    “Eat and drink!” he says to you,

    but his heart is not with you.

8 You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten,

    and waste your pleasant words.

9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,

    for he will despise the good sense of your words.

10 Do not move an ancient landmark

    or enter the fields of the fatherless.

-Proverbs 23:6-10 ESV

Verses 6-8 study: In bold terms, the writer warns us not to envy the lifestyles of those who have become wealthy by being stingy and miserly and not to gain favor by fawning over them. Their friendship is useless; they’ll use you for their own gain.

Verse 6 study: This verse’s meaning is uncertain. But by reading context clues, personal hospitality is insincere with hidden motives.

Verse 8 study: Vomit is the metaphor for a bad relationship and the feeling of disgust at the hosts’ insincerity.

Verse 9 study: This verse is a constant reminder of the proverb in 9:7, “A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.” A fool is unteachable.

How to Conduct Your Life I

Monday, August 8, 2022

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Restrain Yourself

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23 1-3 When you go out to dinner with an influential person,

    mind your manners:

Don’t gobble your food,

    don’t talk with your mouth full.

And don’t stuff yourself;

    bridle your appetite.

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4-5 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich;

    restrain yourself!

Riches disappear in the blink of an eye;

    wealth sprouts wings

    and flies off into the wild blue yonder.

-Proverbs 23:1-5 The Message

When you sit down to eat with a ruler,

    observe carefully what is before you,

2 and put a knife to your throat

    if you are given to appetite.

3 Do not desire his delicacies,

    for they are deceptive food.

4 Do not toil to acquire wealth;

    be discerning enough to desist.

5 When your eyes light on it, it is gone,

    for suddenly it sprouts wings,

    flying like an eagle toward heaven.

-Proverbs 23:1-5 ESV

Verses 1-3 studies: This proverb is a warning. Be careful when you eat with an important or influential person because they may try to bribe you. Don’t get caught up in over-indulgence in pleasure with a ruler when eating. At that point, no good will come from the meal. Control yourself.

Verse 1 study: This is an emphasis on greed. Do not allow a meal to cloud your judgment, or it will enable you to be attentive to a ruler and not the food.

Verse 3 study: Being greedy with food can deceive your relationships and the advantages.

Verses 4-5 studies: We heard of people who won millions of dollars and have nothing to show. It’s not worth ruining someone’s health for riches in the habit of disappearing. An average person can quickly spend an inheritance or a paycheck and have nothing to show for it. Spending your time chasing momentary earthly treasures is a waste of time. Store your treasures in heaven; those will never be lost.

33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. -Luke 12:33-34 ESV

Knowing Your Boundaries

Sunday, August 7, 2022

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26-27 Don’t gamble on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,

    pawning your house against a lucky chance.

The time will come when you have to pay up;

    you’ll be left with nothing but the shirt on your back.

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28 Don’t stealthily move back the boundary lines

    staked out long ago by your ancestors.

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29 Observe people who are good at their work—

    skilled workers are always in demand and admired;

    they don’t take a backseat to anyone.

-Proverbs 22:27-29 The Message

27 If you have nothing to pay,

    why should your bed be taken from under you?

28 Do not move the ancient landmark

    that your fathers have set.

29 Do you see a man skillful in his work?

    He will stand before kings;

    he will not stand before obscure men.

-Proverbs 22:27-29 ESV

Verse 28 study: Joshua 13-21, the land was divided, and boundaries were marked for each tribe. Moses warned people to not cheat neighbors by moving one of the landmarks to give themselves more land and their neighbor less when they reached the promised land.

Property Boundaries

14 “You shall not move your neighbor's landmark, which the men of old have set, in the inheritance that you will hold in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess. -Deuteronomy 19:14. ESV
17 “‘Cursed be anyone who moves his neighbor's landmark.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’ Deuteronomy 27:17 ESV

This is called “Gerrymandering,” changing political boundaries so that one or more groups of voters benefit and the other loses. It’s a modern form of moving boundary markers. This command is given against the background of God’s determination to defend the oppressed. So respect your boundaries, both behavioral and geographical.

Verse 29 study: A skillful person who works in speed comes from well-learned skills than taking shortcuts. The diligent is not the company of the obscure and insignificant.

Being The Conductor of Your Life V

Saturday, August 6, 2022

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22-23 Don’t walk on the poor just because they’re poor,

    and don’t use your position to crush the weak,

Because God will come to their defense;

    the life you took, he’ll take from you and give back to them.

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24-25 Don’t hang out with angry people;

    don’t keep company with hotheads.

Bad temper is contagious—

    don’t get infected.

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26-27 Don’t gamble on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,

    pawning your house against a lucky chance.

The time will come when you have to pay up;

    you’ll be left with nothing but the shirt on your back.

-Proverbs 22:22-26 The Message

22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor,

    or crush the afflicted at the gate,

23 for the Lord will plead their cause

    and rob of life those who rob them.

24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger,

    nor go with a wrathful man,

25 lest you learn his ways

    and entangle yourself in a snare.

26 Be not one of those who give pledges,

    who put up security for debts.

-Proverbs 22:22-26 ESV

Verses 22-23 studies: This is a short instruction explaining the threat of divine retribution. The Lord is the legal advocate of the poor.

These two verses are a message of hope to the people that live and work under unjust authoritarian leaders. It is a warning to anyone who loves ruling with an iron hand. God intervenes and destroys tyrants. God uses other rulers to overthrow them or their own oppressed people to go against them. If you are in a position of authority, remember what can happen to tyrants. Leadership through kindness is more effective and last longer than leadership by force.

Verses 24-25 studies: Understand the dangers of friendships beforehand. People tend to become those ones they hang around. Negative characteristics sometimes rub off. The Bible urges us to be mindful of our choices of companion. Choose the characteristics that you would want to develop in your life.

Verse 24 study: A man that angers quickly is a man that doesn’t have self-control.

Verse 26 study: This verse reminds us to be wise to countersign a note or be liable for another person’s debt.

Being The Conductor of Your Life IV

Friday, August 5, 2022

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The Thirty Precepts of the Sages

Don’t Move Back the Boundary Lines

17-21 Listen carefully to my wisdom;

    take to heart what I can teach you.

You’ll treasure its sweetness deep within;

    you’ll give it bold expression in your speech.

To make sure your foundation is trust in God,

    I’m laying it all out right now just for you.

I’m giving you thirty sterling principles—

    tested guidelines to live by.

Believe me—these are truths that work,

    and will keep you accountable

    to those who sent you.

-Proverbs 22:17-21 The Message

Words of the Wise

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,

    and apply your heart to my knowledge,

18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,

    if all of them are ready on your lips.

19 That your trust may be in the Lord,

    I have made them known to you today, even to you.

20 Have I not written for you thirty sayings

    of counsel and knowledge,

21 to make you know what is right and proper,

    that you may give an accurate answer to those who sent you?

-Proverbs 22:17-21 ESV

Verse 17 study: Use your heart and think carefully. The wise probably means “a” number of wise men whose sayings follow through the use of “I” (v. 19, 20, 21). This gives a personal touch. This is a first-person reading, and probably Solomon or whoever is the first “wise man” cited.

Verse 18 study: The internalized says are ready for use.

Verse 19 study: This is the biblical view of wisdom.

Verse 20 study: Thirty sayings are split into thirty parts, similar to Amememope’s thirty-chapter arrangement.

Being The Conductor of Your Life III

Thursday, August 4, 2022

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11 God loves the pure-hearted and well-spoken;

    good leaders also delight in their friendship.

12 God guards knowledge with a passion,

    but he’ll have nothing to do with deception.

13 The loafer says, “There’s a lion on the loose!

    If I go out, I’ll be eaten alive!”

14 The mouth of a prostitute is a bottomless pit;

    you’ll fall in that pit if you’re on the outs with God.

15 Young people are prone to foolishness and fads;

    the cure comes through tough-minded discipline.

16 Exploit the poor or glad-hand the rich—whichever,

    you’ll end up the poorer for it.

-Proverbs 22:11-16 The Message

11 He who loves purity of heart

    and whose speech is gracious will have the king as his friend.

12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,

    but he overthrows the traitor’s words.

13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!

    I shall be killed in the streets!”

14 The mouth of forbidden women is a bottomless pit;

    he with whom the Lord is angry will fall into it.

15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,

    but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

16 Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth,

    or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

-Proverbs 22:11-16 ESV

Verse 12 study: The Lord is the truth, the guardian of the truth. “Knowledge” refers to someone who has knowledge by living right and speaking the truth. To live God’s way takes discipline, determination, and hard work. God protects and rewards those who make the commitment to follow him.

Verse 13 study: The humor and irony, the proverb is mocking the lazy people’s excuses for avoiding work. This proverb also says this is an excuse the lazy will use to not work. It sounds silly to use that excuse, but in reality, that’s how our excuses sound. Don’t pardon laziness. The responsibilities you have, take it and get to work.

Verse 14 study: God’s wrath is used because of a fool’s destruction.

Verse 15 study: Generational curses are hard to break because of the nonsense of human life. A rod can be used for many disciplinary actions, such as physical punishment. Discipline should be used as an educational tool until the child learns self-discipline.

Young children will do foolish and dangerous things. They don’t understand the danger and consequences behind their actions. Using common sense and wisdom are not just good examples to set. The wisdom a child learns should be taught knowingly. Just as God corrects us when we are wrong to make us better, parents must discipline their children to understand the difference between right and wrong.

11 My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline
    or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
    as a father the son in whom he delights. -Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV

Verse 16 study: Oppression of the poor and the favor of the rich lead to poverty.

Being The Conductor of Your Life II

Wednesday, August 2, 2022

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6 Point your kids in the right direction—

    when they’re old, they won’t be lost.

7 The poor are always ruled over by the rich,

    so don’t borrow and put yourself under their power.

8 Whoever sows sin reaps weeds,

    and bullying anger sputters into nothing.

9 Generous hands are blessed hands

    because they give bread to the poor.

10 Kick out the troublemakers, and things will quiet down;

    you need a break from bickering and griping!

-Proverbs 22:6-10 The Message

6 Train up a child in the way he should go;

    even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

7 The rich rule over the poor,

    and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,

    and the rod of his fury will fail.

9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed,

    for he shares his bread with the poor.

10 Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out,

    and quarreling and abuse will cease.

-Proverbs 22:6-10 ESV

Verse 6 study: Defining “in the way he should go” is literally the child’s way. It’s natural to want to bring up a child similarly. This verse says that parents should sense the individuality and unique strengths God has given each one. We shouldn’t condone or excuse self-will; each child has natural tendencies that parents can develop. Talk to teachers, other parents, and grandparents. We can all discern and develop the individual capabilities of each child.

Train up a child has the idea of a parent investing in a child’s wisdom, love, nurture, and discipline is needed to become fully committed to God. The emotional and spiritual maturity of the parent must do so. Again, defining “in the way he should go” is training based on the child’s unique personality, gifts, and aspirations. This also means training to avoid any natural tendencies to not commit to God. Examples can be a weak will, lack of discipline, or depression. The promise is that the child will stay committed to God with proper development.

Many parents want to make choices for their children. Unfortunately, that hurts them in the long run. When a parent teaches a child to make decisions, they don’t have to watch every step he or she takes. They are assured that their child will remain on the right path because they chose it. Train your children to do the right thing.

The Hebrew expression includes the idea of inauguration or starting a child’s life along a particular way. That’s the way to wisdom. True wisdom is maintained because it has the humility to continue to learn in the way.

Verse 7 study: Does this mean we don’t take out a loan? It warns us never to take out a loan without thinking it over if we can pay it back. A loan we can handle is enabling, while a loan we can’t control is enslaving. The borrower should know that until the loan is paid, you are a servant to the institution or individual that made it. A simple observation is that wealth is power.

Verse 8 study: The lack of common sense transgresses divine order, inviting sorrow and dissolution.

Verse 9 study: A bountiful eye is willingly disposed to the needy. Our own well-being is bound up with that of others. We do it for their good benefits ourselves as well.

Verse 10 study: Social harmony can’t exist with a person starting trouble.

Being The Conductor of Your Life I

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

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The Cure Comes Through Discipline

22 A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich;

    a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.

2 The rich and the poor shake hands as equals—

    God made them both!

3 A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks;

    a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered.

4 The payoff for meekness and Fear-of-God

    is plenty and honor and satisfying life.

