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1. Who would get the prize for best peace-making efforts in your family? Why did you select that person?
2. What is your “Achilles’ heel” that, when hit, will ignite your anger every time? What have you learned that might help you next time in turning away your wrath, as well as your opponent’s?
3. As a key is used to unlock the door to a house, what key words unlock the meaning and main points of this chapter? What key words carry over from previous chapters?
4. In reference to Question #3 . . .
- What is the key to “joy”?
- What is the key to “success”?
- What is the key to “keeping peace”?
- What is the key to “healing hurts’?
5. Again in reference to Question #3, which key words are unique to this chapter? Which seems to be the master-key?
6. “Talk is cheap.” Would Solomon agree or disagree with this statement? Why do you think so?
7. What do the “eyes of the Lord” symbolize (verse 3; see also 2 Chronicles 16:9)? What does He see (verses 8, 9, 11)?
8. What does the Lord “detest” about the wicked (verses8, 9, 26)? What is their sacrifice (see Proverbs 21:3, 27): pagan idolatry? child sacrificing? insincerity? malice? ignorance? injustice? Or what? (see also Ecclesiastes 5:1; Isaiah 1:11 – 15; Micah 6:7, 8)?
9. What is the interplay between the “heart” and the other aspects of the personality mentioned here (verses 7, 11, 13 – 15, 28, 30)? Does what is on the inside come through to the outside (as in verse 13)? Or does seeing and putting on a cheerful face determine how the heart feels (as in verse 30)? Why do you think so?
10. What is to be our response to correction or rebuke (verses 5, 10, 12, 31, 32)? If we listen to it, what happens? If we don’t, what happens? Do you believe it’s that simple? Why or why not?
11. If this chapter were a book for sale, which verse would be on the cover as a “come on” to persuade you to buy it? Why?
12. In what sense is your “sacrifice” detestable? Could something as good as going to church and saying your prayers actually be offensive to God? How so? What does please the Lord?
13. How does it make you feel to know God is always, everywhere “keeping watch” (verse 3): uneasy? secure? naked? scared? relieved?
14. Share a time when you rejected your parents’ discipline or when your children spurned yours? What happened? What did you (or they) learn? In what sense do you (and your children) relate to God as to your earthly father?
15. What doors have you opened lately using the keys found here in the book of Proverbs? What doors remain shut? What keys seem not to work for you?
16. Whose wrath seems “unturned”, in spite of your “gentle answer”?
17. Given the economic standard of living and family status, do verses 16 and 17 still present viable options today? Which option would you prefer and why?
18. For whose heart can you show a cheerful face? Whose look are you trying to catch for your own heart-felt joy? Have you looked to the Lord to provide that elusive joy?