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Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 15

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Proverbs 15

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15 A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.

The tongue of the wise utters knowledge rightly, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool pours out folly.

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good.

A gentle tongue [with its healing power] is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.

A fool despises his father’s instruction and correction, but he who regards reproof acquires prudence.

In the house of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is great [priceless] treasure, but with the income of the wicked is trouble and vexation.

The lips of the wise disperse knowledge [sifting it as chaff from the grain]; not so the minds and hearts of the self-confident and foolish.

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination, hateful and exceedingly offensive to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight!

The way of the wicked is an abomination, extremely disgusting and shamefully vile to the Lord, but He loves him who pursues righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).

10 There is severe discipline for him who forsakes God’s way; and he who hates reproof will die [physically, morally, and spiritually].

11 Sheol (the place of the dead) and Abaddon (the abyss, the final place of the accuser Satan) are both before the Lord—how much more, then, the hearts of the children of men?

12 A scorner has no love for one who rebukes him; neither will he go to the wise [for counsel].

13 A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.

14 The mind of him who has understanding seeks knowledge and inquires after and craves it, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool feeds on folly.

15 All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].

16 Better is little with the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord than great and rich treasure and trouble with it.

17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it.

18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger appeases contention.

19 The way of the sluggard is overgrown with thorns [it pricks, lacerates, and entangles him], but the way of the righteous is plain and raised like a highway.

20 A wise son makes a glad father, but a self-confident and foolish man despises his mother and puts her to shame.

21 Folly is pleasure to him who is without heart and sense, but a man of understanding walks uprightly [making straight his course].

22 Where there is no counsel, purposes are frustrated, but with many counselors they are accomplished.

23 A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!

24 The path of the wise leads upward to life, that he may avoid [the gloom] in the depths of Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead).

25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but He makes secure the boundaries of the [consecrated] widow.

26 The thoughts of the wicked are shamefully vile and exceedingly offensive to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasing words to Him.

27 He who is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.

28 The mind of the [uncompromisingly] righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the [consistently] righteous (the upright, in right standing with Him).

30 The light in the eyes [of him whose heart is joyful] rejoices the hearts of others, and good news nourishes the bones.

31 The ear that listens to the reproof [that leads to or gives] life will remain among the wise.

32 He who refuses and ignores instruction and correction despises himself, but he who heeds reproof gets understanding.

33 The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord brings instruction in Wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

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4 thoughts on “Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 15”

  1. Day 15; Proverbs 15

    The Gentle Stake

    4 A gentle tongue [with its healing power] is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.

    I am a very blunt person. Sadly, my bluntness has injured at times. As I am reading Proverbs I am hearing that word ‘gentle’ over and over. I know from James 3:17 that gentleness is one of the qualities of Godly wisdom. It is also a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:23). Here is what came out of my seeking the Lord about His gentleness.

    A gentle tongue? What is that? To be gentle is to treat whatever I am talking about with soothing care because of Who I serve. To be gentle requires effort. Sometimes, it means having knowledge and yet being able to wield it with such power that it soothes the hearer while cutting away the dead and hurtful. God’s gentleness has perfect timing for His truth and application of it. Gentleness does not come from rash words or truth spoken without love or care. Gentleness is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit in me. Gentleness is a key part of Godly wisdom. It is what I see missing when the letter of the law is administered. Gentleness is not how I operate operate when I see things as absolutely right and wrong or judge based upon what I know or been through. Gentleness comes from judging based on love. That is God’s love for the person and the moment I am in. This is the “Gentle Stake.”

    I looked up that word ‘gentle’ from James 3:17 and here is the definition:

    /epieikḗs (“justice beyond ordinary justice”) builds on the real intent (purpose) of what is really at stake (note the epi, “upon”) – and hence, is true equity that appropriately fulfills the spirit (not just the letter) of the law.

    Godly wisdom builds on the real purpose of what is really at stake! In order to do this it must have a clear insight to the root or foundation of what is being addressed. Gentleness is a power to be reckoned with. It fulfills the spirit not just the letter of the law. This blesses me so much!

    Godly wisdom is gentle. In order for it to operate in me, requires that I have laid down my rights, opinions and ideas so His may flow. When His flow, Truth is seen very clearly, and reveal with gentleness, care and soothing that minister life to the person I am sharing with. Shame, condemnation, fear, and accusation are not present. Humility and conviction are and with them comes real repentance. This is the desire of my heart. This is why scripture says that a gentle tongue brings healing and is a tree of life. A gentle tongue, ministers exactly what the person I am with needs by building on what is important and vital to God’s plan for that person.

    I often find this very hard. I start out on the right path, to help someone but then my need to share my knowledge of Truth eclipses the need of the wound of the person I am sharing with. Before I realize it, I off on a tangent that only glorifies myself and puffs me up. I switch from Godly wisdom to Jenni wisdom based upon my own experience. I lose track of what is at stake in the conversation.

    God doesn’t leave me at the wrong stake. He continually is leading me and teaching me. A gentle tongue comes from a tongue that is controlled and lead by the love Christ and His Holy Spirit. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks……I will seek the Lord for His wisdom, His gentleness and His love then will my words be healing, life giving words. Oh how my heart longs for the time when my mouth will be God’s continual tree of life, bearing His fruit and feeding those He brings into my life.

    *****Thank you, Lord for the power of gentleness, Your Wisdom. Help me embrace it’s constant operation in my life. Help me to stay focused on what is at stake in every conversation I have. To build up and fulfill your heart for the person and the moment I am in.

  2. Live for God. Let the Holy Spirit lead. Make Jesus the Center of your Life! I will be back to finish this but for now, I will be pondering on these three thoughts. Blessings~Zoey

    Chapter 15

    Right out the gate today, so to speak, my day was a Living Proverb. So, instead of writing about them, I sat at the feet of my Jesus and listened to what the Holy Spirit had to write on my heart, instead. There is a good reason (besides the obvious) that we have these inspired instructions (Proverbs) for us to learn and follow. I am so thankful for the kindness of the Lord upon me, daily.

    We are saturated with “How to” in this chapter. It is soooo good!! I love the first verse: “A gentle answer turns away wrath…ahhh, don’t we all like people who talk gently? We tell children to “be gentle” so they won’t bite each other or worse. It’s a preventative measure. Although, the second half of the verse: “but a harsh word stirs up anger,” comes right along and knocks us off our blocks. We cry like little children who don’t understand why we are getting punished for something. Amazing!

    I remember (Possibly Joyce Brothers?) saying that if you lower your voice while speaking to someone, they will automatically pay closer attention to what you are saying, so they can hear you better. In turn, God tell us to be gentle when we ANSWER so we don’t stir up anger. Save yourself some grief. Just smile and be nice, direct with your answer and don’t stir the pot. Your goal is to bring a result not a big ugly conflict. Remember, God is omnipresent, (everywhere) He is in control and watches over the bad and the good.[Vs:3]

    I found it interesting that this next verse could be a key to resolving conflicts. [Vs:4] “A tongue that brings healing is a tree of life but a deceitful tongue [hidden agenda] crushes the spirit.” We want to use our words constructively and in a positive manner, to diffuse a conflict and to bring good resolve.

    We need to heed [STOP] and self-correct our attitudes, whether we feel justified in them or not. It is the element of “knowing” a better or right way of thinking- basically having a godly conscience. [Vs5-9]
    Don’t opt to take it out on other people, when things don’t go your way. Remember, God can read [judge] the reins of a man’s heart…”even Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord.”[Vs:10-11]

    Most times you will find if you are cheerful and have good intentions, people will want to be around you and sharing the Gospel will be a delight. It’s okay if there are people who may not share your same interest, you are not to force God on anyone [bible thumping is passé] just pray for them to be watered by someone else [drenched] in the word.[Vs:12-15] Be thankful in little and be giving in much, I say!! [Vs:16] I still can remember my youth pastor preaching: “A wise son brings joy to his father but a foolish man despises his mother.” Although at the time my youth pastor was actually instilling a godly conscience to honor our mother and father, it is one of those scriptures that come along side to reinforce understanding and obediance. [Vs:20-21]

    Don’t let set-backs stop your plans or goals. Here is another key: SEEK ADVISE from people who can make a difference, who have gone before with successful results, who know what they are taking about!! Sit in the counsel of many [networking] and press forward to make happen!! [Vs:22-24]

    We may not have the answer right away when asked, but God tells us to be joyful and give a quick reply, even if it is to tell the person you will get back to them with the answer as soon as possible. It speaks well of you and it shows you care. Being cheerful brings joy, I prefer smiling from the inside out.

    The best “how to” ends the chapter: “the fear of the Lord teaches a man/woman wisdom and humility comes before honor. In other words, set your life priorities: God as first, family as second, church [Christ’s] as third and THEN you. For in this, the Lord will lift you up and bless your life with favor.[James 4:10] He will keep under the safety of His wings [Ps.91:1-9]and crown your head with many blessings.[Prov.3:6] Now, that is just plain GOOD NEWS!! Amen

    Jesus is Life! ~Zoey

    1. I think I should write a friend’s Proverbs….for a wise friend brings joy to one’s heart. You bring me great joy. Zoey, I love how God teaches you, and how you share with us.

      1. Jenni:
        My heart is blessed by your kindness…and I will write a friend’s Psalm… Praise the Lord, for I have truly found a great treasure(s), for the Lord has given a friend for my heart to share the wonders of His unfailing love! amen ~Zoey

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