Pathways Through Proverbs
March 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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Many people in this world have a great desire for personal wealth. They will invest much time and energy into getting a job that will provide them with a large income. They will make investments, sometimes risky ones, in hope of landing a large windfall. They will work overtime, trying to earn every last dollar that they can. And sometimes they are successful: we have more millionaires and billionaires in this world then ever before. We have a higher standard of living than any of our forefathers could have dreamed. America certainly is the Land of Opportunity, and its citizens have the material goods to prove it.
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Yet, when it comes right down to it, does financial prosperity mean that you are really "rich"? I don't believe that it does. In fact, Solomon indicates in this verse that money alone does not really give a man anything, for there are rich men who have "nothing". I have often thought of how lonely it must be for the rich folks who do not have a loving wife and family to share their beautiful possessions with. Others have indulged their children monetarily, and yet have watched those same children wander off into drugs, debauchery, and an early death. Many a rich man has only the friends that his money can buy, as he finds out when his portfolio falls apart. Worst of all, many prosperous people feel that they have no need of Jesus Christ, and when they die they realize that, not only could they not take their money with them, but that their wealth could not keep them out of Hell.
True riches are only found in that which the Bible declares to be important. How rich are you?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery