Pathways Through Proverbs
May 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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I heard a man once say, "You currently are, or you soon shall be, just like the people that you spend your time with." What he was doing was summarizing the truth of today's verse.
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When a knife is rubbed against a steel or file, the blade becomes sharper. This illustrates the fact that a man is "sharpened" by the friends that he has. Take a moment to consider how much influence your friends have in your life. Their interests become your interests. Their vocabulary becomes your vocabulary. Their friends become your friends. Their goals and values will have a direct impact on your goals and values. Sometimes this sharpening may be for the better, and sometimes it is for the worse. Thus, it behooves us to pay close attention to what kind of people we choose to be our friends.
II Samuel 13 tells the story of Amnon and his rape of his half-sister Tamar. The Bible records that he knew that his desires were vile, and he did not intend to go through with them. However, verse 3 tells us,
"but Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab... and Jonadab was a very subtil man."
It was Jonadab who encouraged Amnon to act upon his lusts, and even gave him the methodology to use. He "sharpened the countenance" of Amnon, and helped him to destroy his sister, his father David, and ultimately his own life.
What direction are your best friends heading? Do they desire to glorify God? Are their beliefs and practices in line with the Scriptures? What they think and do has a great influence on you, whether you realize it or not. Choose your friends wisely, so that their impact on you will be for the better, and not for the worse.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery