Mo 4/8Tu 4/9We 4/10Th 4/11Fr 4/12Sa 4/13Su 4/14
Prov. 26
1 Thess. 5
Prov. 27
2 Thess. 1
Prov. 28
2 Thess. 2
Prov. 29
2 Thess. 3
Prov. 30
1 Tim. 1
Prov. 31
1 Tim. 2
Eccles. 1
1 Tim. 3

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

It can be overwhelming to read an entire chapter of Proverbs in a day. Chapter 27, for example, contains about 22 distinct sayings. That’s probably too much to digest in one sitting, so here’s a suggestion for how to approach reading the book of Proverbs. Each time you read it (and you should read it often, at least once a year, I would say), pick a theme and look for that particular theme as you read through.

Proverbs is all about contrasts, so good themes often have two parts: wisdom vs. foolishness, pride vs. humility, lying vs. truth telling, etc.

If we were to focus on pride vs. humility in this week’s reading, here’s a selection of proverbs we might take note of:

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

26:12

Do not boast about tomorrow,

For you do not know what a day may bring forth.

27:1

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;

A stranger, and not your own lips.

27:2

The rich man is wise in his own eyes,

But the poor who has understanding sees through him.

28:11

He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,

But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.

28:13

A man who hardens his neck after much reproof

Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.

29:1

A man’s pride will bring him low,

But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

29:23

Here are some ideas for themes you might consider focusing on the next time you read the book of Proverbs:

  • The fear of the LORD
  • Money, work, wealth
  • How we shouldn’t and should speak (there are so many of these, it’s good to get more specific)
    • Lying vs. Telling the truth
    • Flattery vs. Rebuke
    • Harsh words vs. Gracious words
    • Rash words vs. Careful words
    • Etc.
  • Food, eating, and drinking
  • The sovereignty of God
  • Laziness vs. diligence
  • Receiving correction
  • Proverbs about our eyes
  • Proverbs about our hearts
  • Integrity, justice, uprightness

VERSE TO MEDITATE ON

A man’s pride will bring him low,

But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

—Proverbs 29:23

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Praise God for His perfect justice.
  • Confession – Confess to the Lord ways you have led an “undisciplined life.” (2 Thess. 3:11)
  • Thanksgiving – Give thanks for those who “have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction.” (1 Thess. 5:12)
  • Supplication – Ask God for humility.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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