The Wise & the Foolish: Proverbs 14

Wow! This is 35 verses of pure, unadulterated TRUTH! I love Proverbs, because Solomon didn’t mince words. He knew from experience, having been given the gift of supernatural wisdom, and I’m so glad it was preserved for us down through the ages, aren’t you?

Let’s dive right in and look at some of the verses that stand at the most. At least to me anyway!

Don’t Tear Down Your House

Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. (Proverbs 14:1)

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I can’ tell you from experience this is true! There was a time in my life that “foolish” described everything I did. Working, leisure, family… you name it. Praise God, He didn’t leave me there! Now I see the difference and I only regret that I didn’t see it sooner.

A Clean Crib?

Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox. (Proverbs 14:4)

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If you think about it, the whole world thinks it should be operating right now with NO oxen! There is a mentality that someone else’s oxen will fill your crib, but that simply isn’t true. Of course, you can gain through ill-begotten means, but that will come back to you in time. Best to have a strong ox, put your hand to the plow, and “mind your own.”

Knowledgeable Lips

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. (Proverbs 14:7)

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It’s not your fault if you don’t know much about people at first. But just as Jesus said, you will know a tree by the fruit it bears. The same is true in this situation, and it doesn’t take long, from listening to a person, to tell exactly whether they are foolish or not. And when you make that discernment, you’ll know it’s time to move!

The Right Path

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 14:12)

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I have quoted this about a million times in my life, and have found it to be utterly true. I can’t count them times that I have considered my plans, without consulting with God for His direction and wisdom, only to be utterly in shock when everything fell through. If I had only thought about this THEN!

Have Confidence

In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. (Proverbs 14:26)

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We worry about our children by nature, don’t we? I just had to include this, which brings so much peace when you think about it. Giving heed to the Lord… to His righteous guidance and ever present Spirit, well, it’s the greatest joy and place of safety I can think of.

Righteousness Exalts a Nation, But…

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)

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I’d like to close out with this very present truth. Righteousness, TRULY, exalts a nation. But blatant, outright, unconfessed, unrepented of SIN is a reproach. In other words, it’s highly disapproved of. A complete and utter disgrace. If we want our nation “exalted” by God, we’d best be praying for some righteousness!

Which verse in today’s reading rings most true for you? Or hits the closest to home? I believe that in Proverbs, we can find tons of wisdom that feels as if Solomon were sitting right beside us, in this very day and age in which we live! It’s so timely. Why? Because wisdom and knowledge and righteousness never grow old!

Father, I come to you today asking you to remind me of Your wisdom any time my foot veers the slightest bit from Your Truth. Help me to know and seek truth, to speak it, live it, and never condone anything less. Allow other to see in me the reflection of You, as it should be, because I am an ambassador of the Kingdom of Heaven. In Jesus’ Name I ask it, Amen!

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  1. Great study. I believe it was in Bible School where the teacher expounded on Pro 14:4 –

    Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

    The thought was “people business is oftentimes messy business”.

    No oxen and no people equates to no work (and no messes) or anything of value possibly being accomplished.

    Yes, people (we) are sometimes “messy”. And Jesus is the Master of turning messes into Masterpieces!

    Hey, just renamed by blog this 2 days ago. Very timely. God Bless you Sister!

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      Thanks, David! That is an excellent way to look at that verse, for sure! It’s true that we are messes sometimes, and so thankful that Jesus can make that a masterpiece 🙂 I can’t wait to check out your new blog! How exciting!

  2. I love all the colorful pictures, and you make some terrific points! Great job!

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      Thanks! It’s my first time adding so many pictures, lol. WordPress is making it easier and easier to do these things 🙂 I really enjoy it!

  3. I tend to agree with you in sharing a time in my life that I was foolish and made foolish mistakes! I’m so glad that Jesus didn’t leave me there either! Awesome dissecting the Word! 👏🏼

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      Praise God! His grace truly IS sufficient, and I can’t thank Him enough!!

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