Wednesday (5/22)
Wednesday (5/22)

Wednesday (5/22)

The Passage

Proverbs 24:1–22

1 Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them, 2  for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble. 3  By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; 4  by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 5  A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, 6  for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. 7  Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth. 8  Whoever plans to do evil will be called a schemer. 9  The devising of folly is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind. 10  If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. 11  Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. 12  If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? 13  My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. 14  Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off. 15  Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous; do no violence to his home; 16  for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity. 17  Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles, 18  lest the Lord see it and be displeased, and turn away his anger from him. 19  Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked, 20  for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out. 21  My son, fear the Lord and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise, 22  for disaster will arise suddenly from them, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?

Word Work

Capture the big idea. God’s Word communicates big ideas. Periodically ask: What’s the big idea in this sentence, paragraph, or chapter?

Word Thoughts:

Friendship influences habit and thus moulds character. The reason given here for avoiding the companionship of an angry man is, “lest thou learn his ways.” There is great need when pestilence is abroad to avoid needless contact with infected persons and things. In every man there is more or less liability to disease which sometimes only needs a slight exposure to unhealthy influences to develop into a fatal activity. We are always living and moving amidst unhealthy and infectious moral influences which are hurtful to us, because of the tendency there is within us to go wrong; and it is therefore the mark of a wise man to avoid as much as possible all intimate contact with those who are manifestly under the dominion of sin. This proverb does not of course forbid such intercourse as is sought for the purpose of benefiting the vicious man.

Word Reflection:

  1. What stood out?
  2. Do you have people in your life who are making it hard for you to follow Jesus?
  3. What is your view on how close you can be to people without letting them influence you in the wrong ways?
Memory Verse(s): Proverbs 24:21

My son, fear the Lord and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise,

End in Prayer

Resources used:

  1. Preacher Homiletic Commentary