Pathways Through Proverbs
September 22, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 22
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Following Scripture Verses
- A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
- The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
- A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
- By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
- Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
- Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
- The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
- He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
- He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
- Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
- He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
- The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
- The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
- The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
- Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
- He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
- Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
- For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
- That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
- Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
- That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
- Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
- For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
- Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
- Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
- Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
- If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
- Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
- Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
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The section of Proverbs 22 that we are looking at today is always relevant, but particularly so as we see the financial crisis that has overwhelmed the United States in the past few weeks. In verse 26 Solomon warns his son about shaking hands on a financial deal that probably involves borrowing money, as well as becoming a co-signer or a surety on someone else's loan. He advises him not to do these things because he may wind up losing everything that he has when the bill comes due.
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In the United States today we see the results of people borrowing money to purchase homes that they can not afford. Mortgage companies and lending institutions are quickly running out of funds because of the inability or unwillingness of the borrowers to repay their debts. The situation is complicated by the government being an insurer (or a surety) of these debts. If the consumers had not borrowed money that they could not repay, this never would have happened. Had the government not agreed to guarantee that the banks would get their money, the situation would not have gotten worse. If people had simply listened to Solomon and the Word of God, this could all have been averted.
Solomon raises the question of why a man would want to risk losing his bed when he knows that he has no money to buy something new. Notice that the man's lack of cash is evident: "thou hast nothing to pay". Men need to learn patience, and realize that if they have nothing to pay then they need to be extremely cautious in their borrowing. If they fail to do so, they will find themselves on the street with not so much as a bed to sleep on.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery