Day 12 God did not design us to go through life alone. We need people to encourage us, warn us, give advice, and hold us accountable. And we need to do the same for others. Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase of Proverbs 12:1 - You won’t learn anything if you avoid discipline. It’s stupid to run away from constructive criticism. You'll never get better is you don't own your mistakes. Don't cover up or make excuses or blame others. Take responsibility and learn and grow from your mistakes. Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase of Proverbs 12:3 - Wicked plans never make you safe, but you can’t uproot a godly person. Godly people are deeply rooted in the Bible and their relationships with God and His people. If you try to walk through life alone, you will be blown off the path. If you band together with a group of like-minded people, you will hold each other to the path when the storms of life rage. Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase of Proverbs 12:15 - Fools are always proud of the way they do things, but a wise person listens to advice. Even the smartest people have limited perspectives and skills and thinking your way is always the best way is just dumb. There is always a better way to do something and it's important to listen to other people's advice. It will help you avoid unnecessary blunders. Be wise. Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase of Proverbs 12:25 - Worrying will sap you of all your strength, but a good word will encourage you. When you're struggling with a problem or feeling down or worried about something, you need encouragement. Sometimes it makes you feel better just to tell another human being about your worries and let go of your inner anxiety; talking can be therapeutic. Plus, a good friend can encourage you and make you feel better. You can think more clearly when you are encouraged and not be eaten up with worry. Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase of Proverbs 12:26 - Holy people give good advice to friends, but don’t follow bad people or you’ll soon be lost. Be careful who you choose to open up to and rely on for encouragement, advice, and accountability. Not everyone is a wise choice. You need someone you can trust, someone who will be honest, someone who can keep a confidence. You also need someone who shares your Christian values. Find the right people and avoid those who might lead you astray.
"Father, help me to be a good friend to others and help guide them along the path of Life. Help me also to find and trust the right people, godly people, who will be good guides to me. Amen."
Read Proverbs Chapter 12
New American Standard Bible
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase
Contrast of the Upright and the Wicked
1 Whoever loves [a]discipline loves knowledge,
But he who hates reproof is stupid.
2 A good man will obtain favor from the Lord,
But He will condemn a man [b]who devises evil.
3 A man will not be established by wickedness,
But the root of the righteous will not be moved.
4 An [c]excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are just,
But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
But the house of the righteous will stand.
8 A man will be praised according to his insight,
But one of perverse [d]mind will be despised.
9 Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant
Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.
10 A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal,
But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
11 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who pursues worthless things lacks [e]sense.
12 The wicked man desires the [f]booty of evil men,
But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
13 [g]An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
But the righteous will escape from trouble.
14 A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his [h]words,
And the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
16 A fool’s anger is known at once,
But a prudent man conceals dishonor.
17 He who [i]speaks truth tells what is right,
But a false witness, deceit.
18 There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips will be established forever,
But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.
21 No harm befalls the righteous,
But the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
23 A prudent man cknowledge,
But the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the [j]slack hand will be put to forced labor.
25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
But a good word makes it glad.
26 The righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 A [k]lazy man does not [l]roast his prey,
But the precious possession of a man is diligence.
28 In the way of righteousness is life,
And in its pathway there is no death.
1. Proverbs 12:1 Or instruction
2. Proverbs 12:2 Lit of evil devices
3. Proverbs 12:4 Or virtuous
4. Proverbs 12:8 Lit heart
5. Proverbs 12:11 Lit heart
6. Proverbs 12:12 Lit net
7. Proverbs 12:13 Lit In the transgression of the lips is an evil snare
8. Proverbs 12:14 Lit mouth
9. Proverbs 12:17 Lit breathes
10. Proverbs 12:24 Lit slackness
11. Proverbs 12:27 Lit slackness
12. Proverbs 12:27 Or catch
1 You won’t learn anything if you avoid discipline. It’s stupid to run away from constructive criticism.
2 The Lord watches out for people who do good, but He condemns people with evil schemes.
3 Wicked plans never make you safe, but you can’t uproot a godly person.
4 A wife with real strength makes her husband feel like a king, but a shameful one erodes his strength from the inside out.
5 People who do the right thing give honest advice. The ungodly try to mislead you.
6 The ungodly say things that lure people to death, but the godly speak up and save lives.
7 The ungodly are overthrown and forgotten, but people who live right have a lasting legacy.
8 People are celebrated for doing the right thing at the right time in the right way, but someone who’s crooked is rejected.
9 It’s better to be disliked and have a servant than to think you’re awesome and and have nothing to eat.
10 People who live right take care of their animals, but even the mercy of the ungodly is cruel.
11 You get what you work for, but it’s dumb to work all the time for things that don’t really matter.
12 Ungodly people dream about stolen treasure, but living right is the way to really thrive.
13 Outlaws eventually tell on themselves, but people who live right avoid trouble.
14 Talk about your dreams and it leads you toward them. Work hard and you will achieve them.
15 Fools are always proud of the way they do things, but a wise person listens to advice.
16 A fool gets mad and everyone knows it, but a sensible person keeps a lid on it.
18 Saying something in the heat of anger is like hacking away with a machete; smart people offer healing words.
17 An honest person backs up their story with proof, but a liar tries to deceive.
19 Lies may be easy but they’re short sighted; the truth last forever.
21 People who live right avoid all kinds of evil, but the ungodly get into all kinds of trouble.
20 People who’re planning evil are full of treachery, but those who encourage peace are full of joy.
22 Lies are disgusting to Jehovah, but He delights in honest people. 23 A smart man doesn’t let on about everything he knows; it’s the fool who goes on and on, showing he’s an idiot. 24 People who always work hard will have the power to lead, while the lazy will do their bidding. 25 Worrying will sap you of all your strength, but a good word will encourage you. 26 Holy people give good advice to friends, but don’t follow bad people or you’ll soon be lost. 28 Godly living is a road that leads to life, there is no death along that road.
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