Proverbs: Chapter Twelve

I’m doing another cut and group like I did with Chapter 11, printing out the verses, cutting them out and seeing how I can group them together. I don’t read any commentaries unless there’s a verse that makes no sense to me. Otherwise, I simply  write my heart’s reaction to what I’m reading through His Word.

Proverbs of Solomon continued even more…

Group One: v.1 and 4

Ok, I didn’t have a better place to put these two verses, so they got their own little group. Verse one makes me laugh out loud, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” You can’t tell me you read that without a little chuckle! After-all, how many times do you see the word “stupid” printed in the Bible? {Five times by the way in the NIV ’84, just in case you were curious.} It’s frank and to the point and I don’t think any explanation is really needed for that one. Verse four should be familiar as well and other reminder of just how important it is to have a wive or be a wive who is of good moral character and modesty.

Group Two: v.11, 24, and 27

Don’t be lazy! Pure and simple. Wanna eat? Work.

Group Three: v.3, 7-8, 10, 12, 20-21, and 28

This can be divided a bit more. Verses 3, 7, and 21 go back to this idea that the righteous cannot be shaken because their foundation is secure, therefore they will stand firm. The wicked of course will be overthrown and be bombarded with troubles. Ultimately, as v.28 says, “In the way of righteousness there is life; long that path is immortality.” Even if the life of a righteous person is taken away, the gift of eternal life cannot be taken from their hand. Verses 8, 10, 12, and 20 is all about the heart. In each of these verses we see how the heart of a man is revealed through His actions. It just like what John the Baptist said to the Pharisees in Matthew 12:34 about their own hearts, “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Now those are some seriously harsh words to take in!

Group Four: v.2, 5-6, 9, 13-19, 22-23, and 25-26

LOTS of meat over here! All of these verses deal with speaking, honesty, and integrity. Verse 9 makes me chuckle, but it also makes me think. I don’t think it’s meant to be a harsh word, but more of an encouragement. I really think He’s telling us that if you need help because things are hard, then lay down your pride and ask. It’s better for you to have food in your belly than to pretend everything is alright and look down on others. Thirteen through nineteen and verse twenty-five all have to do with speaking and listening. I want to look at a few of these a bit more closely.

  • v.13, “An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble.” In other words…if you don’t make a habit of lying…you won’t have to remember what lie you told to what person at what time…It’s easier to keep track of the truth.
  • v.14, “From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things, as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.” If a man says he’s working, it will be shown in the product of his labor…if he’s not actually working…then the truth will come out!
  • v.16 “A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.” Don’t be rash when responding to something that is annoying you, whether it’s another person or circumstance. It’s to your benefit to let the little things roll off your back, don’t let it weigh you down, your reaction can end up being worse than the initial act, making YOU the fool!
  • v.18 and 25 “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” and “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” I really think the two of these verses go beautifully together. Words are so incredibly powerful! They can be used to build a person up or tear them down in a matter of seconds. It’s so important for us to be mindful of what we allow to pour out of our mouths. It’s like the old saying goes, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can break my heart.” Who’s heart are you mending today? Or are you tearing it down?

Our last few verses, 22-23 and 26, fall in line with what has been said above with the words of the foolish, wicked, and liar.

God, You are so good. We seek a wisdom that cannot comes from our own sinful hearts. If we were to open our mouths without checking our heart, only foolishness would pour out from our lips. Guard our mouths Lord from such carelessness! May our words build up and encourage those around us. May our actions reflect the love we have for Your Word and Your Son, the Word made flesh.  Thank You for meeting us in Proverbs 12 today, we can’t wait to see You tomorrow in chapter 13! Amen

Well, y’all, three chapters in one day and not a moment too soon, it’s time for me to get ready for Bible study tonight! How about you though? What did you find in Chapter 12 that jumped off the page for you? Feel free to share your thoughts below.

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