5 The perverse travel a dangerous road, potholed and mud-slick;

    if you know what’s good for you, stay clear of it.

-Proverbs 22:1-5 The Message

22 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,

    and favor is better than silver or gold.

2 The rich and the poor meet together;

    the Lord is the Maker of them all.

3 The prudent see danger and hide,

    but the simple go on and suffer for it.

4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord

    is riches, honor, and life.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked;

    whoever guards his soul will keep it far from them.

Proverbs 22:1-5 ESV

Verse 1 study: Having a reputation is part of wisdom. Riches are not discouraged but should be put into the proper perspective.

Verse 2 study: Regardless of inequalities of this life, riches and poor is under God as Creator and Judge. These meet together.

Verse 4 study: A life led by wisdom tends to prosperity. Israel’s sages pointed out that the right relationship with the Lord is the right decision that grows your life.

This proverb is a general observation that would have applied to an obedient Israelite living in Solomon’s God-fearing kingdom. Some were martyrs at a young age, and some gave away their wealth for God’s kingdom. The book of Proverbs describes life the way it should be. It doesn’t dwell on exceptions.

Verse 5 study: Thornes and snares are metaphors for the misfortunate of life that result from a breakdown of the true life-given order. Guarding his soul is showing his life in the wisdom of God.

The Motives You Save Maybe Your Own V

Monday, August 1, 2022

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25 Lazy people finally die of hunger

    because they won’t get up and go to work.

26 Sinners are always wanting what they don’t have;

    the God-loyal are always giving what they do have.

27 Religious performance by the wicked stinks;

    it’s even worse when they use it to get ahead.

28 A lying witness is unconvincing;

    a person who speaks the truth is respected.

29 Unscrupulous people fake it a lot;

    honest people are sure of their steps.

30 Nothing clever, conceived, contrived,

    can get the better of God.

31 Do your best, prepare for the worst—

    then trust God to bring victory.

-Proverbs 21:25-31 The Message

25 The desire of the sluggard kills him,

    for his hands refuse to labor.

26 All day long, he craves,

    but the righteous gives and does not hold back.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;

    how much more when he brings it with evil intent?

28 A false witness will perish,

    but the word of a man who hears will endure.

29 A wicked man puts on a bold face,

    but the upright gives thought to his ways.

30 No wisdom, understanding, or counsel

    can avail against the Lord.

31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,

    but the victory belongs to the Lord.

-Proverbs 21:25-31 ESV

Verse 25 study: Desire does not connect him because the work that can be done can bring rewards.

Verse 26 study: Theologists believe this is the continuation of verse 25. It can also mean the contrast between greed and self-giving.

Verse 27 study: This proverb can be described as a bribe gone wrong. How do people bribe God? They go to church, tithe, or volunteer, not for the love of God but hoping that God can bless them in return. God made his desires for obedience and love clear more than religious rituals.

3 To do righteousness and justice
    is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. -Proverbs 21:3 ESV
22 And Samuel said,

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
    as in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
    and to listen than the fat of rams. -1 Samuel 15:22 ESV

God wants our hearts. Our time, energy, and money are not what he looks for. He looks for our love and devotion. We may be able to bribe people (21:14), but we can’t bribe God.

Verse 28 study: The results of a damaging lie continue even after the lair is dead.

Verse 29 study: People puts on a bold face to resort to arrogant bluffing in dealings with others.

The Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) renders this “considers his way,’ indicating that the righteous person is concerned with living by truths and their consequences.

Verse 30 study: Our human limits must be understood, and our understanding must be acknowledged in light of God’s wisdom and sovereignty. The fear of the Lord puts us in touch with the revealed wisdom of God. However, God is far ahead of what he tells, and the unrevealed wisdom is not comprehended by us.

Verse 31 study: This proverb talks about preparing for battle. All our preparations and tasks are useless without God. We still have to prepare even with God’s help. His control doesn’t deny our responsibilities regardless of the outcome. God may want you to produce a book, but you must learn to write. God may want you for foreign missions, but you must learn the language. God will accomplish his purposes and use you if you have done your part by being well prepared. This verse also shows that people will make suitable preparations to reach their goals, not realizing that the results depend on God.

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.