Proverbs 21:21-31

21He who pursues righteousness and wisdom will find righteousness and life.

22The wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.

23Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

24“Scoffer” is the name of the proud, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride.

25The desire of the sluggard kills him, because his hands refuse to work.

26All day long, he craves greedily, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.

27The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with evil intent!

28A false witness will perish, but the word of a man who hears will endure.

29An evil man puts on a bold face, but the upright considers his way.

30No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the LORD.

31The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the LORD.

You tend to get what you go looking for; you might as well make it righteousness (21). Real power is found in wisdom (22). Restraint in speech helps you avoid trouble (23). Arrogance and pride are the characteristics of a scoffer, which is not good (24). The lazy person has one desire, and it will end him: the refusal to work (25). The lazy person craves, but the righteous person gives without holding back (26). Religious ritual from the wicked is an abomination and mockery (29). God is more powerful than all of our plans (30). We can prepare diligently, but victory ultimately comes from God (31).

Watch your mouth today. You could avoid a lot of trouble. This includes what you post on social media. Work hard; indolence and inactivity are breeding grounds for trouble. Remember that your ultimate victory comes from God.

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