Let's get started. At first, I was listing only the verses highlighted in my personal study. After thinking on it and praying about it, I’ve decided that only doing this is ‘So two thousand ten!’ So, I have gone back and added all of the verses for Chapter 6 for both reading pleasure and spiritual growth.
I recognize that this cartoon comes from Isaiah (my favorite prophet) yet it's all about food for the soul, which means it's applicable. Enjoy!
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V1 Son, if you endorse a note for someone you hardly know, guaranteeing his debt, you are in serious trouble.
V2 You may have trapped yourself by your agreement.
V3 Quick! Get out of it if you possibly can! Swallow your pride; don’t let embarrassment stand in the way. Go and beg to have your name erased.
V4 Don’t put it off. Do it now. Don’t rest until you do.
V5 If you can get out of this trap you have saved yourself like a deer that escapes from a hunter, or a bird from the nest.
V6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy fellow. Learn from their ways and be wise!
V7 For though they have no king to make them work,
V8 yet they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.
V9 But you- all you do is sleep. When will you wake up?
V10 Let me sleep a little longer!” Sure, just a little more!
V11 And as you sleep, poverty creeps upon you like a robber and destroys you; want attacks you in full armor.
V12-13 Let me describe for you a worthless and a wicked man; first he is a constant liar; he signals his true intentions to his friends with eyes and feet and fingers.
V14 Next his heart is full of rebellion. And he spends his time thinking of all the evil he can do, and stirring up discontent.
V15 But he will be destroyed suddenly, broken beyond hope of healing.
V16-19 For there are six things the LORD hates,-no, seven:
Eagerness to do wrong
A false witness
Sowing discord among brothers
V20 Young man, obey your father and your mother.
V21 Tie their instructions around your finger so you won’t forget. Take to heart all of their advice.
V22 Every day and all night long their counsel will lead you and save you from harm; when you wake up in the morning, let their instructions guide you into the new day.
V23 For their advice is a beam of light directed into dark corners of your mind to warn you of danger and to give you a good life.
V24 Their counsel will keep you far away from prostitutes with all their flatteries.
V25 Don’t lust for their beauty. Don’t let their coyness seduce you.
V26 For a prostitute will bring a man to poverty, and an adulteress may cost him his very life.
V27 Can a man hold a fire against his chest and not be burned?
V28 Can he walk on coals and not blister his feet?
V29 So it is with the man who commits adultery with another's wife. He shall not go unpunished for this sin.
V30 Excuses might even be found for a thief, if he steals when he is starving!
V31 But even so, he is fined seven times as much as he stole, though it may mean selling everything in his house to pay it back.
V32 But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys his own soul.
V33 Wounds and constant disgrace are his lot.
V34 for the woman’s husband will be furious in his jealousy, and he will have no mercy on you in his day of vengeance.
V35 You won’t be able to buy him off no matter what you offer.
Knowing the "What God hates" list is a great place to start for anyone seriously committed to self improvement.
We exercise and eat right and that blesses our physical body. That is our container. By studying God's Word and then applying what we study, we develop our content and that blesses our spirit.
In my 20's and some of my 30's, I was more concerned with my container. Now, strengthening my content has a much greater priority!
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