Tuesday: Being Jealous of the Wicked
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Serpent of Envy Rises From Glass Bottle

What do Proverbs 23:17; Proverbs 24:1-2; and Proverbs 24:19-20 warn us about? Why would someone envy the wicked? Most likely it’s not because of the actual sins that they might be committing. Rather, it’s usually because of the immediate gain (wealth, success, power) that they achieve through their wickedness — that’s what people often covet … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Robbing the Poor
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Micah Pleads for the Oppressed of Israel

Read Proverbs 22:22-23; Proverbs 23:10. What are we warned about here? Though it’s always wrong to steal, this prohibition concerns stealing from the poor and the oppressed, who are the most vulnerable. They are truly helpless, and therefore they qualify for God’s special concern (Exod. 22:21–27). The case of David, who killed Uriah in order … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Knowledge of Truth
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Man Feasting on the Bible

Read Proverbs 22:17-18. What are we being told about how truth should impact our lives? The first duty of the student is to listen and pay attention: Incline your ear and hear (Prov. 22:17, NKJV). In other words:Concentrate! The crucial point is that the seeker of truth must be earnest, must truly want to learn … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Words of Truth
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gless09

Read for This Week’s Study: Proverbs 22:1–23:35, Exod. 22:21–27, Proverbs 24:1-34, Eph. 5:20, Ezek. 33:8. Memory Text: Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, that I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may answer words of truth to those who send to you? … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study
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Signs Showing Directions to Many Paths

Further Study: Parents should be models of truthfulness, for this is the daily lesson to be impressed upon the heart of the child. Undeviating principle should govern parents in all the affairs of life, especially in the education and training of their children. . . . Parents, never prevaricate; never tell an untruth in precept … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Brayden’s Testimony
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People

Paul Brown and his family are a true blessing to me. A few years ago when they moved in, my step-grandfather asked Paul if I could mow his yard. Paul agreed, and soon a connection grew between me and his family, and I found out what nice people they are. His kids, Payton and Stormy, … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Compassion for the Poor
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The Good Samaritan

A person’s character is measured less by wisdom or even religious commitments than by readiness to help the poor and the needy. It is not what you have that measures your character. Who you are to your neighbor is the measure of character. The Samaritan who saves his neighbor is closer to the kingdom of … [Click to read more …]