Some divine advice for dealing with disagreements.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 18:15-19

ESV Text: Proverbs 18:15-19

Proverbs 18:15–19 (Listen)

15   An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
    and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16   A man’s gift makes room for him
    and brings him before the great.
17   The one who states his case first seems right,
    until the other comes and examines him.
18   The lot puts an end to quarrels
    and decides between powerful contenders.
19   A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,
    and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 18

     15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

     16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.

     17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

     18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

     19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 412:
May We Thy Precepts, Lord, Fulfill — Organ Audio

1. May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil 
And do on earth our Father’s will 
As angels do above; 
Still walk in Christ, the living Way, 
With all Thy children and obey 
The law of Christian love. 

2. So may we join Thy name to bless, 
Thy grace adore, Thy power confess, 
From sin and strife to flee. 
One is our calling, one our name, 
The end of all our hopes the same, 
A crown of life with Thee. 

3. Spirit of Life, of Love, and Peace, 
Unite our hearts, our joy increase, 
Thy gracious help supply. 
To each of us the blessing give 
In Christian fellowship to live, 
In joyful hope to die. 

Hymn: LSB 695 Not for tongues of Heaven’s Angels