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Monday, November 12, 2018

Day 22 of Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs Devotional

Day 22  Wisdom is more than knowledge. It is an inner sense of the way things really are, what's actually going on, and what's about to happen. Wise people have awareness and are vigilant and act accordingly. They are safe because they sense trouble before it happens and also know when there is no real danger.

Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs 22:3, 5, & 13
3 A wise person senses trouble before it happens and steers clear; the naive walk right into it and learn a hard lesson.

5 Crooked people walk a prickly path full of hidden traps; be careful to steer clear of them.

13 A lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! I’ll get killed if I go out!”

Be wise. Know what's really going on around you and inside you. Avoid trouble when you see it coming, but don't use fear as an excuse when it's unfounded and irrational.

"Father, help me to be vigilant. Don't let me be distracted or caught unaware. Give me insight into the people and situations around me. Don't let me be lazy and use irrational fears as an excuse not to do something You want me to do. Guide me in everything by Your Holy Spirit. Amen."

Read Proverbs Chapter 22

New American Standard Bible
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase
Proverbs 22
On Life and Conduct
1 A good name is to be more desired than great wealth,
Favor is better than silver and gold.

2 The rich and the poor [a]have a common bond,
The Lord is the maker of them all.

3 The prudent sees the evil and hides himself,
But the [b]naive go on, and are punished for it.

4 The reward of humility and the [c]fear of the Lord
Are riches, honor and life.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
He who guards himself will be far from them.

6 Train up a child [d]in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

7 The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.

8 He who sows iniquity will reap vanity,
And the rod of his fury will perish.

9 He who [e]is generous will be blessed,
For he gives some of his food to the poor.

10 Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out,
Even strife and dishonor will cease.

11 He who loves purity of heart
And [f]whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.

12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge,
But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.

13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside;
I will be killed in the streets!”

14 The mouth of [g]an adulteress is a deep pit;
He who is cursed of the Lord will fall [h]into it.

15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

16 He who oppresses the poor to make [i]more for himself
Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;

18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
[j]That they may be ready on your lips.

19 So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I have [k]taught you today, even you.

20 Have I not written to you [l]excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,

21 To make you know the [m]certainty of the words of truth
That you may [n]correctly answer him who sent you?

22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
Or crush the afflicted at the gate;

23 For the Lord will plead their case
And [o]take the life of those who rob them.

24 Do not associate with a man given to anger;
Or go with a hot-tempered man,

25 Or you will learn his ways
And [p]find a snare for yourself.

26 Do not be among those who give [q]pledges,
Among those who become guarantors for debts.

27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he take your bed from under you?

28 Do not move the ancient boundary
Which your fathers have set.

29 Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.

a.    Proverbs 22:2 Lit meet together
b.    Proverbs 22:3 Lit simple
c.    Proverbs 22:4 Or reverence
d,    Proverbs 22:6 Lit according to his way
e.    Proverbs 22:9 Lit has a good eye
f.     Proverbs 22:11 Lit has grace on his lips
g.    Proverbs 22:14 Lit strange woman
h.    Proverbs 22:14 Lit there
i.     Proverbs 22:16 Lit much
j.     Proverbs 22:18 Lit They together
k.    Proverbs 22:19 Lit made you know
l.     Proverbs 22:20 Or previous
m.   Proverbs 22:21 Lit truth
n.    Proverbs 22:21 Lit return to words of truth
o.    Proverbs 22:23 Lit rob the soul
p.    Proverbs 22:25 Lit take
q.    Proverbs 22:26 Lit strike hands

Proverbs 22
1 Pick a good reputation over wealth; grace is better than silver or gold.

2 A rich person and a poor person have something in common: Jehovah made them both.

3 A wise person senses trouble before it happens and steers clear; the naive walk right into it and learn a hard lesson.

4 Humility and reverence for Lord Jehovah lead to riches and honor and life.

5 Crooked people walk a prickly path full of hidden traps; be careful to steer clear of them.

6 Lead a child down the right road of life and they won’t go off course when they grow old.

7 The rich reign over the poor and those who take loans must serve those who lend.

8 People who plant corruption will harvest trouble and they won’t be able to fight their way out of it.

9 People with a generous outlook on life are blessed because they gladly share with those in need.

10 Get rid of the sarcastic guy who makes fun of everything and all the bickering will go too; all the judgment and shame will end.

11 A person with pure motives who is full of grace will be a friend to the king.

12 Jehovah protects the truth and defeats those who would pervert it.

13 A lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! I’ll get killed if I go out!”

14 A homewrecker says things that lure people into a deep trap; those who make Jehovah livid will fall into it.

15 Folly is woven into the fabric of a young boy’s heart, but the firm hand of discipline weeds it out.

16 If you take advantage of the poor to make a few extra bucks or to get favor from the rich, you will end up broke yourself.

Words of the Wise
17-21 Look this way and listen up to someone who knows; take my advice to heart because you need to be ready to share these truths. I’m teaching you--yes YOU--so you'll trust Jehovah. Here’s thirty important pieces of advice.  You can take these to the bank.

Number 1 - 22-23 Don’t rob the poor and vulnerable or push around the guy on the street asking for help; Jehovah stands up for them and will take from your soul whatever you take from them.

Number 2 - 24-25 Don’t hang around with angry men or run around with hotheads; you might start acting the same way and lose your soul.

Number 3 - 26-27 Don’t be like people who go into debt promising to pay later.  If you can’t pay, you’ll lose everything.

Number 4 - 28 Don’t cheat your 
neighbor and tamper with the established property lines.

Number 5 - 29 Do you know someone who is really good at what the do?  They will serve kings, not ordinary people.

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase of Proverbs (PCP)
Copyright © 2018 by Chris Mullis

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