1Do not want what evil people have.
Don’t long to be with them.
2 In their hearts they plan to hurt others.
With their lips they talk about making trouble.
3 By wisdom a house is built.
Through understanding it is made secure.
4 Through knowledge its rooms are filled
with priceless and beautiful things.
5 Wise people have success by means of great power.
Those who have knowledge gather strength.
6 If you go to war, you surely need guidance.
If you want to win, you need many good advisers.
7 Wisdom is too high for foolish people.
They shouldn’t speak when people meet at the city gate to conduct business.
8 Anyone who thinks up sinful things to do
will be known as one who plans evil.
9 Foolish plans are sinful.
People hate those who make fun of others.
10 If you grow weak when trouble comes,
your strength is very small!
11 Save those who are being led away to death.
Hold back those who are about to be killed.
12 Don’t say, “But we didn’t know anything about this.”
Doesn’t the God who knows what you are thinking see it?
Doesn’t the God who guards your life know it?
He will pay back everyone for what they have done.
13 Eat honey, my son, because it is good.
Honey from a honeycomb has a sweet taste.
14 I want you to know that wisdom is like honey for you.
If you find it, there is hope for you tomorrow.
So your hope will not be cut off.
15 Don’t hide and wait like a burglar near a godly person’s house.
Don’t rob their home.
16 Even if godly people fall down seven times, they always get up.
But those who are evil trip and fall when trouble comes.
17 Don’t be happy when your enemy falls.
When he trips, don’t let your heart be glad.
18 The Lord will see it, but he won’t be pleased.
He might turn his anger away from your enemy.
Lord, I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 13 about love hoping all things and love seeing the good in others, so Lord, help us not to rejoice when our enemy, (kind of a weird word to say enemy), but when someone that were hurt by falls, help us not to rejoice in that. That has been a discipline in my life over the past year, so of walking through a break-up with a relationship, as You know Lord, I have been praying a blessing over that person. I pray that my heart will be made pure in that space and I pray that for my friend as well. Instead of gloating over an enemies downfall, that we would instead realize how very broken we are and ask for Your strength, Your help and ask to bless them, because usually hurt people, hurt people, we’ve heard that before Lord, but the reason that the relationship broke might of been because of their own brokenness, so help us Lord to get on our knees for our enemies for those who have hurt us. Lord, I am so grateful for Your wisdom in the Proverbs and Lord, I want to end on versus 3&4 “Through wisdom, a house is built, through understanding it is made secure, through knowledge, it’s rooms are filled with priceless and beautiful things”. I pray for the homes of our friends today who are listening. Would their homes, please be built on wisdom. Lord, would You give my friend understanding, especially the single Moms out there, who are struggling to make ends meet, who are trying to be both Mom and Dad to their children and to single Fathers, who are doing the same thing trying to be both Mom and Dad to their kids. What a difficult thing that is, but they need wisdom, they need understanding, would You pour out on them today. Lord, they need knowledge, that kind of thing is what provides a beautiful home, not money, not prestige or fame or any of those things. A beautiful home comes through wisdom, understanding and knowledge and I trust that You will pour them out on the homes of those represented, being prayed for today. In Jesus name, Amen.
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