Pathways Through Proverbs
May 11, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 11
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- A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
- When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
- The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
- Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
- The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
- The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
- When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
- The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
- An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
- When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
- By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
- He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
- A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
- Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
- He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
- A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
- The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
- The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
- As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
- They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
- Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
- As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
- The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
- There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
- The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
- He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
- He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
- He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
- He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
- The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
- Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
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The word "liberal" has taken on an entirely new meaning since the King James Version of the Bible was translated. Today a liberal refers to an individual who rejects old-fashioned values and ideals. He does not want to "conserve" the principles of the past, but wants to change the way things are done, normally in a direction away from Biblical standards. However, originally a person was considered liberal when he gave away large portions of his wealth to minister to the needs of another. The more generous a man was, the more liberal he was.
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Liberality is a very positive character trait in the Scriptures. Unfortunately, many people choose not to be liberal in their giving because they selfishly fear that they will not have enough left over for themselves if they give their goods away. Solomon dismisses that argument with the statement that those who are liberal shall be made fat. In other words, the man who gives of himself will not lack, but instead will prosper. This will happen because people will give to him in the same manner that he has given to others. He has "watered" the needy in the past, and thus God will see to it that someone else waters him when he has a need.
Faith plays an important roll in this. When a man gives his goods to assist another, he does not know how his own needs will be met. All that he can see is that he now has less than he did when he started. In order to be willing to be liberal, a man must choose to believe that God will be faithful to His promises, and that He will see to it that he receives the "water" that he requires.
Are you a liberal soul? God will bless you if you have the faith to trust Him in this area.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery