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Me!! I Found One!!

It's ancient Hebrew poetry, and it's found in the midst of wisdom literature. So if you understand the biblical context of Proverbs 31:10, it makes sense as a rhetorical question. "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far above rubies." As Solomon recounts the advice of his mother to him about finding the ideal woman, she concludes that the ideal woman can't be found. But the purpose is not to say that no women are virtuous, but rather to make a point: virtuous …

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When Our Plans Line Up With God’s Plans

"A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps." -Proverbs 16:9 Have you ever mistakenly assumed that you are totally in charge of your own life? God created us to be choice-makers and we have certainly made our fair share of bad choices. He grants us free will, the ability to determine what we're going to do at the crossroads' of life. At the same time, however, He reserves the right to direct the course of human history as He wills. His sovereignty is …

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The Remedy for Iniquity

"By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil." -Proverbs 16:6 We all want mercy when we've messed up, but we rarely want truth, but it is truth that really keeps us clean. Because of God's mercy, He forgives us and wipes the sleight clean. But by speaking His truth to our lives through His Word, we are kept clean. We often make the assumption that when someone shows us mercy, they should then refuse to speak harshly with us. God …

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Learning to Hate (the Right Things)

“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”—Proverbs 8:13Sin is a bitter enemy. Until we learn to spot it, name it, and hate it, we’ll never overcome it. Learning to hate sin is a matter of agreeing with God about sin – sharing His perspective on it. Sin has done nothing but wreck and plunder God’s wonderful creation, so He detests it. Sin is the very opposite of all that is divine in nature, so God loathes …

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The Priceless Woman

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”—Proverbs 31:10 The author of this great passage of Scripture is no doubt, King Solomon, writing under a pseudonym, King Lemuel. He is relating the advice his own Mother taught him about finding the right woman. There may have been some hint at a “dowry,” but Solomon’s intention was to show that a virtuous woman is of great worth, and priceless. Certainly for a King such as Solomon to find one who would truly …

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