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


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.


Do not boast about tomorrow,

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


Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;

A stranger, and not your own lips.


The rich man is wise in his own eyes,

But the poor who has understanding sees through him.


He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,

But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.


A man who hardens his neck after much reproof

Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.


A man’s pride will bring him low,

But a humble spirit will obtain honor.


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


A man’s pride will bring him low,

But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

—Proverbs 29:23


  • 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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