Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 16, 2015

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Kings Chapter 5.  Here is a link to this chapter -

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon, when he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram had always been a friend of David.  2 Then Solomon sent word to Hiram, saying, 3 “You know that David my father was unable to build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the wars which surrounded him, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. 4 But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side;  there is neither adversary nor misfortune.  5 Behold, I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord spoke to David my father, saying, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he will build the house for My name.’  6 Now therefore, command that they cut for me cedars from Lebanon, and my servants will be with your servants;  and I will give you wages for your servants according to all that you say, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.”

7 When Hiram heard the words of Solomon, he rejoiced greatly and said, “Blessed be the Lord today, who has given to David a wise son over this great people.”  8 So Hiram sent word to Solomon, saying, “I have heard the message which you have sent me;  I will do what you desire concerning the cedar and cypress timber.  9 My servants will bring them down from Lebanon to the sea; and I will make them into rafts to go by sea to the place where you direct me, and I will have them broken up there, and you shall carry them away.  Then you shall accomplish my desire by giving food to my household.”  10 So Hiram gave Solomon as much as he desired of the cedar and cypress timber.  11 Solomon then gave Hiram 20,000 kors of wheat as food for his household, and twenty kors of beaten oil; thus Solomon would give Hiram year by year.  12 The Lord gave wisdom to Solomon, just as He promised him;  and there was peace between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a covenant.”  1 Kings 5:1-12.


The wisdom of God produces peace.  “The Lord gave wisdom to Solomon, just as He promised him;  and there was peace …”       Verse 12.  “But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side;  there is neither adversary nor misfortune.”  Verse 4.

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.  And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”  James 3:17-18.

“For length of days and years of life
And peace they will add to you.”  Proverbs 3:2.

“Her ways are pleasant ways
And all her paths are peace.”  Proverbs 3:17.

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;  And the government will rest on His shoulders;  And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6.

“How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”  Isaiah 52:7.

“For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”  Isaiah 55:12.

“I will make a covenant of peace with them;  it will be an everlasting covenant with them.  And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever.  My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people.”  Ezekiel 37:26-27.

“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”  Luke 2:14.

“Peace I leave with you;  My peace I give to you;  not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”  John 14:27.

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage;  I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33.

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,”  Romans 5:1.

“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,”  Romans 8:6.

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,”  Galatians 1:3.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”  Galatians 5:22.

“And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; ”  Ephesians 2:17.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 6-7.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23.

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.  The Lord be with you all!”  2 Thessalonians 3:16.


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