Sunday, July 13. Proverbs 9 – 12

From Proverbs you can make a lists of the things God hates:
Haughty eyes – a demeanor that says “I’m better than you.”

A Lying tongue

Hands that shed innocent blood – not just murderers, but those who tend to run over innocent people to get their way.

A Heart that devises wicked schemes.

People who stir up trouble among others.

And people who act before thinking. There is a lot in chapter 12 about rash actions – people who chase fantasies rather than working with what they’ve got, people who covet the treasure of the wicked without thinking about how they got it. People whose ill-considered talk paints them into a corner or hurts other people. Folks who cannot abide by criticism but immediately take offense. People who are too quick to make friends without considering the character of their companions.

Two proverbs from chapter 14 sum this up: “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways” and “A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.”