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Pathways Through Proverbs
Daily Devotional

August 26, 2008

Today's Reading - Proverbs 26
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Proverbs
Chapter 26
  1. As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
  2. As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
  3. A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
  4. Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
  5. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
  6. He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
  7. The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
  8. As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
  9. As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
  10. The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
  11. As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
  12. Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
  13. The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
  14. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
  15. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
  16. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
  17. He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
  18. As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
  19. So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
  20. Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
  21. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
  22. The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
  23. Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
  24. He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
  25. When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
  26. Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
  27. Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
  28. A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.


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Proverbs 26:27

"Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him." - Proverbs 26:27

 In this verse we have an Old Testament rendering of the New Testament principle of sowing and reaping (II Cor. 9:6). However, while II Corinthians approaches the topic from a financial view, today's proverb deals with God's judgment upon the wicked.

 The idea here is that when a man digs a pit in order to catch his neighbor or his livestock, he will ultimately fall into the trap himself. Or, if he rolls a stone, either to drop it on his neighbor or to remove it from where his neighbor has intentionally placed it, it will roll back on him and cause him injury. There are two items that I notice here. First of all, look at the work that the ungodly will put into trying to harm another. Rather than expend the effort to improve themselves, they will dig pits and roll boulders in an attempt to harm someone else and take their possessions. This points out the foolishness of the wicked man. Second, and more important, notice that God has promised that he will judge those who set out to harm others. The wicked man believes that no one is seeing what he is doing. I am sure that he hides his pit well, and rolls his stone where no one is looking. But He has forgotten that God sees everything. The fool may harm his neighbor, but he will not get away with it.

 It is also interesting to note that God always judges in a righteous way. As the man is falling into his own pit I am sure that he realizes how appropriate this chastisement is. As he is being run over by the stone he thinks to himself how much better off he would have been if he had not tried to harm someone else.

 Man may devise evil, but the Lord sees, He intervenes, and He judges with perfection.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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