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Monday, November 19, 2018

Day 29 of Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs Devotional

Day 29  Children are the biggest investment in a parent's life.  You will spend more time, money, and energy on them than anything else.  A wise investment early on can yield a life of rewards.  However, being neglectful, lazy, distracted, or wavering in your discipline will lead to serious problems later.

Pastor Chris' Paraphrase of Proverbs 29:1, 15, & 17
1 There is no hope for stubborn people who always ignore correction.  They will soon be broken beyond repair.

15 It’s better to correct children with a switch so they learn wisdom.  Let children have their own way now and they’ll turn out to be a disgrace.

17 Discipline your kids and they will give you peace; they will fill your life with joy.

Invest wisely in your children.  You have about 13 years to teach them what they need to know; the rest is just supervision and letting go.  Be brave, firm, diligent, and consistent to teach and discipline them well.  Pray for guidance to know when to hold them tight and when to let them go.  Seek all the grace and help you can get and enjoy the blessings.

"Father, thank You for being the perfect parent to me.  Guide me that I may follow Your example with my own children.  Help me understand how to discipline them, when to hold them tightly and when to let them go.  And may they bring glory to Your name all their life.  Amen."

Read Proverbs Chapter 29
New American Standard Bible
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase
Proverbs 29
Warnings and Instructions
1 A man who hardens his neck after much reproof
Will suddenly be broken [a]beyond remedy.

2 When the righteous [b]increase, the people rejoice,
But when a wicked man rules, people groan.

3 A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad,
But he who keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth.

4 The king gives stability to the land by justice,
But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.

5 A man who flatters his neighbor
Is spreading a net for his steps.

6 By transgression an evil man is ensnared,
But the righteous sings and rejoices.

7 The righteous [c]is concerned for the rights of the poor,
The wicked does not understand such [d]concern.

8 Scorners set a city aflame,
But wise men turn away anger.

9 When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man,
[e]The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.

10 Men of bloodshed hate the blameless,
But the upright [f]are concerned for his life.

11 A fool [g]always loses his temper,
But a wise man holds it back.

12 If a ruler pays attention to falsehood,
All his ministers become wicked.

13 The poor man and the oppressor [h]have this in common:
The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

14 If a king judges the poor with truth,
His throne will be established forever.

15 The rod and reproof give wisdom,
But a child [i]who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.

16 When the wicked [j]increase, transgression increases;
But the righteous will see their fall.

17 Correct your son, and he will give you comfort;
He will also [k]delight your soul.

18 Where there is no [l]vision, the people are unrestrained,
But happy is he who keeps the law.

19 A slave will not be instructed by words alone;
For though he understands, there will be no response.

20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 He who pampers his slave from childhood
Will in the end find him to be a son.

22 An angry man stirs up strife,
And a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression.

23 A man’s pride will bring him low,
But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

24 He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
He hears the oath but tells nothing.

25 The fear of man [m]brings a snare,
But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.

26 Many seek the ruler’s [n]favor,
But justice for man comes from the Lord.

27 An unjust man is abominable to the righteous,
And he who is upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.


  1. Proverbs 29:1 Lit and there is no remedy
  2. Proverbs 29:2 Or become great
  3. Proverbs 29:7 Lit knows the cause
  4. Proverbs 29:7 Lit knowledge
  5. Proverbs 29:9 Lit He
  6. Proverbs 29:10 Lit seek his soul
  7. Proverbs 29:11 Lit sends forth all his spirit
  8. Proverbs 29:13 Lit meet together
  9. Proverbs 29:15 Lit left to himself
  10. Proverbs 29:16 Or become great
  11. Proverbs 29:17 Lit give delight to
  12. Proverbs 29:18 Or revelation
  13. Proverbs 29:25 Lit gives
  14. Proverbs 29:26 Lit face
Proverbs 29
1 There is no hope for stubborn people who always ignore correction.  They will soon be broken beyond repair.

2 Everyone cheers up when the people in control do the right thing, but they moan when the ungodly come to power.

3 People who love wisdom give their parents true joy, but you’ll waste all your money if you hang out with adulterers.

4 Honest rulers give stability to their land, but those who twist justice for money ruin it.

5 Someone who flatters their neighbor is really setting a trap for them.

6 Immoral people fall into a trap when they cross the line, but those who live the right way sing for joy.

7 People who live right are fair to the poor who are barely getting by; the ungodly could care less.

8 People who mock sarcastically fan the flames of anger around them, but a more careful person calms everybody down.

9 When a wise man has a dispute with a fool, there will be sarcastic ranting but no resolution.

10 Bloodthirsty people hate the innocent and try to kill those who live right.

11 Only a fool trumpets their opinion out when they’re angry; a wise person restrains themself.

12 If a ruler is swayed by lies, his advisors will all be dishonest.

13 The poor and the tyrant have something in common: Jehovah gave them both life.

14 If a ruler is fair to the poor, his honor will be remembered forever.

15 It’s better to correct children with a switch so they learn wisdom.  Let children have their own way now and they’ll turn out to be a disgrace.  

16 When the ungodly are in charge, people sin more and more, but those who live right will see the ungodly fall apart.

17 Discipline your kids and they will give you peace; they will fill your life with joy.

18 Without God’s vision, people are totally exposed and vulnerable; you can’t believe how happy they are to be clothed with God’s Law.

19 It takes more than words to correct a bondservant.  They may understand and still not obey.

20 You’ve seen people who always say things without thinking.  A fool is better off than they are.

21 A worker that’s pampered his whole life will cause you as much grief as a spoiled rotten child.

22 An angry man fights about everything and a hot-head is always crossing the line.

23 Pride leads to humiliation; a humble spirit finds honor.

24 You must really hate yourself if you share a thief's stolen property.  You can’t tell anyone where it came from, even if you swear an oath.

25 It’s a trap to always worry people are out to get you; just trust Jehovah to keep you safe.

26 Everyone wants to go see important people for help, but Jehovah is the source of justice.

27 People who live right can’t stand to be around bad people.  The ungodly can’t stand to be around those who live for God.

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation
Pastor Chris’ Paraphrase of Proverbs (PCP)
Copyright © 2018 by Chris Mullis

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