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Pathways Through Proverbs
Daily Devotional

June 27, 2008

Today's Reading - Proverbs 27
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Proverbs
Chapter 27
  1. Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
  2. Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
  3. A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
  4. Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
  5. Open rebuke is better than secret love.
  6. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
  7. The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
  8. As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
  9. Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
  10. 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.
  11. My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
  12. A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
  13. Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
  14. He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
  15. A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
  16. Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
  17. Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
  18. Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
  19. As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
  20. Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
  21. As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so a man to his praise.
  22. Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
  23. Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
  24. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
  25. The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
  26. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
  27. 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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Proverbs 27:04

"Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?" - Proverbs 27:4

 If the average person, saved or unsaved, would make a list of the worst sins that a man could commit, this list would probably include such things as murder, theft, moral perversion, and idolatry. I doubt that most would include envy. Yet Solomon writes in today's verse that it is very difficult for a man to stand up against someone who is envious of him. He states that it is easier to deal with a man who is full of rage than the man of jealousy. Apparently the sin of envy is more far-reaching than most people think.

 Envy will destroy our relationship with others, our relationship with the Lord, and ultimately our own selves. It ruins our relationships with others because we will constantly be thinking about the things that they have that we wish that we had. This will lead to either our attempts to take things from them, or our secret desire that they will lose what they have. Our lustful attitude will cause us to not love them as we should, and this will certainly have a negative impact on any relationship that we attempt to have.

 Envy will impact our relationship with the Lord, because my desire for what someone else has indicates a dissatisfaction with what the Lord has given me. If I am jealous of another's financial position, this means that I do not believe the Lord has treated me properly. If I am jealous of another's talents, it means that I believe that the Lord should have given similar talents to me. To not have faith in God's plan for my life will keep me from following Him and will hinder my spiritual growth.

 If my relationship with both the Lord and others isn't right, it follows that nothing else in my life will be right either. I will be alone, lacking the power of God, and filled with lust towards the blessings that others have received. A man in this state is certainly on the way to destruction.

 If you are envious of others, confess this sin and turn from it today, before it ruins your life.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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