Pathways Through Proverbs
February 19, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 19
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- 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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Here we find a simple principle, yet one that ought to give us several things to think about. Solomon writes that everybody wants to be friends with a wealthy, generous man. We see this played out in front of us all the time. Wealthy celebrities always seem to have an entourage following them around. If a man has suddenly come into wealth it seems like everybody wants to get to know him. He is the same fellow that he was before, but now that he has cash, and is willing to spend it on others, he is the most popular guy in town. Of course, as soon as his money is gone, his "friends" will be as well.
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Here are two lessons. First, beware of those who only want to be with you because you have something material that they want to use for themselves. If you have to give someone something in order to get them to spend time with you, then they are not truly your friends. Only those who love us for who we are personally and spiritually are worth having as friends.
Second, be careful that you do not only attach yourself to those who are financially well off. This is what the unsaved do, and as Christians our lives ought to be different. Find someone who doesn't have anything of monetary value to offer you, and be a friend to them. Invite folks to your home for dinner who are unable to reciprocate. Don't be embarrassed to fellowship with someone who doesn't have the newest clothing or nicest home. Don't require people to have an equal or better social status to yours before you will give your friendship to them. Anybody can be the prince's friend. It takes a Biblical love to befriend the pauper.
True friendship is unconcerned with finances. What kind of friend are you?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery