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Proverbs 11:1-5
The Lord hates dishonesty and pride

Proverbs 11:6-9
A hyprocrite is ready to falsely accuse

Proverbs 11:10-15
A discussion of community relationships

Proverbs 11:16-20
Wealth is very inferior to honor

Proverbs 11:21-25
All we really have is what we give

Proverbs 11:26-31
Only the righteous have a secure future

Proverbs 12:1-5
Right thoughts result in right actions

Proverbs 12:6-10
Our chief aim should be to build others up

Proverbs 12:11-16
Wicked words are the product of an evil heart

Proverbs 12:17-22
Careless words are harmful

Proverbs 12:23-28
A contrast between diligence and laziness

Proverbs 13:1-5
Our speech should be uplifting

Proverbs 13:6-10
Pride causes us to be contentious

Proverbs 13:11-15
Following instruction will spare you sorrow

Proverbs 13:16-20
Friends will take you up or down

Proverbs 13:21-25
When genuine love is questionable

Proverbs 14:1-5
No work means no harvest

Proverbs 14:6-11
Fools think their ways are right

Proverbs 14:12-17
Failing to live by the truth of God’s Word

Proverbs 14:18-23
It’s important to listen to instruction

Proverbs 14:24-29
A bad temper is a sign of weakness

Proverbs 14:30-35
Emotions effect our physical conditon

Proverbs 15:1-5
Choose gentle words

Proverbs 15:6-10
Refusal to take correction brings discipline

Proverbs 15:11-15
We feed what our heart craves

Proverbs 15:16-21
Love is more important than riches

Proverbs 15:22-27
Wise leaders always seek advice

Proverbs 15:28-33
The righteous weighs his words carefully

Proverbs 16:1-4
God’s Sovereignty in Shaping the World

Proverbs 16:5-11
Making Enemies to Be at Peace

Proverbs 16:12-17
Better to Have Wisdom than Gold

Proverbs 16:18-21
Pride Goes Before Destruction

Proverbs 16:22-26
The Way That Seems Right to Man

Proverbs 16:27-33
A Whisperer Separates Friends

Proverbs 17:1-4
The Lord Tests the Hearts

Proverbs 17:5-9
Children Need to Revere Their Parents

Proverbs 17:10-14
Evil Men Seek Rebellion

Proverbs 17:15-19
A Friend Loves at All Times

Proverbs 17:20-28
A Merry Heart Is Like Medicine

Emotions effect our physical conditon

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In his book, None of These Diseases, Dr. S.I. McMillen says, “Medical science recognizes that emotions such as fear, sorrow, envy, resentment and hatred are responsible for the majority of our sicknesses. Estimates vary from 60 to 100 percent.” One patient was told by h … More

Emotions

It is healthy to be content but envy will eat you up (v. 30). Not being able to control a persons emotions will effect his physical condition. Medical science today knows that a person with a healthy disposition probably will have a healthier body also. Such things as anger, envy or a strong desire to make other people do certain things produces adverse effects physically. Since God is the maker of all people it is a sin against God to take advantage of those who are poor (v. 31). On the other hand when we are kind to the poor we honor God. Providing for the poor is not just a suggestion in the Bible, it is a command that may require a change of attitude. The wicked is overthrown through his wrongdoing, but the righteous has hope and confidence even in death (v. 32)

Wisdom is found in people with good sense, but that which is in the heart of fools is make known (v. 33). History reveals that no country has prospered long that turned their backs on God (v. 34). Israel is a great object lesson of this fact. When the Word of God was honored they prospered but when they sinned and refused to follow God they became a reproach. Though we may seem to be getting away with sin, eventually it will catch up with us and bring us to shame.

Nothing will make a person in authority more pleased than a display of wisdom and discretion by those under him: On the other hand if evil results from following subordinates advice it likely will provoke anger in the heart of the authority (v. 35). This would certainly be true of employee-employer relationships today.

Application

I can think of many examples where certain emotions out of control have caused physical problems. “But godliness with contentment is great gain” II Timothy 6:6. It  would be good for me to memorize this verse as well as Philippians 4:11.

Proverbs 14:30-35 (English Standard Version)

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death. Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. A servant who deals wisely has the king's favor, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

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