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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Day 18 of Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs Devotional




Day 18 It's really foolish to think wealth and material possessions will keep you safe when troubles come, and yet that is what most people in our world think. People think money will make them secure and they are often proud when they have it--thinking they can buy their way out of whatever troubles come. Truly wise people know better.

Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs 18:10-14
10 The Lord is known as an impregnable fortress; good people run to Him for safety.

11 Rich people rely on their wealth; they hide behind it thinking nothing can touch them.

12 A person brags about their greatness right before they’re broken to pieces, but those who are humble receive honor.

13 Speaking about something before really listening is just stupid and brings humiliation.

14 A good attitude can sustain you through illness, but what can you do with a broken spirit?


Wealth is as fleeting as a morning fog. A misstep, an illness, a lawsuit or misfortune and it can all be gone in an instant. Then where is your safety net? Why spend all your time trying to build a wall of safety founded only on money? Why take pride in something that gives a false sense of security? Be wise and build a strong relationship with the Lord for that is where real hope lies.

Prayer"Father, free me from the foolish idea that money is all I need to keep my family safe. Help me to trust in You and find true security. Amen."

Read Proverbs Chapter 18


New American Standard Bible
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase
Proverbs 18
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
1 He who separates himself seeks his own desire,
He [a]quarrels against all sound wisdom.
2 A fool does not delight in understanding,
But only in revealing his own [b]mind.
3 When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes,
And with dishonor comes scorn.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;
[c]The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 To show partiality to the wicked is not good,
Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool’s lips [d]bring strife,
And his mouth calls for blows.
7 A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the [e]innermost parts of the body.
9 He also who is slack in his work
Is brother to him who destroys.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is [f]safe.
11 A rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own imagination.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,
But humility goes before honor.
13 He who gives an answer before he hears,
It is folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit of a man can endure his sickness,
But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?
15 The [g]mind of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man’s gift makes room for him
And brings him before great men.
17 The first [h]to plead his case seems right,
Until [i]another comes and examines him.
18 The cast lot puts an end to strife
And [j]decides between the mighty ones.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.
20 With the [k]fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
He will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
21 Death and life are in the [l]power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor from the Lord.
23 The poor man utters supplications,
But the rich man answers roughly.
24 A man of too many friends comes to [m]ruin,
But there is a [n]friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Footnotes:
a.    Proverbs 18:1 Lit breaks out
b.    Proverbs 18:2 Lit heart
c.    Proverbs 18:4 Or A bubbling brook, a fountain of                   wisdom
d.    Proverbs 18:6 Lit come with
e,    Proverbs 18:8 Lit chambers of the belly
f.     Proverbs 18:10 Lit set on high
g.    Proverbs 18:15 Lit heart
h.    Proverbs 18:17 Lit in his plea
i.     Proverbs 18:17 Lit his neighbor
j.     Proverbs 18:18 Lit makes a division
k.    Proverbs 18:20 I.e. speech
l.     Proverbs 18:21 Lit hand
m.   Proverbs 18:24 Lit be broken in pieces
n.    Proverbs 18:24 Or lover


Proverbs 18
1 Someone who has to get their way is stubborn and will even argue against the obvious truth.

2 A lamebrain doesn’t care if something makes sense; they just want everyone to know their opinion.

3 There’s contempt anytime the ungodly come around; and scandal leads to public criticism.

4 What people talk about is very important. Someone who really knows gushes with wisdom.

5 It’s awful to fight for the cause of the ungodly, to purposefully work against those who are in the right.

6 An idiot runs his mouth and picks a fight; he’s begging for a beating.

7 An idiot’s mouth will be their ruin; it’s the rope they use to hang themself.

8 Rumors burn poison into a gossip’s tongue even as they devour them and swallow.

9 A lazy worker is about as bad as a vandal who breaks in to destroys things.

10 The Lord is known as an impregnable fortress; good people run to Him for safety.

11 Rich people rely on their wealth; they hide behind it thinking nothing can touch them.

12 A person brags about their greatness right before they’re broken to pieces, but those who are humble receive honor.

13 Speaking about something before really listening is just stupid and brings humiliation.

14 A good attitude can sustain you through illness, but what can you do with a broken spirit?

15 Smart people want to keep learning, they listen and search for even more knowledge. 

16 A gracious gift helps wins people over and gives you access to important people. 
17 A person who justifies their actions seems right, until people start asking questions. 
18 Flipping a coin can settle a dispute and end a strong disagreement. 
19 It’s harder to conquer a city than win back a friend you’ve betrayed. You might as well storm a castle. 
20 It’s really rewarding to say the right thing; what you say will come back to you with interest. 
21 What you say can bring life or death; people will taste the fruit of all the things they say. 
22 If you find a good wife, you’ve found a very good thing; she is Jehovah’s true blessing. 
23 The poor who want something ask delicately, but the rich who have everything answer harshly. 
24 Some friends are just friendly people; but a real friend will love you like a brother. 
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