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forsake, stop doing, reject, and abandon

“He who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes his sins will obtain mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13, Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

“Whoever hides their sins will not be successful, but whoever confesses their sins and stops doing wrong will receive mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13, Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

“If you hide your sins, you will not succeed. If you confess and ·reject [abandon] them, you will receive ·mercy [compassion].” – Proverbs 28:13, Expanded Bible (EXB)

“If you cover up your sin you’ll never do well. But if you confess your sins and forsake them, you will be kissed by mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13, The Passion Translation (TPT)

Note: emphasis in each verse is mine.

refuse to be offended

I recognized myself in this verse, and I’m not proud of the fact.  Today we’re going to look at Proverbs 12:16, again from The Passion Translation. 

Verse 16 is under the heading, “Learning to Speak Wisely”.  (That’s something else I need to do.)  “If you shrug off an insult and refuse to take offense, you demonstrate discretion indeed.  But the fool has a short fuse and will immediately let you know when he’s offended.”

come clean with God

“So my conclusion is this: Many are the sorrows and frustrations of those who don’t come clean with God.  But when you trust in the Lord for forgiveness, his wrap-around love will surround you.” – Psalm 32:10 The Passion Translation.

When I finally arrived at the place where I honestly trusted my Creator, peace came.  I knew He could be trusted to care for me no matter what happened.  However, I haven’t always walked in that peace, especially when troubles have come because I was focused on the trouble.


“The teachings of the lovers of God are like living truth flowing from the fountain of life, but the words of the wicked hide an ulterior motive.[k]” – Proverbs 10:11, The Passion Translation (TPT)

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?


“Blessings cover the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.” – Proverbs 10:6, Complete Jewish Bible

The Easy-to-Read Version says, “…the words of the wicked only hide their violent plans.”. 

In the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition of verse 6, “…the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God)….”

The lover of God is enriched beyond belief

I love when opposites are paired in a verse. I can see my options. Which covering do I want: blessings or wicked words? To me, that’s a “duh” choice.

perfect peace and confidence

Read John chapter 16 in the Amplified Bible. Then focus on verse 33. I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

God knows what’s coming in the future. He knows what we’re all going through in the present. And He knows He already conquered everything. May we walk in His peace.


I am not a philosopher.  This blog is not about me.  The reason I started this is to be obedient to what God has shown me to do.  Period.