Pathways Through Proverbs
July 11, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 11
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- A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
- When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
- The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
- Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
- The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
- The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
- When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
- The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
- An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
- When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
- By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
- He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
- A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
- Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
- He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
- A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
- The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
- The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
- As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
- They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
- Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
- As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
- The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
- There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
- The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
- He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
- He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
- He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
- He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
- The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
- Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
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There is a price to be paid for bringing trouble into your home. It seems like many Christians feel like their home is a place where they can do whatever they please without consequence. They will say things to family members that they would not say in public. They will watch and listen to things that they would never partake in if they were at the pastor's home. They will hurt their spouses or their children through their foolish decisions. In other words, they will cause disturbance and affliction within their family. Solomon says that the person who does this will "inherit the wind". Since the wind is something that can not be grasped or possessed, this means that the troublesome individual will make a complete waste of his life.
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While there are many means by which a man can trouble his family, Solomon does mention one in particular later in the book. Proverbs 15:27 states,
"He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house."
Here we see that the man who is monetarily minded will bring problems into his home. Interestingly, this man might attempt to justify his materialism by stating that he wants to help his family "have a better life". However, God says that he is bringing heartache upon his family, and his actions will rob his home of the peace, joy, and love that should be present there. The end result of his greed will be that he will wind up with nothing; at least nothing of value. Isn't it ironic that the greedy man, in a quest to have "everything", will sacrifice that which is most important to try to get it, and ultimately wind up with nothing.
Does your presence in your home bring joy and peace to it? Or is your home in a state of turmoil as a result of you being there? Is your greed hurting your family? Your life will be empty until you can give the Biblical response.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery