Walking With Wise Men

“An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who shames him is as rottenness in his bones.” ~ Proverbs 12:4. Oh, how I want to be an excellent wife, a blessing to my husband, and not as rottenness in his bones!

The book of Proverbs is chalk full of contrasts. My junior high Bible teacher taught us to divide each verse between the “Wise/Righteous” and the “Foolish/Wicked”. So, for example, the excellent wife in the above verse would be considered wise and/or righteous, and the shameful wife would be foolish and/or wicked. I challenge you to grab a notebook and do a study like this of the book of Proverbs. Just draw a line down the middle of each page (one side “Wise/Righteous”, the other “Foolish/Wicked”) and separate the wise and righteous statements from the foolish and wicked. You will quickly see a pattern develop. And you will be able to take note of which choices lead to life and wisdom and blessing, and which choices lead to death and foolishness and destruction.

Here are some more nuggets of truth, wisdom, and warning from the pages of Proverbs:

“A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, but the compassion of the wicked is cruel.” ~ Proverbs 12:10

“He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who pursues vain things lacks sense.” ~ Proverbs 12:11

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” ~ Proverbs 12:15

“A fool’s vexation is known at once, but a prudent man conceals dishonor.” ~ Proverbs 12:16

“Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment.” ~ Proverbs 12:19

“Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal faithfully are His delight.” ~ Proverbs 12:22

“Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.” ~ Proverbs 12:25

“In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.” ~ Proverbs 12:28

“The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; the one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” ~ Proverbs 13:3

“A righteous man hates falsehood, but a wicked man acts disgustingly and shamefully.” ~ Proverbs 13:5

“Through presumption comes nothing but strife, but with those who receive counsel is wisdom.” ~ Proverbs 13:10

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” ~ Proverbs 13:12

“Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool displays folly.” ~ Proverbs 13:16

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” ~ Proverbs 13:20

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” ~ Proverbs 14:12

“The naive believes everything, but the prudent man considers his steps.” ~ Proverbs 14:15

“He who despises his neighbor sins, but happy is he who is gracious to the poor.” ~ Proverbs 14:21

“In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” ~ Proverbs 14:23

“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.” ~ Proverbs 14:27

“He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.” ~ Proverbs 14:29

“He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.” ~ Proverbs 14:31

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” ~ Proverbs 14:34

These are such great truths we can take into our hearts and apply to our everyday lives. And through Jesus, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can choose to be wise and righteous! 🙂

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