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Pastor's Pen - July 21, 2007
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July 21, 2007

Proverbs 24-26
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Proverbs
Chapter 24
  1. Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
  2. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
  3. Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
  4. And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
  5. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
  6. For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
  7. Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
  8. He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
  9. The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
  10. If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
  11. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
  12. If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
  13. My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
  14. So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
  15. Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
  16. For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
  17. Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
  18. Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
  19. Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
  20. For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
  21. My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
  22. For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
  23. These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
  24. He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
  25. But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
  26. Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
  27. Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
  28. Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.
  29. Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
  30. I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
  31. And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
  32. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
  33. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
  34. So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.


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Proverbs
Chapter 25
  1. These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
  2. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
  3. The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
  4. Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
  5. Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
  6. Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
  7. For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
  8. Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
  9. Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
  10. Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
  11. A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
  12. As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
  13. As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
  14. Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
  15. By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
  16. Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
  17. Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
  18. A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
  19. Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
  20. As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
  21. If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
  22. For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
  23. The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
  24. It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
  25. As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
  26. A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
  27. It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
  28. He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.


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Proverbs
Chapter 26
  1. As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
  2. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
  3. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
  4. Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
  5. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
  6. He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
  7. The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
  8. As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
  9. As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
  10. The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
  11. As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
  12. Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
  13. The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
  14. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
  15. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
  16. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
  17. He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
  18. As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
  19. So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
  20. Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
  21. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
  22. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
  23. Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
  24. He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
  25. When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
  26. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
  27. Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
  28. A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.


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 There are several verses that we will examine today. The first is found in Proverbs 24:16, which says,

"For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again".
I believe that this principle will be of great assistance to those of us who are diligently attempting to live the Christian life. The fact is that even the children of God fall into sin. I John 2:1 anticipates this by telling us that
"And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."
However, our struggles with sin can be very discouraging. Listen to the words of the great apostle Paul:
" For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I... For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not... For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do... O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (Romans 7:15, 18, 19, 24).
Paul, for all his love for the Lord and his commitment to Him, still had to deal on a daily basis with his sinful flesh. Undoubtedly there were occasions when he failed to do what was right. If he can fall, so we can we.

 The question then becomes, what will I do once I have fallen? Unfortunately, many believers get so discouraged when they slip into sin that they quit trying to do what is right. They assume that since they failed once they will continue to fail, and that there really is no hope for them to obey God completely, so they just quit trying. They are like the young boy trying to learn to ride his bicycle. After he falls a few times, he decides that he can't learn, and he never tries again. No parent wants to see this happen, and we encourage our children to get back on and try again, because we know that they can do it with enough practice. The same is true in our spiritual lives. When we fall, we need to get back up, because our Heavenly Father is encouraging us to do so. He knows that we can do right because He has given us the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit. Therefore He doesn't want us to quit, but to fight on. The just man will get up from his sin, confess it, repent of it, and start back down the path of service to God. If he falls again, he gets up again. The wicked, on the other hand, doesn't get back up, but stays in the middle of the mischief that he has fallen into. When you fall, be a just man and get up and get back in the race.

 A group of verses at the end of Proverbs 24 is also worthy of our notice. It carries a theme that Solomon has repeated throughout this book. In verses 30-34 we read,

"I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man."
Here is a warning against being lazy. We are surrounded today by amusements. There are thousands of ways to waste time, whether it be sporting events, or video games, or the television, or the computer, or just old fashioned sleep. Obviously, it is not wrong to have some recreation, and sleep is necessary. However, we need to be careful that these amusements do not keep us from accomplishing the work that needs to be done. The man who is slothful is said to be "void of understanding" because he fails to realize that his laziness is going to have a long range impact on his life. In this passage, his fields were overrun, which meant that his crops would not come in correctly. The end result is as bad as if he had been robbed by an armed gunman, for he will have nothing to show for his life.

 Life is short. Don't waste it on the things that don't matter. Spend your life doing the things that count. If you fail, don't quit. Get back up and get busy. God will be pleased, and you will be successful.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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