Series: Digging Deeper into Proverbs
..[learn_more caption=”Proverbs 14 ESV”] The wisest of women builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.
2 Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord,
but he who is devious in his ways despises him.
3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,
but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
5 A faithful witness does not lie,
but a false witness breathes out lies.
6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,
but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.
7 Leave the presence of a fool,
for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,
but the folly of fools is deceiving.
9 Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy acceptance.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness,
and no stranger shares its joy.
11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and the end of joy may be grief.
14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,
and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.
15 The simple believes everything,
but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,
but a fool is reckless and careless.
17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly,
and a man of evil devices is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow down before the good,
the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,
but the rich has many friends.
21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,
but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
22 Do they not go astray who devise evil?
Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.
23 In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk tends only to poverty.
24 The crown of the wise is their wealth,
but the folly of fools brings folly.
25 A truthful witness saves lives,
but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.
26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,
and his children will have a refuge.
27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
that one may turn away from the snares of death.
28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,
but without people a prince is ruined.
29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,
but envy makes the bones rot.
31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,
but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
32 The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing,
but the righteous finds refuge in his death.
33 Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding,
but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor,
but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully
Solomon: The Building Church
Proverbs 14:1 The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.
Is the Church as the wise woman about the business of building the Church – laboring WITH Christ in His goal? Or are we guilty of sometimes breaking it down with our own hands? If we would be a part of His purpose and plan in building His Church – here are some of the things we’ll need to keep in mind:
(2) It will take an upright walk.
(3) It will take imbibing God’s Wisdom.
(4) It will be messy.
(5) It must be built upon the Truth.
(6) It increases in the knowledge of Christ.
(7) It require we reject foolishness.
(8) It will take a Bible-saturated vision for the future.
(9) It require placing much weight upon the reality of sin and God’s sacrifice for in Christ Jesus.
(10) It takes knowing not everyone will share in our joy or sorrow in its increase and stumbling.
(11) It takes faith to believe it will succeed.
(12) It rejects worldly means for spiritual ones.
(13) It knows sorrow will attend its progress.
(14) It recognizes that some will pull back from joining the labor.
(15) It takes knowing that some things are true, and others are not.
(16) It is built by those who are cautious about falling into evil.
(17) It knows that rashness and fits of anger are counter to its aim.
(18) It understands this is a wisdom the world does not understand.
(19) It thrives on trusting in Christ’s final victory.
(20) It understands the real wealth is has to give to the world in the Gospel.
(21) It rejects a mindset that fails to value those made in God’s image.
(22) It trusts Christ will attend them in their faithfulness.
(23) It must conspire to bless mankind in Christ.
(24) It knows its wealth is in the King of Glory.
(25) It avoids deceit.
(26) It fears the Lord, and so fear little else like culture or politics.
(27) It thrives on knowing it King’s true power and position is not to be triffled with.
(28) It seeks to glorify its King in bringing more to Him.
(29) It walks in holy, divine patience.
(30) It thrive on the tranquility of being secure in the Savior.
(31) It remains generous with its bestowments.
(32) It abides when all else passes away.
(33) It informs the whole of the one who knows Christ as God’s wisdom.
(34) It seeks a Kingdom built upon God’s own righteousness in Christ.
(35) It trusts that that in following Christ, it walks in the favor of the Living God.
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Reid serves as the pastor for preaching and vision at Evangelical Church of Fairport in Fairport New York. A native of Rochester, N.Y., he has served in various ministry areas during his life, including: a founding member of the former Mark IV Quartet, Youth Pastor at ECF, former board member of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (F.I.R.E.), and author of The Little Book of Things You Should Know About Ministry (Christian Focus Publications, 2002). Pastor Reid blogs regularly at Responsive Reiding.