#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 31: WISDOM FOR A KING AND QUEEN

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INTRODUCTION

The 31 Days of Wisdom  Challenge is a challenge to read the Book of Proverbs in 31 days.
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW …#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge
1. READ ONE BOOK OF PROVERBS FOR THE NEXT 31 DAYS
2. GET AN ACCOUTABILITY PARTNER (SPOUSE, FRIEND or FAMILY) to Share your thoughts about each day’s Chapter.
3. Share with your friends on social media….

Proverbs 31 (NLT)
1
The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message,[ a ] which his mother taught him.
2
O my son, O son of my womb,
O son of my vows,
3
do not waste your strength on women,
on those who ruin kings.
4
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine.
Rulers should not crave alcohol.
5
For if they drink, they may forget the law
and not give justice to the oppressed.
6
Alcohol is for the dying,
and wine for those in bitter distress.
7
Let them drink to forget their poverty
and remember their troubles no more.
8
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
9
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.
A Wife of Noble Character
10
[b ]Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11
Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13
She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14
She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15
She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16
She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17
She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18
She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.
19
Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20
She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21
She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm[ c ] clothes.
22
She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23
Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24
She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.
25
She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26
When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27
She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28
Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29
“There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
30
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31
Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

Footnotes:
a. 31:1 Or of Lemuel, king of Massa; or of King Lemuel, an oracle.
b. 31:10 Verses 10-31 comprise a Hebrew acrostic poem; each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
c. 31:21 As in Greek and Latin versions; Hebrew reads scarlet.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 27: WISDOM FOR TOMORROW

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 27: WISDOM FOR TOMORROW

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INTRODUCTION
The 31 Days of Wisdom  Challenge is a challenge to read the Book of Proverbs in 31 days.
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW …#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge
1. READ ONE BOOK OF PROVERBS FOR THE NEXT 31 DAYS
2. GET AN ACCOUTABILITY PARTNER (SPOUSE, FRIEND or FAMILY) to Share your thoughts about each day’s Chapter.
3. Share with your friends on social media….

Proverbs 27 The Message (MSG)
1
Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow;
you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow.
2
Don’t call attention to yourself;
let others do that for you.
3
Carrying a log across your shoulders
while you’re hefting a boulder with your arms
Is nothing compared to the burden
of putting up with a fool.
4
We’re blasted by anger and swamped by rage,
but who can survive jealousy?
5
A spoken reprimand is better
than approval that’s never expressed.
6
The wounds from a lover are worth it;
kisses from an enemy do you in.
7
When you’ve stuffed yourself, you refuse dessert;
when you’re starved, you could eat a horse.
8
People who won’t settle down, wandering hither and yon,
are like restless birds, flitting to and fro.
9
Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight,
a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.
10
Don’t leave your friends or your parents’ friends
and run home to your family when things get rough;
Better a nearby friend
than a distant family.
11
Become wise, dear child, and make me happy;
then nothing the world throws my way will upset me.
12
A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks;
a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered.
13
Hold tight to collateral on any loan to a stranger;
be wary of accepting what a transient has pawned.
14
If you wake your friend in the early morning
by shouting “Rise and shine!”
It will sound to him
more like a curse than a blessing.
15-16
A nagging spouse is like
the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet;
You can’t turn it off,
and you can’t get away from it.
Your Face Mirrors Your Heart
17
You use steel to sharpen steel,
and one friend sharpens another.
18
If you care for your orchard, you’ll enjoy its fruit;
if you honor your boss, you’ll be honored.
19
Just as water mirrors your face,
so your face mirrors your heart.
20
Hell has a voracious appetite,
and lust just never quits.
21
The purity of silver and gold is tested
by putting them in the fire;
The purity of human hearts is tested
by giving them a little fame.
22
Pound on a fool all you like—
you can’t pound out foolishness.
23-27
Know your sheep by name;
carefully attend to your flocks;
(Don’t take them for granted;
possessions don’t last forever, you know.)
And then, when the crops are in
and the harvest is stored in the barns,
You can knit sweaters from lambs’ wool,
and sell your goats for a profit;
There will be plenty of milk and meat
to last your family through the winter.
The Message (MSG)

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 25: WISDOM OF THE KING

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 25: WISDOM OF THE KING

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INTRODUCTION
The 31 Days of Wisdom  Challenge is a challenge to read the Book of Proverbs in 31 days.
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW …#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge
1. READ ONE BOOK OF PROVERBS FOR THE NEXT 31 DAYS
2. GET AN ACCOUTABILITY PARTNER (SPOUSE, FRIEND or FAMILY) to Share your thoughts about each day’s Chapter.
3. Share with your friends on social media….

Proverbs 25  (NLT)
1
These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah.
2
It is God’s privilege to conceal things
and the king’s privilege to discover them.
3
No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth,
or all that goes on in the king’s mind!
4
Remove the impurities from silver,
and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.
5
Remove the wicked from the king’s court,
and his reign will be made secure by justice.
6
Don’t demand an audience with the king
or push for a place among the great.
7
It’s better to wait for an invitation to the head table
than to be sent away in public disgrace.
Just because you’ve seen something,
8
don’t be in a hurry to go to court.
For what will you do in the end
if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?
9
When arguing with your neighbor,
don’t betray another person’s secret.
10
Others may accuse you of gossip,
and you will never regain your good reputation.
11
Timely advice is lovely,
like golden apples in a silver basket.
12
To one who listens, valid criticism
is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.
13
Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer.
They revive the spirit of their employer.
14
A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it
is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.
15
Patience can persuade a prince,
and soft speech can break bones.
16
Do you like honey?
Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!
17
Don’t visit your neighbors too often,
or you will wear out your welcome.
18
Telling lies about others
is as harmful as hitting them with an ax,
wounding them with a sword,
or shooting them with a sharp arrow.
19
Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble
is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.
20
Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart
is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather
or pouring vinegar in a wound.[ a ]
21
If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.
If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
22
You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads,
and the Lord will reward you.
23
As surely as a north wind brings rain,
so a gossiping tongue causes anger!
24
It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic
than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.
25
Good news from far away
is like cold water to the thirsty.
26
If the godly give in to the wicked,
it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.
27
It’s not good to eat too much honey,
and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself.
28
A person without self-control
is like a city with broken-down walls.

Footnotes:
a. 25:20 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads pouring vinegar on soda.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 23: APPETITE OF WISDOM

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 23: APPETITE OF WISDOM

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INTRODUCTION
The 31 Days of Wisdom  Challenge is a challenge to read the Book of Proverbs in 31 days.
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW …#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge
1. READ ONE BOOK OF PROVERBS FOR THE NEXT 31 DAYS
2. GET AN ACCOUTABILITY PARTNER (SPOUSE, FRIEND or FAMILY) to Share your thoughts about each day’s Chapter.
3. Share with your friends on social media….

Proverbs 23 (NLT)
1
While dining with a ruler,
pay attention to what is put before you.
2
If you are a big eater,
put a knife to your throat;
3
don’t desire all the delicacies,
for he might be trying to trick you.
4
Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.
Be wise enough to know when to quit.
5
In the blink of an eye wealth disappears,
for it will sprout wings
and fly away like an eagle.
6
Don’t eat with people who are stingy;
don’t desire their delicacies.
7
They are always thinking about how much it costs.[ a ]
“Eat and drink,” they say, but they don’t mean it.
8
You will throw up what little you’ve eaten,
and your compliments will be wasted.
9
Don’t waste your breath on fools,
for they will despise the wisest advice.
10
Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers;
don’t take the land of defenseless orphans.
11
For their Redeemer[ b ] is strong;
he himself will bring their charges against you.
12
Commit yourself to instruction;
listen carefully to words of knowledge.
13
Don’t fail to discipline your children.
The rod of punishment won’t kill them.
14
Physical discipline
may well save them from death.[ c ]
15
My child,[ d] if your heart is wise,
my own heart will rejoice!
16
Everything in me will celebrate
when you speak what is right.
17
Don’t envy sinners,
but always continue to fear the Lord.
18
You will be rewarded for this;
your hope will not be disappointed.
19
My child, listen and be wise:
Keep your heart on the right course.
20
Do not carouse with drunkards
or feast with gluttons,
21
for they are on their way to poverty,
and too much sleep clothes them in rags.
22
Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and don’t despise your mother when she is old.
23
Get the truth and never sell it;
also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.
24
The father of godly children has cause for joy.
What a pleasure to have children who are wise.
[e ]
25
So give your father and mother joy!
May she who gave you birth be happy.
26
O my son, give me your heart.
May your eyes take delight in following my ways.
27
A prostitute is a dangerous trap;
a promiscuous woman is as dangerous as falling into a narrow well.
28
She hides and waits like a robber,
eager to make more men unfaithful.
29
Who has anguish? Who has sorrow?
Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining?
Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30
It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns,
trying out new drinks.
31
Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is,
how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down.
32
For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake;
it stings like a viper.
33
You will see hallucinations,
and you will say crazy things.
34
You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea,
clinging to a swaying mast.
35
And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it.
I didn’t even know it when they beat me up.
When will I wake up
so I can look for another drink?”

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Footnotes:
a. 23:7 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
b. 23:11 Or redeemer.
c. 23:14 Hebrew from Sheol.
d. 23:15 Hebrew My son; also in 23:19 .
e. 23:24 Hebrew to have a wise son.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 22: REPUTATION OF WISDOM

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 22: REPUTATION OF WISDOM

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INTRODUCTION
The 31 Days of Wisdom  Challenge is a challenge to read the Book of Proverbs in 31 days.

3 SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW …#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge
1. READ ONE BOOK OF PROVERBS FOR THE NEXT 31 DAYS
2. GET AN ACCOUTABILITY PARTNER (SPOUSE, FRIEND or FAMILY) to Share your thoughts about each day’s Chapter.
3. Share with your friends on social media….

Proverbs 22 (CEB)
1
A good reputation is better than much wealth;
high esteem is better than silver and gold.
2
The rich and the poor have this in common:
the Lord made them both.
3
Prudent people see trouble and hide,
while the simpleminded go right to it and get punished.
4
The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord
is wealth, honor, and life.
5
Thorns and nets are in the path of the crooked;
those who guard their lives keep their distance.
6
Train children in the way they should go;
when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.
7
The wealthy rule over the poor;
a borrower is a slave to a lender.
8
Those who sow injustice will harvest evil;
the rod of their fury will come to an end.
9
Happy are generous people,
because they give some of their food to the poor.
10
Remove the mocker and conflict disappears;
judgment and shame also stop.
11
Those who love a pure heart—
their speech is gracious, and the king is their friend.
12
The Lord’s eyes protect knowledge,
but he frustrates the words of the treacherous.
13
A lazy person says, “There’s a lion in the street!
I’ll be killed in the town square!”
14
The mouth of a mysterious woman is a deep pit;
those under the Lord’s wrath will fall in it.
15
Folly is bound up in a child’s heart;
the rod of discipline removes it.
16
Oppressing the poor to get rich
and giving to the wealthy lead only to poverty.
Thirty sayings of the wise
17
Turn your ear and hear the words of the wise;
focus your mind on my knowledge.
18
It will be pleasant if you keep the words in you,
if you have them ready on your lips.
19
So that your trust will be in the Lord,
I’m teaching you today—yes, you.
20
Haven’t I written for you thirty[ a ] sayings
full of advice and knowledge?
21
Their purpose is to teach you true, reliable words,
so you can report back reliably to those who sent you.
22
Don’t steal from the poor, because they are poor.
Don’t oppress the needy in the gate.
23
The Lord will take up their case
and press the life out of those who oppress them.[ b]
24
Don’t befriend people controlled by anger;
don’t associate with hot-tempered people;
25
otherwise, you will learn their ways
and become trapped.
26
Don’t shake hands to guarantee a loan.
27
If you can’t repay,
why should they be able to take your bed from you?
28
Don’t remove an ancient boundary marker
that your ancestors established.
29
Do you see people who work skillfully?
They will work for kings
but not work for lowly people.

Footnotes:
a. Proverbs 22:20 Heb uncertain
b. Proverbs 22:23 Heb uncertain
Common English Bible (CEB)

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 21: WISDOM’S HEART

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 21: WISDOM’S HEART
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INTRODUCTION
The 31 Days of Wisdom  Challenge is a challenge to read the Book of Proverbs in 31 days.
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW …#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge
1. READ ONE BOOK OF PROVERBS FOR THE NEXT 31 DAYS
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Proverbs 21  (NLT)
1
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord;
he guides it wherever he pleases.
2
People may be right in their own eyes,
but the Lord examines their heart.
3
The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just
than when we offer him sacrifices.
4
Haughty eyes, a proud heart,
and evil actions are all sin.
5
Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,
but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
6
Wealth created by a lying tongue
is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.[ a ]
7
The violence of the wicked sweeps them away,
because they refuse to do what is just.
8
The guilty walk a crooked path;
the innocent travel a straight road.
9
It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic
than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.
10
Evil people desire evil;
their neighbors get no mercy from them.
11
If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise;
if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser.
12
The Righteous One[ b ] knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked;
he will bring disaster on them.
13
Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor
will be ignored in their own time of need.
14
A secret gift calms anger;
a bribe under the table pacifies fury.
15
Justice is a joy to the godly,
but it terrifies evildoers.
16
The person who strays from common sense
will end up in the company of the dead.
17
Those who love pleasure become poor;
those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.
18
The wicked are punished in place of the godly,
and traitors in place of the honest.
19
It’s better to live alone in the desert
than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.
20
The wise have wealth and luxury,
but fools spend whatever they get.
21
Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love
will find life, righteousness, and honor.
22
The wise conquer the city of the strong
and level the fortress in which they trust.
23
Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut,
and you will stay out of trouble.
24
Mockers are proud and haughty;
they act with boundless arrogance.
25
Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin,
for their hands refuse to work.
26
Some people are always greedy for more,
but the godly love to give!
27
The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable,
especially when it is offered with wrong motives.
28
A false witness will be cut off,
but a credible witness will be allowed to speak.
29
The wicked bluff their way through,
but the virtuous think before they act.
30
No human wisdom or understanding or plan
can stand against the Lord.
31
The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
but the victory belongs to the Lord.

Footnotes:
a. 21:6 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads
mist for those who seek death.
b. 21:12 Or The righteous man.
New Living Translation (NLT)
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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 20: DEEP WATER IN THE HEART

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 20: DEEP WATER IN THE HEART

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INTRODUCTION
The 31 Days of Wisdom  Challenge is a challenge to read the Book of Proverbs in 31 days.
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW …#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge
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Proverbs 20  (MSG)
1
Wine makes you mean, beer makes you quarrelsome—
a staggering drunk is not much fun.
2
Quick-tempered leaders are like mad dogs—
cross them and they bite your head off.
3
It’s a mark of good character to avert quarrels,
but fools love to pick fights.
4
A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring
has nothing to harvest in the fall.
5
Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart;
a wise person draws from the well within.
6
Lots of people claim to be loyal and loving,
but where on earth can you find one?
7
God-loyal people, living honest lives,
make it much easier for their children.
8-9
Leaders who know their business and care
keep a sharp eye out for the shoddy and cheap,
For who among us can be trusted
to be always diligent and honest?
10
Switching price tags and padding the expense account
are two things God hates.
11
Young people eventually reveal by their actions
if their motives are on the up and up.
Drinking from the Chalice of Knowledge
12
Ears that hear and eyes that see—
we get our basic equipment from God!
13
Don’t be too fond of sleep; you’ll end up in the poorhouse.
Wake up and get up; then there’ll be food on the table.
14
The shopper says, “That’s junk—I’ll take it off your hands,”
then goes off boasting of the bargain.
15
Drinking from the beautiful chalice of knowledge
is better than adorning oneself with gold and rare gems.
16
Hold tight to collateral on any loan to a stranger;
beware of accepting what a transient has pawned.
17
Stolen bread tastes sweet,
but soon your mouth is full of gravel.
18
Form your purpose by asking for counsel,
then carry it out using all the help you can get.
19
Gossips can’t keep secrets,
so never confide in blabbermouths.
20
Anyone who curses father and mother
extinguishes light and exists benighted.
The Very Steps We Take
21
A bonanza at the beginning
is no guarantee of blessing at the end.
22
Don’t ever say, “I’ll get you for that!”
Wait for God; he’ll settle the score.
23
God hates cheating in the marketplace;
rigged scales are an outrage.
24
The very steps we take come from God;
otherwise how would we know where we’re going?
25
An impulsive vow is a trap;
later you’ll wish you could get out of it.
26
After careful scrutiny, a wise leader
makes a clean sweep of rebels and dolts.
27
God is in charge of human life,
watching and examining us inside and out.
28
Love and truth form a good leader;
sound leadership is founded on loving integrity.
29
Youth may be admired for vigor,
but gray hair gives prestige to old age.
30
A good thrashing purges evil;
punishment goes deep within us.
The Message (MSG)

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 19: WHY WISDOM?

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 19:  WHY WISDOM?

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INTRODUCTION
The 31 Days of Wisdom  Challenge is a challenge to read the Book of Proverbs in 31 days.
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW …#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge
1. READ ONE BOOK OF PROVERBS FOR THE NEXT 31 DAYS
2. GET AN ACCOUTABILITY PARTNER (SPOUSE, FRIEND or FAMILY) to Share your thoughts about each day’s Chapter.
3. Share with your friends on social media….

Proverbs 19 (ESV)
19 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity
than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.
2
Desire[ a ] without knowledge is not good,
and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.
3
When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin,
his heart rages against the Lord.
4
Wealth brings many new friends,
but a poor man is deserted by his friend.
5
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who breathes out lies will not escape.
6
Many seek the favor of a generous man,[ b ]
and everyone is a friend to a man who gives
gifts.
7
All a poor man’s brothers hate him;
how much more do his friends go far from him!
He pursues them with words, but does not have them.[ c ]
8
Whoever gets sense loves his own soul;
he who keeps understanding will discover good.
9
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who breathes out lies will perish.
10
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury,
much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11
Good sense makes one slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
12
A king’s wrath is like the growling of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13
A foolish son is ruin to his father,
and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
14
House and wealth are inherited from fathers,
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
and an idle person will suffer hunger.
16
Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life;
he who despises his ways will die.
17
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the
Lord,
and he will repay him for his deed.
18
Discipline your son, for there is hope;
do not set your heart on putting him to death.
19
A man of great wrath will pay the penalty,
for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again.
20
Listen to advice and accept instruction,
that you may gain wisdom in the future.
21
Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
22
What is desired in a man is steadfast love,
and a poor man is better than a liar.
23
The fear of the Lord leads to life,
and whoever has it rests satisfied;
he will not be visited by harm.
24
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish
and will not even bring it back to his mouth.
25
Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence;
reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
26
He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother
is a son who brings shame and reproach.
27
Cease to hear instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28
A worthless witness mocks at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
29
Condemnation is ready for scoffers,
and beating for the backs of fools.

Footnotes:
a. Proverbs 19:2 Or A soul
b. Proverbs 19:6 Or of a noble
c. Proverbs 19:7 The meaning of the Hebrew sentence is uncertain
English Standard Version (ESV)

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 18: WISDOM SPEAKS WELL

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 18:  WISDOM SPEAKS WELL

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INTRODUCTION
The 31 Days of Wisdom  Challenge is a challenge to read the Book of Proverbs in 31 days.
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW …#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge
1. READ ONE BOOK OF PROVERBS FOR THE NEXT 31 DAYS
2. GET AN ACCOUTABILITY PARTNER (SPOUSE, FRIEND or FAMILY) to Share your thoughts about each day’s Chapter.
3. Share with your friends on social media…

Proverbs 18 (CEB)
1
Unfriendly people look out for themselves;
they bicker with sensible people.
2
Fools find no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing their opinion.
3
When the wicked arrive, so does contempt;
with shame comes insult.
4
The words of a person’s mouth are deep waters,
a bubbling stream, a fountain of wisdom.
5
Favoring the wicked isn’t good;
it denies justice to the righteous.
6
The lips of fools make accusations;
their mouths elicit beatings.
7
The mouth of fools is their ruin;
their lips are a trap for their lives.
8
The words of gossips are like choice snacks;
they go down to the inmost parts.
9
Those who are lazy in their work
are brothers to thugs.
10
The Lord’s name is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and find refuge.
11
The riches of the wealthy are a strong city
and like a high wall in their imagination.
12
Pride comes before a disaster,
but humility comes before respect.
13
Those who answer before they listen
are foolish and disgraceful.
14
The human spirit sustains a sick person,
but who can bear a broken spirit?
15
An understanding mind gains knowledge;
the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16
A gift opens the way
for access to important people.
17
The first person to testify seems innocent,
until the other comes and cross-examines him.
18
The dice settle conflicts
and keep strong opponents apart.
19
An offended ally is more formidable than a city;
such quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
20
The stomach is satisfied
by the fruit of the mouth;
one’s lips can earn a satisfying income.
21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue;
those who love it will eat its fruit.
22
He who finds a wife finds what is good,
gaining favor from the Lord.
23
The poor plead for help,
but the wealthy answer harshly.
24
There are persons for companionship,
but then there are friends who are more loyal than family.
Common English Bible (CEB)

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 16: WISDOM WITH PURPOSE

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#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge…DAY 16:  WISDOM WITH PURPOSE

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INTRODUCTION
The 31 Days of Wisdom  Challenge is a challenge to read the Book of Proverbs in 31 days.
3 SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW …#31DaysOfWisdomChallenge
1. READ ONE BOOK OF PROVERBS FOR THE NEXT 31 DAYS
2. GET AN ACCOUTABILITY PARTNER (SPOUSE, FRIEND or FAMILY) to Share your thoughts about each day’s Chapter.
3. Share with your friends on social media.

Proverbs 16  (MSG)

1
Mortals make elaborate plans,
but God has the last word.
2
Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good;
God probes for what is good.
3
Put God in charge of your work,
then what you’ve planned will take place.
4
God made everything with a place and purpose;
even the wicked are included—but for
judgment.
5
God can’t stomach arrogance or pretense;
believe me, he’ll put those upstarts in their place.
6
Guilt is banished through love and truth;
Fear-of-God deflects evil.
7
When God approves of your life,
even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.
8
Far better to be right and poor
than to be wrong and rich.
9
We plan the way we want to live,
but only God makes us able to live it.
It Pays to Take Life Seriously
10
A good leader motivates,
doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit.
11
God cares about honesty in the workplace;
your business is his business.
12
Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds;
sound leadership has a moral foundation.
13
Good leaders cultivate honest speech;
they love advisors who tell them the truth.
14
An intemperate leader wreaks havoc in lives;
you’re smart to stay clear of someone like that.
15
Good-tempered leaders invigorate lives;
they’re like spring rain and sunshine.
16
Get wisdom—it’s worth more than money;
choose insight over income every time.
17
The road of right living bypasses evil;
watch your step and save your life.
18
First pride, then the crash—
the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.
19
It’s better to live humbly among the poor
than to live it up among the rich and famous.
20
It pays to take life seriously;
things work out when you trust in God.
21
A wise person gets known for insight;
gracious words add to one’s reputation.
22
True intelligence is a spring of fresh water,
while fools sweat it out the hard way.
23
They make a lot of sense, these wise folks;
whenever they speak, their reputation increases.
24
Gracious speech is like clover honey—
good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.
25
There’s a way that looks harmless enough;
look again—it leads straight to hell.
26
Appetite is an incentive to work;
hunger makes you work all the harder.
27
Mean people spread mean gossip;
their words smart and burn.
28
Troublemakers start fights;
gossips break up friendships.
29
Calloused climbers betray their very own friends;
they’d stab their own grandmothers in the back.
30
A shifty eye betrays an evil intention;
a clenched jaw signals trouble ahead.
31
Gray hair is a mark of distinction,
the award for a God-loyal life.
32
Moderation is better than muscle,
self-control better than political power.
33
Make your motions and cast your votes,
but God has the final say.
The Message (MSG)

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