The Daily Word
Monday, February 15, 2010

There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs... which makes it convenient to read a chapter a day, each month.  Here are some excerpts from Proverbs chapter 15.

1 A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
but perverseness crushes the spirit.
5 A fool spurns his father's instruction,
but he who receives correction is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
but the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
but the prayer of the upright is His delight.
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
but He loves those who pursue righteousness.
13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
but heartache crushes the spirit.
15 All the days of the afflicted are wretched,
but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
22 Plans fail for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.
26 The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked,
but those of the pure are pleasing to Him.
28 The heart of the righteous weighs its answers,
but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.
31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke
will be at home among the wise.
32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,
but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
33 The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom,
and humility comes before honor.

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Aren't all these notes the senseless writhings of a man who won't accept the fact that there is nothing we can do with suffering except to suffer it?
— C.S. Lewis
A Grief Observed