Proverbs 13

Over August we're going to read through the book of Proverbs. There are 31 days in August and 31 chapters in Proverbs, so we'll be putting them up on Saturdays and Sundays too.

Instead of relying on other reflections on the passages, we want to make space for God to speak to us all in the expectation that we will be transformed into his likeness as we open ourselves to his Spirit and seek to live wise and godly lives.

Open yourself to the Spirit, ask him to highlight a particular verse, phrase or section for you to think about during the day.

Read the chapter slowly. If something jumps out at you or catches your attention stay with that for a while.

Ask yourself, does this make me feel uncomfortable/reassured/challenged?

Ask questions of the Proverb?
Why did the original writer think this was worth writing down?
How does did this apply to people's lives in the past?
How does it apply to my life now?

Ask the Spirit what he may be saying.
Is God calling me to change/repent/see things differently?
How would my life look different if I lived this out?
What steps can I take to make this happen?

Take this Proverb with you throughout the day and see how the wisdom of the ages can transform your life today.

Proverbs 13

13 A wise son heeds his father's instruction,
    but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.
2 From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,
    but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.
3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
    but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
4 A sluggard's appetite is never filled,
    but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
5 The righteous hate what is false,
    but the wicked make themselves obnoxious
    and bring shame on themselves.
6 Righteousness guards the person of integrity,
    but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
7 One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
    another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
8 A person's riches may ransom their life,
    but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.
9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,
    but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.
10 Where there is strife, there is pride,
    but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
11 Dishonest money dwindles away,
    but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,
    but whoever respects a command is rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
    turning a person from the snares of death.
15 Good judgment wins favour,
    but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.
16 All who are prudent act with knowledge,
    but fools expose their folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
    but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.
18 Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame,
    but whoever heeds correction is honoured.
19 A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
    but fools detest turning from evil.
20 Walk with the wise and become wise,
    for a companion of fools suffers harm.
21 Trouble pursues the sinner,
    but the righteous are rewarded with good things.
22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children,
    but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.
23 An unploughed field produces food for the poor,
    but injustice sweeps it away.
24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
    but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
25 The righteous eat to their hearts' content,
    but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.
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