Pathways Through Proverbs
September 28, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 28
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- The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
- For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
- A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
- They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
- Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
- Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
- Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
- He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
- He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
- Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
- The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
- When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
- He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
- Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
- As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
- The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
- A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
- Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
- He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
- A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
- To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
- He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
- He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
- Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
- He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
- He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
- He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
- When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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Respect of persons is forbidden in several passages of Scripture. The meaning here is that it is wrong to show prejudice for or against someone based upon their social, financial, or even ethnic status. While it may not seem to be a serious sin to us, James spends much of the second chapter of his book speaking against it. He opens by warning,
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"My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons,"
and states in verse 4 that those who have these prejudices are "partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?". He concludes the discussion by stating that the true attitude of the believer ought to be,
"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (verse 8),
"if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors." (verse 9).
It is natural to show favoritism based upon external differences. Most people would rather spend their time with the rich instead of the poor. Many people are more comfortable with those who share a common ethnic or racial background. Yet the Bible tells us that this can not be the way of life for the Christian. It should not matter what color skin a man has, or what nation his parents originally came from. A man's bank account should have nothing to do with how we choose to treat him. It may be natural to show favoritism, but as believers we have the supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit within us, and we must rise above petty prejudices so that we can befriend and minister to all who God places in our path.
Do you have respect of persons? Are there certain "types" of people that you gravitate to, and others that you try to avoid? If so, what you are doing is not good. Repent, and ask the Lord to help you live supernaturally and spiritually in this area.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery