Proverbs Chapter 14


 1 Lady Wisdom builds a lovely home; Sir Fool comes along and tears it down brick by brick.

2 An honest life shows respect for God; a degenerate life is a slap in his face.

3 Frivolous talk provokes a derisive smile; wise speech evokes nothing but respect.

4 No cattle, no crops; a good harvest requires a strong ox for the plow.

5 A true witness never lies; a false witness makes a business of it.

6 Cynics look high and low for wisdom—and never find it; the open-minded find it right on their doorstep!

7 Escape quickly from the company of fools; they’re a waste of your time, a waste of your words.

8 The wisdom of the wise keeps life on track; the foolishness of fools lands them in the ditch.

9 The stupid ridicule right and wrong, but a moral life is a favored life.

10 The person who shuns the bitter moments of friends will be an outsider at their celebrations.

11 Lives of careless wrongdoing are tumbledown shacks; holy living builds soaring cathedrals.

12-13 There’s a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell. Sure, those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak.

 

 14 A mean person gets paid back in meanness, a gracious person in grace.

15 The gullible believe anything they’re told; the prudent sift and weigh every word.

16 The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless.

17 The hotheaded do things they’ll later regret; the coldhearted get the cold shoulder.

18 Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion; wise realists plant their feet on the ground.

19 Eventually, evil will pay tribute to good; the wicked will respect God-loyal people.

20 An unlucky loser is shunned by all, but everyone loves a winner.

21 It’s criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor—what a blessing!

22 Isn’t it obvious that conspirators lose out, while the thoughtful win love and trust?

23 Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table.

24 The wise accumulate wisdom; fools get stupider by the day.

25 Souls are saved by truthful witness and betrayed by the spread of lies.

26 The Fear-of-God builds up confidence, and makes a world safe for your children.

27 The Fear-of-God is a spring of living water so you won’t go off drinking from poisoned wells.

28 The mark of a good leader is loyal followers; leadership is nothing without a following.

29 Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity.

30 A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones.

31 You insult your Maker when you exploit the powerless; when you’re kind to the poor, you honor God.

32 The evil of bad people leaves them out in the cold; the integrity of good people creates a safe place for living.

33 Lady Wisdom is at home in an understanding heart— fools never even get to say hello.

34 God-devotion makes a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak.
35 Diligent work gets a warm commendation; shiftless work earns an angry rebuke.

I love Proverbs because of the vast amount of wisdom it unveils to us.  In reading chapter 14, there are numerous passages here that are so relatable to me and where I am in life.  Wisdom is a common theme here, “The wise accumulate wisdom; fools get stupider by the day”.  Too many times we try to rush through life, neglecting what is important.  Take time out and seriously prioritize your life.  I’m at a point where I need to reposition everything in my life.  I need more time with God, my family, and friends.  I no longer revolve my life around my work, but revolve my work around my life.  “A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones”.  I need to slow down, refocus, and live my life in a way that is pleasing to my Father.  I don’t want my legacy to be, “Man, he was a hard worker who sacrificed for his job”.  My work can invoke hotheadness at times toward my family, and it kills me to see myself in that manner.  I am rearranging my life to make my family and God as my focal point.  My passion and dreams are now being pursued.  I no longer make my job this “all-encompassing” god-like thing in my life.  I want my passion to become my job.  “Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table”. -Great passage but why can’t my passion be that work that puts bread on the table.  I end with this:  Make your life and your God-given dreams your focus and work.  Don’t fear pursuing your passions in life.  Your passion for doing something should override your fear of doing it.
About me:
I am married to the love of my life, Teresa.  I have two young boys, Hayden and Drew.  We now reside in Nashville, TN.  Pursuing my passion for photography.

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About Chris Goforth

West Coast Hipster Ninja husband and Papa- allowing Jesus to impact every aspect of my life while raising 6 kids, taking photos, being outdoors & playing Settles of Catan. View all posts by Chris Goforth

5 responses to “Proverbs Chapter 14

  • jelillie

    Thanks for your comments on this chapter! I was caught by verse 6 ” Cynics look high and low for wisdom—and never find it; the open-minded find it right on their doorstep!”

    Man! this world can make cynics of us all if we live for the wrong things. Living for the job for instance can make us think that the bottom line is all that matters. We are becoming a nation of cynics forgetting that the only thing we can take with us into glory is the relationships we have fostered!

  • Jon

    Great post man. Making God our focal point. Such a simple statement….much harder to put in practice. I need to make more of an effort. When God isn’t the center…then everything else just goes haywire.

  • Jon

    Nice job, Tim. Some great insight here!

  • Moe

    Timmy in the House!!!!!

    Great post man. So often we let other things get in the way of family and loved ones. I am convinced this is the reason why this generation is so lost. We need to bring back sitting around the dinner table, talking, playing board games and put away our “gadgets” in the home.

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