Today I thought I would share with my readers a few choice verses from one of my favorite chapters in Proverbs, chapter eighteen.
The Hebrew term mashal, which is translated as “proverb”, means a “parable” or a “wise saying”. Just in case you are not familiar with the book of Proverbs, it is an Old Testament book written by Solomon and other wise men, or “sages” of that era.
These wise men were gifted with both Godly wisdom and counsel, and their writings touch upon the practical and spiritual issues of life. Personally, I find the Proverbs to contain some of the best teaching and Godly counsel to be found in the entire Bible.
So with that being said, here are a few of my favorite verses from Proverbs chapter eighteen. I wonder how many of you will also find comfort and encouragement in these words of wisdom?
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe. Prov. 18:10
I’m sure I could never begin to count the times I’ve ran to the Lord for shelter and comfort from the storms of life. His name exemplifies strength and power!
The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Prov. 18:15
The study of God’s word is a lifetime endeavor. Wisdom and knowledge do not come to those who approach the Lord with arrogance and a prideful heart. Wisdom and knowledge are earned…they are not given!
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. Prov. 18:21
What comes out of our mouth has eternal implications. Do you know that the words our tongue produces reveal what is in our heart? Words of hatred and evil have the power of death in them, while words of kindness and love have the power of life in them.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
And obtains favor from the Lord. Prov. 18:22
I could have written this verse! I know I’ve found a good thing in my Princess. As a matter of fact, I’ve found my best thing in her!
A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Prov. 18:24
Yes, there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Many people believe that to be their BFF. For me personally, that friend is called Jesus.
These are just a few of the verses in Proverbs 18 that really speak to me. What are some of your favorite verses?
Have a blessed Lord’s day!