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Pathways Through Proverbs
Daily Devotional

October 12, 2008

Today's Reading - Proverbs 12
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Proverbs
Chapter 12
  1. Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
  2. A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
  3. A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
  4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
  5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
  6. The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
  7. The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
  8. A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
  9. He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
  10. A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
  11. He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
  12. The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
  13. The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
  14. A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.
  15. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
  16. A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
  17. He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
  18. There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
  19. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
  20. Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
  21. There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
  22. Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
  23. A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
  24. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
  25. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
  26. The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
  27. The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
  28. In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.


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Proverbs 12:16

"A fool's wrath is presently known..." - Proverbs 12:16

 An individual who can not control his emotion of anger is said in many passages of Proverbs to be a fool. In today's verse Solomon describes this person as being someone who's anger is presently known. In other words, when this man is angry, everyone knows he is angry. This revelation can take place in several way. The most obvious one is that the person erupts into a rage, speaking loudly and perhaps even behaving in an outrageous manner. However, there are times when the fool is filled with wrath and doesn't blow up, yet everyone else still knows that he or she is angry. They can tell because the fool shows it on his face. He has a sullen or angry look. Perhaps he refuses to speak, not just to the one he is angry at, but to everyone around him. Perhaps he is distant, or maybe he bangs things around. Perhaps he mutters to himself under his breath. Regardless of what form the outward manifestation of anger takes, the end result is that the man in question is mad and he wants everyone around him to know it.

 This type of behavior is foolish. If someone has sinned against me or against God and brought me to a point of righteous anger, I need to use that emotion to rectify the problem. If my wife or children have angered me, why should the guys at work or the people at church know about it? If the men at work have angered me, why should I bring that wrath home to my family? I need to do everything in my power to resolve the issue with the guilty party, and then leave it there.

 I wonder how often people see us and decide that they need to stay away from us because we have that angry look? If our anger is not justifiably caused by them, then they shouldn't know anything about it. We must learn to control our emotions, and not behave like fools.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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