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Short Thoughts from the Bible for life
Short Thoughts from the Bible for life

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The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. – Proverbs 20:2 [T]his proverb highlights another folly with deadly consequences. The roaring of a lion is a fitting image for the wrath of a king…

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[C]hapter 20 continues the large set of proverbs called the Proverbs of Solomon, which run from chapter 10 through chapter 22. This set of proverbs has two distinct groups. The first is chapters 10-15, which mainly have an antithetical parallel structure.…

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Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools. – Proverbs 19:29 [T]he word for judgments means a sentence, or penalty. The word for stripes means blows, or strokes as with a rod. When instructions, corrections, reproofs, rebukes,…

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An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity. – Proverbs 19:28 [T]he word for witness means testimony, or evidence. Proverbs has several warnings or condemnations of a false witness (Proverbs 6:19; 12:17; 14:5;…

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Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. – Proverbs 19:27 [T]he wording presents difficulties in this proverb and commentators take it variously. The word for understanding means discipline, or correction.…

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He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach. – Proverbs 19:26 [T]his proverb presents another specimen of a son who causes shame. Parents have a great responsibility with the “rod and…

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Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge. – Proverbs 19:25 [T]he scorner, the simple, and the man of understanding feature in this proverb. The distinction revolves around how…

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A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. – Proverbs 19:24 [T]his proverb uses hyperbole to paint the image of the sluggard as being too lazy to even bring food to his mouth with his hand. The word…

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The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. – Proverbs 19:23 [L]ife in Proverbs has a range of meaning beyond mere physical life as opposed to death. Kidner points out the term often…

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The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar. – Proverbs 19:22 [T]he word for desire means longing, or object of desire. The word for kindness means mercy, or loving kindness. Since it is contrasted with lying here, it refers…
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