Dear friend, if you've gone into hock with your neighbor or locked yourself into a deal with a stranger, 2 If you've impulsively promised the shirt off your back and now find yourself shivering out in the cold, 3 Friend, don't waste a minute, get yourself out of that mess. You're in that man's clutches! Go, put on a long face; act desperate. 4 Don't procrastinate - there's no time to lose. 5 Run like a deer from the hunter, fly like a bird from the trapper! A Lesson from the Ant 6 You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. 7 Nobody has to tell it what to do. 8 All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. 9 So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? 10 A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy - do you know what comes next? 11 Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest! Always Cooking Up Something Nasty 12 Riffraff and rascals talk out of both sides of their mouths. 13 They wink at each other, they shuffle their feet, they cross their fingers behind their backs. 14 Their perverse minds are always cooking up something nasty, always stirring up trouble. 15 Catastrophe is just around the corner for them, a total smash-up, their lives ruined beyond repair. Seven Things God Hates 16 Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: 17 eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, 18 a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, 19 a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family. Warning on Adultery 20 Good friend, follow your father's good advice; don't wander off from your mother's teachings. 21 Wrap yourself in them from head to foot; wear them like a scarf around your neck. 22 Wherever you walk, they'll guide you; whenever you rest, they'll guard you; when you wake up, they'll tell you what's next. 23 For sound advice is a beacon, good teaching is a light, moral discipline is a life path. 24 They'll protect you from wanton women, from the seductive talk of some temptress. 25 Don't lustfully fantasize on her beauty, nor be taken in by her bedroom eyes. 26 You can buy an hour with a whore for a loaf of bread, but a wanton woman may well eat you alive. 27 Can you build a fire in your lap and not burn your pants? 28 Can you walk barefoot on hot coals and not get blisters? 29 It's the same when you have sex with your neighbor's wife: Touch her and you'll pay for it. No excuses. 30 Hunger is no excuse for a thief to steal; 31 When he's caught he has to pay it back, even if he has to put his whole house in hock. 32 Adultery is a brainless act, soul-destroying, self-destructive; 33 Expect a bloody nose, a black eye, and a reputation ruined for good. 34 For jealousy detonates rage in a cheated husband; wild for revenge, he won't make allowances. 35 Nothing you say or pay will make it all right; neither bribes nor reason will satisfy him.

“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