Pathways Through Proverbs
March 27, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 27
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Following Scripture Verses
- Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
- Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
- A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
- Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
- Open rebuke is better than secret love.
- Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
- The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
- As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
- Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
- Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
- My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
- A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
- Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
- He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
- A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
- Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
- Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
- Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
- As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
- Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
- As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so a man to his praise.
- Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
- Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
- For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
- The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
- The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
- And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
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In this passage Solomon is not speaking of physical wounds cause by fighting, but rather the emotional wounds that words can cause. No one likes to be wounded, yet the Bible teaches that there are times when these wounds can be of great benefit. These occur when a friend tells us something that hurts us, but was said to us for our own good.
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If I have a friend that I care about who is going the wrong directions spiritually, I have not only an obligation, but I should have a great desire to help to get him back on course. This may require me going to him and telling him that he is in the wrong. It may offend him, but he needs to hear it. The same is true when I am going the wrong direction. I may not want to be told about it, but I need to be confronted. Rather than get angry at my friend, I should thank him for his willingness to love me enough to tell me that I was wrong. Paul asked the Galatians,
"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? (Gal. 4:16).
Of course he wasn't. He was the best human friend they ever had, because he was willing to wound them for their ultimate benefit.
Solomon goes on to say that an enemy can treat you nicely, but he is doing it out of selfish motivations. How much better to be temporarily hurt by someone who cares about you than to be permanently hurt by someone who deceived you into thinking that he really cared.
Let's not get mad when those who love us rebuke us, but rather be thankful that they cared. A man who allows you to continue in the wrong direction is not your friend. We need to be a friend to others, and allow others to be a friend to us.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery