Proverbs 30: Wisdom from Agur!

Isaiah 62-64, Proverbs 30, Luke 24:36-44, Hebrews 13:1-8  Proverbs 30:  A whole chapter! Okay, here we go…Wisdom from Agur! “The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance. This man’s utterance to Ithiel: ‘I am weary, God, but I can prevail. Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge…

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Proverbs 29:15-27: The Battle for Spiritual Wisdom!

Isaiah 59-61, Proverbs 29:15-27, Luke 24:28-35, Hebrews 12:14-39  Proverbs 29:15-27:  “A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother” (29:15). It is tempting as a parent to spoil your children: you want what is best for them, and therefore you like to give them what they like. But parenting, to be effective,…

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Proverbs 29:1-14: Be Wise!

Isaiah 56-58, Proverbs 29:1-14, Luke 24:13-27, Hebrews 12:1-13  Proverbs 29:1-14: “Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy” (29:1). This comes as a serious warning. When you are rebuked by a godly person, make sure you open both ears and take what they are saying seriously. If you are not sure whether what they are saying…

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Proverbs 28:15-28: Get Wisdom!

Isaiah 54-55, Proverbs 28:15-28, Luke 24:1-12, Hebrews 11:32-40  Proverbs 28:15-28:  “Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a helpless people. A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign” (28:15-16). These two proverbs extol the virtue of godly and good leadership. It is important to…

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Proverbs 28:1-14: Godly Wisdom — The Path to Blessing

Isaiah 51-53, Proverbs 28:1-14, Luke 23:50-56, Hebrews 11:17-31  Proverbs 28:1-14: “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion” (28:1). When you are secure in your relationship with God, then you can be brave in any situation! “When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge…

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Proverbs 27:15-27: More Practical, Biblical Advice

Isaiah 49-50, Proverbs 27:15-27, Luke 23:44-49, Hebrews 11:1-16  Proverbs 27:15-27: “A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand” (27:15-16). Such is the challenge of being married to a spouse who is constantly arguing, quarreling, or disputing with you about the various…

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Proverbs 27:1-14: Practical Wisdom!

Isaiah 46-48, Proverbs 27:1-14, Luke 23:38-43, Hebrews 10:19-39  Proverbs 27:1-14: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” (27:1). Human hubris frequently reaches to the future as part of its domain—and is frequently disappointed by the vanity of such attempts. Outside of God’s Word, we have no knowledge of a moment after…

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Proverbs 26:17-28: Coram Deo–Living in the Presence of God

Isaiah 44-45, Proverbs 26:17-28, Luke 23:32-37, Hebrews 10:1-18  Proverbs 26:17-28:  “Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own” (26:17). The implication is clear: don’t rush into mess with someone else’s argument. How can then it also be true that “blessed are the peacemakers”? It is one thing…

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Proverbs 26:1-16: The Fool and the Sluggard!

Isaiah 42-43, Proverbs 26:1-16, Luke 23:26-31, Hebrews 9:11-28  Proverbs 26:1-16: “Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool” (26:1). Because God is the Creator, there is in his creation—though his creation is fallen—still a sense of what is “fitting,” or what seems to reflect the beautiful order of the original intention.…

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Proverbs 25:15-28: Patient Wisdom!

Isaiah 40-41, Proverbs 25:15-28, Luke 23:13-25, Hebrews 9:1-10  Proverbs 25:15-28: “Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone” (25:15). Such wise advice! We think of patience as weakness, but really it is strength. How different would our public discourse be if we remembered this lesson: be patient. Think once, twice, thrice…

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