Pathways Through Proverbs
July 16, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 16
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Following Scripture Verses
- The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
- All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
- Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
- The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
- Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
- By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
- When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
- Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
- A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
- A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
- A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.
- It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
- Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
- The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
- In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.
- How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
- The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
- Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
- Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
- He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
- The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
- Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
- The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
- Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
- There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
- He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
- An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
- A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
- A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
- He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
- The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
- He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
- The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.
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Today's proverb is one of the most famous expressions in all of Scripture. Even the unsaved are familiar with it, although many of them are undoubtedly unaware of the origin of the phrase. It is very simple in its statement, yet far-reaching in its application. It reveals this principle: when a man is filled with pride, he will soon be severely humbled.
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The implication of this verse is that things are going very well for this man. Perhaps he is making a good salary and has just received a promotion at his job. People are speaking well of him, and his prosperity is evident to all who see him. Unfortunately, rather than give God the glory for what has transpired in his life, he starts taking the credit for himself. He begins to think that he has brought these things to pass; that it was his own intellect and ambition that produced these great accomplishments. He forgets that it is the Lord Who has given him a keen mind and the physical capacity for work. When this happens, it is only a matter of time before God, having been robbed by the man of His rightful glory, begins to take back from the man that which He has allowed him to possess.
It is important to note that Solomon doesn't say that the proud man will suffer an inconvenience. He says that the man will suffer destruction. The New Testament tells us of King Herod, who in his conceit received praise from the people that should have been given only to God. Acts 12:23 states,
"And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost."
The king paid a terrible price for his ego, and this serves as an example for us as well.
Are you filled with pride? God will put you in a place where you will have nothing to be proud about.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery