PROVERBS 12

1 To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction. 2 The LORD approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness. 3 Wickedness never brings stability; only the godly have deep roots. 4 A worthy wife is her husband's joy and crown; a shameful wife saps his strength. 5 The plans of the godly are just; the advice of the wicked is treacherous. 6 The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush, but the words of the godly save lives. 7 The wicked perish and are gone, but the children of the godly stand firm. 8 Everyone admires a person with good sense, but a warped mind is despised. 9 It is better to be a nobody with a servant than to be self-important but have no food. 10 The godly are concerned for the welfare of their animals, but even the kindness of the wicked is cruel. 11 Hard work means prosperity; only fools idle away their time. 12 Thieves are jealous of each other's loot, while the godly bear their own fruit. 13 The wicked are trapped by their own words, but the godly escape such trouble. 14 People can get many good things by the words they say; the work of their hands also gives them many benefits. 15 Fools think they need no advice, but the wise listen to others. 16 A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted. 17 An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells lies. 18 Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. 19 Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed. 20 Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace! 21 No real harm befalls the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble. 22 The LORD hates those who don't keep their word, but he delights in those who do. 23 Wise people don't make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their folly. 24 Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave. 25 Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. 26 The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray. 27 Lazy people don't even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find. 28 The way of the godly leads to life; their path does not lead to death.

“The Daily Bread” provides the truths you need to live the abundant life that God desires for you. The Book of Proverbs provides truths and exhortations to live such a life. There are 31 chapters in the Book of Proverbs. Reading one chapter every day will give you wisdom to help you through the trials of life and teach you how to live a wonderful, joy-filled life.

In 1 Kings 3, God asked King Solomon what he would like to have above all else. Solomon did not ask for money or power but for wisdom. God was so pleased with his answer that He gave Solomon wisdom, wealth, and power. Archeologists and other experts claim that King Solomon was the richest man to ever live, even to this day. The Book of Proverbs is a collection of the wisdom and knowledge from King Solomon and other wise men. Although the majority of the Proverbs were written in the tenth century B.C. (during the time of Israel's unified kingdom), most of the truths they behold are still relevant today.

I personally have been reading a chapter in Proverbs every day since 2007, and each day there is something that relates to my life and personal walk with Jesus. The goal of this site is to share the Good News of Jesus and to share the Word of God. I look back at my life and realize how radically different my earlier years would have been had I known the truths in the Bible, especially the Proverbs. I hope and pray that God will bless you as you read “The Daily Bread.”

Peter Martin