July 7, 2014

Proverbs Blog-Along Days 2, 3, and 4


Okay, don't laugh, but the verses that got to me in this chapter were
2Keep in tune with wisdom and think what it means to have common sense.
3Beg as loud as you can for good common sense.
This is from the Contemporary English Version. Other versions, like NLT use the words, 'Understanding' or 'Insight' in place of Common sense. I particularly like this version though because we all know that a lot of people in this world lack common sense. And here the Bible says that we should beg, cry out, or earnestly search for it. Some people need to read this word for themselves. Nuff said.

Honestly this chapter is chock full of very good verses! I suggest you read it yourself, and in different versions too. I like to read the New Living Translation, Contemporary English, and The Message versions. Sometimes one version really brings out the crux of the passage over another version. I'm using the NLT below.
5Trust in the lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
I'm very guilty of not trusting God too many times. It's not that I want to depend on my own understanding. It's that I feel like my human mind can't really grasp God's word sometimes.
9Honor the lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.
Take note of BEST in this verse. Some versions say FIRST. I try as much as possible to pay my tithe as soon as I get paid. Like it's the first "bill" I pay. At other times, sometimes (esp. during Christmas), I determine to give an offering that's higher than the worth of any gift I may have bought for someone or myself. I still think I don't do enough but I'll try. 
12For the lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
Hands up if you don't like being disciplined for doing something wrong!
21My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them,
22for they will refresh your soul.
Haha, there goes "Common Sense" again. I'm telling you, God wants you to have common sense. Please spread the word.

23Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Again, I'm using the NLT version. However in the CEV, it uses THOUGHTS in place of heart. What's the message here? Watch what you let into yourself, be careful of what you allow to seep into your hearts and thought life. EVERYTHING starts with a thought.

Alrighty ladies and gentlemen, we shall continue in another post today or tomorrow. God bless!

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  1. Hey Berry, thanks for this. Proverbs 3:5-6 is my every moment memory verse. It's written and pasted by my bed, to remind me to quit playing God and trust God in all things with all heart.

    We humans worry a lot, unwavering trust in God isn't the easiest thing to do. I really struggle with it. I keep saying to myself repeatedly God is God and I'm not. It has helped me and proverb 3:5-6, just keeps me moving, especially the bit that says in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path.

    Sorry for the long epistle.

    1. Thanks for commenting, and it's not a long epistle! I always say I'll print out verses or goals and paste in my room or house or carry in my purse, and I don't do it. I'm glad that you are, and I know that after some time, the more you read it, it will become a part of you.


  2. Proverbs 3: 5-12 (The message, I particularly love this translation, it just shows the awesomeness of trusting God).

    Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
    Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
    Don’t assume that you know it all.
    Run to God! Run from evil!
    Your body will glow with health,
    your very bones will vibrate with life!
    Honor God with everything you own;
    give him the first and the best.
    Your barns will burst,
    your wine vats will brim over.
    But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
    don’t sulk under his loving correction.
    It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
    a father’s delight is behind all this.

  3. Something funny happened this morning, nd I was about opening a portion of the bible that was running through my mind nd proverbs caught my eye nd I decided to read it instead. A lot of things caught my eye. The part about trusting God nd God correcting those he loves made me think. I'm gonna try 2 read it all

  4. Very nice. One can never read these enough. As much as I rely on my own understanding and try to map out the future, you would think my Bible doesn't have these verses, smh. Work in progress

  5. Thanks Berry, I'm also participating in the Proverbs challenge and feels good reading your lessons

  6. I particularly like verse 23 (Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life). The book of proverbs is full of wise words

  7. "For the Lord corrects those he loves..." I had to really study and understand this. It was hard for me to come to terms with the love behind the discipline o!

  8. Hi Berry,I love verse 23,cos I was in a situation where I let the negative things someone that's supposed to be close to me said,and believe me that's the worst mistake anyone can ever make cos it seeps into your heart like poison I went into a deep depression its been 2 years now and am not fully recovered,now I choose what I listen to am happier still have bad days. Though the person is still at it but she is beginning to understand that I wont let what she says define me!

  9. I will like to share something with everyone, Mathew 18:21-22. My random thoughts led me to the significance of the number 7 in the bible nd I did a little research. This verse befor now to me meant numbers. I discoverd its waaaay more than that. 7 means in summary Perfection, completeness, fullness. So if someone offends you completely, forgive them completely. Ps. Proverbs is proving to be an interesting read

  10. I was thinking of the biblical meaning of 7 just befor I started reading proverbs. Proverbs 9:1 took me back to it.


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