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Daily Devotion of Proverbs 10
As with most Proverbs that have been read so far, the positive attributes of godly wisdom has been praised and recommended. Proverbs 10 also mentions other blessings in living by biblical wisdom, but this chapter goes into more detail for those that are not led by godly advice.
We read that ungodly, do-it-yourself wisdom:
- Brings heartbreak to one’s mother (vs. 1).
- Brings no profit, especially in the next life (vss. 2, 3).
- Will bring little reward for laziness (vss. 4-5, 26).
- Brings violence into one’s life (vss. 6, 11).
- Causes a poor reputation and testimony (vss. 7, 9, 18, 20, 25, 31-32).
- Causes failure and poor decisions (vss. 8, 10, 14, 17, 24).
- Causes strife and division (vss. 12, 21).
- Has little discernment and understanding (vs. 13).
- Allows sin in one’s life (vss. 16, 23).
- Shortens life (vs. 27).
- Brings little hope and no heavenly, eternal future (vs. 28, 29, 30).
After carefully reading Proverbs, including this chapter, one will find no beneficial advantages of not having biblical wisdom. Godless discernment and following what we want or think results in nothing positive, yet why do so many continue not to heed biblical principles and teachings?
For most, it is ignorance of what and where the truth is. Many go through life lead by what they think is right or what others are doing or think. For others that do know what God requires and commands, it is rebellion against Him.
No matter what the explanation for not heeding God’s advice, there are no good reasons or rewards for not living by godly wisdom, just shame and regrets. It would be wise to learn God’s advice and commandments and to trust and follow them.
“Glean wisdom from failure, then bury the memory.” — Author Unknown
Words to Understand:
Froward: purposely defiant and disobedient
Prating: foolish speaking; tattling
Slack: lazy; slothful
1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.