Day 13 // Which Verse Means the Most to You?

Proverbs 13

1 A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline;

a mocker refuses to listen to correction.

2 Wise words will win you a good meal,

but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.

3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life;

opening your mouth can ruin everything.

4 Lazy people want much but get little,

but those who work hard will prosper.

5 The godly hate lies;

the wicked cause shame and disgrace.

6 Godliness guards the path of the blameless,

but the evil are misled by sin.

7 Some who are poor pretend to be rich;

others who are rich pretend to be poor.

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Which verse in Proverbs 13 means the most to you?

  • Joel Clifford

    I agree there are great messages to be had from every verse. There are two verses that jumped out at me. Verse 3: “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction” and verse 24: “He who snares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly”.

    To many times today we see men who don’t guard their mouth but instead open up and spew forth hate and discontent. Creating a higher tension in almost every area of their life which is unneeded. We also see the reverse in the first part of verse 3, where men in today’s society have allowed themselves to be beat down and have quit playing the role of the leader in the families and houses of America. One has to understand that being loud and obnoxious does not qualify one as a leader just as soft spoken and understanding does not make one weak.

    Verse 24 ties in with verse 3 in so many ways, it is and always will be okay and correct to discipline your children. I agree their are wrong ways to do this. Discipline out of anger or hate is incorrect. Discipline is an absolute necessary. We have to start disciplining with love or the the youth of today will be lost. They must have guidance, mentorship and leadership. This was okay for us to do 20 years ago. I have a feeling it still is.

  • Katy Little

    So many valuable verses..so hard to choose 1 to comment one. However verse 4 really sings to my heart today since my husband is traveling for work this weekend. He works so hard and is so committed to his job and his employer. “Lazy people want much but get little but those who work hard will prosper.” My husband continues to shows our teenage sons how important it is to work hard and do the duties of which you are paid for. It is so difficult these days to see how others simply desire to get rich, quick, but don’t want to put the time effort and dedication into it. There are those who would rather make no income at all..then work for a wage that is less then what they feel their pride can tolerate.

  • Alison Veazey

    Hope deferred makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

  • Mike Charles

    Walk with the wise and become wise

  • Rachelle Taylor

    13.10 Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.

  • Irene Rodriguez

    Proverbs 13:6
    Godliness guards the path of the blameless,but the evil are misled by sin.

  • Veronica Wesbrook

    These verses are the only thing that has kept me going this week…Thanks Pastor Kerry! I have been experiencing trouble at work, others not wanting to do their part and giving me attitude because they feel I should do it for them. I have found a little peice from each chapter that has spoken to me each morning and helped me through the day. I have tried working on just that one little peice of advice throughout the day and it has truely changed my perspective.

  • Malynda Self

    There is so many in this passage it is hard to pull just one!

    Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.

    Sometimes we need to sit back and be careful of what we say to our loved ones or a stranger it may be the last thing you say.

  • macaluso90999

    Pastor Kerry,

    Verse 3 just leaped off the page at me. How many times have I myself and witnessed others, fail to control their tongues and ruin everything. I can learn so much from verse 3!!!!! Thanks for these online bible studies. I look forward to them.

  • Michelle

    Verses 18 and 24 really stand out to me. It truly speaks what has been going on around me in life lately.

  • mike

    3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life;

    opening your mouth can ruin everything.

    I can learn from this.

  • susan

    This chapter tell’s it like it should be. Children grow
    and need to be guided with attention, and encouragement.
    They need the proper Love bibically speaking from baby to
    Maturity.

  • Lisa

    Verse 6 – “Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin”. Thanks to God he keeps us on that straight and narrow!

  • susan

    In Jesus Name Amen Seriously.

  • James

    Pastor Kerry

    Am from out of town and was in fellowship with you some weeks back . Precious sister in the Lord shared with me concerning the Proverbs 31 page and asked me to listen. Was listening today and one of the verses in Proverbs which really has meant alot to me through the years is [ Pro 4:7 : Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. ]. Am aware the whole book of Proverbs is about wisdom and understanding .

    Throughout my life [ 59 years old ] I fell into many waterless pits [ Zechariah 9:11-1] due to wrong choices and lack of discernment on my part . Proverbs is truly a treatise on wisdom and understanding. I am so thankful to God for his revealing love along with his correction andinstruction in my life concerning the matter of wisdom. The fear of God is truly the beginning of wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding [ Job 28: 28 ]. Wisdom is better then the weapons of war [Ecc 9:18 ]. The knowledge of the holy is understanding [ Proverbs 9: 10 ] The issues of life do come out of our heart [ Proverbs [ 4:23 ]. Pro 1:20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: [Pro 1:21] She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words …. May the favor of God be with you and all within your fellowship in the days ahead.

  • Jay Mickens

    13:4 and 13:11 – it was a tie for me.

    Verse 4 speaks on how lazy people talk about wanting more, but not really doing anything about it where as the hard workers will indeed prosper.

    Verse 11 really spoke volumes to me. In the past, I have attempted the quick-to-get-rich schemes and they never worked for me. I feel that verse 11 ties in a bit with verse 4 because this is a lazy way of doing things. However, hard workers will see their wealth grow over time.

  • Lori Hofferber

    13:10 Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise. My pride gets in the way a lot, I didn’t think so but when I really look at what causes conflict in my life, it’s pride.

    Thanks again Pastor Kerry.

  • Carol

    verse 24 means the most to me at this time. I see so many parents that do not believe in discipline and their children seem to be selfish and unruly. Not really there fault. I blame the parents. It means alot to me at this time because I have a new grandson that I want him to really know the Lord and have discipline in his life because I want him to know that he is loved by me. I feel that this verse would be something to show my daughter so she would know that I discipline out of love.

  • Jo Sweeney

    Verse 21 : Trouble follows sinners and blessings reward righteousness

    I feel like this so true of life that disobedience brings trouble but following in God’s footsteps brings blessings in my life.

  • Kelly

    Verse 3…. It’s a difficult thing to do, but well worth it and needed. Words can really hurt sometimes and it is best to control your tongue.

  • Mphatso Khoza (MK)

    Pastor Kerry,

    The verse that strikes me the most in this chapter is verse 24 that says “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him”. I grew up in a single parent home with two brothers and a mother who believed in the literal and figurative application of this verse. Many years later, all three of us are productive contributors to society taking example from our mother as to the proper way to stear our children. The word “hate” jumps out. The writer doesnt waste much time is showing that an indifference to discipline equates itself to a hatred for your child. When put in those terms it wakes you up from the slumber of today’s attitude that can be permissive at times.

    I’m really enjoying your blog. I enjoyed the first one with the book of John and I hope that you continue with another book after Proverbs is done.

    God bless you!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EGyye1Bask Anita

    What strikes me right now about verse 13 is the way that many people often pray, “Come now, Lord Jesus.” Jesus is our hope for a healed world. Maybe what people are expressing is that they feel heartsick because they are waiting for the coming of Jesus and the healing that will bring to our entire condition. That will be the dream fulfilled.

  • JERI

    VERSE 20, MOSTLY BECAUSE I SEE HOW MUCH THE DIFFERENCE IN THE TWO CHANGED THE LIFE OF CHILDREN AND THE WAY THEY RESPECT THE ELDERS AND GOD. I THANK GOD FOR MY BEAUTIFUL CHILD AND HIS NATURAL ABILITY TO RESPECT AND HONOR HIS ELDERS AND PEOPLE IN GENERAL.

  • Karrie

    Proverbs 13:25
    The godly eat to their hearts’ content, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.

    I can have as much of Jesus as I want and fill up on his word to my hearts content. I will never go looking for something to fill up my God shape in my heart as long as I keep going to the word and asking God for the fullfillment that I need. I see this happening with so many people around me that look for so many other things to fill them up and make them happy but it all runs out at some point. This never happens when I continue to focus on our Lord.

    Thank You Jesus!!!

  • Rachel

    Vs 12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life” So many times my hope is deferred” maybe next time” maybe “someday”. I want to live with expectancy & faith & see my dreams fulfilled so I am full of life & stay pregnant with hope & optimism.

  • kristin

    Verse 3 and 5 spoke to me, because lies are bad sometime you do need too control your tongue.

  • Jayne

    Behind on reading, but continuing on.
    Not sure if this was meant only for this chapter or not. My favorite verse, so far is from the previous Chapter, 12 vs.18, especially adult to children. I have been an advocate, in my own way of adults offering a cut down or try to convince them that what they say is truth. Children have an innocence, that believes until they are subjected to this. I’ve always said to those that think it’s cute, “Don’t you feel smart and superior telling a lie to a child and he believes you.” Cutting words, especially after a child believes, showing them they were stupid or fell for it, damages them for life and sets them up for the very same way of treating others. I know this applies to everyone, but children are my passion in any kind of abuse.

  • Charmaine

    “Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.”
    This verse means the most to me because so often we open our mouths and end up hurting someone, or we are boasting and being prideful and our words set back the person who hears it. When we open our mouths it is God’s words that should come out, words that edify and bless the hearer, I pray that we would all think before we speak and exercise wisdom as stated in this proverb.
    Thank you and may God continue to bless your Ministry. 

  • Charmaine

    “Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.”
    This verse means the most to me because so often we open our mouths and end up hurting someone, or we are boasting and being prideful and our words set back the person who hears it. When we open our mouths it is God’s words that should come out, words that edify and bless the hearer, I pray that we would all think before we speak and exercise wisdom as stated in this proverb.
    Thank you and may God continue to bless your Ministry. 

  • Charmaine

    “Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.”
    This verse means the most to me because so often we open our mouths and end up hurting someone, or we are boasting and being prideful and our words set back the person who hears it. When we open our mouths it is God’s words that should come out, words that edify and bless the hearer, I pray that we would all think before we speak and exercise wisdom as stated in this proverb.
    Thank you and may God continue to bless your Ministry. 

  • Charmaine

    “Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.”
    This verse means the most to me because so often we open our mouths and end up hurting someone, or we are boasting and being prideful and our words set back the person who hears it. When we open our mouths it is God’s words that should come out, words that edify and bless the hearer, I pray that we would all think before we speak and exercise wisdom as stated in this proverb.
    Thank you and may God continue to bless your Ministry.