Application: Walk the talk, and worship the God who delivers His people, or face the consequences.
Prayer: God, I thank You that You are the God who answers prayer, and will judge the evil hypocrites who don't obey you, and afflict Your people; I trust in Your justice. Amen.
Observation: There are no obvious links between most individual verses in this and upcoming Proverbs. The meanings are usually pretty obvious. How would a foolish woman tear down her own house? Would she know she was doing it?
Application: Pick a verse and see how it could apply to your life.
Prayer: God, help me walk wisely and uprightly. Amen.
Ecclesiastes 2:9 “So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. 10 Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor.11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.”
Deut 8:10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless Yahweh your God for the good land which He has given you. 11 "Beware that you do not forget Yahweh your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today,12 lest --- when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them;13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied;14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget Yahweh your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;15 who led you...who brought water for you...that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end ---17 then you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.' 18 "And you shall remember Yahweh your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 Then it shall be, if you by any means forget Yahweh your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. 20 As the nations which Yahweh destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of Yahweh your God.
“14 When you come to the land which Yahweh your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, 'I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,'15 you shall surely set a king over you whom Yahweh your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, 'You shall not return that way again.'17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself. 18 "Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites.19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear Yahweh his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.”
Prayer: God, don't let me wind up like Solomon; help me keep my heart focused on You and Your word every day. Amen.