Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
For by me your days will be multiplied,
and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself;
if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
Sound advice for all of us. Continue reading
This post is from May 23, 2015.
One of my favorite, if not the favorite, books of the Bible is the book of Proverbs.
Every morning as part of my daily ritual I read a chapter or two or more depending on their length, the amount of time I have available and how well my eyes are functioning without my glasses.
Over the past number of years I have done this ritual of reading the Bible from beginning to end. I am currently on my fourth or fifth time of completely reading it cover to cover.
The one book that I always look forward to reading is Proverbs. Continue reading
I have written about how the book of Proverbs is one of my favorite books if not my favorite book of the Bible.
Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fool despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 3:7 – Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
I wrote down these two verses because they speak about something I feel strongly about, humility.
There is wisdom in the poetry of King Solomon that is unsurpassed in all works through the ages.
It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t believe in God, there is no denying the wisdom and life lessons in this book. To pass it off as some mythical comic book hokum is foolishness and fits right into these two verses. Continue reading
New Revised Standard Version:
Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters
English Standard Version:
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men
Christian Standard Bible Version:
Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people
New International Version:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters
I thought today I would write in reference to the holiday we are celebrating, Labor Day. Continue reading
“The fool will no more be called noble, nor the scoundrels said to be honorable.”
When I read that verse I had to write it down. I guess I wrote it down because it gives me some hope.
I thought here is another example of the prophecies of the Bible that apply today and probably throughout the existence of mankind. I thought about how hopeful I am that this is prophetic about Washington DC, for Washington has become nothing but a town of fools and scoundrels.
Fools in the sense of how foolish these people are in their own self importance. They are not stupid people just foolish people.
And scoundrels, I think you would be hard press to find one that isn’t a scoundrel. Continue reading
But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.
Moses is addressing the tribes of Israel as they are about to cross over the river Jordan and begin their trek into the promised land. Moses is instructing them to be aware and be attentive to the guidance of the Lord in finding their spot to settle and worship God.
The first verse of these verses is what intrigued me the most: But you shall seek the place that the Lord your God will choose… Continue reading
Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
This is part of Moses’s speech to Israel as they are about to pass into the land of Jordan after wandering in the wilderness for forty years.
Moses and God are reminding the Israelites and us of the importance of humility. Continue reading