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Monday, November 19, 2018

Day 28 of Day Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs Devotional


Day 28  It's just not good when everyone makes up their own rules.  A family, an organization, a nation needs good leaders.  People rise and fall with the leaders they admire and follow.  Leaders come in all shapes and sizes: a parent, a boss, a pastor, an elected official.  Others are cultural leaders--athletes, artists, characters, public figures.  Sometimes you are a leader.  

Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs 28:2, 4, 5, & 16
2 The country is in chaos when it's full of rebellious people who do whatever they want; but someone with insight, who understands the way things work, can keep the nation alive.

4 People who ignore God’s Law revere wicked people, but those who obey God’s Law stand against them.

5 Evil people don’t even understand justice, but people who follow the Lord know right from wrong.

16 An unskillful leader without understanding is an oppressive tyrant; but someone who hates greed and corruption will live a long time.

We become the people we admire and follow.  Therefore, it is essential we lead and follow wisely.  Know God and His Word so you can truly discern bad leadership from good.

Prayer
"Jesus, You are the perfect example of a good leader.  Lord, help me to walk with you closely everyday that I might prosper and know how to lead others Your way.  And give us more leaders like You.  Amen."

Read Proverbs Chapter 28
New American Standard Bible
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase
Proverbs 28
Warnings and Instructions
1 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing,
But the righteous are [a]bold as a lion.

2 By the transgression of a land many are its princes,
But by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.

3 A poor man who oppresses the lowly
Is like a driving rain [b]which leaves no food.

4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
But those who keep the law strive with them.

5 Evil men do not understand justice,
But those who seek the Lord understand all things.

6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
Than he who is [c]crooked though he be rich.

7 He who keeps the law is a discerning son,
But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.

8 He who increases his wealth by interest and usury
Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.

9 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law,
Even his prayer is an abomination.

10 He who leads the upright astray in an evil way
Will himself fall into his own pit,
But the blameless will inherit good.

11 The rich man is wise in his own eyes,
But the poor who has understanding [d]sees through him.

12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
But when the wicked rise, men [e]hide themselves.

13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.

14 How blessed is the man who fears always,
But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

15 Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear
Is a wicked ruler over a poor people.

16 A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding,
But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.

17 A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood
Will [f]be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.

18 He who walks blamelessly will be delivered,
But he who is [g]crooked will fall all at once.

19 He who tills his land will have plenty of food,
But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.

20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,
But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.

21 To [h]show partiality is not good,
Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.

22 A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth
And does not know that want will come upon him.

23 He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
Than he who flatters with the tongue.

24 He who robs his father or his mother
And says, “It is not a transgression,”
Is the companion of a man who destroys.

25 An [i]arrogant man stirs up strife,
But he who trusts in the Lord will [j]prosper.

26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But he who walks wisely will be delivered.

27 He who gives to the poor will never want,
But he who [k]shuts his eyes will have many curses.

28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves;
But when they perish, the righteous increase.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 28:1 Lit confident
  2. Proverbs 28:3 Lit and there is no bread
  3. Proverbs 28:6 Lit perverse of two ways
  4. Proverbs 28:11 Lit examines him
  5. Proverbs 28:12 Lit will be searched for
  6. Proverbs 28:17 Lit flee to the pit
  7. Proverbs 28:18 Lit perverse of two ways
  8. Proverbs 28:21 Lit regard the face
  9. Proverbs 28:25 Lit broad soul
  10. Proverbs 28:25 Lit be made fat
  11. Proverbs 28:27 Lit hides
Proverbs 28
1 People who aren’t living right are paranoid about everything even when no one is after them; but those with a clean conscious walk with the courage of a lion.

2 The country is in chaos when it’s full of rebellious people who do whatever they want; but someone with insight, who understands the way things 
work, can keep the nation alive.

3 A poor man who oppresses others in need is like a sudden downpour that ruins a picnic.

4 People who ignore God’s Law revere wicked people, but those who obey God’s Law stand against them.

5 Evil people don’t even understand justice, but people who follow the Lord know right from wrong.

6 It’s better to be poor and have integrity than rich and corrupt.

7 Smart youth are careful to obey God’s Law, but those who hang around the party crowd embarrass their parents.

8 If you make your money by charging unjust fees and outrageous interest rates, it will end up in the hands of someone else who is kind to the poor.

9 A person’s prayers are disgusting if they ignore God’s Law.

10 Those who lead the righteous into evil will fall into their own trap.

11 A rich person brags how smart they are, but a poor person with some sense sees right through them.

12 It’s a beautiful thing when godly people win, but everyone runs to hide when the ungodly rise up.

13 You can’t really thrive if you cover up your misdeeds, but whoever confesses their sins and turns away from them will receive mercy.

14 A person who is always filled with reverence and awe is truly blessed, but stubborn, cruel people will get into terrible trouble.

15 An ungodly leader is as dangerous to the poor as a roaring lion or a hungry bear.

16 An unskillful leader without understanding is an oppressive tyrant; but someone who hates greed and corruption will live a long time.

17 A murderer’s guilty conscious will haunt them all the way to the grave; you don’t have to help.

18 Someone who’s done nothing wrong will be set free, but a crooked person will get into big trouble.

19 People who work hard at the right thing will have everything they need, but those who goof off all the time will have nothing.

20 A person you can count on will be blessed all the time, but someone who’s always chasing get rich schemes will get into trouble.

21 It’s never good to show favoritism, but people often do to get something they want.

22 A greedy person is in such a hurry to get rich they don’t realize they will never have enough.

23 In the long run, people will appreciate hearing the cold, hard truth more than mere flattery.

24 Someone who steals from their parents and says, “What’s wrong with it?” is not much better than a terrorist.

25 People who always want “more,more, more” cause all kinds of trouble, but those who trust in Jehovah have more than enough.

26 Fools just “follow their heart.”  If you want to avoid trouble, you have to use your head.

27 If you give to the needy, you will always have enough; but those who ignore them will always be cursed.

28 People can’t be themselves when the ungodly rise to power.  More will do what’s right when they fall.

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