20 Powerful Proverbs To Live By
The book of Proverbs contains an enormous amount of wisdom. There are scriptures for every area of life from youth and discipline to poverty and temptation. God has provided us with scripture to help us in our daily walk.
Proverbs is not only a book of wisdom but a book of life
Proverbs is a favorite book of mine. Written mostly by Solomon, the instruction is priceless. God has laid out everything for us so simply. The knowledge and wisdom you can attain from just one verse is astounding. If you follow the instructions in this book, you are sure to live a life of righteousness.
Every book in the Bible has a theme and the theme of Proverbs is wisdom with a focus on relationships, speech, work, and success. With all this amazing guidance freely given to us, we are shown just how much God's love us and wants us to live with purpose.
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One goal Solomon had in writing this book was to impart wisdom to people of all ages. Many of the verses are directed toward the youth to help them begin a life of righteousness from the start. Although, anyone at any age can receive revelation from the writings.
As you go through these verses, please note that this is just a tiny portion of the wisdom in this amazing book and these 20 powerful Proverbs to live by are just a glimpse into the way we should live.
1. Proverbs 3:5
"Trust in the Lord and lean not unto your own understanding."
What happens when we try to do things on our own, typically we fail. By not leaning on our own understanding, we are open to the Lord and His way.
2. Proverbs 4:23
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
If we don't protect our heart from outside influences, we are sure to sin. Purity of heart is an absolute must for a Christian.
3. Proverbs 5:15
"Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well."
This scripture is speaking of adultery. Just as the previous scripture spoke of guarding the heart, this goes right along with it. If you're married, stay faithful and keep your head still.
4. Proverbs 8:11
"for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her."
Often jewels and money are considered precious and valuable but this scripture speaks of how wisdom is invaluable. There is nothing like wisdom. No jewel, money, or earthly treasure compares to its beauty.
5. Proverbs 8:35
"For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord."
This verse is speaking of wisdom. I don't know about you but I want to walk in and favor from the Lord. Furthermore, having wisdom leads to life.
6. Proverbs 9:10
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Many people get confused when it comes to fearing the Lord. This scripture doesn't mean you are to walk around thinking He's going to strike you down at a moment's notice, even though, yes, He could do that, He gives us grace and He is merciful.
Having a healthy fear of the Lord means you understand that He is all-powerful and omnipotent and you honor Him in that realization.
7. Proverbs 10:4
"Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth."
God has not called us to sit and do nothing. We are meant to work and not be lazy. It's important to be able to take care of yourself. And when you do, you're met with a satisfaction that is powerful and encouraging.
8. Proverbs 10:19
"When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise."
Hmmm...I wonder, does this mean that we shouldn't always speak what's on our mind, that we should actually bite our tongue? I think so. Too much talking can actually make us seem unwise and we might find ourselves sinning. We must remember that we were given two ears and one mouth.
9. Proverbs 11:2
"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
I think we've all met someone who is prideful. They wouldn't know what being humble means if it smacked them in the face. Pride is putting yourself above God and everyone else. Eventually, you will flounder and then comes disgrace. Staying humble is one way to receive wisdom and God's blessing.
10. Proverbs 11:25
"A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."
This is one of my favorite scriptures. When we give freely of ourselves, we end up being immensely blessed.
11. Proverbs 12:1
"Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid."
Wow! those are some pretty strong words. Being corrected by God hurts but He does it because He loves us. He doesn't want us to continue living in sin and He is gracious enough to discipline us so that we stay on the straight and narrow path.
12. Proverbs 12:18
"Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."
How many times have we said something in anger or frustration that was hurtful to another person? I know I'm guilty. However, the good news is, the more we are filled up with the wisdom of God, the less likely destructive words will come out of our mouth.
13. Proverbs 13:18
"He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored."
Once again, we are told that listening to instruction is highly important. While God corrects us Himself, quite often He will use people to help guide us. This pertains to a boss, spouse, or even a friend. Granted, this can be hard to swallow but it's all part of living righteously.
14. Proverbs 14:29
"A patient man has great understanding but a quick-tempered man displays folly."
Are you beginning to see a pattern? When we practice things like patience, holding our tongue, and listening to instruction, we will experincether blessing and favor of God. We will be able to withstand temptation and keep sin out of our lives.
15. Proverbs 15:1
" A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger."
When we speak, it should be full of grace and seasoned with the salt of life. There have been times when I've lost my patience with my children and spoke harshly to them. While this may not have caused anger, I know it caused hurt and confusion. Jesus is gentle and kind in the way He loves and disciplines us and we should strive to follow His example.
16. Proverbs 16:2
"All a man's ways seem innocent to him but motives are weighed by the Lord."
This scripture is so powerful. We often think we are doing something good for others but we are actually doing it to benefits ourselves. In EVERY thing that we do, we must ask ourselves, are my motives pure or selfish?
17. Proverbs 18:21
"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."
There is a Christian song by Toby Mac called Speak Life. I believe it is in reference to this scripture. We can choose to speak words of wisdom and encouragement, kindness and love or we can choose to speak words of destruction and harm, doubt and hurt.
Lives can be changed by just a single word from our lips. we can speak life or death. Keeping this in mind each and every day will allow us to walk in the promises of God and change lives for the kingdom.
18. Proverbs 21:19
"Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife."
Ok, it's getting deep. If you are someone who likes to quarrel or are just plain ol' negative, you probably don't have that many friends. God is telling us, we'd be better off in a dry, barren desert than living with a person like that. It might be time to pray for a little joy and laughter to come into your life.
19. Proverbs 25:28
"Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control."
Self-control takes some serious discipline. Whether its finances, food, work or even T.V., life must be balanced. If we fail to practice this important virtue, we may find ourselves susceptible to sin.
20. Proverbs 31:10
"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies."
Man or woman can pull wisdom from this scripture. Being noble is an attribute that everyone can strive for. Nobility is an inner strength that is found within a pure heart. It is someone who has great direction, wisdom, and purpose. They also understand their position as a wife, husband, employee or friend.
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The scriptures in Proverbs are filled with wisdom, direction, and truth. Living these out will help you build your inner man and keep your walk consistent and righteousness. Your relationships will be strengthened, your speech will be seasoned with joy and life, and your life will be enriched by the glory of God.
I truly hope you were encouraged by this post and filled with the desire to practice the Proverbs.
Have a blessed day!