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Daily Bible Verse - 2/12/2008 - Proverbs 5:21-22

NIV For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD,
and he examines all his paths.

The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him;
the cords of his sin hold him fast.

KJV For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
NASB For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD,
And He watches all his paths.
His own iniquities will capture the wicked,
And he will be held with the cords of his sin.
Proverbs 5:21-22

God ponders all the paths (lit. "habits") of the wicked. The course of life chosen by the wicked entraps in ignorance and sin and leads to death. Judgment is of the Lord. People may talk about being "free" to do whatever they feel like doing, but in reality sin takes away all freedom.

Thomas Nelson, I. (1997, c1995). Woman's study Bible . (Pr 5:21). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

The Lord sees all that man does and in mercy withholds immediate judgment, allowing the sinner time to repent or to be caught in his own sin (cf. Num. 32:23; Pss. 7:15, 16; 57:6; Prov. 1:17; Gal. 6:7, 8). Note the example of Haman (Esth. 5:9-14; 7:1-10).

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Pr 5:21). Nashville: Word Pub.

Daily Bible Verse - 2/11/2008 - Psalm 143:10

NIV Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.
KJV Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
NASB Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalm 143:10

Appeal for instruction
. The psalmist not only wanted to know the will of God (v. 8b), he also wanted a heart trained to obey that will. God, after all, was his God, and what could be more proper than for the creature to obey his Creator?

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Ps 143:10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

This, the last of David's psalms of individual lament, lacks a clear historical setting, though his escape from Absalom is a possibility (143:6; see 2 Sam. 17:29). David appealed to God to intervene on his behalf, while confessing his own lack of moral perfection (Ps. 143:2). He saw himself in a hopeless situation from which he could not extricate himself (143:4). Only as David reflected on God's goodness in the past (143:5) did he have any hope at all for the present. With new confidence, then, he pleaded for God's gracious deliverance. More than that, he wanted to learn more about the will and ways of God (143:10) so that ultimately he would bring glory to God whereas his enemies would meet their deserved destruction (143:11-12).

Dyer, C., Merrill, E., Swindoll, C. R., & Zuck, R. B. (2001). Nelson's Old Testament Survey : Discover the Background, Theology and Meaning of Every Book in the Old Testament (476). Nashville: Word.