Pathways Through Proverbs
July 20, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 20
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Following Scripture Verses
- Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
- The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
- It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
- The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
- Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
- Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
- The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
- A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
- Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
- Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.
- Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
- The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
- Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
- It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
- There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
- Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
- Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
- Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
- He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
- Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
- An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
- Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
- Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
- Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
- It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
- A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
- The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
- Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
- The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
- The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
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The desire for revenge is common among humans. When someone has done something hurtful to us, it is natural to want to "get them back". In today's verse, the man wants to recompense evil, which means that he has indeed been sinned against and mistreated by another. Even though sin has taken place, even though the other person is entirely in the wrong, Solomon still instructs his son not to return evil for evil.
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It is always wrong to lower yourself to the level of behaving like someone who isn't right with God. If another person has hurt you, then they are in sin against the Lord. Why would we want to behave like them? Why would we want to hinder our relationship with God simply so that we can make ourselves feel good through revenge? It is a foolish decision, and we should never stoop to it.
However, it is not only a foolish decision, it is also an unnecessary one. Solomon promises his son that if he will just wait on the Lord, then God will take care of everything. God knows the best way to punish sin, and His holiness demands that He do so. Don't worry that your enemy is going to "get away" with something unless you take matters into your own hands. God can handle it more effectively than you can, and He will.
Not only will God avenge His children, but He will also save them. When troubles and opposition come, we do not need to fight back. We simply must turn to our loving Heavenly Father, and He, in His perfect timing, will provide everything that we require.
It is natural to seek revenge. It is Scriptural to let God take care of it. Which choice will you make?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery