Pathways Through Proverbs
August 13, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 13
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Following Scripture Verses
- A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
- A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
- He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
- The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
- A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
- Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
- There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
- The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
- The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
- Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
- Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
- Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
- Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
- The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
- Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
- Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
- A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
- Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
- The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
- He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
- Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
- A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
- Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
- He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
- The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
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When you get right down to basics, there are only two attitudes that a person can have towards the Word of God. We may try to sugar-coat it, or make excuses for it, but the bottom line is that a person either despises or fears the Scriptures. Certainly there are other emotions associated with the Bible, such as love (Psalm 119:47), but all of them would fall in line with one or the other of these expressions.
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When someone fears the commandments of God he will obey them. When a man choose to ignore God's laws he despises them. We may try to argue that rebellion is not despite, but God disagrees. When a man rejects God's Word, does he do it out of love for the Lord? Does he do it because he appreciates the fact that God sent his Son to die on the cross for his sins? Does he do it because the Scriptures are so important to him? Does he do it because he is thankful that God has given him directions for his life? Obviously the answer is "No." However, when a man fears the Lord and His Word, he will do every thing in his power to follow those instructions and please His Savior.
Both attitudes towards the Scriptures bring consequences. The despiser will be destroyed. His sin will destroy him, and God will either chasten him, if he is a Christian, or he will condemn him to an eternity in Hell if he is not saved. However, the God-fearing man will be rewarded, both in this life and in eternity.
Be honest: what is your true attitude towards the precepts of the Bible? Do you fear it and obey it, or do you despise it and reject it? God knows, and he will judge accordingly.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery