Author: Stephen Ricker

BDBD is Proverbs 5:22-23

The chapter is a father’s warning to his son. He is educating him on the wisdom of avoiding the temptations of an adulteress. He concludes with the condition of the soul of the man who gives himself to the adulteress. That man is wicked and has committed an evil deed (22). “The cords of his […]

BDBD is Proverbs 5:21

Sometimes we believe that God doesn’t see us nor care for us. Other times we hope that God takes his gaze away from us and leaves us alone. Yet in spite of what we believe about God and want God to do for us his truth of character exists eternal. One truth is revealed in […]

BDBD is Proverbs 5:18-20

Human nature tends to sway to unexciting familiarity concerning someone in our life and too unkind thoughts concerning their actions and character, especially to our spouse. The human mindset plays the same old song triggering unpleasant emotions concerning the one we deeply loved at one time in the past. Our nature, character, and idiosyncrasies also […]

BDBD is Proverbs 5:15-18

Marriage based on God and his character principles will enjoyingly last long. God is love. Therefore, a marriage based on his nature of love is well established. God’s love is displayed in Jesus who willingly laid down his life for others while we were still sinners. Love is an emotion executed. Drinking water from one’s […]

BDBD is Proverbs 5:11-14

Everyone looks back with regrets about foolish decisions made. The older I get new foolish decisions exist staring at me with disappointment at the fool I was. They extract from me the payments needed for the decisions I made. Debts that I can never pay off. At the end of life, many groan when their […]

BDBD is Proverbs 5:7-10

Adultery is to be avoided because a divided soul will not function well. Continuing with a divided soul does not mend a broken life. Infidelity self-robs strength, giving it to another (9). For when a man and woman are made into one through the covenant of marriage they are bound and synchronized by the hand […]

BDBD is Proverbs 5:1-6

The marriage covenant is physical, emotional, mental, financial, and spiritual bonding. Two become one. A covenant is a binding vow between two. A covenant reflects the nature of God who makes covenants with people. Therefore, God pays attention to marriage covenants. Adultery is breaking a marriage covenant for an important part of the covenant is […]

BDBD is Proverbs 4:24-27

Life goals and life plans are good. Setting milestones that are needed to reach those life goals are needed too; considering that just because I have goals and plans doesn’t guarantee everything will go as I plan. I spent much of my life making plans that never happened or turned out not as we had […]

BDBD is Proverbs 4:20-23

The heart is the wellspring of life (23). A wellspring is an original and bountiful source of something. The original meaning is the source of a spring, stream, or river. The picture given here is that my human heart is the source of my life. The physical heart pumps blood throughout the body supplying needed […]

BDBD is Proverbs 4:18-19

Camping in the wilderness can be a fun time. Over an hour from where I lived, on the Michigan and Ohio line is a campground on a lake that was in a “dark area”. A dark area is where no lights are allowed for several miles in any direction. My children and I went there […]

BDBD is Proverbs 4:10-17

Proverbs repeat yet again the ills of not setting my foot on the path of the wicked or walking in the way of evil men (14). At first, I think in anguish, “Again. Ugh.” Then I realize that repetition is needed because I am so inclined to do wrong, even evil. How many times did […]

Proverbs 4:1-9

“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. (1)” The relationship between parent and child is echoed through the first nine chapters of Proverbs as if the Father were standing on the roof of a tall building and shouting into empty streets (1:8, 10, 15, 20, 2:1, 3:1, 11, 21, 4:1, […]

BDBD is Proverbs 3:31-35

Envy is an emotional trait humans share. Envy can be defined as a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, and possessions joined with the desire to possess the same advantage. Envy rots the bones (14:30). Though envy is sometimes a motive for doing good, usually it has unwanted results most […]

BDBD is Proverbs 3:27-30

Wise interaction with others involves love and knowledge; spirit and truth. “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. (27).” I am not to do good to everyone; only those who deserve it. The wisdom in this is the ability to know who deserves it. Giving […]

BDBD is Proverbs 3:25-26

Fear is a base emotion that all humans share. There are many reasons to fear. God’s direction here is to not fear sudden disaster or the ruin that overtakes the wicked (25). God promises that he will be my confidence and will keep my foot from being snared (26). I should not have vague fears […]

