Without Good Direction, People Lose Their Way

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Scripture for the Day (February 2, 2016)

Proverbs 11

As I read through Proverbs 11 in several different Bibles I felt like The Message Bible had a pretty good take on the wisdom contained in this chapter (especially for people in business). The first half is reprinted below. The second half will be reprinted tomorrow.

(Proverbs 11:1-16, The Message Bible)

God hates cheating in the marketplace; he loves it when business is aboveboard.

The stuck-up fall flat on their faces, but down-to-earth people stand firm.

The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin.

A thick bankroll is no help when life falls apart, but a principled life can stand up to the worst.

Moral character makes for smooth traveling; an evil life is a hard life.

Good character is the best insurance; crooks get trapped in their sinful lust.

When the wicked die, that’s it— the story’s over, end of hope.

A good person is saved from much trouble; a bad person runs straight into it.

The loose tongue of the godless spreads destruction; the common sense of the godly preserves them.

When it goes well for good people, the whole town cheers; when it goes badly for bad people, the town celebrates.

When right-living people bless the city, it flourishes; evil talk turns it into a ghost town in no time.

Mean-spirited slander is heartless; quiet discretion accompanies good sense.

A gadabout gossip can’t be trusted with a secret, but someone of integrity won’t violate a confidence.

Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.

Whoever makes deals with strangers is sure to get burned; if you keep a cool head, you’ll avoid rash bargains.

A woman of gentle grace gets respect, but men of rough violence grab for loot.


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