The book of Proverbs is exactly what the name implies, a collection of short sayings gathered from different places and produced over long periods of time. In general, these sayings represent wisdom derived from practical experience. Although they contain no profound contributions to theological ideas, they constitute wholesome advice about the way a person should live in order to attain a simple and peaceful life, obedient to God. Today’s meditation contains a few sample proverbs from the Old Testament book of Proverbs.
Proverbs 18:2 — Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but delight in airing their own opinions.
Proverbs 18:9 — One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
Proverbs 18:13 — To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.
Proverbs 18:14 — The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
Proverbs 19:1 — Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
Proverbs 19:3 — A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.
Proverbs 19:11 — A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
Proverbs 19:20 — Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Proverbs 20:3 — It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
Proverbs 20:4 — Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
Proverbs 20:19 — A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.
Proverbs 20:22 — Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.
Proverbs 21:2 — A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.
Proverbs 21:6 — A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
Proverbs 21:9 — Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife (or husband).
Proverbs 22:1 — A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Proverbs 23:4-5a — Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone.
Proverbs 23:17-18 — Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 25:28 — Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
Proverbs 26:12 — Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.
Proverbs 26:17 — Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
Proverbs 26:18-19 — Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!”
Proverbs 27:1 — Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
Proverbs 27:4 — Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
Proverbs 27:17 — As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 28:13 — Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Proverbs 28:19 — Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.
Proverbs 29:20 — Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.
Our Father, you called us and saved us in order to make us like your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Day by day, change us by the work of your Holy Spirit so that we may grow more like him in all that we think and say and do, to his glory.