August 20, 2015.
Daily Reading: Proverbs 16.
Background: Proverbs 14-15.
Concepts and Connections.
Righteousness and the plans of God: As with the last chapters, chapter 16 continues with couplets of wisdom that may or may not fall same category of concept as the immediate verses. There is, however, a larger number of couplets that deal with similar couplets in this chapter when compared to previous chapters. Perhaps what the major emphasis is that can be found here is teachings on the difference between man’s plan and God’s plan (v. 1-4, 9, 20, 25, 33). We are taught that though we may plan our own way, it is the Lord who judges our intent (v. 2) and who establishes our steps (v. 9), and the way that seems right to man ends in death (v. 25). To avoid this path, we must commit our work to the Lord, and He will establish our plans (v. 3), for if we have done this, our plans will be in His will. There is also much to said about the blessing of a wise king and justice in the kingdom (v. 10, 12, 13, 14, 15), and the warning against pride (v. 5, 18, 19). Verse 18 specifically cites pride as a source of downfall. Towards the end of this chapter, there seems to be a focus on good speech, as we learn that words filled with grace are sweet (v. 24, see also Colossians 4:6), the speech of a worthless man burns (v. 27), gossip is a poison to friendship (v. 28), and we should learn to control our anger/spirit (v. 32). The remainder of the chapter deals with love, the fear of the Lord, righteousness, justice, wisdom, justice, injustice and labor, many of which have been highlighted in previous chapters. Finally, a couple different concepts of note: wisdom is gained though a righteous life (v. 31) and there is an interesting reference to casting lots to receive an answer from the Lord at the end of this chapter (v. 33).
Tomorrow’s Reading: Ezekiel 37-42.