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Pastor's Pen - January 10, 2008
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Pathways Through Proverbs
Daily Devotional

January 10, 2008

Today's Reading - Proverbs 10
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Proverbs
Chapter 10
  1. The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
  2. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
  3. The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
  4. He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
  5. He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
  6. Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
  7. The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
  8. The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
  9. He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
  10. He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
  11. The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
  12. Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
  13. In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
  14. Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
  15. The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
  16. The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
  17. He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
  18. He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
  19. In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
  20. The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
  21. The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
  22. The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
  23. It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
  24. The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
  25. As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
  26. As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
  27. The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
  28. The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
  29. The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
  30. The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
  31. The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
  32. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.


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Proverbs 10:01

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son [is] the heaviness of his mother. - Proverbs 10:1

 There are two lessons that I see in today's verse. First of all, I see that a person needs to understand that his actions affect other people. In this context we see that a son who practices the truth that he received from his parents is a joy to their hearts, but the son who rejects that truth brings great grief and a burden to them. The most important Person that we need to please in our lives is the Lord. However, a son also ought to desire to please his parents, so long as pleasing them does not cause him to violate the will or Word of God. My parents brought me into this world. They provided for all my needs, and gave to me above and beyond what I needed or what I deserved. They made sacrifices of time, money, and energy just for me. What kind of son would willfully bring shame and sorrow to parents like that? Not a godly son; that is certain. If a child is to honor his parents (Eph. 6:2) and provide for them in their old age (I Tim. 5:8), certainly living a life that applies the Scriptural wisdom that they taught him would be necessary.

 The second lesson is a corollary to the first. If I, as a parent, want my children's lives to be a blessing to me in my old age, I need to spend time teaching them Biblical truths. I need to teach them verbally, and I need to teach them with my actions. If my son fails to have wisdom, a major part of the reason will be because of my failure to impart it to him, for God promises that if I do provide proper training to my son, he will not depart from it (Prov.22:6). No one wants to spend their years burdened by the foolish choices of their children. I need to take steps now to make sure that it doesn't happen.

 Is your life a blessing to your parents? Will your children's lives be a blessing to you?

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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