Satisfaction, Relationships, and Judgement (Proverbs 15)

Proverbs 15:1 (NKJV)  A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

This verse speaks of how communication in relationships makes a difference in how one reacts to situations.

Proverbs 15:3 (NKJV)  The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Proverbs 15:11 (NKJV)  Hell and Destruction are before the LORD; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.

Verse 3 and Verse 11 describe the overwatch of God on the Earth.

Proverbs 15:13 (NKJV)  A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Proverbs 15:16–17 (NKJV)  16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, Than great treasure with trouble. 17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred.

The preceding verses speak of the contentment that comes from a merry heart and a little with the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 15:22 (NKJV)  Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.

This verse speaks to the need for wisdom in the safety of counselors.

Proverbs 15:33 (NKJV)  The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.

Finally, the words in verse 33 describes the nature of life.  Communication in the ways of wisdom are clear.  Fear God, and wisdom is the result.

These verses are exemplary of the many words relating to wisdom in the book of Proverbs.  When one reads the Proverbs, the advice seems to be simple, but the extension of those thoughts remind us that simplicity is sometimes deep.  The simple truth is often the best and the most easy to follow.  Trust God and believe that what He says will come to pass, and what he ministers to you will be true and powerful!

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