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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Day 20 of Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs




Day 20 Wise living takes discipline, persistence, and trust. Some are tempted to indulge in extra sleep or to procrastinate. Others are tempted to act impulsively or try to control it all. Wise people take a broader view of life and work steadily toward success.

Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs 20:4, 13, 18, & 244 Lazy people don’t plan ahead or prepare and they don’t have what they need when the time comes.

13 If you love to sleep, poverty will take over your life. Get up and get to work so you’ll have enough to eat.

18 Get lots of advice while you’re making your plans. Let people guide when you go to battle.

24 Only the Lord knows everything about our journey. We can’t see or understand everything that’s going on.


Don't be lazy. Plan ahead. Seek guidance. Work hard and be persistent. And don't be a control freak. You can have a great deal of influence over your own success, but you are never in complete control and you do not know everything that is going on in the grand picture. Trust God.

Prayer
"Lord, help me to be a wise planner and a diligent executor. Most of all, help me to trust You with it all. Amen."

Read Proverbs Chapter 20

New American Standard Bible
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase
Proverbs 20
On Life and Conduct
1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,
And whoever [a]is intoxicated by it is not wise.

2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
He who provokes him to anger [b]forfeits his own life.

3 [c]Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man,
But any fool will [d]quarrel.

4 The sluggard does not plow after the autumn,
So he [e]begs during the harvest and has nothing.

5 A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding draws it out.

6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,
But who can find a trustworthy man?

7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity—
How blessed are his sons after him.

8 A king who sits on the throne of justice
[f]Disperses all evil with his eyes.

9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart,
I am pure from my sin”?

10 [g]Differing weights and differing measures,
Both of them are abominable to the Lord.

11 It is by his deeds that a lad [h]distinguishes himself
If his conduct is pure and right.

12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
The Lord has made both of them.

13 Do not love sleep, or you will become poor;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with [i]food.

14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
But when he goes his way, then he boasts.

15 There is gold, and an abundance of [j]jewels;
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

16 Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;
And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.

17 Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man,
But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

18 Prepare plans by consultation,
And make war by wise guidance.

19 He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets,
Therefore do not associate with [k]a gossip.

20 He who curses his father or his mother,
His lamp will go out in [l]time of darkness.

21 An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning
Will not be blessed in the end.

22 Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.

23 [m]Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord,
And a [n]false scale is not good.

24 Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord,
How then can man understand his way?

25 It is a trap for a man to say rashly, “It is holy!”
And after the vows to make inquiry.

26 A wise king winnows the wicked,
And [o]drives the threshing wheel over them.

27 The [p]spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,
Searching all the [q]innermost parts of his being.

28 [r]Loyalty and truth preserve the king,
And he upholds his throne by [s]righteousness.

29 The glory of young men is their strength,
And the [t]honor of old men is their gray hair.

30 Stripes that wound scour away evil,
And strokes reach the [u]innermost parts.

Footnotes:
a.    Proverbs 20:1 Lit errs
b.    Proverbs 20:2 Lit sins against
c.    Proverbs 20:3 Lit Ceasing
d.    Proverbs 20:3 Lit burst out
e.    Proverbs 20:4 Lit asks
f.     Proverbs 20:8 Or Sifts
g.    Proverbs 20:10 Lit A stone and a stone, an ephah and           an ephah
h.    Proverbs 20:11 Or makes himself known
i.     Proverbs 20:13 Lit bread
j.     Proverbs 20:15 Or corals
k.    Proverbs 20:19 Lit one who opens his lips
l.     Proverbs 20:20 Lit pupil (of eye)
m.   Proverbs 20:23 Lit A stone and a stone
n.    Proverbs 20:23 Lit balance of deceit
o.    Proverbs 20:26 Lit turns
p.    Proverbs 20:27 Lit breath
q.    Proverbs 20:27 Lit chambers of the body
r.     Proverbs 20:28 Lit Covenant loyalty
s.    Proverbs 20:28 Lit Covenant loyalty
t.     Proverbs 20:29 Or splendor
u.    Proverbs 20:30 Lit chambers of the body

Proverbs 20
1 Wine will make you a fool, liquor will hit you like a ton of bricks; it’s dumb to drink too much.

2 A king strikes fear in people like the growl of a lion. Why in the world would you do something to make him mad?

3 It’s honorable to avoid a fight; there’s plenty of idiots looking for one.

4 Lazy people don’t plan ahead or prepare and they don’t have what they need when the time comes.

5 People’s true motives are hard to fathom, but a really smart person figures them out.

6 Everyone says they’re a good friend, but who can find one that’s really trustworthy?

7 Godly people do the right thing even when no one’s looking and all their descendants are blessed by it.

8 When a king judges, he can spot evil just by watching a person.

9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart.  I am truly innocent?”

10 Changing the rules and standards to suit oneself is disgusting to Jehovah.

11 Even kids show their true character by the way they act, by whether they are pure and do the right things.

12 A listening ear and a perceptive eye--Jehovah made them both.

13 If you love to sleep, poverty will take over your life.  Get up and get to work so you’ll have enough to eat.

14 They say, “This is junk!” when they’re the ones buying it, but then they go brag about what a great deal they got.

15 Sure, everyone wants a bag of gold and jewels, but words of wisdom are worth way more.

16 Get collateral from someone who cosigns a loan for a stranger; get a security deposit if the person is kinda sketchy.

17 Food you steal taste so sweet, but then it turns to gravel in your mouth.

18 Get lots of advice while you’re making your plans.  Let people guide when you go to battle.

19 A gossip blabs all your secrets; so don’t hang out with people who can’t keep their mouth shut.

20 If you scorn your parents, you’ll lose your light in the middle of the night when you need it most.

21 An inheritance given to you before you’re ready will not turn out to be a blessing in the end.

22 Don’t say, “I’ll pay you back for this evil.”  Wait for Jehovah and he will set you free.

23 It disgusts Jehovah when people cheat and tip the scales in their favor.  Manipulating the truth is not OK.

24 Only the Lord knows everything about our journey. We can’t see or understand everything that’s going on.

25 Carefully consider what you’re doing BEFORE you make an important promise to God. Otherwise, you may feel like you’ve trapped yourself.

26 A shrewd leader draws out the ungodly and crushes them so they can’t do any harm.

27 Jehovah illuminates the spirit inside each of us, so He knows even our deepest secrets and intentions.

28 Kindness and honesty watch over a ruler, and his rule is upheld by kindness.

29 A young man’s vitality is what makes him special, but an elder’s gray hair is a sign of the experience that is their greatest asset.

30 Just as pain can lead to the cleansing and healing of a deep wound, so punishment can correct a person’s attitude.


New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase of Proverbs (PCP)
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