Pathways Through Proverbs
February 12, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 12
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- Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
- A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
- A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
- A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
- The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
- The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
- The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
- A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
- He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
- A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
- He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
- The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
- The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
- A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.
- The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
- A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
- He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
- There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
- The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
- Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
- There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
- Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
- A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
- The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
- Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
- The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
- The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
- In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
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Men choose their wives for any number of reasons. One makes his choice based upon the woman's beauty, while another finds his wife to be warm and witty. Still another man may make his decision for his life's partner based upon her father's financial condition. Unfortunately, none of these are good reasons. If you have been blessed with a wife who is physically attractive, personally charming, and materially well-off, then that can be wonderful. However, the real question is this: does she posses virtue?
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The word "virtue" carries with it the idea of moral strength. Solomon is recommending to his son that he would do well to find a wife who possesses Biblical character. If she is a lady who lives her life based upon the Word of God and attempts to reflect Jesus Christ in everything that she does, then she will be as a glittering crown to her husband. However, although she may have great beauty, intelligence and talent, if she does not posses integrity, then she will ultimately bring a rottenness to his life. Many a man has had an unhappy marriage while wed to a woman that others thought was a great "catch". She may have been beautiful, but her shameful behavior caused her husband many sleepless nights and much grief. She may have been wealthy, but her scornful treatment of her husband caused him much emotional torment. She may have been intelligent, but her foolish decisions in spiritual areas have destroyed his family. By the way, these principles can apply to virtueless husbands as well.
If you are married, I hope that your spouse exhibits virtue. If she does, then thank God, and her, for it. If you are the spouse, spend more time improving your character than you do on improving your appearance. Finally, if you are still single, remember these words:
"Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised" (Proverbs 31:30).
Pick a spouse with virtue.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery