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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Day 10 of Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs Deviotional


Day 10  Some people talk too much. Listening is a precious gift to both the listener and those to whom they listen. Listening is how we learn. Talking is how we teach, but we need to be careful because we are usually not as wise as we think. We really don't know that much and even what we know we don't know as well as we think. And when we talk too much about things we don't really understand, we just reveal our ignorance, waste time, and we might even lead people astray.

Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase of Proverbs 10:8 & 14
8 A wise person listens to instructions, but someone who babbles on and on without having a clue will be thought an idiot.

14 A wise person soaks up all the knowledge they can, but a babbling fool is too busy talking to learn anything and might walk right off a cliff.

You can get more information if you listen. You can gain more insight if you listen.   You can see things from a different perspective if you listen.  You can learn more if you listen.  You can usually find out what you need to know to make a wise decision, say the right thing, or do the right thing if you listen.  But if you are too busy talking to listen, you are walking a dangerous road.

Prayer
"Father, help me to listen more.  Help me to learn from You and from those You send my way to teach me.  And keep me from babbling on about things I don't really understand.  Amen."
Read Proverbs Chapter 10
New American Standard Bible
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase
Proverbs 10
Contrast of the Righteous and the Wicked
1 The proverbs of Solomon.
A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.
2 [a]Ill-gotten gains do not profit,
But righteousness delivers from death.
3 The Lord will not allow the [b]righteous to hunger,
But He will [c]reject the craving of the wicked.
4 Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,
But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely,
But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.
6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
7 The memory of the righteous is blessed,
But the name of the wicked will rot.
8 The wise of heart will receive commands,
But [d]a babbling fool will be [e]ruined.
9 He who walks in integrity walks securely,
But he who perverts his ways will be found out.
10 He who winks the eye causes trouble,
And [f]a babbling fool will be [g]ruined.
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12 Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all transgressions.
13 On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found,
But a rod is for the back of him who lacks [h]understanding.
14 Wise men store up knowledge,
But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.
15 The rich man’s wealth is his [i]fortress,
The ruin of the poor is their poverty.
16 The [j]wages of the righteous is life,
The income of the wicked, punishment.
17 He is on the path of life who heeds instruction,
But he who ignores reproof goes astray.
18 He who conceals hatred has lying lips,
And he who spreads slander is a fool.
19 When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver,
The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many,
But fools die for lack of [k]understanding.
22 It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich,
And He adds no sorrow to it.
23 Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool,
And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.
24 What the wicked fears will come upon him,
But the desire of the righteous will be granted.
25 When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more,
But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
So is the lazy one to those who send him.
27 The fear of the Lord prolongs [l]life,
But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous is gladness,
But the expectation of the wicked perishes.
29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the upright,
But ruin to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous will never be shaken,
But the wicked will not dwell in the land.
31 The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom,
But the perverted tongue will be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable,
But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.
Footnotes:
1.    Proverbs 10:2 Lit Treasures of wickedness
2.    Proverbs 10:3 Lit soul of the righteous
3.    Proverbs 10:3 Lit thrust away
4.    Proverbs 10:8 Lit the foolish of lips
5.    Proverbs 10:8 Lit thrust down
6.    Proverbs 10:10 Lit the foolish of lips
7.    Proverbs 10:10 Lit thrust down
8.    Proverbs 10:13 Lit heart
9.    Proverbs 10:15 Lit strong city
10.  Proverbs 10:16 Or work
11.  Proverbs 10:21 Lit heart
12.  Proverbs 10:27 Lit days
Proverbs 10
Wise Things Solomon Said
1 Solomon’s wise sayings:

A wise child brings their father joy, but a foolish one breaker their mother’s heart.

2 Building a big bank account by evil means doesn’t do you any good, but living right will save your life.

3 Jehovah won’t let godly people starve, but He won’t let the ungodly be satisfied.

4 Lazy people make excuses and it makes them poor, but steady hard work makes you rich.

5 A smart child does things when they’re supposed to, but one who sleeps when they should be working is an embarrassment. 

6 People who live the right way are surrounded by blessings, but ungodly people lie to cover up the bad things they’ve done.

7 Godly people are remembered fondly as a blessing, but the ungodly fade into oblivion.

8 A wise person listens to instructions, but someone who babbles on and on without having a clue will be thought an idiot.

9 You will always be safe if you do the right thing even when nobody's watching, but someone will find out and tell if you cheat.

10 Giving clues and subtle hints just causes trouble.  Speak your mind and don’t beating around the bush.

11 Godly people say things that give life to everyone, but ungodly people lie to cover up their bad behavior.

12 Hatred makes people want to fight, but love fills with peace and contentment.

13 People who understand what’s really going on are profound, but idiots need common sense beaten into them.

14 A wise person soaks up all the knowledge they can, but a babbling fool is too busy talking to learn anything and might walk right off a cliff.

15 The many assets of the rich keep them safe; poverty destroys the poor.

16 Living the right way leads to life; unethical living earns punishment.

17 Those who follow my directions stay on the road of life, but those who won’t listen wander off and get lost.

18 A liar covers up their hatred.  A fool says hateful things.

19 Talking too much gets you in trouble.  It’s much smarter to say as little as possible.

20 A godly person says things worth more than silver.  Even the ideas of the ungodly are worthless.

21 Godly people help many find fulfillment, but fools die because they have no sense. 

22 Jehovah’s blessing can make you rich without hardships and troubles.

23 Fools laugh with delight when they do evil, but wisdom makes smart people happy.

24 Ungodly people get what they fear most, but godly people get what they want.

25 The hurricane washes away those who live for themselves, but those who live for God have eternal life.

26 Lazy people are like a shot of vinegar or smoke in the eyes to the people they serve.

27 Revering Jehovah gives you a long life, but you won't live very long if you don’t do what’s right.

28 People who live the right way find joy, but the ungodly never find what they long for.

29 Living for Jehovah keeps honest people safe and destroys those who cause trouble.

30 People who live the right way will never lose their place, but those who do wrong will be kicked out.

31 You can learn a lot from people who obey God, but people who twist the truth will be silenced.

32 People who live for God know the right thing to say, but evil people corrupt the truth.


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