Daily Bible Reading

Day 124

Today's reading: Proverbs 13-15

Look for the promises in God’s word. As you read and find them, write them in your journal along with the scripture reference.

Proverbs 13

1. A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
2. From the fruit of his speech a person eats good things, but the faithless desire the fruit of violence.
3. The one who guards his words guards his life, but whoever is talkative will come to ruin.
4. The appetite of the sluggard craves but gets nothing, but the desire of the diligent will be abundantly satisfied.
5. The righteous person hates anything false, but the wicked person acts in shameful disgrace.
6. Righteousness guards the one who lives with integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
7. There is one who pretends to be rich and yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor and yet possesses great wealth.
8. The ransom of a person’s life is his wealth, but the poor person hears no threat.
9. The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked goes out.
10. With pride comes only contention, but wisdom is with the well-advised.
11. Wealth gained quickly will dwindle away, but the one who gathers it little by little will become rich.
12. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is like a tree of life.
13. The one who despises instruction will pay the penalty, but whoever esteems instruction will be rewarded.
14. Instruction from the wise is like a life-giving fountain, to turn a person from deadly snares.
15. Keen insight wins favor, but the conduct of the unfaithful is harsh.
16. Every shrewd person acts with knowledge, but a fool displays his folly.
17. An unreliable messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.
18. The one who neglects discipline ends up in poverty and shame, but the one who accepts reproof is honored.
19. A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools abhor turning away from evil.
20. The one who associates with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
21. Calamity pursues sinners, but prosperity rewards the righteous.
22. A benevolent person leaves an inheritance for his grandchildren, but the wealth of a sinner is stored up for the righteous.
23. There is abundant food in the field of the poor, but it is swept away by injustice.
24. The one who spares his rod hates his child, but the one who loves his child is diligent in disciplining him.
25. The righteous has enough food to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked lacks food.

Proverbs 14

1. Every wise woman builds her household, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.
2. The one who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but the one who is perverted in his ways despises him.
3. In the speech of a fool is a rod for his back, but the words of the wise protect them.
4. Where there are no oxen, the feeding trough is clean, but an abundant harvest is produced by strong oxen.
5. A truthful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.
6. The scorner seeks wisdom but finds none, but understanding is easy for a discerning person.
7. Leave the presence of a foolish person, or you will not understand wise counsel.
8. The wisdom of the shrewd person is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deception.
9. Fools mock at reparation, but among the upright there is favor.
10. The heart knows its own bitterness, and with its joy no one else can share.
11. The household of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12. There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.
13. Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.
14. The backslider will be paid back from his own ways, but a good person will be rewarded for his.
15. A naive person believes everything, but the shrewd person discerns his steps.
16. A wise person is cautious and turns from evil, but a fool throws off restraint and is overconfident.
17. A person who has a quick temper does foolish things, and a person with crafty schemes is hated.
18. The naive inherit folly, but the shrewd are crowned with knowledge.
19. Those who are evil will bow before those who are good, and the wicked will bow at the gates of the righteous.
20. A poor person is disliked even by his neighbors, but those who love the rich are many.
21. The one who despises his neighbor sins, but whoever is kind to the needy is blessed.
22. Do not those who devise evil go astray? But those who plan good exhibit faithful covenant love.
23. In all hard work there is profit, but merely talking about it only brings poverty.
24. The crown of the wise is their riches, but the folly of fools is folly.
25. A truthful witness rescues lives, but the one who breathes lies brings deception.
26. In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and it will be a refuge for his children.
27. The fear of the Lord is like a life-giving fountain, to turn people from deadly snares.
28. A king’s glory is the abundance of people, but the lack of subjects is the ruin of a ruler.
29. The one who is slow to anger has great understanding, but the one who has a quick temper exalts folly.
30. A tranquil spirit revives the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.
31. The one who oppresses the poor insults his Creator, but whoever shows favor to the needy honors him.
32. The wicked will be thrown down in his trouble, but the righteous have refuge even in the threat of death.
33. Wisdom rests in the heart of the discerning; it is known even in the heart of fools.
34. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
35. The king shows favor to a wise servant, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

Proverbs 15

1. A gentle response turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.
2. The tongue of the wise treats knowledge correctly, but the mouth of the fool spouts out folly.
3. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on those who are evil and those who are good.
4. Speech that heals is like a life-giving tree, but a perverse tongue breaks the spirit.
5. A fool rejects his father’s discipline, but whoever heeds reproof shows good sense.
6. In the house of the righteous is abundant wealth, but the income of the wicked brings trouble.
7. The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but not so the heart of fools.
8. The Lord abhors the sacrifices of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.
9. The Lord abhors the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.
10. Severe discipline is for the one who abandons the way; the one who hates reproof will die.
11. Death and Destruction are before the Lord – how much more the hearts of humans!
12. The scorner does not love one who corrects him; he will not go to the wise.
13. A joyful heart makes the face cheerful, but by a painful heart the spirit is broken.
14. The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
15. All the days of the afflicted are bad, but one with a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16. Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth and turmoil with it.
17. Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened ox where there is hatred.
18. A quick-tempered person stirs up dissension, but one who is slow to anger calms a quarrel.
19. The way of the sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is like a highway.
20. A wise child brings joy to his father, but a foolish person despises his mother.
21. Folly is a joy to one who lacks sense, but one who has understanding follows an upright course.
22. Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with abundant advisers they are established.
23. A person has joy in giving an appropriate answer, and a word at the right time – how good it is!
24. The path of life is upward for the wise person, to keep him from going downward to Sheol.
25. The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but he maintains the boundaries of the widow.
26. The Lord abhors the plans of the wicked, but pleasant words are pure.
27. The one who is greedy for gain troubles his household, but whoever hates bribes will live.
28. The heart of the righteous considers how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
29. The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30. A bright look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the body.
31. The person who hears the reproof that leads to life is at home among the wise.
32. The one who refuses correction despises himself, but whoever hears reproof acquires understanding.
33. The fear of the Lord provides wise instruction, and before honor comes humility.

{Proverbs 10-12}   {Daily Reading Guide}   {Proverbs 16-18}