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Proverbs 21:9-10 (KJV):

9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

Proverbs 21:9-10 (AMP):

9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop (on the flat oriental roof, exposed to all kinds of weather) than in a house shared with a nagging, quarrelsome and faultfinding woman.
10 The soul or life of the wicked craves and seeks evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.



Thoughts for the Day

Today's verses in Proverbs are a strong admonition and warning to be careful about relationships. Verse 9 warns that a man should be careful about choosing a woman for a wife who is a brawler. The Amplified translation expands on the definition of a brawler as one who is nagging, quarrelsome and faultfinding. This scripture states that even if the woman owned a big house, it would not be enough to compensate for the continual nagging and quarreling that she would direct at her husband. It goes on to say that dwelling in a corner of the housetop (outside on the flat roof, exposed to all kinds of weather) would be a better fate than living with a woman who is a brawler.

This is one reason why it is very important to be led of God when choosing a mate. It is always better to marry for character than emotion. You will have to live with good character or bad character day by day. Some people choose mates by physical and emotional attraction and this is definitely not the way to go about choosing a lifelong partner. As Christians, we should be led by the Spirit of God in all of our decisions. We must not allow our emotions alone to rule us in decision making. We should be led by the spirit, and then the emotions will follow. The scripture tells us in Romans 8:14: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Marriage is the second major choice we make in our lives, and we should never enter into it without much prayer. To rush into a marriage can be disastrous. The most important decision of our lives, of course, is our decision to follow the Lord. This decision is not a one-time declaration, but a daily determination to follow Jesus above all. So many have failed the Lord because they chose a man or woman over the Lord.

We find this true throughout the Bible, too. Solomon's heathen wives led him into idolatry. Samson lost his eyes because of a woman, Delilah. David committed murder because of passion for Bathsheba.

Our emotions need to be cleansed as they are not the sign of love. The true definition of love is "God is love." If God is not in a relationship it is not love, but lust. What this world calls love is really lust since it is built on what the other person does for me, not what I can do for him or her. If the other person fails to keep up his end of the bargain, a divorce occurs because the offended mate is no longer pleased. This is the attitude of the world's so-called "love." God's love loves without receiving back; God's love is forgiving and patient. God's love is gentle and kind. God's love waits. God's love sacrifices. This is the character needed in both mates to make a marriage work. None of us really know how to love until we experience and practice God's love.

When we are born again and become a child of God then we seek to please Him by doing good. Verse 10 tells us that wicked people seek just the opposite -- they seek to do evil. If you happen to be a neighbor to a wicked person, they certainly will not find favor in your eyes because there is no fellowship between darkness and light, nor good and evil. We are called to pray for and witness to those around us who are evil, so that they might come to know Jesus as their Saviour.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father: I am grateful for all the guidelines you have given us in this wonderful book of Proverbs. Help me to heed the warnings and apply the wisdom that I find in these pages. Lord, I pray that I will walk as a godly woman so that I will be a blessing to all of those around me. Forgive me when I fail to be gracious or impatient with people. May I apply Your love, wisdom and goodness to all of my daily affairs. Lord, draw the lost in our neighborhood to Your saving grace. Use me to be a witness to them. I am claiming their souls for Your kingdom. I ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Proverbs 21:11-12 (KJV):

11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

Proverbs 21:11-12 (AMP):

11 When the scoffer is punished, the fool gets a lesson in being wise; but men of wisdom and good sense learn by being instructed.
12 The (uncompromisingly) righteous man considers well the house of the wicked, how the wicked are cast down to ruin.



Thoughts for the Day

These verses in Proverbs show us that there are two ways to gain instruction in living. One is to learn by instruction and observation. The other is to learn by the experience of sowing and reaping. In verse 11 we are shown how the scorner learns a lesson when he does something foolish, because he will suffer punishment for his wrong doings. However, the wise person does not have to learn things the hard way because he will take advice and listen to instruction. Therefore, he will not suffer any ill effects because he will not do the things that cause them. This is the law of "cause and effect" or the Bible calls it the law of "sowing and reaping."

Many times God is blamed for things that He did not cause. God set the limits and boundaries for mankind and when we violate them, we cause problems for ourselves. God did not bring these on us. They come on us because we violate the law or the rules that God set. The only way we can blame God for these is to blame Him for creating us and giving us His rules. However, we should not be mad at God for doing this, as being one of His children is a great privilege, not something that is bad. We can avoid much of the pain we suffer in this world by obeying God's rules.

We can learn by two different means. We can learn by hearing and obeying, or we can learn by trial and error. If we hear and obey, we need not go through bad experiences to discover the truth. Some people declare they learned a lot through their tragedies. The same lessons, however, could have been learned by studying the Word of God, and then obeying it. For example, I do not have to learn the truth of the following Proverb through actual transgression, "...the way of transgressors is hard" (Proverb 13:15). I can simply believe that it is the truth, and commit no transgression. If I choose to disbelieve this verse and sin, I will find out the "hard way" that the way of the transgressor is hard. The Lord would have us believe His Word and obey it.

According to verse 12, another way we can avoid reaping evil consequences is by taking notice as to what happens to the wicked and thereby avoiding doing the things that they do. When we look at the fate of the wicked it should be a visual lesson for us not to engage in the kind of activities that brought them down. The wicked are destroyed by reaping what they have sown.

Psalm 9:16a:

The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

The Lord instructs us to follow Him in submissive obedience and not be like a horse or mule that has to have a bit and bridle in its mouths to guide it. We are promised mercy and blessing when we follow God, while the wicked will suffer many sorrows.

Psalm 32:8-10:

8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father, I praise You and thank You that You do hear and answer my prayers. Lord, help me stay on the straight and narrow path so that I do not go down the wrong roads and have to learn the hard way. Lord, I know that when I diligently seek you, that You will answer me and save me from many pitfalls. Help me to avoid the things that will cause me pain and trouble in the future. I want to hear Your voice so that I can make wise decisions and avert many of the traps and tribulations that the enemy wants to use to destroy me. Keep me from evil, and help me to trust You. Please give me the strength to obey You in all things. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
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Proverbs 22:22-23 (KJV):
22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Proverbs 22:22-23 (AMP):
22 Rob not the poor (being tempted by their helplessness), neither oppress the afflicted at the gate (where the city court is held),
23 For the Lord will plead their cause, and deprive of life those who deprive the poor and afflicted.


Thoughts for the Day

These verses in Proverbs warn us not to rob from those who are poor, as the Lord will take up their cause, and the robber himself will be afflicted. God has a concern for the poor and has instructed His followers to help them; therefore, people who exploit them are very detestable in the eyes of God. In these verses we are told that those who would do such a thing will reap affliction themselves. The poor are vulnerable, and do not have the means to protect themselves, as do the rich; so to hurt them in any way, has a penalty that will cause the evildoer to despair of his own life.

On the positive side, God also makes special promises to those who help the poor and reach out to them. If we give to those who are needy and helpless, this is what the Lord says He will do for us:


Psalm 41:1-3:
1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
2 The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

Just by helping the poor and considering their plight, the Lord says He will deliver us when we have trouble, and He will preserve us and keep us alive. These verses tell us that we will receive a blessing, and that we will not be given over to the will of our enemies. Then, to top it off, He promises to heal us, as in verse 3 of Psalm 41, when we are languishing on a sick bed. Our promise is that we will be able to get up and make our own bed. What a wonderful promise from God's Word!

Historically, when true Christianity came to any region, those who were practicing Christ's commands would begin to reach out to help the poor, the oppressed, the sick, and needy. Most of our present day hospitals, charity centers, orphanages and rescue missions were all founded by Christians in keeping with the Biblical commands of Christ to demonstrate His love to a needy world. God has always been interested in helping the weak, the feeble and afflicted. Ungodly societies destroy their weak, helpless and burdensome members. That is why eventually they come to destruction themselves.

In the last part of verse 22 of our study, we are also told not to oppress the poor in court. Our present-day judicial system has now drifted away from its original intent of protecting the innocent and unjustly accused, while convicting the wicked, so they will not harm others. Today, it is being exploited by many lawyers, as well as people who want to use the legal system for personal gain, beyond what would be a fair settlement. They are seeking outlandish judgments that, in the end, all the people will pay for. Through unfair settlements in these kinds of suits, the lawyers are the ones most rewarded. Protection of the innocent, in many cases, has been overruled while criminals are not justly dealt with. Quick punishment for the guilty has been abandoned, as court appeals and delays stretch into costly and lengthy trials that last for years at the public's expense. We need to return to Biblical principles and once again shapeour laws accordingly, if we desire to see justice in our land. We must pray for godly judges to rule in our courts, and we should vote for men of character who would make good judges.

2 Samuel 23:3: The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

The Lord wants justice to reign for all men, rich and poor. When we are referring to helping the poor, we are not talking about helping the lazy, as the Bible declares that those who do not work should not eat. Lazy busybodies and those that engage in disorderly conduct should be instructed to change their ways. However, the truly needy and helpless should not be neglected; and to do so is sin. We must not harm or neglect the poor.


2 Thessalonians 3:10-12:
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.


Psalm 37:14-15:
14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father, I do appreciate all that You have done for me. You have taken care of all my needs. Lord, we, as Americans, have so much abundance, that by the world's standard, we are rich. Lord, help me to be more sensitive to the needs of the poor. Lord, help me to reach out and help them, and also give to those ministries that support them. Strengthen and meet the needs of those who are working in orphanages, and in some of the poorest areas of the world. Let me not turn my eyes away from suffering, but may I alleviate the pain of those that You want me to help. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Proverbs 22:24-25 (KJV):

24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

Proverbs 22:24-25 (AMP):

24 Make no friendships with a man given to anger, and with a wrathful man do not associate,
25 Lest you learn his ways and get yourself into a snare.


Thoughts for the Day

These verses in Proverbs tell us to avoid any friendships with habitually angry men. We are warned that through association, we can pick up bad habits of other people; and in this case, it is anger. This is really the way angry mobs start, someone gets mad about an issue, and then they incite others to take up their personal offences. The Bible says that a person can be ensnared and trapped into a evil situation by a close relationship with an angry person. Angry people are always stirring up trouble.

There are also other dangers of hanging out with the wrong crowd. We are warned in the Bible not to make close friendships with habitual sinners. If we do not want to be like the kind of people that are evil, we must not be buddies with them, nor allow our children to buddy with them. There is a saying, "If you play with fire, you will get burned." Young people and older people as well, cannot entertain the notion that they can be close to wickedness and not find themselves being dragged into the same wicked deeds that they do. If we do not resist evil, it will soon overtake us.

This does not mean that we are not to witness to sinners, nor isolate ourselves from them when we must come in contact with them. It just means we are not to form close relationships with them. We should also warn our children to be careful who they choose as friends. Parents should also have a say as to the kind of friends their children "hang out" with. I praise God for the young people who are good kids and are leading good Christian lives. It is not easy to live for Christ in an ungodly society. But they should be warned about their friendships as well. One trick that the devil uses to ensnare good Christians is to entice them to become friends with ungodly people. Satan usually whispers that by being their friend, they can win them to Christ. I am not saying we should snub evil people, nor should we be unkind to them. However, we cannot become close buddies to those that practice unrighteousness, as this has been the downfall of many Christians.

2 Corinthians 6:14-17 (KJV):

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you."

The evil influence in others, will usually overcome the one who is well meaning. The best way to help those that are evil is to pray for them and live an example of goodness before them. We should witness to them, be kind and loving toward them, but we should never yield to their enticements to join them in their ways.

Proverbs 13:20
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

This verse tells us one of the ways that we can become wise is by selecting wise friends and associates. By taking the advice of people who are wise, one can learn to avoid many troublesome things. The wisdom of the wise, gained by experience, is beneficial in directing us in the right way, so that we will be successful in our endeavors. On the other hand, should we choose to walk with foolish and angry people, we will end up facing destruction. There is a saying that is very true, as it states: "Birds of a feather will flock together." Those who desire wisdom will want to be around those who are wise, while the foolish will desire the company of rebels.


Prayer for the Day

Dear Father in Heaven, I thank You for the good friends You have given me. Help Your people in all walks of life who are struggling with the threat of unrighteous relationships. Help them to live a life that is pleasing to You. Deliver them from the fear of men and give them the grace to cut all ties with those that would lead them into wickedness. Fill them with Your spirit so that they will have the holy boldness to take a stand for truth and righteousness. May we all treat the wicked that we encounter with compassion and kindness, yet be able to speak the truth in love, so as to help them, and not join them. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen
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Proverbs 22:26-27 (KJV):

26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

Proverbs 22:26-27 (AMP):

26 Be not one of those who strike hands and pledge themselves, or of those who become security for another's debts.
27 If you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take your bed from under you?

Thoughts for the Day

These verses in Proverbs give us advice in the area of pledging security (surety) for another's debts. Since Proverbs is known as the book of wisdom for practical living, we find some advice in these verses in the area of finances. We are advised here not to become security for another. In our culture today, this would be advice not to co-sign a bank loan for another person. It would also mean not to guarantee someone else's loan. Many friendships have been destroyed because this advice was not taken. Although the borrower may have the best of intentions, sometimes they are unable to pay their note off, and then the lender must take care of it and this could ultimately put him in a position of jeopardizing his own financial position.

Verse 26 speaks of making a pledge and striking hands. Today we shake hands on an agreement and sign papers that pledge we will carry out the words on the contracts that we have signed. They become legal documents. Years ago in our country, many people never even signed contracts, they just shook hands on an agreement and because both men were honest and honorable, they carried out that agreement. If they gave their word, they kept it. We should always take every agreement that we sign very seriously. We are giving our word to do something and this is a serious thing before God and men. So if we are surety for someone, we must keep our promise because we have given our word. If we are men and women of our word, then we are bound to keep our word, even when it hurts. All of us have, at times, "sworn to our own hurt." We may wish that we had not done so, as then we had to keep our word, even when it was difficult to do so. God expects us, as His children, to keep our word, just as He keeps His Word.

Psalm 15:4b:
".... but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not."

Do these verses imply that we are never to help people if they ask us for help? Certainly not! However, most loan requests are not emergency help loans, but are loans to help people live in a lifestyle greater than they can afford. These kinds of loans will inevitably become difficult to keep the payments up, and the one who has become security will be held accountable for the indebtedness. It is not kind to co-sign a note that will, in the end, not really be helpful to people who have not learned financial Biblical principals. Many people who go into debt for expenditures beyond their means will, in time, leave the one who helped responsible for their debt. It would be better to just give people help for genuine needs, if we are able, than to loan them money.

Verse 27 warns us that if we have become surety for another and they fail to pay, it could create grave circumstances for us, if we were not in a position to assume the requirements of the note. If fact, it could be that it might even lead to a foreclosure, causing us to lose our furniture and home, thus our bed would be literally taken from under us.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for the wisdom in the book of Proverbs. Help us to apply it in every area of our lives. Help us to be wise in our spending and in our financial affairs. Lord, help us to keep our word in the greater matters of life, as well as in the small things. Lord, when I tell someone I will do something, help me to follow through. Remind me, should I forget. May people say about me, that I am a person who keeps their word. Help us all, as Your people, to be honest and operate with integrity in all of our financial affairs. Teach us Your financial principles, and help us resist going the way of the world that leads to more and more debt. Teach us Your wisdom in our financial affairs. I ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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