Friday, March 11, 2011

Do You Take Advice Well?

How are you at taking advice?  In preparation for a Bible Study, I looked for all of the verses in Proverbs that say something about taking advice from people.  Take a poke through these... (I included both the New King James and the New Living Translation.  For me, I love reading Proverbs out of these two side by side.)

He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray.

People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.

Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom.

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

He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed.

The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.

The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death.

Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored.

If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored.

Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die.

Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die.

A scoffer does not love one who corrects him, Nor will he go to the wise.

Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise.

Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.

Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.

He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.

If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.

A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart.

Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.

Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.

Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.

Cease listening to instruction, my son, And you will stray from the words of knowledge.

If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge.

Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war.

Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.

5 A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 6 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.

5 The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger. 6 So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers.

11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver. 12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.

11 Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket. 12 To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.

As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.

 Pastor Noel