BDBD is Proverbs 3:19-24

Many have problems sleeping at night. Some may have a physical problem; health, environment, or perhaps their bed is uncomfortable. Others may have problems sleeping because their soul is in torment. Some lament the past and live in regret while others have vague or real fears. Others are heart broke or mentally unstable. Others worry […]

BDBD is Proverbs 3:9-18

Wealth, prosperity, health, and love; the desires of life under the sun. The Bible has a lot to say about these. Though most start out adult life dismissing what God has to say believing we have life all figured out and what we don’t know we are sure we will get it. If we succeed […]

BDBD is Proverbs 3:7-8

“Fear the Lord” is often repeated in the Bible, especially in the book of Proverbs. “Shun evil” is also repeated though not as much. Job was a man who feared God and shunned evil (Job 1:1, 2:3, 28:28) Fearing God and shunning evil is stated to be healthy for the body and nourishment to the […]

BDBD is Proverbs 3:5-6

Search my heart. Do I trust in the Lord with all of my heart? Am I leaning on my own understanding? When Jesus approached Jerusalem he gave two disciples a set of instructions that would have been impossible for someone to predict could happen to find a donkey and her colt. (Matthew 21:1-5) The same […]

BDBD is Proverbs 3:1-4

The Father again addresses his son as he did in the first two chapters. The Father beseeches his son to not forget his teachings. Forgetting the teachings of God and the wise is much easier to do than most are willing to accept. Just how easy it is to forget is found when temptation requires […]

BDBD is Proverbs 2:20-22

The Father concludes this chapter’s wisdom with a promise, “Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous.” I thank God that he taught me these and gave me the strength to change my pattern of living when I was in my early twenties. Oh, if […]

BDBD is Proverbs 2:16-19.

Enacting on wisdom has some benefits. Another one is that it will save from giving into the adulteress wayward wife which her deductive words (16). Marriage is a covenant made before God (17). Marriage is making a life-long commitment to another soul. A covenant is a relationship between two partners who make binding promises to […]

BDBD is Proverbs 2:12-15

Enacting on wisdom has some benefits. One is that it will save from the ways of the wicked (12). Some celebrate wickedness. They believe that devious ways will provide wealth, prosperity, and power. Though they may succeed in gaining these, they find that these alone do not bring peace, joy, love, patience, kindness, self-control, and […]

Proverbs 2:7-11

God equips his people so they are able to make sound decisions. “It is better to teach a person how to fish than to give them fish every day,” goes an old saying. So when verse 7 states that God holds victory in store for the upright and verse 8 says God guards the course […]

BDBD is Eccl. 2:1-6

I view these words as God talking to me. God is my Father. I am his son (1). He has great compassion for me. He wants and seeks the best for me. He wants me to grow up and be an adult. He wants me to be just like His Perfect Son, Jesus. He wants […]

BDBD is Proverbs 1:20-33

Wisdom is personified, a common ploy in ancient middle-east literature (20). Wisdom is beseeching the simple people going about their daily routines in the populated cities’ markets, restaurants, and forums (20,21). The simple people from wisdom’s perspective are those who rejected its call thus becoming mockers, hating knowledge, and not choosing to fear the LORD […]

BDBD is Proverbs 1:8-15

Gain is not bad. Gaining to the point of being wealthy is not bad either. Like everything in this world, I can gain properly and improperly. The ill-gotten gain eventually takes away the lives of those who gain it (15). Verses 10 thru 14 contain a story. The story is a warning to not accept […]

BDBD is Proverbs 1:1-6

The book of Proverbs is a collection of wise words, mostly written by King Solomon, the third king of united Israel around 900 BC (1). Solomon’s wisdom was a gift of God. The Lord offered him anything when he first became king as a youth. He asked for wisdom so that he could lead Israel. […]

BDBD is Eccl. 12:13-14

The conclusion: “Fear God and keep his commandments”. The reason for these is given, “For God will bring every deed into judgment. including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” So is everything “meaningless, meaningless”? People’s pursuits apart from fearing God and keeping his commandments are meaningless. From God’s perspective, our thoughts and […]

BDBD is Eccl. 12:9-12

A common belief about the leading of the Holy Spirit is that we do nothing. Instead, it is believed that suddenly words just come to us. However, these verses reveal that the revelation of God’s words is not always (if seldom) like that. The Spirit’s moving is a mutual undertaking. Solomon is the Teacher of […]