Proverbs #40Acts

The 40acts Challenge is here again and I am getting ready to spend Lent on behalf of others.

See for more information on what is involved.

Today’s verse

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”
(Proverbs 3:27 NIV)

Today’s Challenge

Copy out this verse and put it somewhere you will see it for motivation throughout the challenge: ‘Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.’ (Proverbs 3:27).

Read through Proverbs and find a verse or verses that leap out at you and leave a bookmark at that page.

Read through Proverbs, write your verse out on Post-it notes and stick them in prominent places around your home or workplace. Memorise it if you can. Use social media to share the verse and your intentions this Lent, using the hashtag #40acts.

What did I do?

I went with the red option today. Here are the verses that stood out for me.

““How long, O naive ones [you who are easily misled], will you love being simple-minded and undiscerning? How long will scoffers [who ridicule and deride] delight in scoffing, How long will fools [who obstinately mock truth] hate knowledge?”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭1:22‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you]; Bind them [securely] around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Do not devise evil against your neighbor, Who lives securely beside you.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:29‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“People do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry;”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭6:30‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“O you naive or inexperienced [who are easily misled], understand prudence and seek astute common sense; And, O you [closed-minded, self-confident] fools, understand wisdom [seek the insight and self-discipline that leads to godly living].”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭8:5‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Treasures of wickedness and ill-gotten gains do not profit, But righteousness and moral integrity in daily life rescues from death.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10:2‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“The merciful and generous man benefits his soul [for his behavior returns to bless him], But the cruel and callous man does himself harm.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭11:17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“The desire of the righteous brings only good, But the expectation of the wicked brings wrath.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭11:23‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“The [malevolent] words of the wicked lie in wait for [innocent] blood [to slander], But the mouth of the upright will rescue and protect them.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“No harm befalls the righteous, But the wicked are filled with trouble.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:21‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Lying lips are extremely disgusting to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:22‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good (encouraging) word makes it glad.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:25‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“The one who guards his mouth [thinking before he speaks] protects his life; The one who opens his lips wide [and chatters without thinking] comes to ruin.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭13:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Abundant food is in the fallow (uncultivated) ground of the poor, But [without protection] it is swept away by injustice.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭13:23‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭14:13‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger and patient calms disputes.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Commit your works to the LORD [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs to it and is safe and set on high [far above evil].”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“The mind of the prudent [always] acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise [always] seeks knowledge.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:15‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who breathes out lies will not escape.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:5‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink a riotous brawler; And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭20:1‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Do not say, “I will repay evil”; Wait [expectantly] for the LORD, and He will rescue and save you.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭20:22‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents], Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“He who is generous will be blessed, For he gives some of his food to the poor.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Do not rob the poor because he is poor [and defenseless], Nor crush the afflicted [by legal proceedings] at the gate [where the city court is held],”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:22‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Like a dog that returns to his vomit Is a fool who repeats his foolishness.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭26:11‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭27:1‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Oil and perfume make the heart glad; So does the sweetness of a friend’s counsel that comes from the heart.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭27:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked and two-faced though he is rich.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭28:6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“When the righteous are in authority and become great, the people rejoice; But when the wicked man rules, the people groan and sigh.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭29:2‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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