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Monday, November 5, 2018

Day 15 of Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs


Day 15  You are what you eat and you become what you consume.  You will reflect the ideals of people you hang around, books you read, shows you watch, and music to which you listen.  You can choose to consume garbage or you can choose food that will nourish your mind and spirit.


Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs 15:2 & 14
2 Wise people make you want to know even more, but idiots spew out stupidity.

14 A truly wise person always tries to learn more, but fools fill up on whatever silliness is available.

Everyone needs to indulge in a piece of cake now and then, but it's not healthy to eat cake for dinner everyday.  What you put into your mind is just as important. Put junk in and junk will come out. Fill yourself with wisdom and knowledge and wisdom and knowledge will come out.

Prayer
"Holy Spirit, make us hungry for wisdom and knowledge and help us to choose spiritual food that is healthy and wholesome.  Help us to seek knowledge in the things we read and watch and to which we listen so we may share Your wisdom beautifully. Amen."

Read Proverbs Chapter 15

New American Standard Bible
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase
Proverbs 15
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
1 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
But a [a]harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge [b]acceptable,
But the mouth of fools spouts folly.
3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good.
4 A [c]soothing tongue is a tree of life,
But perversion in it [d]crushes the spirit.
5 A fool [e]rejects his father’s discipline,
But he who regards reproof is sensible.
6 Great wealth is in the house of the righteous,
But trouble is in the income of the wicked.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
But the hearts of fools are not so.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But He loves one who pursues righteousness.
10 Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way;
He who hates reproof will die.
11 [f]Sheol and [g]Abaddon lie open before the Lord,
How much more the hearts of [h]men!
12 A scoffer does not love one who reproves him,
He will not go to the wise.
13 A joyful heart makes a [i]cheerful face,
But [j]when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
14 The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the afflicted are bad,
But a [k]cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is a little with the [l]fear of the Lord
Than great treasure and turmoil with it.
17 Better is a [m]dish of [n]vegetables where love is
Than a fattened ox served with hatred.
18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,
But the slow to anger calms a dispute.
19 The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns,
But the path of the upright is a highway.
20 A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly is joy to him who lacks [o]sense,
But a man of understanding walks straight.
22 Without consultation, plans are frustrated,
But with many counselors they [p]succeed.
23 A man has joy in an [q]apt answer,
And how delightful is a timely word!
24 The path of life leads upward for the wise
That he may keep away from [r]Sheol below.
25 The Lord will tear down the house of the proud,
But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
26 Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord,
But pleasant words are pure.
27 He who profits illicitly troubles his own house,
But he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 [s]Bright eyes gladden the heart;
Good news puts fat on the bones.
31 He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof
Will dwell among the wise.
32 He who neglects discipline despises himself,
But he who listens to reproof acquires [t]understanding.
33 The [u]fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility.
Footnotes:
a.    Proverbs 15:1 Lit painful
b.    Proverbs 15:2 Lit good
c.    Proverbs 15:4 Lit healing
d.    Proverbs 15:4 Lit is the crushing of the spirit
e.    Proverbs 15:5 Or despises
f.     Proverbs 15:11 I.e. the nether world
g.    Proverbs 15:11 I.e. place of destruction
h.    Proverbs 15:11 Lit sons of Adam
i.     Proverbs 15:13 Lit good
j.     Proverbs 15:13 Lit in sadness of heart
k.    Proverbs 15:15 Lit good
l.     Proverbs 15:16 Or reverence
m.   Proverbs 15:17 Or portion
n.    Proverbs 15:17 Or herbs
o.    Proverbs 15:21 Lit heart
p.    Proverbs 15:22 Or are established
q.    Proverbs 15:23 Lit answer of his mouth
r.     Proverbs 15:24 I.e. the nether world
s.    Proverbs 15:30 Lit The light of the eyes gladdens
t.    Proverbs 15:32 Lit heart
u.    Proverbs 15:33 Or reverence
Proverbs 15
1 A gentle response cools down red hot anger, but hurtful words make people mad.
2 Wise people make you want to know even more, but idiots spew out stupidity.

3 The Lord Jehovah sees everything, everywhere; He keeps an eye on both the good and the evil.

4 Healing words bring life, but deceitful ones destroy.

5 A fool rolls their eyes when their parents try to teach them, but a smart person is careful to listen and learn.

6 Godly people’s homes are full of precious things, but trouble is all the ungodly get.

7 Wise people give great insight; fools have none to give.

8 Even an expensive offering given by an ungodly person is disgusting to Jehovah, but He delights in the simplest of prayers offered by an honest man.

9 The way ungodly people live disgusts Jehovah, but He loves people who chase after righteousness with all their heart.

10 Doctrines and discipline seem harsh to those who abandon the right path, but a person who hates correction will die.



11 If God knows everything that happens in the underworld of the dead, don't you realize He knows every secret in your heart?

12 People mock because they can’t stand to be corrected; they don’t want to be around someone who knows what’s really going on.

13 A light and thankful heart makes you smile, but a heavy heart leads to a broken spirit.

14 A truly wise person always tries to learn more, but fools fill up on whatever silliness is available.

15 Life is hard for poor people, but a light and thankful heart always has more than enough.

16 It’s better to revere God and have just a little than to have lots of stuff and lots of trouble.

17 It’s better to eat Brussels sprouts and cabbage with people you love than a juicy steak in a room full of hate.

18 A hot-headed man throws fuel on fiery angry, but a patient man lets it burn out.

19 Briers grow over the trail of lazy people, but those who walk straight have a clear path to follow.

20 A smart son makes his daddy proud, but a stupid one despises his mother.

21 Morons are delighted by immaturity, but intelligent people walk the straight and narrow path.

22 Your plans fall apart if you don’t talk to people about them, but when you get lots of advice you succeed.

23 It pleases everyone when a person gives just the right answer; it’s so good when someone says the perfect thing for the occasion.

24 The road of life rises gently for those who are careful to follow it, leading them further and further from death down below.

25 God tears down an arrogant person’s house, but He protects the property lines of those who are humble and in desperate need.

26 Jehovah hates what evil people think about, but honesty is beautiful to Him.

27 People who cheat and hurt others to get ahead make problems for their own family, but those who ignore bribes will live.



28 People who live right think carefully about what they say, but the ungodly spew out evil.

29 To ungodly people, Jehovah is out of sight, out of mind; but He understand every word of every prayer of those who live right.

30 A cheerful smile lifts your spirit and good news puts you at ease.

31 A person who listens and learns life’s lessons will be among the smartest people on the planet.

32 People who refuse to listen only hurt themselves; you start to understand the heart of everything when you pay attention to constructive criticism.

33 You gain great wisdom when you revere Jehovah; only the humble will be honored.

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