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There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:

A false witness who utters lies.. Proverbs 6:16,19a The faults of others can lead our judgment to believe them capable of all the rest and we inspire the minds of those who listen to us with a thousand suspicions. Jean Baptiste Massillon, 1663-1742, French bishop, preacher to court of Versailles

There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: .one who spreads strife among brothers. Proverbs 6:16,19b

A faultfinder is a person with a bad…  ( Click for more )

October 15, 2021

A worthlessness man of iniquity Walks with a perverseness of mouth.. Proverbs 6:12

Redefining words and relabeling vocabulary with cleaver euphemisms can be device for deception. Anon

There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes.. Proverbs 6:16-17a

Pride consists in an unduly exalted opinion of one's self. It is impatient of a rival, hates a superior, and cannot endure a master. Edward Payson, D.D., 1783-1827, American Congregational preacher

There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are…  ( Click for more )

Do not turn to the right nor to the left.. Proverbs 4:27a

A man who has not resolved that he will take God's way in spite of every dog that can bay or bark at him or in spite of every silvery choice that woos him aside will be a weak and miserable man. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

My son, give attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding; That you may maintain thoughtful judgment. Proverbs 5:1-2a

Pray with your intelligence. Bring things to God that you have thought out and think them out again with Him. Charles…  ( Click for more )

Give attention to my words; . Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body. Proverbs 4:20a,21b,22

A healthy outside starts from the inside. Robert Urich, 1946-2002, American actor

Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23

The learning of the heart is the way in which the life will lean. C.H. Spurgeon, 1834-92

Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. Proverbs 4:24

Associate yourself with men of good quality if…  ( Click for more )

I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. When you walk, your steps will not be impeded; Proverbs 4:11-12a

God has a straight way through every difficulty that will lead us to victory. Warren Wiersbe American pastor writer Christian literature b.1929

I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths. And if you run, you will not stumble. Proverbs 4:11-12b There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance, and half the battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake. Orison…  ( Click for more )

September 17, 2021

.the Lord’s intimacy is with the righteous. Proverbs 3:32b

We are at this moment as close to God as we really choose to be. There are times when we would like to know a deeper intimacy, but when it comes to the point, we are not prepared to pay the price involved. J. Oswald Saunders, 1902-1992, New Zealand, lawyer, Bible teacher, author, speaker, general director China Inland Mission The Lord blesses the home of the righteous. Proverbs 3:33b

When man honours God, God honours him. Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-92

The Lord gives grace to the lowly (humble and/or…  ( Click for more )

September 10, 2021

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared. Proverbs 3:25-26

The Lord ministers grace to His people, and that grace provides the sufficiency for every occasion, even the most difficult ones. ‘Greek Thoughts’, 2007 Bill Klein Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it. Proverbs 3:27

God makes us a dispenser of good, either physical or spiritual, according to the blessings He has bestowed upon us. By God’s…  ( Click for more )

The commandment of the Lord is pure. Psalm 19:8b It is contrary to reason for a thirsty person to turn from a pure, sparkling mountain stream to quench his thirst at a stale, putrid cistern—yet that is what the human race does when it rejects God’s truth and standards in favor of impure philosophies. Billy Graham, 1918-

(The precepts of God lead to) enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:8c It is the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive. C. W. Leadbeater The fear (reverential…  ( Click for more )

In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. Psalm 19:4b,5 When we contemplate His mighty genius in maintaining the universe, we can rest in His unparalleled power to preserve, protect, and provide for us. The sun’s rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat. Psalm 19:6 Even the hardest hearts may be melted by the bright heavenly rays. Julias Charles Hare, M.A., 1841 The law (entire doctrine)…  ( Click for more )

(David) said: I love (deep tender affection) You, O Lord, my strength. Psalm 18:1 My God, I love Thee Not for the hope of winning heaven, or of escaping hell-- Not with the hope of gaining aught, nor seeking a reward, But as Thyself hast loved me. Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Teacher of the Faith, 1274 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1 Recognize the science in the revealed truth of God. Kenneth Ham Day by day they (the heavens) pour forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. Psalm 19:2 Observe, meditate,…  ( Click for more )

.hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who oppress me, from my mortal enemies who surround me. Psalm 17:8b,9 God’s capability to conceal us is one of the many ways we may seek His protection. They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance. Psalm 17:10 Contempt and ridicule are the weapons of the proud; he has forgotten how to use others of a more sacred character. His mental habits are marked by scorn; and he treats with contempt the judgments, opinions, and practices of the wisest of men. John Morison They are like a lion…  ( Click for more )

As to the doings of men, by the Words of Your lips I keep from the paths of the violent. Psalm 17:4 Get it from the Word and avoid the field trip. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005 When You hold my goings in Your paths, my footsteps slip not. Psalm 17:5 The riches of His free grace cause me daily to triumph. George Whitefield, 1714- 70, Anglican Protestant minister who helped spread the Great Awakening.

I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech. Psalm 17:6 Past deliverances are strong pleas for present assistance.…  ( Click for more )

.at Your right hand are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11c To place ourselves in range of God's choicest gifts, we have to walk with God, work with God, lean on God, cling to God, come to have the sense and feel of God, refer all things to God. Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Calvin Seminary Hear a just cause, O Lord, Attend to my cry; Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips. Psalm 17:1 True prayer wears no mask of truthless insincerity. It speaks not falsely with hypocritical pretense. It utters deep-felt truth from honest heart. Henry Law, Exposition of Psalms,…  ( Click for more )

My heart is glad and my soul rejoices. Psalm 16:9a He who has found his soul's life in God has a secret joy which is beyond the reach of temptation, unrest, and sorrow; a quiet confidence and steadfastness which abide even while the waves and storms of life sweep over him. Jean N. Grou (The Lord is with me) Therefore my flesh (body) shall also rest in hope. Psalm 16:9b God is our strength for any circumstance. Lifeway, Explore the Bible, Summer 2007 Thou wilt not leave my soul to Sheol, neither wilt thou allow thy Holy One to see corruption. Psalm 16:10 Christ's resurrection…  ( Click for more )

You (God) have made my lot secure. Psalm 16:5b Hitch your life to the only security there is, The living, moving & active God. Anon The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:6

I rest satisfied that I was crafted by my Master to be who I am and to live eternally as He has planned.

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. Psalm 16:7 If we have first committed ourselves in prayer to God, and taken a prayerful spirit with us to our bed; in the quiet of its silent…  ( Click for more )

Watch over me, O God, for I put my trust in You. Psalm 16:1 Seeing that the Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness. John Calvin, French ecclesiastical Statesman and Theologian, 1509-1564 O my soul, you have said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.’ Psalm 16:2 To discern what weaknesses and faults separate you from God, you must enter into your own inward ground and…  ( Click for more )

(The godly man) does not backbite with his tongue. Psalm 15:3a Make an effort to bring up something good about a person every time that you hear a negative comment and try to refrain from making negative comments yourself. Streams of Light, Doug Batchelor

(The godly man) does no evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend. Psalm 15:3b God expects all believers to treat others – no matter who they are – with the same compassion He exhibits toward us. Lifeway, Explore the Bible, Summer 2007

(The godly man) despises a vile…  ( Click for more )

Long life is in Wisdom’s right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Proverbs 3:16 We too often step aside from God’s wisdom to our own hurt and grief. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714, Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister Bible commentator

Wisdom’s ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace. Proverbs 3:17 Enlightened self-interest would point out the same course as the highest law of Wisdom. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

She (Wisdom) is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy…  ( Click for more )

Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7b-8 We have a bodily machine which we must regulate. God does not regulate it for us. Until we learn to bring the bodily machine into harmony with God’s will, there will be friction, and the friction is a warning that part of the machine is not in working order. Oswald Chambers, 1874–1917

Honor the Lord from your wealth And from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine.…  ( Click for more )

The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. Psalm 14:1 God of my righteousness; not only a righteous God thyself, but the author of my righteous dispositions, thou hast by the grace wrought that good that is in me. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714, was a Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister and Bible commentator

There is none (men) who does good, No, not one. Psalm 14:3b

May I not judge of grace by wrong conceptions, nor measure my spiritual advances by the efforts of…  ( Click for more )

Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3 You need not say, "I am true:" be true. Boast not of integrity, but be upright. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3a,4 When you were born, you cried and people around you laughed. Make sure when you die, you will laugh and people around you will cry. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005

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(God’s) wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul… Proverbs 2:10 Wisely handling the matter of life gives to man the richest enjoyment, and presents the noblest occupation for his powers; hence by it he finds good in the fullest sense. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist

Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you, To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things… Proverbs 2:11-12 Discernment is about learning to separate truth from lies,…  ( Click for more )

Incline your heart to understanding... Proverbs 2:2b God does not begrudge our desire to understand. Rather, He delights to instruct us in His ways. Lifeway, Explore the Bible, Summer 2007

.if you call out for insight and understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:3-5 Wouldn’t it be nice to know the right answers in life?

He has a storehouse of sound wisdom for the upright… Proverbs 2:7a …  ( Click for more )

Turn to my correction, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. Proverbs 1:23 The repentant will always discover the true origin of the miseries which overtake them. John Calvin, 1509-64, French reformer, theologian

They would not accept My counsel, They spurned all My reproof. They will eat of the fruit of their own way.. Proverbs 1:30-31a I insisted on it and now it has become my shame. Brenda Folz, Christian Precepts teacher

.the complacency of the foolish will destroy them. Proverbs 1:32 When comforts…  ( Click for more )

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.. Proverbs 1:7a When a man becomes a committed to God, he sooner or later sees the falsity, the illusions, and the limitations of the humanist geocentric way of thinking. J.B. Phillips 1906-82, English Bible scholar, translator, author, clergyman

Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7b Proud of their own wisdom, fools will not learn. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92

Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching . they are a graceful wreath to your head And…  ( Click for more )

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