Sunday, June 19, 2022
11 Easy come, easy go,
but steady diligence pays off.
12 Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,
but a sudden good break can turn life around.
13 Ignore the Word and suffer;
honor God’s commands and grow rich.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
so no more drinking from death-tainted wells!
15 Sound thinking makes for gracious living,
but liars walk a rough road.
16 A commonsense person lives good sense;
fools litter the country with silliness.
-Proverbs 13:11-16 The Message
11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle,
but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,
but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
15 Good sense wins favor,
but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.
16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge,
but a fool flaunts his folly.
Verse 13 study: Just like an inventor loves their inventions, knows them, and creates them, it’s the same with God. He loves us, knows us, and makes us. When you have a new thing to operate, you read the instructions to understand how to care for it and properly set it up. The Bible is our manual. Obey God’s directions; you will be suitable and function correctly. If you ignore the instructions of any invention, you run the risk of accidents, failure, and possible breakdowns.
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