Pathways Through Proverbs
May 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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Lying is a terrible sin. The Ten Commandments for bid it by stating that is is wrong to bear false witness against your neighbor (Exodus 20:16). Revelation 21:8 and 27 both list out the types of people and activities that will not be allowed to enter into the New Jerusalem, and both lists conclude with liars. Yet in spite of all these injunctions against it, lying is not only prevalent throughout the world, but throughout Christianity as well.
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People don't view lying as being a "big" sin. After all, it isn't murder or robbery. In addition, it is so simple to tell a lie. James tells us that it is very difficult to control the tongue (James 3:8), so since lies just seem to "slip out", we don't worry too much about them. Men will lie to their employers, and claim to have worked for more hours than they really have, or take credit for hours spent in the plant as opposed to hours spent actually doing the job. Men will lie to the tax man in order to save a few dollars. Children lie to teachers and parents. Husbands and wives will lie to each other, as will pastors and church members. It is an epidemic, and God hates it.
Solomon tells us that a righteous man hates lying. He hates it when others do it, and he hates it when he does it himself. Thus, he will do everything in his power to keep from being party to a lie. He won't tell one himself, and he will not stand by and allow others to tell them.
A man's view of lying will reveal his relationship with the Lord. How righteous a man are you?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery