Blessed are the Poor

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:3 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. – Luke 6:20 This is the first statement that Jesus made, to which He referenced as aContinue reading “Blessed are the Poor”

Considering Proverbs 10:15

15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty. This is a good proverb about the vanity and foolishness of man. When we are financially secure, we fool ourselves into thinking that we are safe. We can rest easy, knowing that our bills are going to be paid,Continue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:15”

Considering Proverbs 10:13-14

13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding. 14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction. When I read these verses, I’m thankful that we serve a patient God. How often haveContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:13-14”

Considering Proverbs 10:12

12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. When we are full of hatred we will fight one another. Without a doubt. Is this not the curse of Man? “He wounded me so I killed him.” From the jealousy of Cain onward to now, the hatred and envy of man leads to murder. WeContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:12”

Considering Proverbs 10:11

The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. This is similar to Proverbs 10:6 — Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. As Christians who seek to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ,Continue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:11”

Considering Proverbs 10:10

10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall. What does the first part of this proverb mean? At first, this seems like a negative statement. Maybe it is, but it seems like the Proverbs provide contrasting statements, with one half of the proverb indicating a positive attribute and theContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:10”

Considering Proverbs 10:9

9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known. Another translation of this verse is, Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. I think we can apply this to any person or group of people who live and promote injustice. AllContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:9”

Considering Proverbs 10:8

8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. As a Christian, the commandments we receive are different than the commandments of the Old Testament law—though, they are no different than what God always wanted from His people—and that is a heart that seeks to know God and obey Him outContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:8”

Considering Proverbs 10:7

7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot. When we think about the “name of the wicked,” it can be easy to think about those extreme characters within the history of mankind. It can also be easy to think about people in our lives. Mankind is capable ofContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:7”

Considering Proverbs 10:6

Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. What does this mean? Those who do justly receive blessing from God. That makes sense. What about, “violence covers the mouth of the wicked?” Does this mean that the wicked will have their mouth stopped violently? Does this meanContinue reading “Considering Proverbs 10:6”