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A Journey Through the Psalms and Proverbs

Bobette Kelly

Bobette Kelly

I’m an only child.

Being a singleton, my early interactions with children were limited to Sunday school, which was very supervised play. Consequently, I didn’t learn until I was in kindergarten that words hurt. I distinctly remember the first time I witnessed on the playground the hurtful effects of words and the sadness I felt for the victim of those words. When I inevitably became the target of mean words, my mom instructed me to say, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." 

Mom meant well, but she got this one all wrong.

January 17, 2017


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Psalm 12

The Faithful Have Vanished

To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. [1] A Psalm of David.

12:1 Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone;
for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;
with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
the tongue that makes great boasts,
those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail,
our lips are with us; who is master over us?”

“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
I will now arise,” says the Lord;
“I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.

You, O Lord, will keep them;
you will guard us [2] from this generation forever.
On every side the wicked prowl,
as vileness is exalted among the children of man. (ESV)


[1] 12:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[2] 12:7 Or guard him


Psalm 1:3

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.