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Pastor's Pen - August 20, 2008
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Pathways Through Proverbs
Daily Devotional

August 20, 2008

Today's Reading - Proverbs 20
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Proverbs
Chapter 20
  1. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
  2. The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
  3. It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
  4. The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
  5. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
  6. Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
  7. The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
  8. A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
  9. Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
  10. Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.
  11. Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
  12. The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
  13. Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
  14. It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
  15. There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
  16. Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
  17. Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
  18. Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
  19. He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
  20. Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
  21. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
  22. Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
  23. Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
  24. Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
  25. It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
  26. A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
  27. The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
  28. Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
  29. The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
  30. The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.


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Proverbs 20:23

"Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good." - Proverbs 20:23

 Today's verse has a specific meaning, but also has additional applications. The main thrust of the proverb deals with weights and measures that were used to determine the price of an article. If a butcher charged a certain amount of money per pound, but used false weights that indicated that the buyer was getting more meat then he actually was, then the butcher was cheating the shopper out of that which was rightfully his. Likewise if the scales that a man used were not perfectly balanced this would also cheat customers out of the goods that they paid for. Thus, the main thrust of this proverb is simply this: don't cheat anyone out of what belongs to him.

 However, I do believe that we can make further applications of the second half of the verse. God wants our lives to be in balance. As a pastor I need to balance my church work with my family time. If I place the wrong emphasis on either one I will ultimately have a problem. I need to balance my study time with my personal spiritual growth time and my time spent in outreach. I need to spend time reaching out to the lost, but I also need to spend time shepherding the existing flock. If a pastor gets out of balance in these areas, he can adversely affect his ministry. As a husband and father I need to balance my time between my wife and my children. If I neglect the children they will turn from God. If I neglect my wife I will destroy our relationship.

 Staying in balance is not always easy. It requires us to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so that He can lead us to spend more time in areas where we are needed. Take time today to exam your own priorities, and see whether or not you have a proper balance in all the areas of responsibility that the Lord has given you.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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