Pathways Through Proverbs
September 15, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 15
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Following Scripture Verses
- A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
- The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
- The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
- A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
- A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
- In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
- The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
- The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
- The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
- Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
- Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
- A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
- A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
- The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
- All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
- Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
- Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
- A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
- The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
- A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
- Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
- Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
- A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
- The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
- The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
- The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
- He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
- The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
- The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
- The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
- The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
- He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
- The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
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Throughout the Scriptures we see the importance of a man's thought life. In this passage Solomon repeats that principle by writing that even the thoughts of a wicked man are an abomination to God.
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I believe that there are two main ideas that are being taught here. First of all, God is concerned about every aspect of our lives. We tend to focus on our actions and our speech because these are the things that others see. However, because no one really knows what I am thinking, it is easy to allow my thoughts to wander in an unholy direction. I fear that there are many who are considered to be wonderful strong Christians who would be thoroughly embarrassed if their thoughts were suddenly made know to those around them. It is important to remember that God has already seen those thoughts, and He understands the motivation behind them. If they are sinful, then He will deal with them, for the believer is not to even entertain iniquity in his heart (Psalm 66:18), let alone in his lifestyle.
Second, we see that even the thoughts of the wicked are an abomination. We need to understand that the wicked man has absolutely nothing good about him. His actions aren't good, his speech isn't good, his thoughts aren't good, and even his religious rituals aren't good. There is nothing about him that is acceptable to a holy God, and there is absolutely no righteousness that he can claim. He needs to receive the righteousness of Christ by repenting of his wickedness and receiving Jesus as His Savior.
If you are unsaved, every aspect of your life is wickedness before God, and you need to be born again. If you are a believer, guard you thought life so that it is pleasing to the Lord.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery