Pathways Through Proverbs
June 14, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 14
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Following Scripture Verses
- Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
- He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
- In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
- Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
- A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
- A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
- Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
- The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
- Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
- The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
- The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
- There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
- Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
- The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
- The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
- A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
- He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
- The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
- The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
- The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
- He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
- Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
- In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
- The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
- A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
- In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
- The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
- In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
- He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
- A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
- He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
- The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
- Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
- Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
- The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.
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Most men desire wisdom of some sort. They realize that they do not have all the answers to the problems of this world. They know that there are principles out there for having a successful home, or living a successful life. In addition, most people understand that there is something out there after this life is over, and they want to know how to be prepared for it.
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The problem that today's verse reveals is that there are people who genuinely seek wisdom yet never find it. Why do they not acquire it? Because they begin their search from a position of scorn. They reject the Word of God. This is seen day after day in our society. People who want to know how to live don't want the Bible to give them direction; they want to hear from Oprah and Dr. Phil. They don't want to read "Thus saith the Lord", so they seek out the teachings of psychologists and psychiatrists. Go into any secular bookstore and you will be inundated with "self-help" books. Go to the "Christian" bookstore and you will see shelf after shelf of psychology books and "feel good" materials, but very little straight teaching from the Scriptures. People then read these materials, or listen to these gurus, and find that their lives are still a mess, because they have never been willing to go to the One Source of truth: Jesus Christ.
The end of the verse teaches that true knowledge is easily findable to the man who understands where to look for it. Once an individual realizes that all wisdom comes from God and is based upon His Word, then he will go to the Scriptures and will gain "all things that pertain unto life and godliness" (II Peter 1:3).
Where are you going for your "wisdom"? If you refuse to accept what the Bible says, then you are doomed to fail in your quest for knowledge.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery