Pathways Through Proverbs
February 15, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 15
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- A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
- The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
- The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
- A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
- A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
- In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
- The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
- The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
- The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
- Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
- Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
- A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
- A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
- The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
- All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
- Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
- Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
- A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
- The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
- A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
- Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
- Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
- A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
- The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
- The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
- The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
- He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
- The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
- The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
- The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
- The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
- He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
- The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
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Today's pathway is one that gives the reader both encouragement and conviction. Solomon opens with a statement concerning the omnipresence of God, and then gives a practical application of that truth. He states that the eyes of the Lord are in every place. This means that they are everywhere at once. There is no place where the Lord can not and does not see us. We can attempt to escape, or perhaps we are unwillingly hidden by the darkness around us, but the Lord always sees. The practical application is that the Lord not only exists everywhere, but He is consciously observing everything. It is one thing to be someplace, but it is another thing to be beholding all that is taking place there. Our God is not simply omnipresent in theory; He is functioning as God in every place at the same time.
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This fact gives encouragement to those who are attempting to do His will. When we do good, God sees, even if man may not. He sees the acts of kindness that the believer makes, regardless of whether or not he receives any accolades for them in this life. Thus, we should not be discouraged when our obedience to God and our love for others seems to go unnoticed. Rest assured that it has been observed by the One Who will ultimately hand out the rewards.
The flip side of this is that God also sees the sins that we commit. That which we do in the "privacy" of our homes, or when no one else is looking, is clearly seen by the Lord. Maybe our family members, or our employers, or our church leaders didn't see it, but that doesn't mean that we got away with it. The Lord Who sees all is obligated to judge righteously, and He will do so based upon His continual observation of our lives.
Do right. God is watching.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery