1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
So many times I have been very excited about the next day or coming weeks, only to discover my plans don't turn out the way I expected them to. In fact, I'm dealing with that right now, so I'm very thankful this reminder to just wait and see what the Lord is going to do.
5 Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.
These verses are very difficult for me. I really want my friendships to be nice and positive. I don't want to deal with the negative stuff, or admit that I have real issues that my friends need to call me on.
10 Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father,
and do not go to your brother's house when disaster strikes you—
better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
This is a good verse for us military families to hear!
12 The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
This is so true!!
15 A quarrelsome wife is like
a constant dripping on a rainy day;
16 restraining her is like restraining the wind
or grasping oil with the hand.
I love the additional picture in verse 16 of trying to deal with a quarrelsome wife!
17 As iron sharpens iron,
so one man sharpens another.
21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but man is tested by the praise he receives.
Wow! How do I start acting once I receive a little praise?