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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May 21

In his book, "The Best Question Ever", Andy Stanley suggests we ask the following before taking action: What is the wise thing for me to do, in light of my past experience, my present circumstances, and my future hopes and dreams? One of the things I love about Proverbs is that every time I read a chapter it helps me answer that very question. There is always something that sticks out and is applicable to the circumstances I'm currently facing. Today it was verses 30-31. I'm in a season of planning and thinking toward the future. So even while verse 5 celebrates good planning, these later verse remind me just whose plans I need to be aligning myself with and who gets the credit. God's ways truly are higher than our ways. As you read today's chapter let me challenge you to expect God to help you answer what the wise thing is for you to do.

p.s. Free tip for the married guys out there: It's never the wise thing to highlight verses 9 or 19 and leave your Bible open for your wife to find. That kind of "helpful hint" is generally not received well. Instead take the advice of verse 23.

Read Proverbs 21

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 - Proverbs 31