Verse of the Day
(May be more than one verse)
June 1-5, 2020
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Proverbs 1:10-19 - Stay Away From Troublemakers
Although intended for King Solomon's son, this is good advice for all people.

Verse 10: "My son, if sinners entice thee [try to lure you into a life of crime, tempt you to join them in doing bad things, persuade you to become a member of a gang, etc.], consent thou not [don't say yes]."

Verses 11-12: "If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait
[lie in wait] for blood [let us ambush, rob, and murder people], let us lurk privily [hide, wait in secret] for the innocent [people--travelers, etc.] without cause [for no reason]: Let us swallow them up alive as [does] the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit [with both grave and pit probably referring to Sheol--the underworld, or abode of the dead] [in other words, let us destroy them suddenly and leave no clues behind (so we won't get caught), as when people are 'swallowed up alive' by an earthquake]:"

Verses 13-14: "We shall find all precious substance
[valuables], we shall fill our houses with spoil [stolen goods, loot]: Cast in thy lot among us [join us]; let us all have one purse [or bag (to store money), meaning we'll share the wealth equally]:"

Verses 15-16: "My son, walk not thou in the way with them
[don't associate with those people]; refrain [restrain, keep] thy foot from their path: For their feet run to [do] evil [things], and [they] make haste [hasten, hurry] to shed [pour out, spill] [other people's] blood."

Verse 17: "Surely in vain
[for no purpose, without success] the net is spread [out] in the sight of any bird." [This verse can have more than one meaning--see note below.*]

Verses 18-19: "And they [the 'sinners,' criminals, bad people] lay [in] wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives [meaning that someday they'll pay the price for their actions]. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain [referring to covetous people--those who are not satisfied with what they have and who try to get more, sometimes by violence]; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof [i.e., those who are 'greedy of gain']."

You have a much better chance of staying out of trouble if you keep away from bad people. If someone from "the wrong crowd" invites you to join their group, follow the advice of Nancy Reagan (during her anti-drug campaign while she was First Lady of the United States) and "just say no."
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*According to various Bible commentators, Proverbs 1:17 can have more than one meaning, depending on whether it is connected to the verse just before or after  it.

Regarding verse 17, Albert Barnes says :

"… [This proverb] has received a variety of interpretations. The true meaning seems to be as follows: 'For in vain, to no purpose, is the net spread out openly. Clear as the warning is, it is in vain. The birds still fly in. The great net of God's judgments is spread out, open to the eyes of all, and yet the doers of evil, willfully blind, still rush into it.' Others take the words as pointing to the failure of the plans of the evil-doers against the innocent (the 'bird'): others, again, interpret the proverb of the young man who thinks that he at least shall not fall into the snares laid for him, and so goes blindly into them."

Source: (
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/proverbs-1.html, "Verse 17")


Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church goes into much more detail with his explanation of verse 17. In his commentary on verses 13-19, under the heading "Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird," he says:

'1. There are two interpretations to this verse. It is hard to tell for sure which one the author intended.

'FIRST INTERPRETATION…

"a. Here Solomon compares the criminals to birds about to be trapped in a net… a snare.

"b. Birds have a bad reputation in the Bible. They are spoken of as foolish, silly creatures… stupid! (Ephraim is like a silly dove without heart)

"c. Here Solomon states that even a stupid bird seems to have more sense than these criminals!

"d. Criminals must KNOW that there are consequences to their sin… they must know that eventually they are going to get caught… yet they STILL not only commit crimes, they make HASTE to run to evil and shed blood!

"2. It would be vain to spread a net or a trap in the sight of a bird. If an animal knows he is going to be trapped, he will avoid the trap!

"a. As silly as birds might be--they have enough sense to avoid a trap when they see it.

"b. Not so with the criminals. They KNOW that their crime is a trap ready to catch them at any moment, yet they RUN to evil!

"SECOND INTERPRETATION…

"3. It also possible to understand vs.17 another way. Some see vs.17 as a comparison of a bird not to the criminals but to the son Solomon is warning.

"a. In this view, Solomon has just warned his son about the TRAP that the criminals have set for him. They have allured the young man into a life of crime… but a life of crime is a snare… a trap. They have used sport and riches as bait to lure him into their trap.

"b. The point would be that Solomon's son has been warned about the trap that is being set for him.

"c. Even a silly bird wouldn't walk into a trap if he knew it was a trap… therefore, Solomon expects that his son will NOT follow these criminals and enter the trap they have set for him!

"d. In other words, Solomon is saying: Son, you have been warned! You know full well that their enticing words are nothing but a trap which will destroy you! Don't enter it!"

If you want to read Pastor Delany's commentaries on the other verses, they can be found here:

http://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_10/
http://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_13-19/





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Proverbs 1:10-19 - Stay Away From Troublemakers
Although intended for King Solomon's son, this is good advice for all people.

Verse 10: "My son, if sinners entice thee [try to lure you into a life of crime, tempt you to join them in doing bad things, persuade you to become a member of a gang, etc.], consent thou not [don't say yes]."

Verses 11-12: "If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait
[lie in wait] for blood [let us ambush, rob, and murder people], let us lurk privily [hide, wait in secret] for the innocent [people--travelers, etc.] without cause [for no reason]: Let us swallow them up alive as [does] the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit [with both grave and pit probably referring to Sheol--the underworld, or abode of the dead] [in other words, let us destroy them suddenly and leave no clues behind (so we won't get caught), as when people are 'swallowed up alive' by an earthquake]:"

Verses 13-14: "We shall find all precious substance
[valuables], we shall fill our houses with spoil [stolen goods, loot]: Cast in thy lot among us [join us]; let us all have one purse [or bag (to store money), meaning we'll share the wealth equally]:"

Verses 15-16: "My son, walk not thou in the way with them
[don't associate with those people]; refrain [restrain, keep] thy foot from their path: For their feet run to [do] evil [things], and [they] make haste [hasten, hurry] to shed [pour out, spill] [other people's] blood."

Verse 17: "Surely in vain
[for no purpose, without success] the net is spread [out] in the sight of any bird." [This verse can have more than one meaning--see note below.*]

Verses 18-19: "And they [the 'sinners,' criminals, bad people] lay [in] wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives [meaning that someday they'll pay the price for their actions]. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain [referring to covetous people--those who are not satisfied with what they have and who try to get more, sometimes by violence]; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof [i.e., those who are 'greedy of gain']."

You have a much better chance of staying out of trouble if you keep away from bad people. If someone from "the wrong crowd" invites you to join their group, follow the advice of Nancy Reagan (during her anti-drug campaign while she was First Lady of the United States) and "just say no."
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*According to various Bible commentators, Proverbs 1:17 can have more than one meaning, depending on whether it is connected to the verse just before or after  it.

Regarding verse 17, Albert Barnes says :

"… [This proverb] has received a variety of interpretations. The true meaning seems to be as follows: 'For in vain, to no purpose, is the net spread out openly. Clear as the warning is, it is in vain. The birds still fly in. The great net of God's judgments is spread out, open to the eyes of all, and yet the doers of evil, willfully blind, still rush into it.' Others take the words as pointing to the failure of the plans of the evil-doers against the innocent (the 'bird'): others, again, interpret the proverb of the young man who thinks that he at least shall not fall into the snares laid for him, and so goes blindly into them."

Source: (
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/proverbs-1.html, "Verse 17")


Pastor Delany of Salem Bible Church goes into much more detail with his explanation of verse 17. In his commentary on verses 13-19, under the heading "Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird," he says:

'1. There are two interpretations to this verse. It is hard to tell for sure which one the author intended.

'FIRST INTERPRETATION…

"a. Here Solomon compares the criminals to birds about to be trapped in a net… a snare.

"b. Birds have a bad reputation in the Bible. They are spoken of as foolish, silly creatures… stupid! (Ephraim is like a silly dove without heart)

"c. Here Solomon states that even a stupid bird seems to have more sense than these criminals!

"d. Criminals must KNOW that there are consequences to their sin… they must know that eventually they are going to get caught… yet they STILL not only commit crimes, they make HASTE to run to evil and shed blood!

"2. It would be vain to spread a net or a trap in the sight of a bird. If an animal knows he is going to be trapped, he will avoid the trap!

"a. As silly as birds might be--they have enough sense to avoid a trap when they see it.

"b. Not so with the criminals. They KNOW that their crime is a trap ready to catch them at any moment, yet they RUN to evil!

"SECOND INTERPRETATION…

"3. It also possible to understand vs.17 another way. Some see vs.17 as a comparison of a bird not to the criminals but to the son Solomon is warning.

"a. In this view, Solomon has just warned his son about the TRAP that the criminals have set for him. They have allured the young man into a life of crime… but a life of crime is a snare… a trap. They have used sport and riches as bait to lure him into their trap.

"b. The point would be that Solomon's son has been warned about the trap that is being set for him.

"c. Even a silly bird wouldn't walk into a trap if he knew it was a trap… therefore, Solomon expects that his son will NOT follow these criminals and enter the trap they have set for him!

"d. In other words, Solomon is saying: Son, you have been warned! You know full well that their enticing words are nothing but a trap which will destroy you! Don't enter it!"

If you want to read Pastor Delany's commentaries on the other verses, they can be found here:

http://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_10/
http://www.salembible.org/proverbs-1-index/proverbs-1_13-19/





Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets
to the above verse(s), I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke,
Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry (which can be found online)
and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs, I also refer
to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem
Bible Church. Word definitions are taken from online
dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


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Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 2

1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
10 ¶ When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.


Note: In case you're wondering, before adding my comments in brackets to the above verse(s),
I usually refer to commentaries by Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, John Gill, and Matthew Henry
(which can be found online) and try to summarize what they say. For verses from Proverbs,
I also refer to the Bible study notes written by Jim Delany, pastor of Salem Bible Church.
Word definitions are taken from online dictionaries (including Bible dictionaries).


*  *  *  *  *

Note: The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters and is full of wisdom.
It's been suggested in the past that Christians should get in the habit
of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day, corresponding to
the date of the month. I think it's a great idea and have decided
to follow that advice. The chapter for today is posted below:


Proverbs Chapter 2

1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
10 ¶ When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.