Proverbs is a book found in the Old Testament that is filled with wisdom that has survived generation after generation. This wisdom will lead you closer to God and guide you toward a life of true fulfillment and joy. Just read a chapter a day and in 31 days you'll have read the whole thing. We recommend reading the chapter based on the day of the month. So on the first day of the month, read chapter 1. On the second, read chapter 2. And so on.

Ever feel like you just can't understand what it says or what it means? Try reading a modern translation such as the ESV or NLT. Each translation tries to balance staying true to the original meaning with being readable in today's English vernacular. We find the ESV to balance these well. The NLT is even easier to read but loses some of the power and depth of meaning found in the ESV.

Whatever translation you chose, the important part is to get in the Bible every day. Before reading ask God to help you to understand what you read. Then sit back, read the daily reading in your Bible or using the links below, and trust God to teach you something about His love for you.

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April 16

Are you a detailed planner, or do you just go with the flow? Do you wrestle with the thought that if I plan, I don't trust in God? Reread verses 3 and 9 and let them encourage you in "how" you plan as you seek to commit your work to the Lord and let the Lord establish your steps along the way. But with that encouragement also comes a caution - if your plan produces outstanding results, be sure to remain humble and reflect praises received to God. Verse 18 tells us what we can expect when we have a prideful spirit and big ego.

When I read verse 31, I certainly feel better about turning 60 this week and my hair turning grey. But, as I've grown older, I have come to know this fact - I need to lean on my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every day to live a righteous life. One way to do this is to be slow to anger (verse 32), a principle given to us in the New Testament in James 1:19: " My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."

-Dale Spaulding

Read Proverbs 16

Daily Reading List

1 - Proverbs 1
2 - Proverbs 2
3 - Proverbs 3
4 - Proverbs 4
5 - Proverbs 5
6 - Proverbs 6
7 - Proverbs 7
8 - Proverbs 8
9 - Proverbs 9
10 - Proverbs 10
11 - Proverbs 11
12 - Proverbs 12
13 - Proverbs 13
14 - Proverbs 14
15 - Proverbs 15
16 - Proverbs 16
17 - Proverbs 17
18 - Proverbs 18
19 - Proverbs 19
20 - Proverbs 20
21 - Proverbs 21
22 - Proverbs 22
23 - Proverbs 23
24 - Proverbs 24
25 - Proverbs 25
26 - Proverbs 26
27 - Proverbs 27
28 - Proverbs 28
29 - Proverbs 29
30 - Proverbs 30-31

Note: The above link will take you to the first chapter in the daily reading. You will need to click the small triangle at the top of the page to continue to the additional chapters for today's reading.