Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Proverbs 18

As with all the other chapters there are so many treasures, precious gems in these verses.  These are the ones that stood out for me:


Vs 6:  A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for blows.
When I read this I burst out laughing - I was sitting in the lounge and my daughter looked at me oddly and stated 'people don't often burst out laughing when reading their bibles!'  But I could just imagine someone talking rubbish and getting smacked for it.  Kind of suffering the consequences of your actions immediately!  You could read vs 6 as:  A fool talking nonsense is asking for a slap!


Vs 10:  The name of the Lord is a strong tower;  The righteous run to it and are safe.
This is one of my favourite verses as I run to the Lord often and when reading His word I begin to feel safe.

Vs 12:  Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
This reminds me of  Haman and Mordecai in the book of Esther.  Haman was so full of himself in his assumed victory in having Mordecai put to death.  He paraded around arrogantly, made a big public display of building a gallows for Mordecai and then - his destruction - he got hung on his own gallows, and Mordecai - a humble man - he was honoured.


Vs 21:  He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favour from the Lord.
Well, say no more!  Actually - we need to strive to be worthy of this statement.  I want my husband to feel he has found a good thing - in me - and see my being his wife as favour from the Lord!  I still need plenty of work!


Vs 24:  A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
This is great encouragement to be friendly, don't you think?  I cannot sit around my home and gripe about having no friends because this verse tells me to do something about it.  Do you want friends?  Go out there and be friendly - invite someone for tea, invite someone over for dinner!  It's possibly the beginning of an amazing friendship.  You will never know unless you take that first step of friendliness.

Let me know your thoughts on the above - I love hearing from you
God bless
Tracy

8 comments:

  1. How very beautiful!
    I find God to be so funny I am constantly amazed by His humour.
    Even, sometimes, when its just a whisper to me He makes me laugh.
    I LOVE HIM!

    Thanks that was fun to read

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  2. I only need to look at my husband to appreciate God's sense of humour - me who battles to laugh at herself.
    Love the nudge to be friendly to have more friends. Gotta work on that today me thinks.

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  3. I love the "fool's mouth asking for a slap!" I wonder what kind of trouble we would get into from slapping the fools in our lives... but then of course, I would have a moment of self-slapping, I'm sure!

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. I want my husband to always think he's found a good thing since he found me as his wife. I don't want to be that bickering wife that Proverbs warns about. I like your interreptation of verse 6. :)

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  5. I laughed out loud at #6 too!I wish I could remember where I was in the Bible, but I read a verse where God tells someone what they were doing was stupid, I can't beleive stupid was actually in the Bible but it was.

    Blessings.

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  6. Thanks ladies for commenting. It appears we all like laughing. God definitely has a sense of humour.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  7. beautiful verses. I too love that last one. I'm always amazed at the friendships that emerge from just reaching out and opening a home.

    Speaking of reaching out, thank you for stopping by my blog and asking about following. I had a gadget for awhile, but found it was distracting me, so it's not there for now. I may add one again in the future if I can figure out how to hide the numbers. In the meantime, you can sign up to get posts in a reader if you like.

    Blessings to you, Tracy!
    Mel

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  8. Hi Tracy,
    I like it. Especially verse 24. I was never very good at "social" but God is helping me with that. Actually...it can be fun!

    Have a Blessed day
    Chelle

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