Pathways Through Proverbs
January 19, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 19
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Following Scripture Verses
- Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
- Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
- The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
- Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
- A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
- Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
- All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
- He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
- A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
- Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
- The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
- The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
- A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
- House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
- Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
- He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
- He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
- Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
- A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
- Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
- There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
- The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
- The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
- A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
- Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
- He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
- Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
- An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
- Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
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Lying is a terrible sin. We often do not think of it in such severe terms, yet bearing false witness is one of the sins listed in the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:16), and Revelation 21:8 tells us that "all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire". It is an easy sin to commit, for the tongue is very difficult to control (James 3:8), and thus we tend to diminish its offensiveness to God, but there are numerous passages in the Scriptures which condemn it.
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Today's verse gives us an interesting perspective on lying. Why don't people tell the truth? There can be several reasons, but one of the most common reasons would be to avoid punishment. Children lie to their parents because they don't want to be chastened. Criminals lie to policemen and juries because they don't want to go to jail. Yet the Bible says that an individual who speaks lies will not escape judgment. Have you ever seen someone tell a lie and seemingly get away with it? That really bothered you, didn't it? Yet God says that they did not get away with it. Perhaps man didn't realize what had happened, but the Lord did, and He is the ultimate Judge. At length, the liar may be found out (isn't it amazing how the truth seems to eventually come forth), but even if no one on earth ever knows, God knows, and the false witness will be held accountable.
Don't be discouraged when others deceive. They will not go unpunished. And don't be guilty of lying yourself, for then you will receive chastening not only for the original deed, but for the falsehoods as well.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery