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Monday, June 6, 2016

Chronological Reading Plan for June 7, Prov 16-18

Today's readings are Prov 16-18. Tomorrow's are Prov 19-21. 

These three chapters deal with our speech and how we process the things we hear and say. Each verse bears careful consideration but there are some verses that stand out. They may be a challenge to some but should be an encouragement to all. 

Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.
Heart motivation is God's criteria in determining righteousness, not our sincerity.

Proverbs 16:4 The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
This verse is worthy of some very careful, prayerful meditation, particularly for those who believe that evil occurs outside the sovereignty of God. 

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
It is prudent to plan and prepare. Yet, our plans should be flexible enough to change when it becomes clear the Lord has other intentions. 

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
We all know this one. Still, it is easy to barge forward, correcting and admonishing those around us, assuming we are right, just and wise. This merely prepares us for a fall. 

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
Bring led by tenets such as "My heart of hearts is telling me..." can be disastrous. All of our plans and decisions in life should be filtered through Scripture. 

Proverbs 16:28 A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
Much dissension and heartache can be caused by "whispers in the corners" and folks who speak half-truths and personal agenda-driven versions of the truth. Beware of people that may sound right but produce nothing but division and strife.

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
So, we should stop the argument before it begins. We should show some humility. Instead of defending ourselves or our positions, we should be vessels of grace. We should be thankful that God has shown you and me grace and do the same to others.  We should be equally thankful that God, instead of defending His position, extended to us forgiveness and grace.

Proverbs 17:27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
Two verses that tell us we can learn much by being silent and listening carefully instead of responding too quickly.

Proverbs 18:2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Enough said!

Proverbs 18:17 The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.
It may be a huge mistake to hear only one side of a story and act on it.   

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
We can do considerable damage with our words. Any victory or sense of achievement we may gain from harsh words is temporary.  Ultimately, they will be our own undoing. Gracious, godly words will bring healing and peace to those who hear them, but to us as well. 


  1. It's an encouragement when I've high lighted some of the very same verses in my reading time. Take a look at how Pr 18:12 affirms Pr 16:18.

  2. Indeed! That sort of repetition bears some meditation and careful consideration. We see a number of sayings and phrases repeated frequently in Proverbs. They are the anchors of the book.