Pathways Through Proverbs
April 10, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 10
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Following Scripture Verses
- The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
- Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
- The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
- He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
- He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
- Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
- The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
- The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
- He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
- He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
- The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
- Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
- In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
- Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
- The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
- The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
- He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
- He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
- In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
- The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
- The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
- The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
- It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
- The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
- As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
- As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
- The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
- The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
- The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
- The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
- The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
- The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
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Proverbs 22:1 tells us,
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"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches."
There are numerous reasons for this, but one of them is spelled out for us in today's verse. Solomon writes that when people remember a just man who has passed away, they will have pleasant thoughts, but when they think about a deceased evil man, they will only be repulsed by that memory. This has certainly been proven throughout history. Even in secular circles the name of George Washington is revered, but the traitor Benedict Arnold is reviled. Many parents have named their sons John or Paul, but almost none have chosen the name Judas. Elizabeth and Mary are still popular names for girls, but Delilah, and particularly Jezebel are rarely heard. Why is that? Because those names bring back memories, and those memories are either blessed or rotten, based upon what those who had them previously did with their lives.
What I do in this life will not only impact those around me today, but future generations. My family will remember what I did, and what I stood for. My church will remember whether or not I was doctrinally sound, as well as a good pastor. Those who lived near me will remember whether or not I was a good neighbor. Fellow workers will remember whether or not I was a faithful employee. What will be their thoughts when they remember my name? Will they tell their children that they once knew a man named Mark who loved the Lord and served Him, or will they be forced to tell stories of a man who wasted and ruined his life. Will I be an example of what to do, or what not to do?
Hebrews 11:4, speaking of Abel, says that "he being dead yet speaketh". When you are gone, what will you still be saying?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery