Will you receive it? Will you learn from it? Will you love them? Will you refuse it? Will you reject it? Will you get upset or angry from it? Will you become abusive? Will you be responsive to it? Will you hate them? Will you love them?
Let’s turn to God! Let’s ask Him for wisdom! Let’s ask Him for insight! Let’s ask Him if it is true! Let’s ask Him how to respond! Let’s be obedient to Him!
Today’s reading continues in Proverbs…
Wisdom and Folly Invite
1Wisdom has built her house. She has carved out her seven pillars. 2She has slaughtered her meat, she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table. 3She has sent out her servant girls. She calls from the city’s heights: 4“Whoever is naïve, turn in here!” To those who lack understanding, she says: 5“Come, eat my bread and drink the wine I have mixed. 6Abandon your foolish ways and live! Walk in the way of understanding.” 7Whoever corrects a scoffer is asking for insult. Whoever reproves a wicked man gets abuse. 8Do not correct a scoffer or he will hate you. Rebuke a wise man and he will love you. 9Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still. Teach a righteous man and he will increase in learning. 10The fear of Adonai is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11For through me your days will be many and years will be added to your life. 12If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage, but if you scoff, you bear it alone. 13The foolish woman is rowdy. She is naïve and knows nothing. 14So she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the heights of the city, 15calling to those who pass by, who go straight on their way: 16“Whoever is naïve, let him turn in here.” To those who lack understanding, she says: 17“Stolen water is sweet and bread eaten in secret is delicious!” 18But he does not know that the dead are there— her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
–from Proverbs 9
Don’t give up! Don’t lose hope! Trust in God! Be diligent for you will find God when you diligently seek Him! As we are learning this year at camp, it is important to walk with integrity!
Diligence and Laziness
1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son gives joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother. 2Ill-gotten treasures profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death. 3Adonai will not let a righteous soul go hungry, but thwarts the cravings of the wicked. 4Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. 5He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
Sayings of the Mouth Matter
6Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 7The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. 8The wise in heart accept commands, but a babbling fool comes to ruin. 9One who walks in integrity, walks securely, but one who takes crooked paths will be discovered. 10One who winks an eye maliciously causes grief, while a babbling fool comes to ruin. 11The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 12Hatred stirs up strife but love covers up all transgressions. 13Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one lacking sense. 14Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool is near ruin. 15The wealth of a rich man is a strong city. Poverty is the ruin of the poor. 16The wages of the righteous are life. The income of the wicked is sin. 17One who heeds discipline is on the path of life, but whoever ignores correction goes astray. 18One who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool. 19When words abound, transgression is unavoidable. but whoever restrains his lips is wise. 20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver. The heart of the wicked is of little value. 21The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of understanding.
Dread or Hope
22The blessing of Adonai brings wealth and He adds no trouble with it. 23As doing wickedness is delight to a fool, so is wisdom to a man of discernment. 24What the wicked dread will fall on them. The desire of the righteous will be given. 25When the whirlwind passes, the wicked are no more, but the foundation of the righteous is everlasting. 26Like vinegar to the teeth or smoke to the eyes, so is a slacker to those who send him. 27The fear of Adonai prolongs life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. 28The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hope of the wicked perishes. 29The way of Adonai is a stronghold to the upright, but it is a ruin to those who do evil. 30The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not dwell in the land. 31The mouth of the righteous bears the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out. 32The lips of the righteous know what is pleasing, but the mouth of the wicked is perverse.
–from Proverbs 10
Will you live honestly? Will you live with integrity? Will you live with humility and avoid the pitfalls of pride? Will you put your hope and trust in nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness? Will you live in righteousness so that those around you will be blessed?
Integrity of Scales and Soul
1Dishonest scales are an abomination to Adonai, but an accurate weight is His delight. 2When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. 3The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them. 4Riches make no profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. 5The righteousness of the blameless man makes his way straight, but the wicked man is brought down by his wickedness. 6The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are trapped by their desire.
Righteousness Builds Up a City
7When the wicked dies, his hope perishes, and the hope of the strong vanishes. 8The righteous is rescued from trouble. Instead it comes on the wicked. 9With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. 10When the righteous do well, a city rejoices. When the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. 11Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed. 12One who despises his neighbor lacks sense, but one with discernment remains silent. 13A gossip reveals secrets, but one who is trustworthy conceals a matter. 14Without guidance people fall, with many counselors there is deliverance. 15Whoever puts up security for a stranger will have trouble, but whoever avoids shaking hands on such a deal is secure.
Rewards for Righteous or Ruthless
16A gracious woman gains honor, but ruthless men seize riches. 17A kind man does his own soul good, but a cruel man harms his own flesh. 18The wicked earn deceptive wages, but a sower of righteousness reaps a true reward. 19Steadfast righteousness leads to life, but pursuing evil ends in death. 20Perverse hearts are an abomination to Adonai. His favor is on those blameless in their ways. 21Be sure, the evil will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered. 22Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion. 23The desire of the righteous is only good, but the hope of the wicked only wrath. 24One gives freely, yet gains even more. Another withholds unjustly, and comes to poverty. 25A soul who blesses will prosper, and one who gives water will himself be satisfied. 26People curse anyone withholding grain, but blessing is on the head of one who dispenses it. 27A person who diligently seeks good finds favor, but to one who searches for evil, evil comes to him! 28Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf. 29Whoever troubles his own household will inherit wind, and the fool will be a servant to the wise-hearted. 30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever wins souls is wise. 31If the righteous is rewarded on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!
–from Proverbs 11
So as we begin this day, let’s resist pride and evil ways! Let’s raise the bar and the standard so that the average goes up!
Resist Pride and Evil
1Where do quarrels and conflicts among you come from? Don’t they come from this, namely your passions that battle within your body parts? 2You crave and have not. You murder and you envy, yet you cannot get it. You fight and you wage war. You do not have because you do not ask. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives so you may spend it on your passions. 4You adulteresses! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5Or do you think that in vain the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit which He made to dwell in us”? 6But He gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7Therefore submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded! 9Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into gloom. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of Adonai, and He shall lift you up. 11Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the Torah and judges the Torah. But if you judge the Torah, you are not a doer of the Torah, but a judge. 12There is only one lawgiver and judge—the One who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you who judges your neighbor?
If the Lord Wills, We Will
13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” 16But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17Therefore whoever knows the right thing to do and does not do it—for him it is sin.
–from James 4