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Friday, November 9, 2018

Day 19 of Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs Devotional



Day 19 Fools tell lies. Whether it's an evil scheme to get what they want or just the easy way out of a difficult situation, dishonesty is never the wise course. Truly wise people are honest and have integrity.

Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs 19:1, 5, 9, 22, & 28

1 It is better to be a poor person with integrity than a fool who twists words.

5 A witness who lies will be convicted. Someone who tells lies will not get away.

9 A witness who lies will be convicted. Someone who tells lies will not get away.

22 We long for people to be faithful; a poor man is better than a liar.

28 An evil witness mocks justice and takes a gulp of terrible trouble with every lie they tell.


Notice how verses 5 and 9 say almost the same exact thing. Why would there be two nearly identical proverbs in the same chapter? Because telling the truth is essential to healthy relationships, civil society, and God demands it. Be honest. Strive for integrity. Be a loyal friend. Practice telling the truth in love. Even if it's harder in the short term, it's always better in the long run and God will honor you.

Prayer

"Father, help me to be honest and faithful in the way I live and the things I do. Amen."

Read Proverbs Chapter 19


New American Standard Bible
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase
Proverbs 19
On Life and Conduct
1 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity
Than he who is perverse in [a]speech and is a fool.

2 Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge,
And he who hurries [b]his footsteps [c]errs.

3 The foolishness of man ruins his way,
And his heart rages against the Lord.

4 Wealth adds many friends,
But a poor man is separated from his friend.

5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who [d]tells lies will not escape.

6 Many will seek the favor of a [e]generous man,
And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.

7 All the brothers of a poor man hate him;
How much more do his friends abandon him!
He pursues them with words, but they are [f]gone.

8 He who gets [g]wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good.

9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who [h]tells lies will perish.

10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool;
Much less for a slave to rule over princes.

11 A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger,
And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.

12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
But his favor is like dew on the grass.

13 A foolish son is destruction to his father,
And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.

14 House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the Lord.

15 Laziness casts into a deep sleep,
And an idle [i]man will suffer hunger.

16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who [j]is careless of [k]conduct will die.

17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord,
And He will repay him for his [l]good deed.

18 Discipline your son while there is hope,
And do not desire [m]his death.

19 A man of great anger will bear the penalty,
For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.

20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
That you may be wise [n]the rest of your days.

21 Many plans are in a man’s heart,
But the counsel of the Lord will stand.

22 What is desirable in a man is his [o]kindness,
And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.

23 The [p]fear of the Lord leads to life,
So that one may sleep satisfied, [q]untouched by evil.

24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish,
But will not even bring it back to his mouth.

25 Strike a scoffer and the [r]naive may become shrewd,
But reprove one who has understanding and he will [s]gain knowledge.

26 He who assaults his father and drives his mother away
Is a shameful and disgraceful son.

27 Cease listening, my son, to discipline,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice,
And the mouth of the wicked [t]spreads iniquity.

29 [u]Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
And blows for the back of fools.

Footnotes:
a.    Proverbs 19:1 Lit his lips
b.    Proverbs 19:2 Lit with his feet
c.    Proverbs 19:2 Lit sins
d.    Proverbs 19:5 Lit breathes
e.    Proverbs 19:6 Or noble
f.     Proverbs 19:7 Lit not
g.    Proverbs 19:8 Lit heart
h.    Proverbs 19:9 Lit breathes
i.     Proverbs 19:15 Lit soul
j.     Proverbs 19:16 Lit despises
k.    Proverbs 19:16 Lit ways
l.     Proverbs 19:17 Or benefits
m.   Proverbs 19:18 Lit causing him to die
n.    Proverbs 19:20 Lit in your latter end
o.    Proverbs 19:22 Or loyalty
p.    Proverbs 19:23 Or reverence
q.    Proverbs 19:23 Lit not visited
r.     Proverbs 19:25 Lit simple
s.    Proverbs 19:25 Lit discern
t.    Proverbs 19:28 Or swallows
u.   Proverbs 19:29 Gr Rods

Proverbs 19
1 It is better to be a poor person with integrity than a fool who twists words.

2 It isn't good when ignorant people want something really bad; they'll do something rash and make a big mistake.

3 A fool messes up his own life and gets angry at God about it.

4 Everybody wants to be a rich person's friend, but a poor person doesn't have any.

5 A witness who lies will be convicted.  Someone who tells lies will not get away.

6 Lots of people want face time with important people, and everyone wants to be friends with the generous. 
7 If a poor person’s family doesn’t even care about them, you know friends will avoid them; when they come looking for help, everyone disappears. 
8 Getting more wisdom is good for your soul. Intelligence brings prosperity. 
9 A witness who lies will be convicted. Someone who tells lies will be destroyed. 
10 A fool is not suited for a life of luxury any more than a slave should be in charge of their own master. 
11 A smart person doesn’t lose their temper. They are honored because they let things slide. 
12 A king’s rage is like the roaring of a lion in its prime, but his help is like a cool refreshment on a hot day.

13 A stupid, lazy child will ruin their father; and an argumentative wife is like Chinese water torture. 

14 You can inherit a house and wealth from your parents, but only Jehovah can give you a wise and careful wife. 

15 Laziness will drug you to sleep; slack off and you’ll go without. 

16 Following the Law will keep you safe; if you live carelessly, you will die. 

17 Being kind to the poor is like lending to the Lord, and Jehovah will repay the debt. 

18 Teach your kids how to behave while there’s still hope; don’t abandoned them to the path of destruction. 

19 A hot head gets into trouble; if you bail him out, you’ll have to do it again and again. 

20 Pay attention to sound advice and listen when you’re corrected; it will help you live wisely. 

21 People have all kinds of plans they want to accomplish, but Jehovah’s are the ones that will last. 

22 We long for people to be faithful; a poor man is better than a liar. 

23 Deep reverence for Jehovah leads to life; those who have it rest safely because trouble won’t come knocking on their door. 

24 A lazy person grabs food off a plate, but won’t even lift it to their mouth and eat. 

25 Slap a mocker and the fool will be more careful; correct an intelligent person and they will get even smarter. 

26 Children who abuse their father or drive away their mother are an embarrassing disappointment. 

27 Stop and listen to reason, my child, and you won’t wander off the path of knowledge.

28 An evil witness mocks justice and takes a gulp of terrible trouble with every lie they tell.


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