Day 6 Wise living doesn't just happen on its own. Wisdom takes focus, attention, persistence, and motivation. You have to chase it! You need to pray about your decisions and meditate on the possibilities and then work hard to do whatever God guides you to do. You can't be lazy or careless. And when you make a mistake, you need a sense of urgency to correct it.
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase of Proverbs 6:1-11
Dear child, if you’ve cosigned a loan for your neighbor, or pledged to pay the debt of someone else if they don’t come through, you’re in a dangerous and vulnerable position. Get out of it! They have your welfare in their hands (and they don't have as much at stake as you). Rush to them and plead to get your name off the contract! Don’t rest until you are safe again! This is urgent, like a gazelle being chased by a cheetah, like a bird flapping furiously to escape a hunter’s hand.
Learn a lesson from the ant, lazybones! You will be wise if you act like him. Even though he doesn’t have a leader telling him what to do, the ant works hard all summer and collects food for the winter. But you just sit there. How long do you need to sleep, lazybones? Sleeping in, snoozing a little longer, snuggling up to your pillow, and then poverty steals it all; it’s like you’ve been raided by an armed warrior and have nothing left to your name.
Be responsible for yourself. Get out of debt and stay out. Work hard and be diligent. Resist the urge to slack off. Real peace comes to those who work for it.
"Father, fill us with a sense of urgency to fix our mistakes and to work hard to focus on wise living. Help us to work ahead and not just do the minimum or put things off trying to make it just in the nick of time. Help us to be wise. Amen."
Read Proverbs Chapter 6
New American Standard Bible
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase
1 My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor,
Have [a]given a pledge for a stranger,
2 If you have been snared with the words of your mouth,
Have been caught with the words of your mouth,
3 Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself;
Since you have come into the [b]hand of your neighbor,
Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
4 Give no sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids;
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand
And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having no chief,
Officer or ruler,
8 Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 “A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to [c]rest”—
11 Your poverty will come in like a [d]vagabond
And your need like [e]an armed man.
12 A worthless person, a wicked man,
Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,
13 Who winks with his eyes, who [f]signals with his feet,
Who [g]points with his fingers;
14 Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil,
Who [h]spreads strife.
15 Therefore his calamity will come suddenly;
Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.
16 There are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination [i]to Him:
17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19 A false witness who utters lies,
And one who [j]spreads strife among brothers.
20 My son, observe the commandment of your father
And do not forsake the [k]teaching of your mother;
21 Bind them continually on your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk about, [l]they will guide you;
When you sleep, [m]they will watch over you;
And when you awake, [n]they will talk to you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp and the [o]teaching is light;
And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
24 To keep you from the evil woman,
From the smooth tongue of the [p]adulteress.
25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her capture you with her eyelids.
26 For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread,
And [q]an adulteress hunts for the precious life.
27 Can a man [r]take fire in his bosom
And his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can a man walk on hot coals
And his feet not be scorched?
29 So is the one who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whoever touches her will not [s]go unpunished.
30 [t]Men do not despise a thief if he steals
To satisfy [u]himself when he is hungry;
31 But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold;
He must give all the [v]substance of his house.
32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking [w]sense;
He who would destroy [x]himself does it.
33 Wounds and disgrace he will find,
And his reproach will not be blotted out.
34 For jealousy [y]enrages a man,
And he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will not [z]accept any ransom,
1. Proverbs 6:1 Lit clapped your palms
2. Proverbs 6:3 Lit palm
3. Proverbs 6:10 Lit lie down
4. Proverbs 6:11 Lit one who walks
5. Proverbs 6:11 Lit a man with a shield
6. Proverbs 6:13 Lit scrapes
7. Proverbs 6:13 Lit instructs with
8. Proverbs 6:14 Lit sends out
9. Proverbs 6:16 Lit of His soul
10. Proverbs 6:19 Lit sends out
11. Proverbs 6:20 Or law
12. Proverbs 6:22 Lit she
13. Proverbs 6:22 Lit she
14. Proverbs 6:22 Lit she
15. Proverbs 6:23 Or law
16. Proverbs 6:24 Lit foreign woman
17. Proverbs 6:26 Lit a man’s wife
18. Proverbs 6:27 Lit snatch up
19. Proverbs 6:29 Lit be innocent
20. Proverbs 6:30 Lit They do not; or Do not men...?
21. Proverbs 6:30 Lit his soul
22. Proverbs 6:31 Or wealth
23. Proverbs 6:32 Lit heart
24. Proverbs 6:32 Lit his soul
25. Proverbs 6:34 Lit is the rage of
26. Proverbs 6:35 Lit lift up the face of any
27. Proverbs 6:35 Lit willing
28. Proverbs 6:35 Or bribes
1-5 Dear child, if you’ve cosigned a loan for your neighbor, or pledged to pay the debt of someone else if they don’t come through, you’re in a dangerous and vulnerable position. Get out of it! They have your welfare in their hands (and they don't have as much at stake as you). Rush to them and plead to get your name off the contract! Don’t rest until you are safe again! This is urgent, like a gazelle being chased by a cheetah, like a bird flapping furiously to escape a hunter’s hand.
6-11 Learn a lesson from the ant, lazybones! You will be wise if you act like him. Even though he doesn’t have a leader telling him what to do, the ant works hard all summer and collects food for the winter. But you just sit there. How long do you need to sleep, lazybones? Sleeping in, snoozing a little longer, snuggling up to your pillow, and then poverty steals it all; it’s like you’ve been raided by an armed warrior and have nothing left to your name.
12-15 A worthless, ungodly person goes around distorting the truth, winking and crossing his fingers behind his back; he won’t just say the plain truth. His perverted mind is always making evil plans and stirring up trouble. That’s why disaster strikes him out of nowhere and breaks him beyond repair.
16-19 There are six things the Lord Jehovah hates, seven are truly disgusting to Him: arrogance, dishonesty, killing the innocent, plotting evil, doing wrong, lying under oath, and sowing discord in a family.
20-29 Do what your father says, child, and don’t ignore what your mother taught you. Treasure their words in your heart and always keep them close. They will show you where to go and keep you safe at night. They’ll tell you what to do the next day when you wake up. A commandment is a lamp and their reasoning is the light. Correction and discipline lead to life and protect you from seductive words from tempting women. Don’t burn for their hot bods or be seduced by their fluttering eyes; for a prostitute will will take all your money and falling for another man’s wife will get you killed. Can you start a fire in your lap and not get burned? Can you walk barefoot on hot coals and not blister your feet? That’s what it’s like to sleep with another man’s wife. You won’t escape the consequences if you touch her.
30-35 No one blames a thief for stealing food if they’re starving, but they still pay the price if they get caught--even if it cost them everything. However, it’s just dumb to commit adultery, because you’re ruining your life. You’ll be disgraced and diseased and your shame will never be forgotten. A jealous husband will be furious and have no mercy when he seeks revenge. No amount of money or anything else will satisfy him.
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