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DateScripturesDaily devotional commentary
Aug 15-25: Matthew
Aug 25:Proverbs 1-2 * Applying the Lord's Way To My Life
Aug 26:Proverbs 3-6 * Creator's Instructions - Human Choices
Aug 27:Proverbs 7-10 * Learning Skills For Servants In Training
Aug 28:Proverbs 11-14 * How Then Shall We Live?
Aug 29:Proverbs 15-18* Wisdom From The Lord
Aug 30:Proverbs 19-22 * More Wise Sayings
Aug 31:Proverbs 23-27 * Building Strength of Character
Sep 1:Proverbs 28-31 * Wicked, Righteous, Rich, Poor, Men, and Women
Sep 2-5: Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs

Applying the Lord's Way To My Life (goes along with Matthew 27:27-28:20)
Aug 25 reading
Proverbs 1-2
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* Proverbs Bible Study
Roger Hahn
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline." (1:7)
Proverbs in the Bible are like flashcards - they help me learn to apply God's ways to my life. Some say parables are a type of proverb. Proverbs benefit ANYONE who wants get more wisdom, insight, self-discipline, prudence for the simple, discretion for the young, learning for the wise, guidance for the discerning. Learn how to recognize evil and to exercise your choice not to follow it.

People will try to influence you to do things their way. You will sometimes be rebuked. Read Proverbs and learn to apply discernment between which ways are right and which are wrong. Anyone rebuked by wisdom will benefit by responding to, not rejecting, the correction. Store up wise commands within you - learn them by heart. Treat wisdom as buried treasure, and read Proverbs 2 for the benefits of following wisdom, such as letting you avoid making serious mistakes. Understand the fear of the Lord, find the knowledge of God, learn these sayings, and then practice, practice, practice.


Creator's Instructions - Human Choices
Aug 26 reading
Proverbs 3-6
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* Correction, An
Amazing Bible teaching
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths." (3:5-6)
Memorize and apply this book of proverbs as often as you can. Hold fast to a loving and faithful attitude. Totally trust in the LORD who created all things with his wisdom, not what is logical to man. Fear the Lord. Honor the Lord. Learn from His discipline and rebukes, as a child learns from his parent. We are being called to an excellence available only by being trained by the Lord. Are you afraid of the dark or disaster? How do you get along with neighbors? What do you think about people getting away with violence, lying, evil? How do you learn and master self-discipline? Listen to teachers who continue to learn and apply wisdom from God. How do you choose friends? What do you look at and how do you talk? Can you keep confidences? Have you learned to be faithful to your wife, your husband?

Remember that "a man's ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths." (5:21)

Free yourself right now with humility from any debt or words to your neighbor. Avoid the poverty of laziness and the disaster of a corrupt mouth. The Lord hates haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands sheding innocent blood, a wickedly scheming heart, feet rushing into evil, a lying and false witness, and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. If you are attracted to a woman who is beautiful and immoral, how can you resist her? Or what kind of judgement does a man have if he lets attraction to another man's wife lead him into adultery?


Learning Skills For Servants In Training
Aug 27 reading
Proverbs 7-10
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* Jeromy Bible Commentary
* Word of Wisdom
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"Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. (8:10-11)
Chapter 7 gives suggestions on how to memorize proverbs, then gives an example of what happens to a young man who lacks judgement and listens to the persuasive talk of an unfaithful married woman. He is probably complimented that she would seem to seek him out. She uses sexual inuendos and intimacy to urge him to come to her. The unfaithful says, "Let's enjoy ourselves with love! My husband is not at home." (7:18b-19a) Wisdom Warning: Avoid the unfaithful. "Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths." (7:25)

Work to continually get to know wisdom better and better. Wisdom Warning: The Lord hates evil, such as pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and perverse speech (8:13) and wisdom leads to the better way in life. Wisdom was the first of the Lord's works, brought into existence before he set the heavens in place. (8:22,27) "Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death." (8:34-36)

Chapter 9 shows differences between wisdom and folly, to show the differences between going one way or the other. Have you learned to cross a street safely? Have you trained yourself to play sports or a musical instrument? Learning about and training for life is similar. Learn - use - question - check. Learn the proverbs for sons by Solomon in Chapter 9. Watch your life for ways to put them to use. Read the parts explaining why to follow them, the differences between wisdom and folly, and the guarentees offered by wisdom. Then find someone older who is also seeking similar wisdom to check your progress and correct you if necessary.

Chapter 10 mostly deals with contrasting different kinds of lifestyles. See how what you say shows more about you than you might think. See how your future prospects start from following wisdom or folly. Do you want the pleasure of evil conduct or of wisdom?


How Then Shall We Live?
Aug 28 reading
Proverbs 11-14
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* Secret of Life, Aish.com
* Conquering Frustration Ask the Rabbi
"A kindhearted woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth. A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself. The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward." (11:16-18)
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11 : 2
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret. Proverbs 11 : 13
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11 : 25
A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. Proverbs 12 : 10
The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. Proverbs 12 : 22
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Proverbs 12 : 25
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13 : 12
Always remember " the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." Proverbs 14 : 7

Wisdom From The Lord
Aug 29 reading
Proverbs 15-18
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"The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence." (15:3-5)
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble. Proverbs 15:6
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil. Proverbs 15:16
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Proverbs 15:30
All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Proverbs 16:2
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
The LORD works out everything for his own ends - even the wicked for a day of disaster. Provberbs 16:4
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! Proverbs 16:16
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 16:25
If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house. 17:13
A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions. 18:2

More Wise Sayings
Aug 30 reading
Proverbs 19-22
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* Proverb Sermon Manuscripts
John Piper
"All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!" (21:2-4)
A manís wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense Proverbs 19 : 11
Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. Proverbs 19 : 14
He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done. Proverbs 19 : 17
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not Wise. Proverbs 20 : 1
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Proverbs 21 : 3
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22 : 1
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22 : 6

Building Strength of Character
Aug 31 reading
Proverbs 23-27
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* That Men May Know Wisdom, Ray Stedman
What We Think About Sinners, Torah.org
"If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife." (25:21-22, 24)
When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. (23:1-2)
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. (23:17)
Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their compnay; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble. (24:1-2)
If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! (24:10)
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done? (24:11-12)
.. though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity. Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from him. (24:16-18)
Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house -- too much of you, and he will hate you. (25:17)
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (26:12)
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. (27:1)

Wicked, Righteous, Rich, Poor, Men, and Women
Sep 1 reading
Proverbs 28-31
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* Application: An Ordinary Woman
Spiritual Odysseys, Aish.com
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." (31:8-9)
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully. (28:5)
Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse. (28:6)
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (28:13)
By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down. (29:4)
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. (29:7)
The rod of correction impoarts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his nother. (29:15)
...give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. (30:8b)
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. (31:30)
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