So, what is a proverb? Wisdom captured in a sentence. Truth that holds its ground through the ages. A familiar statement expressing a common belief.
Yet the Bible’s book of Proverbs carries far more weight than mere human wisdom. It’s the Lord’s truth, poured through the hearts of men and women, from the sayings of “Solomon son of David” (Proverbs 1:1) to the “inspired utterances” of King Lemuel’s mother (Proverbs 31:1).
Proverbs teach us not just how to think, but also how to do “what is right and just and fair” (Proverbs 1:3). They’re designed to make us behave differently. They’re meant to be life changing, and they are.
In the year ahead, do you long to be more like the Lord you love? More purposeful, more peace filled, more grace giving, more generous? Then join us on our journey through Proverbs. God has much to teach us, and I can’t wait to learn with you!
There are 915 verses in the 31 chapters of Proverbs. At the end of today’s short study, I’ll ask you to share just one of your favorite verses. We already explored Proverbs 3:5-6 last summer, so that leaves 913 other verses for you to pick from!
First we’ll study one of the Proverbs I love, just to get the ball rolling. Then next week, we’ll begin looking at your favorites, starting with # 50. Maybe you’d like to memorize them with me? We can handle one verse a week, right? More on that in a moment.
Here we go, my friends, leaping into God’s Word with joy and abandon!
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;… Proverbs 3:3
From God’s point of view, love and faithfulness are inseparable. One can’t exist without the other.
- Because God loves us, he remains ever faithful.
- Because God is faith itself, his love is never ending.
Whether translated as “loyalty and kindness” (NLT) or “grace and truth” (CJB), this powerful pairing comes from the Hebrew words hesed, meaning “favor, mercy, loving-kindness,” and emeth, meaning “firmness, faithfulness, truth.”
Such phrases are drenched in goodness, sweet as honey, deeply satisfying—the very opposite of “hatred and selfishness,” of “hypocrisy or falsehood” (AMP).
Sadly, that’s the world we live in. We harbor negative feelings toward others. We insist on doing things our way and for our benefit. We call people two-faced, even as we cover our own duplicity with a smile.
Some days even the best of us can act like the worst of us.
This proverb shows us the way out: “Don’t lose your grip on Love and Loyalty” (MSG) and “do not lose sight of mercy and truth” (VOICE). How do we do that? Tighten our grip on God and focus our eyes on him.
- Seek the Lord before you turn to an earthly friend, however wise.
- Read his Word before you open another book, however edifying.
God knows we can’t drum up these righteous qualities on our own. That’s why his love and faithfulness are woven into our very being by the power of the Holy Spirit. The love is all his, the loyalty is all his, yet it’s firmly planted in us. Amazing.
He urges us not to leave his grace and truth unexercised, but to put them into action. As Matthew Henry wrote, “live upon them, and take the comfort of them.”
- Want to fully experience the love of God? Love others.
- Want to understand how God can be faithful to you? Be faithful to others.
Lord, why do we always complicate what you make clear?
…bind them around your neck,… Proverbs 3:3
This phrase is so visual, so tactile. Imagine slipping God’s sacred words onto a silver chain so you can “wear them like a necklace” (NCV), displaying his loyalty and kindness for all to see.
If God means for us to literally “tie them” (ERV) around our neck, “as a reminder” (NLT), this Scripture jewelry, and other pieces like it, provide a way to do just that.
Yet there are deeper truths to be found in this proverb. One of the most accurate places to measure a heartbeat is the carotid artery in the neck. Perhaps the Lord intends for us to check our spiritual pulse. To press in and ask hard questions.
Does my heart truly beat for the Lord? Is his Word active in me? Or am I dead to Christ and alive to the world?
The truth is, we hold closest to our hearts what we value most.
When I was twelve, my first crush gave me his wooden ring (all the rage back in the day), and I gave him mine. His ring was too big for my finger, so I wore it on a leather cord around my neck. All the time. Even if it clashed with my outfit, I wouldn’t dream of neglecting his gift to me.
That ring told the world I was chosen.
That ring assured me I was cherished.
And that leather cord around my neck? Gently rubbing against my skin? A constant reminder of the one I cared about.
God deserves to be remembered. Every day, every hour, every minute.
…write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3
We have all sorts of tablets now, from spiral-bound ones to sleek digital models with myriad apps.
But such tablets are easily broken, stolen, or lost forever.
So, God asks us to store his wisdom in a more permanent place, “deep within” (NLT), on the “tables of thy heart” (DRA). The same Hebrew word describes “the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God” (Exodus 31:18), which the Lord covered with his commandments and entrusted to Moses.
The tablets God writes on now are anything but stone. He wants his truths etched “in your mind” (CEV) so you can “meditate on them” (VOICE). That’s why memorizing Scripture is so valuable.
I’m grateful to have God’s Word on my mobile, my Kindle, my laptop, my bookshelf, but where it makes the most difference is in my heart.
Each time I write or speak, this is my prayer: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
When his words of love are in my mind, they are more likely to pour out of my mouth. That’s why I’m practicing this week’s verse aloud, committing it to memory. Join me?
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3
My daughter and I created a pretty Printable for Proverbs 3:3, with four copies of our memory verse on a single page. Cut them apart to tack on your bulletin board, post on your fridge, slip in your purse, prop on your desk—anything to keep God’s Word front and center this week.
Now it’s your turn
- Chose one verse you love from the book of Proverbs.
- Share it below under “Post a Comment.”
- Include the whole verse, if possible.
- Add a brief sentence or two, if you wish, telling us why it’s your favorite.
Then join us next week as our countdown begins!
Your sister, Liz
@LizCurtisHiggs #50Proverbs #bgbg2
P.S. My sweet friend, Ann Voskamp, is also encouraging us to memorize God’s Word in 2014. Consider making room in your heart and mind for two dozen or more verses from the gospel of John. This is the year we all go deeper with God (and share the joy of doing so!).
Hello Liz, My verse would be (sorry it is 2 verses, they go together) Prov.3: 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight. This is my LIFE verse! Also, I went on a road trip with my sister one year, she had just given her heart to the Lord, and we memorized this verse together during that time. It was a very special time for us. Thanks for all you do to encourage us!! You are loved!
My favorite verse is Proverbs 3: 5-6
Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.
My Favorite too!
Hello Liz, hello friends,
Next to Proverbs 3:3 it would be Proverbs 16:16 (NIV):
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
(MSG) Get Wisdom-it’s worth more than money; choose insight over income every time.
I glean much peace of mind, contentment and much discernment from it.
Prov. 16:24 “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” I was bullied as a child and know how much words can hurt. As a Christian and as an adult, I purposely try to speak kind words. Doesn’t mean I always do, but I try.
Proverbs 13:12, Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is the tree of life. The verse I clung to for years while waiting for our daughter’s adoption to be finalized. She was 5 days old when we got her through the foster care system (and we had already been foster parents for over 2 years before her placement) but it took until 2 weeks before her 4th birthday to finalize the adoption. That was a bit over 7 years ago. She is now a beautiful, talented, funny 11 year old.
One of my favorite Proverbs is Proverbs 8:35.
For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD.
I love this verse because truly, until I found Jesus, I didn’t know what real living was. As a bonus, the favor of the LORD rests on me. Wow… too much to absorb for me!
My favorite verse is Proverbs 31:17
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
This declares the strength of a woman and the fortitude she has as she lives her daily life, working hard for her family and keeping focused on God’s will for her days.
Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. (NIV)
Proverbs 27:12 The prudent see danger and take refuge but the simple keep going and suffer for it. This is also stated in 22:3.I can see danger coming and then seek God’s Wisdom in what to do!
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV). Trying to keep my heart in the right place is a daily task. I don’t always succeed but it’s my aim! I’m so looking forward to this study and your support and encouragement in “guarding my heart”. God bless you and your staff Liz! Happy New Year!
Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a mans heart, but it is the Lords purpose that prevails. When my husband retired from the Navy, eighteen years ago, he didn’t have a job to go to right away. His sister said we could stay with them a month. He’d been going on interviews and things like that, but nothing came up yet. During that time, this verse was what God gave to me, and I had His peace through that time. We only lived with her for three weeks before moving to Tn. My husband is still working at the same company. Since that time, This has become a life verse as well as a prayer. I pray that His purposes would prevail in my life, and those of my family.
That’s my verse too!
Decisions, decisions. Too many great and good words here. If I have to choose a favorite for today- Proverbs 30:7-9
“Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die. Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ” Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”
In this world we live in of “haves” and “have nots” I have lived mostly in the “have nots” camp materially which greatly grated on me as a young woman who saw others more materially blessed than I (yes, I did wear the green of envy). I fought that most of my life until financially we became comfortable (a relief), but with that I realized I am so blessed in so many ways that things are becoming less and less important. I want to be content in all ways and I want to accept my daily bread as enough.
Prov 30:7-9 for me reflects so much about balance, something we all struggle with in today ‘s world. Love it! (an many more)
This is much the same as my testimony of early life. But when I reached a personal relationship with Christ, and He was my personal friend, life
changed dramatically. It was thru Him we have all that we need. He is
the author and perfector of my faith. Praises go to Him
I memorized this as a child. I’ve proven it true my entire life! God is faithful!
Liz, my favorite Proverb is 3:5-6 because that’s the very first Bible verse my only grandson (at the time) ever memorized and it was on the very day he died in 2004 at the age of 3 1/2. Hunter couldn’t say his “L”s very well so everything came out like “Y”s but this is his rendition: “Trust in thuh Yord wiff all your heart!” From that dark day to this, it is what I try to do…Trust in the Lord, don’t try to understand everything on my own, and HE will make my paths straight (and do what’s best for me in the long run). Thanks for the opportunity to share, Liz.
I am so very sorry, Pam. What a heartache for you and your family! God is SO faithful, to give you a cherished memory of Hunter saying, “Trust in thuh Yord wiff all your heart…” Such things can indeed carry us through our darkest days. Bless you for sharing this with us.
I like Proverbs 8:33. I’m using the Message in my quiet time this year, so I’m quoting it from there. “Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don’t squander your precious life.”
I didn’t learn about squandering my life until I became in danger of losing it. And when my nephew died, followed five weeks later by my sister in law, I realized that every single day is a gift. Every one.
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
Proverbs 31:25 She is a woman of strength and dignity, and has not fear of old age. (Living Bible) Though we are aging we can show strength and dignity in what we do for our family, friends and church. We do not need to fear the aging process, we have an inner strength to guide and help use.
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. Changing my life from doing it my way to His way was such a challenge. This verse kept me grounded and focused on what the Lord wanted me to accomplish. His plans were definitely different than my plans. The only way I could continue to move forward into this wilderness was by committing my works to the Lord.
“A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.” — Proverbs 15:13, is one of my favorite proverbs; I’ve loved it since I was a little girl (and that was a looooooong time ago!) The KJV says it this way: “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” I loved the idea of having “a merry heart.” I might have been a little sulky as a kid, and when I read this proverb in a daily devotional, I wanted to change. I asked a Sunday School teacher how to have “a merry heart,” and she told me it was a matter of trusting Jesus. What wise counsel!
Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger,nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourelf in a snare. This one brings comfort and deliverance to my mind and heart and soul. Cheryl Phillips
“Reckless words pierce like a sword but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18
Use your tongue to bring healing. Try to keep your heart in the right place and think before you speak, because once the words are spoken they can not be retrieved. Healing words brings such love and peace to the person spoken to!
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)
This is a focus in our family! As the parents of teenagers we find this is hard for them to do in this fallen world. This is the scripture they (we) hold close to help us remember what Christ wants for them.
I know this was mentioned but it has become my favorite verse. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord always and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in everything and he will make your pats smooth and straight.
I’m slowly beginning to memorize James. The picture of you and Ann is the cutest thing ever! Love seeing you at Dan King’s video chat!
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30, New King James Version. I want my life to bear fruit, and to extend the life that Christ has given me to others.
” Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and despise not your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 1:8. This one hits home because my son is very stubborn and us not serving God like he used to. He is very defensive when I try to talk to him about God. I pray for him to cone back to God and use his talents to serve Him.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)
I’d have to say Proverbs 31:30
“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
I think that as women in our society we are always pushed to focus on our appearance. I want to be a woman who fears the Lord!
Hi Liz! Is this going to be a new Bible study like the two we just finished? (The Women of Christmas & Bad Girls of the Bible). I didn’t get a notice about it and now I feel like I’m behind (as usual). I try so hard to keep up with your lessons. Thank you for letting me know 🙂
YES, this is our new Bible study for 2014! And not to worry, Debbie: we are just starting today so you’re not behind at all. The only book you need is God’s Word, so you are good to go! Have a favorite verse from Proverbs to share?
Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him”. I found it very hard to pick a favourite because there are so many nuggets of pure gold in Proverbs. Thank you, Liz for continually directing our attention to the precious Word of God.
I know Liz that you are not talking about Psalms; but my favorite verse in the Bible is Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me under the shadow of thy wings. This verse always causes me to reflect on our Father and looking at him as Abba Father ( for me it just the closest thing to a Father that I have ever known; being able to have that intimate relationship). Can I also be include in the Bible study?
My one-little-word for 2014 is HEART and my bible verse for this year is Proverbs 4:23: “Guard your HEART above all else, for it is the source of life.” It’s ALL about the heart — that’s what a preacher said during a sermon many years ago. It hit me then and it continues to strike a holy chord in me still today. I want to be a woman after God’s own heart. I know you do too, Liz!!
PROV 21:1 “The kings heart is like channels of water in the hands of The Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.” NASB I claim and pray that promise of God influencing the hearts of the ones for whom I am praying. Very Powerful!
I love the book of Proverbs. It was my honor to be able to speak at my mother-in-law’s funeral. I based my words of tribute on Proverbs 31 she truly was a woman spoken of there. I am grateful to God for giving me my own mother and my husband’s mother both were women of Proverbs 31 and continue to live in my heart.
“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” Proverbs 30:5 NIV) Oh, there are so many that speak to my heart, it is difficult to choose just one! Shielded by the flawless word of God. What an encouraging word. Protected, sheltered, safe, resting and trusting in Him.
I love Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” It keeps me grounded in today – to do my best, to savor and treasure what God has given me,
‘Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand.’ I plan, control, manipulate and coerce, but God’s way will have it’s way. His job is to lead me, mine is to follow, which I find incredibly difficult.
This verse from Proverbs spoke to me recently. Proverbs 20:27 “The spirit of a man is the lamp of The Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart”. It reminds me of what I pray from Psalm 139:23-24 search me… know my heart… lead me.
Proverbs 3:5 is one of my favourites. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. And verse 6: In all you ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” I have come to realize, through the “school of hard knocks” that I really have no recourse save to trust in the Lord. He is teaching me. My own understanding is often very limited and faulty.
Proverbs 16:7 “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies tp be at peace with him.”
The key to living at peace with your enemies is in pleasing the Lord. This is more proof that our number one priority should be to please the Lord and trust Him for the results.
Resolve Proverbs 3:3 & 4 with me: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” It is my daily prayer to be faithful and loving.
Prov. 16:6 “By mercy and truth iniquity is purged and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.” I am standing on this verse (and others) for the return of my son who is not walking with God.
So hard to choose, but I’ll focus on Prov. 8:11 today: “For wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things can not compare with her.” Reminds me to focus on the riches of God’s word and to see it for the treasure that it is and not focus on the crumbs the world has to offer.
Prov. 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Proverbs 1:32,33 For the waywardness of the naïve will kill them and the complacency of fools will destroy them. But he who listens to me shall live securely and will be at ease from the dread of evil. Such peace to know that obedience will keep us safe and secure ….
Liz, Proverbs 3: 5,6 has always been a favorite as many have stated. Letters to my son during his 20yrs in the Navy & often in unsafe places, ended with this verse & it is written by me in my children’s Bibles. Now that my relationship with my daughter is on rocky ground, she wants nothing to do with me, I have claimed this verse. “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it”. Proverbs 22:6. I believe God is faithful & He will return her to the faith & truths that she was raised with. I miss her, cry daily but He comforts me with His Word. I am looking forward to this study!!
I, too, have a child that hasn’t spoken to me in over 5 years. After reading this Proverb again, I know I must choose it as my favorite: Proverbs 22:6: “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it”. Only God knows the path my son needs to follow and by remembering this verse daily, or even more often, I will be reminded to “Let go and Let God!”
Thank you for posting that, Sharon. I need to often remind myself to “let go and let God”. A good reminder to me as well.
Proverbs 22:6 is special to me as well, My grandmother prayed for me and my brother her whole life,. I was raised in the church, but “turned away” as a young adult, finally returning to God in my 40s. Now I cling to Proverbs 22:6 as my adult daughter & son-in-law have stopped attending church or adhering to the Lord’s way. I just have to lift them up in prayer that they will return as I did. This verse also inspires me to be faithful in my own life so as to be an example to my children and grandchildren, to encourage them to return to God.
Liz, ONE of my favorite proverbs is Proverbs 27:17, NKJV, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” The Lord used this early in my Christian walk to teach me to appreciate and get along with others, including my husband! 🙂
Proverbs 9:10-12 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through me your days will be many and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you: if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.” I homeschool and this helps to remind me that my wisdom comes from the Lord not from earthly curriculm.
One of my favorites proverbs is from 17:22 – “A joyful heart is good medicine but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” I’ve been accused of being a bit of a Pollyanna but the truth of this Scripture is a lifeline for me. And I learned over the years, joy and praise are much more choices I make than warm fuzzies or happenstances falling upon me.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
I chose Proverbs 3:25,26. These two verses seem to be written for today’s world. “Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.”(NIV) Notice the verse reads “when it comes”, not IF it comes. Expect trouble for your beliefs, but don’t be afraid of it. The Lord is our confidence!
I have so many favourites it is hard to choose just one. Proverbs 25:2 may not be on many lists but I love it. God has ‘hidden’ so many treasures for us to discover in His Word, if only we will look. I had the privilege of studying God’s Word with a Messianic Jewish group and am still daily amazed at the treasures I discover when I’m in The Word.
‘It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.’ Proverbs 25:2
Proverbs 31:8-9 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; defend the rights of all those who have nothing. Speak up and judge fairly, and defend the rights of the poor and needy.” These verses have been my courage as I have worked in a crisis pregnancy center, when I have taken my friend down to TESSA to get her help from her abusive husband, and also to stand up to the schools for my daughter who has disabilities and also when we (my husband and my self) had to go to court and testify against a family member who abused our daughter (when majority of our family didn’t support us) These verses kept reminding me “I am doing the right thing even though it is hard”
Proverbs 10:12 (NLT) Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses. Hello Liz, I focus on the second part of this verse. I have a magnet on my fridge that says: Love covers a multitude of wrongs. Its so easy to slight someone without thought in a house with people running to and fro; we get careless. I want my house to be a safe place where we can speak our minds, vent, etc. but then regroup and ask if God is happy. I said that a lot to my children. God is in this car, he is happy. God is in this room, is he happy. God is Love. Thank you for sharing your walk with us. Blessings!
My very favorite is Proverbs 3:5-6. That is my “go to” verse that gives me peace and strength, but you have already covered that one. So my second favorite (and there is so many to choose from) I guess would be Proverbs 17:22, ” A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a chrushed spirit dries up the bones.” There is so much truth in that one. Too often I have found laughter lifts my spirit and chases away the clouds. So many people, including Christians, go through life in such a miserable state; never happy about anything or with anything. They age themselves right before your eyes. Then there are those battling illness. They get through the battle so much better when they have a good outlook and lots of humor. When they stay emotionally & spiritually misserable, they never feel better let alone get better. Laughter is a gift from God, and I believe He loves to laugh.
Proverbs 10:22- “the blessing of The Lord maketh rich, and adds no sorrow to it.” When we trust in God He brings us everything we need in every situation, and we’re always better for it!
Proverbs 22:6 (AMP) ~ Train up a child in the way he should go (and in keeping with his individual gift or bent), and when he is old he will not depart from it.
I chose this proverb from many favorites, because I’ve tried to instill a love for the Lord in each of my four children and two grandchildren. My children (28, 29, 31 & 37) all accepted Jesus as Lord when quite young and though not all of them are currently firmly walking His path for their lives, I know that GOD is holding each of them in the palm of His hand. The seeds were planted and He continues to cultivate and water His Truth in each of them. I stand in faith that each one – and the grandchildren – will one day place the Lord at the center of their lives and walk into eternity hand-in-hand with Jesus <3
I love the book of Proverbs. So hard to choose a favorite verse. Proverbs 3:5-6 has always spoken to me in many situations “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”. Sometimes, I find myself trying to direct my own paths and God always reminds me of these verses and I quickly admit my failure in not trusting Him in everything! I have so enjoyed the first day of this study and looking forward to tomorrow!! Thank you and Blessings to you!!
So many. One is Proverbs 16:3(NKJ) Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established. In the (NASB) it says and your plans will be established. In anxious moments I need to always remember that prayer first is a mighty force when guidance and direction is needed.
Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Lord God, help me to speak words of encouragement and love to those I meet today.
My favorite verse from Proverbs is Proverbs 17:17 : ” A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” The Lord has sent “the perfect friend” into my life at just the right time over and over again. My prayer is to be used in that way as often as possible.
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.
Proverbs 11:25 (The Message Version)
I find that when I pray for others, and reach out to help others I am blessed. Tis truly better to give than receive, fro in giving we receive even more than we could have asked for.
Proverbs 31:20 “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.”
I strive everyday to be kind to those who have less than I do, I would not wish poverty on anyone and feel it is our duty to reach out and help one another and this verse says this to me…that it is what God would have a woman to do.
“There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.” KJV or” One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want”. English Standard Version (Proverbs 11:24) I read the KJV years ago and it so aptly described what happens in our lives when we give or withhold, it seems to be a very basic principle that we need to learn and remember, and it is very true indeed.
I was reading what others put as there favorites, as I scrolled down I would think “oh, yes that one” or I really like this one. I like to read all the Proverbs and have a hard time picking just one. The one verse I post often is “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.” Proverbs 11:21-23 It reminds me that my heart and attitude are what what matter.
This is right in line with what was on my heart at he beginning of this New Year—–to memorize one Proverb a week with my 7th grade daughter…I want us both to grow in God’s wisdom and truth. My daughter just started back to school. The day before, she commented on how she dreaded going back. I truly never saw such dread in her face toward school. The next morning I was having quiet time and ended up reading this Proverb:
A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel Proverbs 1:5
I wrote the first half of this out for her, as well as for me, and after she agreed that she wanted to learn a Proverb a week with me, I gave it to her and encouraged her to hang it inside her locker where she could see it every day. I encouraged her to learn all that she could this semester and to remember that this was the focus of why she was at school to begin with. I am so excited to see what wisdom the Lord wants to impart to both of us this year
I love Proverbs – they help me “live right” by the power of the Holy Spirit. As a women’s ministry leader in my church, I have long loved ro read and share Proverbs 14:1, most recently in ESV:
“The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.”
Looking so forward to this series – thank you for ALL you do!
Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the Lord,and your plans will be established.
I need to remember to commit my actions and plans to further God’s kingdom and not my own agenda or praise for myself.
As I turn 50 on Jan. 18th, I have given up coloring my hair and have gone gray…so, one of my favorite verses has always been (because of godly grandmothers in the past…and wise ones, too), Proverbs 16:31 “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.”
Good for you, Shari! I went naturally silver the year I turned 50. It’s free, it’s fun, and you never have to worry about your roots! Another verse along those lines is Proverbs 20:29: “The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.” Though I confess, I seldom refer to my hair as “gray”–a gloomy, battleship sort of word. Instead, “silver” brings to mind jewelry, coins, and crowns. Ahhh.
Ah, Liz…thank you for “silver” it was gold to me today as I received my AARP card in the mail…arrrrrggggg!
My favorite verse from Proverbs is “Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23NIV This is my favorite because many years ago a Sunday School teacher asked our class to memorize this verse and gave each of us a copy handwritten in calligraphy. It was in the King James version and said, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.”
Not necessarily my favorite but one that has so much wisdom to follow when people attempt to “tell you something you need to pray about concerning Sister ??????” I actually have suggested people read: Proverbs 18:17 (NLB) The first to speak in court sounds right —- until the cross-examination begins. So….. be careful little ears what you hear, be careful little mouths what you say.
Provers 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” (NIV)
I love that God’s Words are flawless. I can trust them (Him). I need His word more and more. So thankful for it! So thankful He is my shield!
Proverbs29:25…Fear of man will prove to be a snare,but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.
– Proverbs 14:1
I try to remember this in my relationships with others. Am I building this relationship or tearing it down?
Such a good question, Shelly.
Proverbs 4:6 Stay close to wisdom, and she will keep you safe. Love her, and she will watch over you.
God is masculine and Wisdom is feminine….a marriage made in Heaven!
Psalm 27:8 (From the NLT)
“My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds,
“Lord, I am coming.”
Proverbs 27:1 “Don’t brag about your plans for tomorrow-wait and see what happens! What an awesome God we have and he is faithful!
Proverbs 31:11, 12
“Her husband depends on her, and she never lets him down. She is good to him every day of her life,”
God gifted me this wonderful God fearing man. My prayer is that I live up to this.
I appreciate your above statement: “Some days even the best of us can act like the worst of us.” If this were not utterly true, there would be no need for the Book of Proverbs. The unrighteous would have no understanding, and those of understanding would have no need. No wonder we need Proverbs 3:3. Even Moses himself destroyed the first finger-etched Word of God.
I have several favorites, but the one that sticks out is Proverbs 21:9. It is better to live in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling women in a wide house. KJV. It touches me that has a wife God has given me the gift of a husband. I can appreciate that gift warts and all, or I can nag him about those warts and drive him to be miserable and better off on the roof. Like I always told my kids as they were growing up, if you don’t take care of things you will lose them. That was told them more about toys and property but that goes for relationships as well.
Proverbs 15:1″ A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger. (NIV)
I like this verse because it reminds me to consider what I am saying and whether it will increase or decrease anger(in me as well as the other person).
death and life are in the power of the tongue and those whose who love it will eat its fruits
this verse means a lot to me because I’m guilty of speaking when I shouldn’t off have been silent when I shouldn’t.
Learning to discern the will of God in all situations
There are SO many wise and wonderful verses in Proverbs, such as Proverbs 3:12: “For whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights” (amplified). I love knowing that He “delights” in me, and “corrects” – by allowing me to make those mistakes that instruct, and draw me closer to Him.
Please thank your daughter for her beautiful graphics, Liz, and thank you for making His word so clear, and continually coming up with bible studies to draw us closer to Him! The Lord has blessed you in many ways – not the least, of which (I’m noticing), is your use of the social media. Facebook “likes” will soon be triple what they were just 2-3 years ago. And – I LOVE that contagiously joyful picture of you and Ann laughing! He uses you to bless SO many – THANK YOU!!
Prov. 3:5-7 is one that keeps popping up for me. Here it is in a new translation, The Passion Translation.
Trust in the Lord completely, and not your own opinions,
But with all your heart rely on Him to guide you, and He will lead you in all the decisions you make,
Become intimate with Him in whatever you do and He’ll lead you wherever you go.
And don’t think for a moment that you know it all,
For wisdom comes when you adore Him
What a refreshing and beautiful translation! <3
Hello. I know you asked for one verse but like some of the others, my favorite is 8:6-8, which go together. “Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.” I feel we all need to focus on this. Whether the wickedness referred to is lies or just something not so nice, we need to guard our tongues. People in my family are fond of saying we don’t have a shutoff valve between the brain and tongue. It’s an area that I’ve been working on.
Proverbs 16: 18-19
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
Better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud.
Because of my own false pride at time, this Proverb speaks loud and clear. I pray that I remain humble always before The Lord.
Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it.
Had this on our frig when our girls were growing up. Important.
Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
I have two.
Proverbs 21:30 NIV There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against The Lord.
I prayed that over my daughter’s life for years.
Proverbs 10:29 Amplified The way of The Lord is a strength and stronghold to the upright but destruction to the workers of iniquity.
As we walk in obedience to Gods ways the enemy is defeated.
Prov. 2: 6 “For the Lord gives wisdom;
from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;” NKJV
so often has He given me direction and answers when I needed them.
Proverbs 16:3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Whether I’m a stay-at-home Mom, working inside or outside of the home – may all I do and say be honoring and pleasing to the Lord. And may He guide me to always be at work in His will.
One of my favorites: Proverbs 27:17. I learned it in the KJV “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” It has always been a reminder to me to be careful who I let influence me and how I influence others.
Just a comment regarding the verse you wrote about today … My husband bought a silver necklace and had it engraved “mercy & truth” and gave it to our daughter … not a birthday or Christmas gift, just an “I love you” gift from dad along with a letter explaining the verse and telling her of his unconditional love for her. Understand that she had not always felt and was not always given unconditional love and has turned from God and her “Church Leader’s/Pastor’s kid” upbringing. But our prayer is always that she fall in love with Jesus again … and maybe the first step to that is understanding, feeling, and receiving a daddy’s love. I am so thankful for this act of love that my husband showed to her … And to think how crazy in love her Heavenly Father is with her .. WOW .. I speak of that to her as often as I can. I pray one day she will really know it!
Thanks for the study, Liz! It was a good reminder and brought this memory to me today.
A fave proverb for me is 29:11 “A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” — reminds me of Mary “pondering in her heart” — Lifelong goal to learn to shut up and listen.
On your comment of a daughter turning away; just heard something the other day concerning a child telling their parents that they do not believe in Jesus, the mother replied “When you were a baby you did not believe in anything, I loved you unconditionally, regardless that you had beliefs or not and that love has not and will not change just because you are now an adult.” I thought that was an awesome way to answer those who do not believe the same way we do. Just keep loving them unconditionally regardless.
Johnna, thank you for sharing that story. As a former prodigal daughter, I can never encourage parents enough to keep loving, keep praying, and keep trusting God through the process. The necklace was a perfect gift, expressing grace and truth, which we all desperately need.
Proverbs 1:7 ~ “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Thank you Liz for being a faithful servant of God and helping to keep us all focused on Him.
I really can’t pick a favorite . . .however one did pop out today,
I have loved God’s creature’s all of my life. From fish to fluffy, hooves to talons, I’ve rescued, nurtured, protected and adored many animals. Some were released back into the wild and some slept in my bed. After all, I thought God originally give Adam the job of caring for the animals?
New King James Version (NKJV)
10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal,
But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
One of my favorite verses from Proverbs is 4:23 “Above wall else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” How true, a troubled heart can produce no rich fruit, but a joyous heart will spring forth like the buds in Spring.
Proverbs 12:15-16 (NIV) The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult. And Prov. 14:1 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. Prov. 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. Prov.1:7-8 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mothers teaching. Some of my favorites. Great idea Liz. I’ll be memorizing right along with you. Thank you!
“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6 I just saw a photo of my 2 year old granddaughter helping Mommy with cleaning up!
I have many verses underlined, but would like a study on Proverbs 4:18: The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. (NIV)
One of my ABSOLUTE favorites, Bonnie, which I love to share with new believers who are frustrated with the slow speed of their spiritual growth. This is a perfect, visual description of the process. So beautiful.
Thanks for this new study, Liz. Proverbs 3:27 is meaningful to me. “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.” This is a practical proverb that I can follow every day, and in the process of doing just one kind and good thing, large or small, I can be the fragrance of His grace to another.
“Where there is no vision people perish:…..”
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Prov 15:6
Need a constant reminder – do i want to stir things up, or quiet them down?
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
If we have an opportunity to answer a matter that is heated (meaning going to cause a conflict or stir up anger in ourselves or others involved; sometimes it is best to keep quiet until things calm down and then at the correct time, answer softly. I am in a quiet stage presently with relationships that have set boundaries and so I am waiting for the open doors and allowing God to quiet my spirit and my mouth; and that is not always easy; but I know it is best. 🙂
pro 4:20-22 -my son, give attention to my words Incline your ear to my sayings do not let them depart depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart For they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh
So looking forward to this study and thank you so much for your wisdom and knowledge and for sharing it with us!!!!
One of my favorite verses from Proverbs is “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 This came to me through a lady in our Bible Study group back in the 1970’s. To say the right words at the right time is something I strive and struggle to do.
Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Hey! There is so much we learn from the book of Proverbs. So many favorite verses. I think I need to pick this one. Proverbs 31 26-30.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat at the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; and her husband also, and he praises her. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a women who fears The Lord is to be praised.
This verse definitely shows us how to live…
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but the woman that fears the Lord will be praised.
Treatment for breast cancer this past year has altered my body. The chemo took my hair. I have just come to the point of ditching the wigs which I hated so much and going with the very fine, very short hair that hugs my head. It’s not a look that I like, but it’s what I’ve got. It will take several more months to fully grow out, but every day it’s a lesson in humility when I look in the mirror. I have screamed, I have cried, I have fussed with God but it just won’t grow any faster. After every vain episode, I end up thanking God that I had treatment and I’m still here. It’s all fleeting. The only thing I can count on is God.
Your thoughts brought tears to my eyes. I have battled with my weight all my life, and I know that’s the not the same as cancer, but I certainly understand how you feel about losing your hair. I am beginning to accept that I am not meant to be a thin woman and Proverbs 31:30 is a promise I hang onto. Thank you for sharing and I am so glad that you are still here.
God Bless You, Sue! I have had the unfortunate “privilege” of standing with and supporting each of my 3 sisters with their cancer and chemo and hair loss — it is a devastating trial. I know God understands the tears and the screams and the cries. He loves you beyond each. And I will be praying for you, too.
Sue, thank you for sharing this intimate humbling place you are in. God really loves you and just reading your comment brings tears to my heart. We all need our Saviour. Jesus is our comforter, lean on Him.
Such courage, Sue, to share your journey with us. I am proud of you for embracing who you are right now. That fine hair will indeed grow and thicken. In the meantime, you are wise to give your frustration to God, who loves you completely and has brought you through your chemo. SO GLAD you are with us, beloved.
One of my tested and tried proverbs is proverbs 26:20
‘Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
We were in the cancer clinic waiting to see the oncologist. Another patient was upset, so we chatted. What upset her was not the cancer but her friends and neighbours who gossiped about her having to go to another town frequently. They said she must be visiting another man and staying with him. She was, it was the oncologist! They wouldn’t believe her. She suffered so badly for the gossiping tongues she was thinking of moving. I was just memorizing Prov 26:20 so shared it with her. It lit her up and made her want to read the Bible for more such wisdom. Gossip is so pernicious and destroys lives and friendships. It’s hard to eliminate so I work on it each day. Today’s study is so applicable Liz ‘put love and faithfulness round your neck…. Apply it and stop some of the harsh words we hear everyday. Thanks for this study and the next 50 Liz . I’m looking forward to it.
Isn’t God amazing, to put you in this woman’s life at the very time she needed that Word? His faithfulness never ceases to overwhelm me. Thanks for this powerful story, Judy.
Proverbs 14.1 “A wise woman builds her house; but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.” I believe this is self-explanatory! Makes me stop in my tracks if considering doing something foolish. ♥
Hi Liz – I’m really looking forward to your study. You are such a blessing to so many! Thank you! One proverb I like is:
A man’s heart plans his way but the Lord directs his steps. Prov 16:9
This tells me that I can make my own plans but ultimately my days are in the Lords hands. I find that so comforting! He knows what’s best for me and will faithfully lead me where I need to be.
Hi Liz : HAVING lost hearing thru Meningitis with a 3 yr. old daughter (after regular hearing 33 years ), I lean heavily on Proverbs 4:20 “listen to my Words; never let them out of your sight .My Words are life to those who find them, and health to the body” . I’ve had a hard time ,, yet my husband has been faithful guy (who liked interpreting thru out church Years fortunately!) .I leaned on expressing myself thru obedience ,,and had a surprise on my heels: p e a c e , God has been merciful and faithful . Don’t let me get started talking,, I could write book . So enjoy reading most of your books,along with the last “Christmas” book you wrote,, God blessings! from B’ham,Alabama.
No wonder that verse means so much to you, Donna. Clearly, your “inner ear” is in good health. You are hearing–and listening–so beautifully from the Lord.
“As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the person.” Proverbs 27:19. I would like my heart to reflect godliness, one who seeks to know, love, and share God. It’s a work in progress.
Proverbs 31:25 ~ She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
I am woman, hear me roar. I think that is my new favorite!!!
Proverbs 4:22 AMP
For they (My words, My sayings) are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. I like knowing that His words even sustain our bodies.
Proverbs 3:5-6 — Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.
For years I have strived to make Proverbs 3:6 my work ethic — all task should be performed “as unto the Lord” & acknowledging Him serves as a ready reminder.
One of my favorite Proverbs is 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” This is a reminder to me to keep my words gentle and to have a quiet spirit. I am working on this but it doesn’t always happen!
Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed in strength and dignity. She can laugh at the days to come.”
Forgot about that one!
I am woman!!! 🙂 hear me roar!!
Happy day, the start of a new bible study and its Proverbs. I did a study on Proverbs last year, so I am excited because I am going to grow more in wisdom and knowledge. I like Proverbs 23: 15 – 16 – My son, (I like daughter) if your heart is wise my heart will be glad, even mine; Yes, my heart will rejoice when your lips speak right things. I take these two verses as a personal encouragement from God. I like to think that when a verse sinks deep in my heart that Jesus is telling our Father,” she is getting it, and then God rejoices”. Awesome
I have many favorites but this one leaped out at me recently:
“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” (Proverbs 12: 25)
We’ve all been through hard times and it’s very easy for worry to creep in. Anxiety is a joy-killer. I’ve found that during my darkest days, God has often provided a kind word to me. Sometimes it’s from my studies of His word or from a good friend. However it shows up, it’s always at the right time.
I found this verse a few weeks ago as part of a daily Bible reading plan. Proverbs 30:16 reads: “There are three things that are never satisfied – no, four that never say, ‘Enough!’: the grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire.” The verse spoke directly to my heart and reassured me that God understands the pain women experience as a result of infertility. My husband and I endured more than 10 years of secondary infertility testing and treatments during which many well-meaning people said things like, “At least you have 1 child.” I NEVER took the miracle of my son’s birth for granted and have been extremely thankful for the gift of him, but that did not in any way diminish my desire for a second child. Although my personal battle with infertility ended almost 20 years ago there are still days when my heart breaks for the child/children I longed for but was unable to have. God, in His unending goodness, showed me this verse just weeks after a well-intended, but hurtful comment from a family member which brought the old pain back to the forefront. I am so thankful for a God who loves and cares about me and makes Himself known to me through His Word!
Thanks for sharing your heart, Renee. How it grieves me to think of what you’ve been through. I am grateful that you fully know and depend upon God’s unchanging, unconditional love for you.
One of my favorites is Proverbs 11:25. “The generous prosper and are satisfied: those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
It amazes me to be given stewardship here on earth of God’s extravagant and generous heart! To be able to re-present Him and refresh those whose hearts or countenances have fallen. I am grateful for the refreshings He brings as I position my heart to refresh others with His generous love.
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
My girl friends mean so much to me. I am in several ladies Bible study groups where we as friends sharpen one another in the word and in so many other ways as well.
Well, in all honesty, Proverbs 3:5-6 are my very favorite, but since you have already covered those, I would have to choose Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” I think the reason this verse stands out for me is that it is one of those early foundational verses we learn as children, and in turn one of the first we teach our own children. Just like Maria in The Sound of Music “let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…” To fear The Lord, believing that He is.
My life verse…Proverbs 3:5–Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. I established this truth in my heart my freshman year of college. I am 59 years old now and this verse is more precious to me. Oh how I praise and thank my Lord for His faithfulness and truth in His Word. My Rock and my Salvation!
Hi Liz! It’s an odd role reversal to have you reading my words for once 😉 One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 29:15 “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” I know for many this may seem an odd choice; but I found this verse to a comfort and encouragement over the years. When rearing my sons (now 19 and 21), I often caught myself questioning whether or not their disobedience really warranted correction; but then Proverbs 29:15 would come to mind. Immediately, I was reminded of the awesome responsibility that God had given me: rearing boys to become Godly men. It was comforting to know that my loving discipline of my children was what God expected from me. Once I acknowledged that I was ultimately responsible to God, I was able to set aside my own feelings and discipline my boys in a God honoring manner.
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11
As a teacher, a speaker, and a writer, this verse reminds me of the importance of what we speak or write. Some translations refer to words spoken in the right circumstances or timely advice, but most use the word fitly. Words are powerful and can be used to build up or tear down. We need to be careful that we use the words God would have us to use in all circumstances. As someone who has a tendency to fire off her mouth without engaging the brain at times, I need to be reminded of this often.
I love Proverbs! The verses are like mini word pictures that speak to my heart. Prov. 25:11, this verse reminds me of puzzles pieces of words that fit together over a lifetime, revealing a beautiful and treasured picture of Christ’s life in us or sadly, forgotten random words.
My two verses are tied together: Prov. 10:19 “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” and Prov. 17:14 “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.” In our German heritage family, being “stubborn” and “right” is #1. Oh, how I wish I had different genetics so that I wasn’t so prideful to “win at all costs.” Restrain my words in this New Year, Lord!
“Keeping my heart with all diligence” is the key (Proverbs 4:23) to “The wise woman builds her house, (but the foolish pulls it down with her hands)”—Proverbs 14:1… My challenge in continuing to build my home through the seasons of my life.
Proverbs 17:6. Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.
Our family is so blessed! Almost all our grandparents and great
grandparents have lived to see their great grandchildren and they
have been greatly esteemed by the kids.
I didn’t think of this one. So true – I know having grandchildren has been such a blessing to me.
Love these Proverbs! I, like many of the ladies above know so many by heart, but Proverbs 18:10 is a refuge for me.
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” There’s nothing like the name of JESUS when we need hope, strength, encouragement, when we are fearful…even the enemy has to flee when we say His beautiful name.
Looking forward to this study!
Love and prayers to you Liz!
Proverbs 22:19 So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you. Such a gift to learn Gods words and put my trust in him.
Thank you for sharing your love of Gods words with me Beverly.
3 By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
Proverbs 24:3-4 (NIV)
Of course this is a favorite because there is a story behind it.
5 and a half years ago, we got a surprise phone call from our adoption agency. We were in process but did not have a complete dossier. We opted to take down the information, but we did not look at the picture sent via an email attachment. We decided to pray overnight and decide in the morning. It was the 24th of the month, and I went to scripture to see if anything spoke to me. I read these verses and thought “what rare and beautiful treasures fill my home?” Immediately, my children came to mind. It was one marker needed on an amazing journey to our youngest son.
Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. (Proverbs 10:19 NLT)
I’ve memorized this but because I’ve neglected reading Proverbs regularly lately, this has been a problem. If I’d just not talk, I’d not be misunderstood. I would listen more carefully. I’d ask for clarification. But by doing too much talking, I’ve not even remembered what I said. Much is just white-noise foolish waste of time talk. And how easy gossip begins. So for me this day, I aim to be more sensible and hold my tongue more often.
I really can relate to what you say. Thanks for saying it and reminding me to do the same.
He lays up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to the ones who walk in integrity, to guard the paths of judgment, and He protects the way of His saints. Prov. 2:7,8
He lays up sound wisdom for me and shields me and protects me!!!
Proverbs 22:6- “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.” My grandmother prayed for my brother and me all her life. I was raised in the church, but not a christian until middle age. Now I pray for my adult children and grandchildren (who were raised in way they should go, but don’t go that way) that they will one day turn to the Lord.
Prov. 17:1 – Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. I have this verse in my canning directions along with Go to the ant thou sluggard. Life needs to be lived in balance. I need to prepare for the future (canning), but peace and quiet are better than strife. If canning promotes strife, I need to be content to do without.
A verse I try to keep in mind is Proverbs is 27:19 As in water face reflects the face, so a man’s heart reveals the man. I wish people to see the heart of me, and that is Christ Jesus. I do not always live up to this, but I know that if I hold Him close, He will strengthen and guide me so that others see only Him.
One of my favorites also.
Trust in The Lord with all your heart. Lean not to your own understanding. Acknowledge Him and he will direct your path.
A kindhearted woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth.
Not only is this showing wisdom but it also is showing a character trait of Jesus. I strive to be a kindhearted woman.
I am in for memorizing some Proverbs. I am excited for this Liz!
Woo hoo! Me too, Cynthia. THANKS for joining us.
Proverbs 22:6, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (NIV) This is one of my favorite verses in Proverbs. I was raised in church as a child and walked away from the Lord while in the military as a young teenager. I returned to a relationship with Christ and spent the last five years as a Children’s Pastor. I believe that the seeds planted in the lives of my students will be fulfilled in this promise in Proverbs.
I love so many verses in Psalms and Proverbs and these books are where I go to celebrate and to cry out to the Lord. I have several that I run to but the one that popped to the front was one where God said, ” Daughter, I’m listening, I love you now giggle and get on with it!” Our family was on our yearly final week of the summer camping and sailing trip. I had packed lots of munchies for everyone but I was on a strict weight loss gig and I had already lost 3/4 ‘s of the weight toward my goal. I had been working on it this time for 7 months and nothing I’d brought for me seemed as fun as the cookies etc, I’d brought for the rest of the family. I had was so hungry and had a pity party and went into the tent to read my Bible and try to forget about food. I grumbled at God and then asked him to tell me where I should read. When I opened my Bible it fell open to this verse, Proverbs 15:17: “Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.” Needless to say God and I had a good giggle and I turn to that verse whenever I need to be reminded that I should be thankful, cheerful and remember how much he cares.
God DOES have a sense of humor, for sure, Bonnie!
Proverbs 3:11-12 “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in.”
These verses mean a lot to me because I’ve needed my Lord’s discipline so often, and so have needed reminded that He does it because He loves me so much.
I wanted to list four but thought better of it. 🙂 So for tonight, I’ll go with Proverbs 18:10: “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.” His name, just His name alone, is powerful and wonderful and worthy of all praise.
Sorry I have to throw this one in to as it’s kind of where I’m at…always, maybe. Proverbs 20:24: “A man’s steps are determined by the LORD, so how can anyone understand his own way?” Why do I so desperately try to control my life? If at the sound of His name all tongues will confess, shouldn’t I trust my steps to Him?
Love you and this study, Liz!
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV).
Proverbs 6 16-19 hit me HARD this morning. Especially the last verse when.God says that He.HATES SOMEONE.WHO CAUSES DISCORD BETWEEN BROTHERS…IN OTHER WORDS US.CHRISTIANS CAUSING DIVISION In THE BODY OF CHRIST. WHAT MADE ME TRULY PONDER THIS SCRIPTURE AND ALSO THE END ONE IS WHAT GOD.HATES. YES OUR GOD IS A.LOVING GOD BUT THERE ARE THINGS.HE HATES AND IN THIS PROVERB IT IS CAUSING DISSECTION/problems between.the body of Christ with intent to do so. Also our Pastor included in closing just this past Sunday that every year for.the past 15’years from October to December that our.church body just rips eachother apart. Spiritual warfare? Yes I believe so. SAD. We are all one in Him and through Him.
Hi Liz, looking through Proverbs this morning, this verse jumped out at me:13:3
“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” It’s a challenging verse for sure as I have spoken foolishly a time or two. And it usually comes back to haunt me. But it’s wonderful to have the Holy Spirit there to guide me. He nudges me at times to lead me in the right direction. I have to listen. That requires me to be still and quiet. That’s where the trouble lies isn’t it? When I listen, I walk in wisdom. When I brush Him aside and go ahead…well, needless to say it leads to trouble. The bottom line is we have the Spirit. He is there to lead and help us. May I be quick to listen.
Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” My reminder that the Serpent was lying in the garden. We didn’t become wiser, but instead we became intimate with evil. This with Proverbs 3:5-6 lets me know, don’t trust ANYONE, but God, not even myself!!! 😀
Proverbs 15:1——A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. This stops a lot of arguments before it even gets started 🙂 It has worked for me!!
So many, hard to give just one. Proverbs 13:3 (NLT), “Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin evverything”, speaks to me now as I am trying to remember to Open mouth, Praise God instead of opening my mouth to whine and complain. It truly does ruin everything! Praising the Lord with my mouth will fill me up with His joy and give me a long life!!
In his heart a man plans his course, but The Lord determines his steps. Prov. 16:9. I need to remember this when something unexpected comes along & “messes up my plans”! Lord, you direct my path today. Open the doors I need to walk through. Close the doors I don’t. Get people out of my way I don’t need to talk to today. And put people in my way I do. And, Lord, don’t let me waste time. For I trust you with everything. Amen
‘Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouth shut, they seem intelligent.’ NLT Or as we say from ‘Our Family Revised Version’ … ‘even the foolish look wise when they shut up ‘
Sort of is the fail safe verse when putting all other verses concerning the mouth and what flows from it into practice. When all else fails, keep the mouth shut and you stand a good chance at following God’s word on matters of the mouth 😉
A gentle answer diffuses anger but a sharp tongue kindles a tempered fire.
This verse has helped me to be more cautious with my words…bringing more peace to my life!
Proverbs 16:20 is one of my favorites..”Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” Trusting in the Lord isn’t always easy but definitely worth having God’s blessing.
“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:11-12
I read Proverbs through every month…have doing this for almost 20 years…so many verses are important but these two are probably the ones that through the past few years come to my mind every single day. I am first a daughter of The King…chosen and redeemed…a woman in Christ but second I am my wonderful husband’s helpmeet…it is so important to me that these two verses are true of me and my life…so I guess I would say they are my favorite.
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straights.” This is actually my daughters favorite verse and has now become one of mine. This verse has forged a special bond between us and it reminds me that she is totally trusting in her Lord and Savior to carry her through and that brings me such peace. Thank you for this blog. I absolutely love it and the amazing work you do for The Lord and his beloved sisters in The Lord.
I just cannot get out of Proverbs chapter 3. there is so much wisdom and richness in this chapter….wow I love the Lord.
In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
I love this verse because it reminds me who is truly sovereign. I may think I’m planning my way, but in truth it’s God. And His plans are good. When things don’t go as I had expected/hoped, I take great pleasure in knowing God is up to something big.
Proverbs 11:25 he or she who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. My Mom always taught me to have a servants heart! Giving!
9 Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
These are great words of encouragement and direction. love them. Dawn
Proverbs 13:3. I pray this for all my grandchildren. That
They will think before they speak.
My favorite proverb currently is Proverbs 15:17,”A bowl of soup with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate”. It’s kinda a silly verse but sums up a lot if life in those few words. Initially I found the verse while googling something inspirational for my kitchen. Then I began pondering it. I moved from my hometown about 3 years ago. While moving was exciting and adventurous, it will never satisfy the dear friends I have in my hometown. Friendships that were divinely given and purposed. Friendships that still continue sans soup because of the distance that no exist. It also has called my attention to the fellowship I took for granted. In my experience, God works through a man and sometimes I call “man” something like “friend”. Oh how I miss those friends and sitting down for some soup.
Proverbs 10:12 is one of my faves! Hatred stirs up trouble, but love forgives ALL wrongs. I think sometimes we like to judge the level of wrong done but in truth sin is sin and hurt is hurt and whether reconciliation can be achieved or not the Lord requires us to forgive!
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:11 KJV
The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl.
Proverbs 25:11 NCV
My year’s word is forgive. I want to forgive and let go of the past, as God has forgiven my past and let go of it.
My year’s verse is Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 31: 8-9 CJB
8 Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who need an advocate.
9 Speak up, judge righteously,
defend the cause of the poor and the needy.
“As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man” 27:19. I had been a Flight Attendant for 17yrs for a major carrier here in MN. (years ago) When I was a Lead Flight Attendant/Purser on Iternational flights, we had brifings. I always used a Proverb in my briefings. I would pray, review the crew list and let the Lord help me find the Proverb for the days briefing. This was one of my most favorites. I would share with the crew that what was in the heart would come out of the mouth. That is probably another proverb? It was a good self reflection prior to or flight. Now I use it for my own dealings with people.
Proverbs 31:31. I “give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates”.
I had a mental breakdown and crochet set my mind at rest and gave me a purpose until God worked His medicine on me. I’m whole thanks to my Jesus!
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
I am a newbie to the girls of the bible, and my first time on your website. I cant thank Jesus enough to be led to your sermons on the women of the bible.
the proverb that reaches me the most, deepest and most fulfilling is Lemuels mothers instructions on what a good wife, mother and woman ought to strive for. Proverbs 31.
it is a proverb that has become a life mission for me.
another proverb is Proverbs 9, Lady Wisdom who invites everyone to her table good or bad.
I, too was (is) a really really really bad girl, i would have made jezebell look like a saint, and God still loves me and He has turned my life around. thank you for everything Liz!! and Thank you Jesus
CELEBRATING your new life in Christ, dear sister, and the hunger for his Word that God has placed in your heart. You are VERY welcome here!
dont know if its in the bible, but my auntie yvonne has always said;
It’s definitely a biblical concept, in that it agrees with Scripture, but it’s actually taken from “Of the Imitation of Christ” by Thomas a Kempis, where he wrote, “For man proposes, but God disposes; neither is the way of man in his own hands.”
Two verses from Proverbs confirm his statement:
“In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
So, your Auntie Yvonne was right! :>)
After reading through most of the comments and seeing many of my favorites already listed, I had to open my bible and do some reading of my own–I am known for transposing numbers horrifically! Proverbs 25:21-22 (another one of those that is a couplet rather than a singlet): “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat.; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you.” Hard to remember sometimes when our culture is full of “get even” attitude!
Liz, I am trying to find that beautiful Scripture necklace you picture in this post. I clicked on the link you provided, but didn’t see that particular necklace. I’d love to buy one!!
Hmmm. It was there when I wrote this blog on Monday. in fact, I liked her necklace so much, I ordered one with a portion of this week’s verse, Proverbs 3:3, on it! But you are quite right: I no longer see this necklace on her page. I’ll include an update here when I hear from her, which I surely will. She’s had excellent reviews. Stay tuned!
Thank you!!! I shall wait for your update!
Me included on Prov. 3: 5-6 , it always comes to mind. We all agree on that one!!
Proverbs 8:17 “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me”
ahhh good to know
He even loves those who don’t know him and love him yet! If they seek, he shall find!!
Proverbs 25:24 “Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.” (NIV)
God is really working on me in regard to my tongue, so maybe that’s why this verse stands out to me. Sadly, there have probably been times when my husband would have gladly chosen a corner of the roof.
Many of my favorites have already been posted…..but this week’s proverb has really come at a wonderful time for me..I need this verse for myself, but our granddaughter just got engaged on New Years Day and I printed this verse off and am sending it to her and one for her fiancé . Liz, is this study one that a group could do together by reading the blog and then getting together, discussing how The Lord spoke to us and memorizing the verse together? I am so excited about this study even if I have to do it alone! Thanks for allowing The Lord to use you…
You could definitely study these verses from Proverbs as a small group. You might wait a couple of months before you start, so you could discuss, perhaps, 3 verses each week. I’ll be asking an application question or two at the end of each one. Of course, if it’s a short study (15 minutes during a lunch hour at work), one verse a week might be just right!
So many faves I’m dubbing this the potato chip assignment because it’s virtually impossible to choose just that one. But one of my top picks is
Proverbs 31:25 NIV “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
I love how this reminds me that I am this new, re-made woman in Christ. Free of the past. Alive in the moment. Assured of His faithfulness and the reality that there will be joy ahead… come what may.
Amen, I second this verse!
I like how the NKJV describes her clothing as “strength and honor,” almost sounding like an ancient war cry. This isn’t a woman who is afraid of the future, but is firmly trusting in her Lord, who has everything firmly taken care of and His daughter safely in His hands. I’m definitely not there yet, but with God’s grace, He can bring us to that point!
One of my favorites is Proverbs 22:6…”Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”.
Proverbs 17v9 He who covers and and forgives an offence seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends.(amplified)
Hi Liz. One of my favorite Proverbs is 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
When we commit all of our heart, soul, mind and strength to God, than He supplies all we need to be successful. 🙂
Above all else, guard your heart. It is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23. I read it is one of only two verses in the Bible that speak of the heart and say “above all.”
Wisdom is more precious than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 8:11 This is a verse my children learned years ago when we homeschooled. I can still see my first son, about 4 at the time, saying ‘woobies’ for rubies. That son is a good man….but far from the Lord now. But I claim my other favorite – Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Yes and AMEN, Lord!
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. – Proverbs 13:3
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. – Proverbs 30:5-6
Ooops…here is Proverbs 30:5-6
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.
Proverbs 4:23 HCSB
Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.
Proverbs 1:7a – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Prov 4:10-12. Hear, my son, and accept my sayings and the years of your life will be many. I have directed. You in the way of wisdom. I have led you in upright paths. When you walk, your steps will not be peded; and if you run, you will not stumble.
My husband is a 30 year cancer survivor of a rare form. He has been hospitalized so many times I couldn’t count. And on Dec 22 we were in the hospital again & still are. As a result of all his treatments, he doesn’t walk, has limited lung capacity & severe heart damage. In light of all this, I love this verse because I’m our darkest days I can visualize us walking together, laughing & even running along a path with our Lord & Savior. What a great promise that we hold close.
Thank you so much for the printable of Proverbs 3:3. I am a visual person so it really helps. My Mom used to put verses on her bathroom mirror…I find myself doing that now and understand why it was so important to her to be able to ponder those words as she was getting ready for the day in the morning and getting ready to rest in the evening. My favorite Proverbs verse??? Too many. I’m enjoying other’s input and look forward to our weekly get togethers!
Proverbs 15:23 “A man finds joy in giving an apt reply – and how good is a timely word!” I have experienced the truth of this verse over and over again as I work in Women’s Ministry!
29:11 “a fool vents his anger but a wise man has self control.” I came from a family of blowers so this is a good reminder for me and one I use often for my children as well.
17:1 “better a dry crust with peace than a house full of feasting and strife” my husband’s family are all stuffers and when there’s any conflict, they all just hide and pretend to be fine and have big celebrations. It’s very hard and awkward and we want our family to be different.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
As a pastor the need to be fully connected to God if I am to assist others to grow in faith and live faithfully. When I am distracted by my personal agendas, problems grow exponentially.
Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more until the perfect day.
I am far from perfect, but the last five years or so I have physically felt the presence of the Holy Spirit – it is actually tangible and a very real presence. As this “awareness” has come over me, I have noticed subtle changes in my behaviors and attitudes. While I am still a perfectionist (perhaps that is just the way I am hard wired), I have stopped beating myself up over my weaknesses. I have acknowledged that my weaknesses are God’s opportunity to display His strength – my weaknesses are not a punishment but rather training for some future use. I know I am “not there yet,” but as my heart turns more towards God, even the bad in life seems more manageable. I’m not there yet, but God is walking beside me every step of the way – He is helping me avoid pits and obstacles. He is keeping me safe and helping me grow in life and faith. No, I’m not there yet, but I have learned to trust the journey, to keep my eyes on The Lord, and to believe that that perfect day will come in a flash – in the twinkling of an eye. When it arrives, I want to hear the words “well done my good and faithful servant,” not because of my perfections, but because of my trust and faith through my imperfections and willingness to be molded and used by the master potter.
Prov. 17: 28- “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.” NASB
I’m not sure this is “my favorite” proverb, but it’s one I need to remember!
Thank you for the printable!
Don’t know that I have a favorite proverb, but one that struck with me today was:
“…for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.” Proverbs 27:24 (NIV)
It’s so easy to measure how your day is going to go based on how much money is in your bank account that day. And I’ve watched so many people pass away and their money is either fought over, non-existent, or their will doesn’t hold up & it doesn’t even go where “they” wanted it!! Others put their hope into what title they can get added to their name. The prayer of my heart is that Jesus will keep my mind and heart on Him and not in money or position. In His name, amen.
What a rich storehouse of Proverb verses everybody has shared on the blog. I believe we have the makings for a book. I am encouraged by reading all the testimonies. Thank you
Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs
I have two: Proverbs 13:24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
and the other: Proverbs 16:31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. No one else will probably choose this, but I have always loved it because I interpreted it my own way – I would really like to know what it REALLY means! Thanks for this study – it will be great!
Favor is deceitful, beauty is vain, but a woman who fears The Lord, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:25 – She is clothed with strength and dignity.
I clothed with strength and dignity; not shame and regret although that’s what the enemy tries to tell me. This is my verse when I feel like people are judging me for my past and all the ugly parts in my life. I do not have to walk around with a cloak of shame or a big letter A on my forehead. I am clothed with strength and dignity!
Proverbs 31: 26
She opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction is on her tongue
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are like Honeycomb – sweetness to the soul.
I have this on a banner. It reminds me to use pleasant words when speaking with others. God’s words are sweet – they refresh me. It is also feels good to receive pleasant words from others. A companion verse is Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath.
Prov 16:16 “How much better to get wisdom than gold – to get insight rather than silver” (NIV). This speaks to me as one who feels possessions are not really ours (we are not taking them with us to heaven, are we?). There is so much over consumption of items that people feel they need to acquire for a certain status, when it really does not matter in the end. I’ll take the wisdom and the insight of God’s word any day.
OMG this is wonderful! Thank you – I highlight in my Bible and as I flipped through I have so many! I choose Proverbs 28:23 “Know the state of your flocks and put your heart into caring for your herds.” I have so many herds, my family, my life group (I taught children for 25 years and switched to ladies 4 years ago (sheep sheep sheep!)and the 5 elementary schools that we adopted. Thank you for your ministry. I pray this one makes this list to open my eyes to new “herds”.
The verse I choose is Proverbs 8:34-36: “Blessed is the man who listen to me daily at my gates, waiting at the post of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and draws forth and obtains favor for The Lord.”
I love so may more but this one has thought me to spend time and wait for God daily. And watch for Him. So,wonderful that He wants us to.
