Pathways Through Proverbs
March 16, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 16
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Following Scripture Verses
- The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
- All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
- Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
- The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
- Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
- By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
- When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
- Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
- A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
- A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
- A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.
- It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
- Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
- The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
- In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.
- How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
- The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
- Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
- Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
- He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
- The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
- Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
- The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
- Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
- There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
- He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
- An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
- A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
- A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
- He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
- The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
- He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
- The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.
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Americans live in a culture that glorifies youth. We are bombarded with messages that teach that children have great wisdom and should be encouraged to provide direction to adults, including their own parents. While I understand that the children of today are going to be the leaders of tomorrow, I also understand that the Bible tells us that foolishness is bound in the heart of a child (Proverbs 22:15). Those who have real wisdom are those who have lived many years. They have life episodes that youth do not have. They have spent many years accumulating knowledge, whether it be through "book learning" or practical experiences. They have a maturity that only comes from having gone through the fiery trials of life and emerging victorious. Thus, it is the "senior saints" who should be greatly appreciated and regularly consulted. We who are younger need to thank them, uplift them, and learn from them.
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The word "hoary" simply means "grey". Solomon is teaching that the greying hairs of the elderly are a badge of glory, and that these people should be appreciated. Of course, it is not enough just to grow old; it is important that seniors stay dedicated to the Lord as they grow older. It is unfortunate that many who have taken a strong stand for truth throughout their early years have softened up their stance as they have aged. Perhaps they have wearied of the fight, or perhaps they simply want to get along with everybody. Regardless of the reason, they compromise. Others have given up their positions of service, not because they were infirm, but because they simply wanted to devote more time to themselves. Once decisions like these are made, the blessing that their advancing years should bring them is forfeited because they are no longer found to be on the right path.
Are your hairs greying? Don't compromise or give up. Stand for the Lord just like you used to.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery