PROVERBS 18

1 A recluse is self-indulgent, snarling at every sound principle of conduct. 2 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. 3 When the wicked arrive, contempt, shame, and disgrace are sure to follow. 4 A person's words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook. 5 It is wrong for a judge to favor the guilty or condemn the innocent. 6 Fools get into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. 7 The mouths of fools are their ruin; their lips get them into trouble. 8 What dainty morsels rumors are -- but they sink deep into one's heart. 9 A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. 11 The rich think of their wealth as an impregnable defense; they imagine it is a high wall of safety. 12 Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor. 13 What a shame, what folly, to give advice before listening to the facts! 14 The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear it if the spirit is crushed? 15 Intelligent people are always open to new ideas. In fact, they look for them. 16 Giving a gift works wonders; it may bring you before important people! 17 Any story sounds true until someone sets the record straight. 18 Casting lots can end arguments and settle disputes between powerful opponents. 19 It's harder to make amends with an offended friend than to capture a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with iron bars. 20 Words satisfy the soul as food satisfies the stomach; the right words on a person's lips bring satisfaction. 21 Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life. 22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from the LORD. 23 The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults. 24 There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

“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