Wisdom, Day 13

Chapter 13 in the Book of Proverbs

Welcome to Day 13 of our Journey through “31 Days of Wisdom”!

 

Today’s categories are ‘the words we use’, ‘the wealth we manage’, and ‘the wisdom we apply’.

 

 

We need to be careful the words we use. Just yesterday I was reminded of the phrase joking about a foolish man who opened his mouth to remove all doubt. And any study of performance and productivity or personal and professional growth focuses strongly on the words we use or don’t use to be effective, and how it’s far better to listen than be quick to speak.

 

Proverbs today also deals more in this chapter with wealth, how to manage it, accumulate it, and how to be discreet about it. We are instructed to be patient, diligent, honest and humble when handling financial matters.

 

 

 

but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 2 From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. 3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. 4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. 5 The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace. 6 Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked. 7 One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. 8 The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat.

 

9 The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out. 10 By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom. 11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. 13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded. 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. 15 Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin. 16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly. 17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing. 18 Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

 

19 A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. 20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. 21 Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good. 22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous. 23 The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice. 24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. 25 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.

 

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Please see the Welcome to 31 Days of Wisdom post if you missed it. There are some starting resources and recommendations there.

 

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“Make it a purpose-filled and on-target day!”

 

 

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