6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love,
but a faithful man who can find?
Let's make sure we read "man" in a gender neutral sense.
19 A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid a man who talks too much.
As I'm going through the Proverbs I'm realizing that A) I'm a gossip B) That I really don't know what to do in settings where I'm listening to someone else say something about someone else. Do any of you have some suggestions of ways to kindly diffuse gossip? I would love all the tips I can get.
22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!"
Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
This reminded me of Romans 12:19-20. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." And that is quoting Proverbs 25:21-22.
24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD.
How then can anyone understand his own way?
And why do we so desperately feel like we need to?