Thurs 26/3/20

Proverbs 15:1-10 … THE WAY TO BLESSING AND TO LOSS AND CONDEMNATION.

Q.1. Why should we watch how we speak? What should we remember before we speak? – (Prov.15:1-4) =

Q.2. How does the reward of the wise compare with the wicked? Does God regard all sacrifices, prayer, and conduct the same? – (Prov.15:5-10) =

A soft answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
    but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
    keeping watch on the evil and the good.
A gentle[a] tongue is a tree of life,
    but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
A fool despises his father’s instruction,
    but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
    but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
    not so the hearts of fools.[b]
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
    but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
    but he loves him who pursues righteousness.
10 There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way;
    whoever hates reproof will die.

Suggested Answers:

Q.1. Why should we watch how we speak? What should we remember before we speak? – (Prov.15:1-4) = Much damage can be done by the careless use of the tongue – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up trouble (Prov.15:1). Words can also bless and – the tongue of the wise man makes knowledge beneficial … (Prov.15:2). Words can heal and crush (Prov.15:4). Most importantly, Solomon reminded us that – the eyes of the Lord are in every place watching the evil and the good (Prov.15:3) Jesus reinforced this truth and warned – every careless word that people speak, they shall give an account for it in the day of judgment (Mt.12:36).

Q.2. How does the reward of the wise compare with the wicked? Does God regard all sacrifices, prayer, and conduct the same? – (Prov.15:5-10) = God has placed people in authority  over us, in order to benefit us (Prov.15:5). Solomon observed – Great wealth is in the house of the righteous, but trouble is in the income of the wicked (Prov.15:6 & 10).  God makes a distinction between the righteous and the wicked – the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight (Prov.15:8). God is does not accept the sacrifices and prayers of the wicked because – the way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but He loves one who pursues righteousness (Prov.15:9).


(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)

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