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May 15

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

“Let Scripture explain Scripture.” In other words, don’t prooftext. Don’t make up what you want the text to say. One ploy of false teachers is to grab one Scripture verse, rip it out of context, and twist it to fit their own designs. The plethora of cults proves that. As I read Proverbs 15 this morning my mind went into overdrive because there were so many verses that jumped out to me clamoring for my highlighter. Since no one verse raised its hand and said, “Ooooh, ooooh, ooooh, pick me!” I decided several verses were worthy of mention. My approach today will be different from my usual devotion. I’ll print the verse and maybe make a comment or two, but for the most part will allow you to make your own application.  Here goes:

15:1- “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Gentleness wins; hotheads lose.

15:14- “A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.” This one made me chuckle. Remember the old phrase GIGO?

15:16- “Better to have little with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.” Is a wealthy person really much better off? Do they really have it made? Think again.

15:28- “The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.” Before speaking engage brain and heart.

Those are just a few in the chapter. Why not take a moment and read Proverbs 15. Is there one which particularly stands out to you? Why? Care to share?

{Note: All Scripture from the New Living Translation}