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Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 29

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Proverbs 29

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29 He who, being often reproved, hardens his neck shall suddenly be destroyed—and that without remedy.

When the [uncompromisingly] righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh.

Whoever loves skillful and godly Wisdom rejoices his father, but he who associates with harlots wastes his substance.

The king by justice establishes the land, but he who exacts gifts and tribute overthrows it.

A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his own feet.

In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous man sings and rejoices.

The [consistently] righteous man knows and cares for the rights of the poor, but the wicked man has no interest in such knowledge.

Scoffers set a city afire [inflaming the minds of the people], but wise men turn away wrath.

If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs, and there is no rest.

10 The bloodthirsty hate the blameless man, but the upright care for and seek [to save] his life.

11 A [self-confident] fool utters all his anger, but a wise man holds it back and stills it.

12 If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will become wicked.

13 The poor man and the oppressor meet together—the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

14 The king who faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established continuously.

15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left undisciplined brings his mother to shame.

16 When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall see the fall of the wicked.

17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your heart.

18 Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.

19 A servant will not be corrected by words alone; for though he understands, he will not answer [the master who mistreats him].

20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a [self-confident] fool than for him.

21 He who pampers his servant from childhood will have him expecting the rights of a son afterward.

22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and a man given to anger commits and causes much transgression.

23 A man’s pride will bring him low, but he who is of a humble spirit will obtain honor.

24 Whoever is partner with a thief hates his own life; he falls under the curse [pronounced upon him who knows who the thief is] but discloses nothing.

25 The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high.

26 Many crave and seek the ruler’s favor, but the wise man [waits] for justice from the Lord.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way [of the Lord] is an abomination to the wicked.

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3 thoughts on “Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 29”

  1. Day 29: Proverbs 29

    6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous man sings and rejoices.

    Here again is the word “transgression,” which for me translates into willingly going past or around what God says. So, when an evil man transgresses, it sets him up to be caught and trapped. A snare is something used to trap an animal. It is hidden and cloaked. When an evil man transgresses, continually and willfully sins, that sets a hidden trap for his self. A trap that he doesn’t see or suspect.

    The next question for me is why would a righteous man sing and rejoice? This doesn’t seem to go together in my mind. As I was seeking the Lord about it, I think this is what is means. Jesus puts us in right standing with our God, that righteousness is totally and completely 100% but we often struggle with allowing His righteousness to present in our lives. For me, I still transgress. I have places in my life that I chose my own way over God’s. What happens is, His Holy Spirit convicts me and if I listen and repent, I avoid the snares that transgression sets up for me. This rejoices my heart and causes me to sing praises to God. God loves me enough to correct me, to help me stop transgressing.

    Another verse that catches my eye is

    8 Scoffers set a city afire [inflaming the minds of the people], but wise men turn away wrath.

    A Scoffer is a person who speaks sarcastically about others with the intent of ridiculing and demeaning, often for the sake of laughter. This type of person is greatly admire in our society, today. Their humor is always at the cost of others. They use their words to provoke and intensify attention to what is wrong in other people’s lives. No wonder they set a city a fire….they intensify all the things that are negative and lacking. This causes intensity of response to what ever is being scoffed at. This really shows me that our words are powerful, no matter if we use them for building up or tearing down.

    Scoffing is not God’s plan for the power He has bestowed on us. When I read this I thought what a cool super power, to turn away wrath. Just imagine being able to stop all crimes, all murders, all abuse, because you carried the ability to turn away wrath. Wouldn’t that be cool? This is a power God has given us. For when we trust His wisdom and operate in it, it clearly shows us what is the root of the situation we are dealing with. We can use our words to bring healing and release of anger in right and good ways.

    ****Thank you, Lord for helping me to not transgress your ways. However, when I do, to have a heart that receives your correction and repents. Then will I have a song in my heart for your joy is my strength. Also for helping me learn to operate in your wisdom to turn away wrath.

  2. Chapter 29

    Don’t be stubborn. The end results (bottom line), reflects the type of structure of leadership operating your business. Like perpetuates like, put plainly. Want good success? Be a wise leader and listen with an understanding heart. Give sound advice when asked and be strong when correction is needed, don’t back away from showing the right way of doing something or setting a standard. Don’t let a misunderstanding fester-it will bring down moral. Be quick to resolve the problem. Stop a conflict with an open and fair mind. [Vs:1-16]

    Seek God first and He will give you wisdom and grace to lead. Build a person up with godly character qualities and you will give that person a good start in life. [Vs:17-20]

    Don’t pay attention to evil; it will give you “heart-burn”. Keep your focus on the good things of the Lord and He will give you cause to rejoice! [Vs:21-27]

    We can lay our burdens down at His feet.~Zoey

    1. I have to laugh, because I immediately saw myself being stubborn about not being stubborn. The Lord is still working with me in this area. No “heart-burn” for me. I am learning to stop conflict with quick resolve to listen and learn. God is so faithful!

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