Love to all, I love the study as I love proverbs and God’s word. Jannie
I’m looking forward to joining this study and conversation from Spain where I live. Several years ago I felt like I was having very little victory with my middle son in the area of gentleness and not losing my cool with him during a trying stage of his development. The only thing that helped was memorizing scripture that talked about controlling the tongue and maintaining self-control. There are so many good ones that are still go-tos for me, but this pair from Proverbs was a favorite: verses 17-18
“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
Even a fool is thought wise if eye keeps silent and discerning if she holds his tongue.”
Proverbss 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he shall not depart from it. I put a lot of faith in this verse as my adult daughter and son- in -law don’t attend church anymore and it is my granddaughter who suffers from not knowing her Lord better. I pray that they return to worship not only for their sakes but for her’s as well. I hope it is not too late to join this bible study. I have been to a study on Proverbs before but look forward to this one from a women’s point of view.
Hi Liz. My verse today is a proverbs 15:4, The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the Spirit.
My daughter crushes the spirit so many times with her tongue. She was raised as a Christian, but I feel she has strayed and I pray she will return to The Lord as he says with a soothing tongue. Also, our bible study group has been studying some of your books and you are truly a blessing. I cannot tell you how much you have enlightened me in the bible and in my daily life by your stories. I love them! God bless you always Liz.
I thought of another Proverb that I like a lot: Proverbs 15:17(NIV)”Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.” This shows that a loving family is more important than fancy food. Similar verses are Proverbs 15:16 and Proverbs 17:1.
A soft answer turns aways wrath. But a harsh word stirs up anger. Prov 15:1 This one my favorites because it say to me, that I need watch in how I say something to someone. My mother use to say if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all! I notice it really makes a big difference in all our realtionships!
PROV. 31: 25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
I want those words on my tombstone: AND SHE LAUGHED.
I personally believe a woman that has a holy fear of the Lord can laugh at whatever comes her way because she KNOWS of God’s great covenant love for her.
Hi Liz, my verse for today is Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. How dear and important to me and my spiritual growth are the dear ones the Lord has given to me as examples.I pray I am a blessing to them also on how to live the Christian life.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
I love this passage because it reminds me to keep God’s promises on my tongue as His Word is alive and active, it doesn’t come back void, and we get to eat the fruit of it! Thank You, Lord!
The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.
This verse gives me hope and comfort when I don’t see things in my life or in the world looking good. Kings, rulers, presidents are under the hand of El Elyon, God Most High. No matter what is taking place, God is not up in heaven wringing His hands. King Nebuchadnezzar, a king whose heart was definitely channeled by the Lord, said in Daniel 4:
At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.
His dominion is an eternal dominion;
his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
All the peoples of the earth
are regarded as nothing.
He does as he pleases
with the powers of heaven
and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand
or say to him: “What have you done?”
Proverbs 3:5&6 are my favorites.
Jesus came into my life and heart in October of 1971. I came to know him through a home Bible study. The lady who led the study was teaching from the book of John.( I still have the study book) I went home and that night and got down on my knees and talked to Jesus and asked Him to save me.He did,as He promises in His Word 🙂
The lady who led that home Bible study bought me a Cruden’s concordance and inside she wrote Proverbs 3:5&6.I memorized it and it comes to my mind often today and I often share it in cards and letters.I continued on in her home studies which were so much a part of my growth in Christ.She was eager,always,to share with me and answer questions.I was so hungry,so thirsty for the Word of God.As God has promised he quenches that thirst and feeds that hunger and still does today.
I think I have went on too long here.
Kind words are like honey sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16:24. I like this because it reminds me how I should speak to others. So when they hear me hopefully they see the difference in me is Christ and I am set apart from the world.
Envy rears its ugly more often than I would like to admit. A few years ago I found this verse that has reminds me of the harm it causes.
— A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. (NIV)
–A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. (NLT)
Excited about studying some Proverbs!
I’ve read through these submissions tonight and it is obvious there is a Word from God on every human condition and circumstance. This will be not only a life changing study but a soul enriching endeavor.
So many great Proverbs. I was reminded of many favorites as I read the comments above. But this one continues to pop up in my heart. This is why, one day during my quiet time the Lord gave me a “stock market tip” in Proverbs 23:23, “Buy truth and do not sell it. Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.” then he pointed out where to obtain this stock in Ps 119:160 “The sum of thy word is truth and every one of thy righteous ordinances is everlasting.” My delight and desire is to continue to do that all the days of my life. I am going to love this!
Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. Proverbs 4:23
13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
Reminds me how important it is to choose our friends wisely. They will influence us. I have recited this verse multiple times to my children.
I actually have two favorite Proverbs:
16:3 – “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” NIV
16: 31 – “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is atained by a righteous life.” NIV
(I hope that “gray hair” includes white. I found my first white hair at age 17 (I turned 60 today) and I dreaded it until I read this verse.)
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose hat prevails -Proverbs 19:27
God is bigger then our mistakes – our plans 🙂
Proverbs 31:30 – Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
This verse reminds me of what’s truly important in life and that knowing God is a woman’s true beauty.
One of the psalms I love is Psalms 52:8
“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and forever.” No matter how old the olive tree is, if it is pruned, it flowers and bears fruit! I want to be like that!
One of my favorites is Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” This was “my verse” as I planned my oldest daughter’s wedding a few years ago. Whenever I got overwhelmed with all the planning and the details, I repeated this verse and reminded myself that her special day belonged to the LORD, and I dedicated it to Him. The result: a day beyond my expectations, filled with delights and joy overflowing 🙂
There is a promise that follows Proverbs 3:3….”Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation.” Proverbs 3:4 (NLT)
One of the verses in Proverbs that I am continually drawn to is “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (19:21) I am a planner by nature and this verse is a reminder to me that it is God’s purpose and not my plans that prevail. He is constant even when my plans are constantly changing! I love this reminder!
This verse has been a mainstay to me for several years. I choose the kind of home I have. Building up all who enter or destroying all the relationships with my own hands.
King James Version (KJV)
14 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
“It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings to search things out.”
This is my favorite verse because I can apply it to so much of my life. Like when I read the Bible, or when I am having a rough day. It urges me to seek God in everything.
As far as Proverbs go, over the past year, I’ve been working on committing the entire 3rd chapter to memory. It is my favorite! 🙂
My favorite is Proverbs 31, but to take a verse it is Proverbs 31:23
New International Version (NIV) “23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.” The reason I have this one memorized is because how I speak of, think of, act on my husband reflects on how respected he is in our community. Through God I raise My husband up. Too often, our first response is to expect out of our husbands and to push our husband’s faults forward, which messes everything up.
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb,sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
I like this verse because there was a time when my words were seldom sweet, but Father made a change in me and I now know the joy and privilege of speaking sweet words and seeing them bless some one.
One of my favorites is Proverb 3:5-6 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. I like this because it reminds me that God knows all things and its not for me to question. As long as I live a right and just life he will walk with me down any path.
Liz, I enjoyed reading your Woman of Christmas book as an advent study and I wanted to join in on your blog studies because of that. Thank you for sharing your gift of writings with us.
I too really like Proverbs 3:3, mostly because I like “life application” verses and this verse reminds me to, as simply as it may seem, memorize the Bible! God wants me to do that. We put it in our hearts when we memorize His Word. I think about the times of war when people did not have their Bibles and they could still cling to His Word because it was memorized and written into their hearts. In the holocaust Bibles were taken away from people. We must always be prepared because we never know what the future holds for us.
There are many favorites for me, but here is the one I have chosen to share with you:
• 3:5-6 Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
I love the imagery of a “path.” I’m not sure what it is that draws me to the “winding road” or “dirt path,” but I love to photograph them and I love the analogy to life. God doesn’t guarantee my path will always be straight, but that He will “make” them straight, that He will make them easy, if . . . yes, there is an “if.” If I trust Him, lean on Him, and submit to Him, He will show me the way. Maybe, the path is still winding, but He helps me stay on the middle of the road where it is safe, instead of “living on the edge.”
Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
I know I am a few days late. Am enjoying this way of Bible study. Thanks, Liz, for following the Lord’s direction for your life and blessing so many.
Proverbs 16:11 (NLT)
“The Lord demands accurate scales and balances; he sets the standards for fairness.” I love this because I’m an accountant and it tells me God cares about the career I’ve chosen. I also like The Message version because it speaks to anyone and reminds us to practice our faith at work too.
God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business.
Proverbs 25:11 is my favourite, although there are so many to choose from. I love the imagery of this particular verse. It’s also an excellent reminder of keeping my speech sweet & kind instead of being mean or nasty or sarcastic. Even when something tough needs to be said, it can be said in a nice way that honours Christ.
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord will all thine heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. This is my favorite, it’s on my desk at work and on my shower curtain at home. : -) Whenever I start to drift….I think of this verse.
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. Proverbs 10:19. This proverb has often been the prayer under my breath. The Spirit has used this verse to stay my tongue on more than one occasion. Alas, I’m afraid that the last phrase’s reverse is often true for me: several times I have not held my tongue and I have been a fool.