Pathways Through Proverbs
February 13, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 13
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Following Scripture Verses
- A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
- A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
- He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
- The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
- A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
- Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
- There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
- The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
- The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
- Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
- Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
- Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
- Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
- The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
- Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
- Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
- A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
- Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
- The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
- He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
- Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
- A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
- Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
- He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
- The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
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Here is a simple principle that Solomon is attempting to teach to his son: learn to keep your mouth shut and you will stay out of trouble. James 1:19 tells us,
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"Let every man be swift to hear, (and) slow to speak".
Have you ever thought of saying something, decided against it, and were very glad later that you hadn't spoken? I think we all have had that experience at some point. Perhaps a husband gets angry at his wife and begins to say something hurtful, but chooses not to speak instead. His bitter words would have hurt his relationship with her, and by keeping quiet he has helped his marriage. An enraged parent thinks about saying something insulting to his child, but realizes that he should not, and does not. His willingness to
hold his tongue is going to have a good effect upon his ability to raise his offspring. A woman wants to blurt something out to a friend about someone else, but chooses not to, and then finds out later that her information was incorrect. She has saved the other person's reputation and kept herself from embarrassment.
The man who is quick to open his mouth brings destruction upon himself. He may speak without thinking, and make statements that will ultimately prove to be false, thus damaging his credibility. He may spew out blasphemous words and offend the Holy God. He may burst out with hateful words, and thus destroy his family or his relationship with his employer.
Be careful that the words you are about to say are the ones that the Lord wants you to say, and ones that will help the situation, not damage it. Always think before you speak, because you can be sure that you will have plenty of time afterwards to think about the foolish things you have already said.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery