Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 17:15-21. My favorite verse from this Scripture is found in verse 17, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
People who justify the wicked and those who condemn the just are both an abomination to the LORD.
Is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, since they have no desire for it?
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
A person void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes security in the presence of their friend.
Those who love rebellion love strife: and those who exalt their gate seek destruction.
Those who have a crooked heart find no good: and those who have a perverted tongue fall into mischief.
Those who bear a fool do it to their sorrow: and the parents of a fool have no joy.
One of the great friendships of the Bible is revealed in 1 Samuel 18:3, “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.” They made sacrifices for one another. They also protected one another.
To have a true friendship you have to make sacrifices for each other. Building a friendship and a relationship takes time. You have to show that you care about the other person and their needs, not just your own needs and wants.
The greatest friendship of all is found in the relationship that we can have with Jesus Christ. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Jesus demonstrated what it meant to be a true friend. He made the ultimate sacrifice. He gave His own life for us.
Daily Bible Reading:
15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
Things to think about:
- Who does this Scripture say are an abomination to the LORD?
- What does it mean to be a true friend?
- Do you have someone who you would call your best friend? What makes your relationship so special?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read and study this Scripture we are reminded that a friend loves at all times. Help us to be this kind of friend. Thank You for Your Son, Jesus, who laid down His life for His friends. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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About the book:
The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor by Deborah H. Bateman is a Daily Bible Reading study of the book of Esther from the Old Testament of the Bible.
In the book of Esther, Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai. In a series of events and through fasting, prayer and God’s favor Esther was placed in a position to save the Jewish people. Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai, who told her maybe she was born for such a time as this.
God puts us all in circumstances where He can use us to further His kingdom and give Him glory, if we are willing and obedient. Esther found her purpose for life. Like Esther you were born for such a time as this.
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