Pathways Through Proverbs
May 19, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 19
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Following Scripture Verses
- Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
- Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
- The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
- Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
- A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
- Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
- All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
- He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
- A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
- Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
- The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
- The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
- A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
- House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
- Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
- He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
- He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
- Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
- A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
- Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
- There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
- The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
- The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
- A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
- Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
- He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
- Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
- An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
- Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
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In today's passage we see that a wise man is able to respond properly to those who sin against him. Two specific items are mentioned: an ability to control anger and the willingness to forbear and forgive. Please note that these virtues do not imply that sinful behavior should be tolerated or ignored. The New Testament spells out means for dealing with offenses, as well as the methodology for church discipline. However, there are principles that can be used besides these, and this verse reveals some to us.
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First of all, a man needs to keep his anger in check. When he is trespassed against, he needs to get that natural raging reaction under control. There may be a place for anger, but if not used properly, it can becomes sin (Ephesians 4:26). Perhaps, as we have noted before, if we understood everything that had taken place we wouldn't get so angry. Find out all the facts before you get angry, and never get to the point where you are out of control.
Second, we need to understand that it is an ornament of beauty to allow someone to transgress against us without making a big deal about it. The New Testament puts it this way:
"Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another" (Col. 3:13).
Sometimes we simply need to put up with people. People make mistakes. Sometimes there was no intent to harm. Sometimes the sin was done in ignorance, or because of a lack of forethought. I need to be man enough and wise enough to know when these conditions exist, and move on in my life.
Discretion comes from wisdom. A man of knowledge holds his wrath until he knows all the facts. It will be a glory to him if he also chooses to allow the offense to pass without getting upset and bitter. Thus, how we respond to offenses we receive will indicate just how wise we are.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery