Pathways Through Proverbs
October 13, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 13
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Following Scripture Verses
- A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
- A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
- He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
- The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
- A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
- Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
- There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
- The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
- The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
- Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
- Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
- Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
- Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
- The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
- Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
- Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
- A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
- Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
- The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
- He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
- Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
- A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
- Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
- He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
- The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
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We live in a society that places great value on the concept of "get rich quick". We have lotteries and sweepstakes and raffles. We have shrewd men making thousands of dollars selling "secrets" to the unwary about how they can make thousands of dollars while only working a few hours each week If you ask the average public school teacher, particularly in the inner city, you will probably hear that most of their male students expect to make millions of dollars as professional athletes. Other students dream of making their fortunes as actors or rock musicians. What you don't often hear a young person say is that he has decided that he is going to work hard, study hard, and as a result of his own initiative and labor rise to the top.
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According to this proverb, a man who receives great wealth as a result of vanity will find that his riches soon disappear. "Vanity" in this verse refers to "emptiness"; in other words, he really didn't have to do very much to receive all his prosperity. It may be diminished because he doesn't appreciate it, or it may be that he holds to the philosophy of "easy come, easy go", or it may be that he feels that if he got "lucky" once he can do it again. Stories of famous athletes who are now penniless are legendary. Many of the biggest lottery winners in history have squandered or lost it all. Regardless of why it happened, the Biblical principle that money received through little or no effort doesn't last long holds true.
The verse concludes that if a man is willing to work to earn his money, he will find that it increases. Once he has learned the value of hard work he will undoubtedly continue to work hard. He will not squander that which took a great amount of labor to achieve. He will realize how much effort it took to get to where he is and will not want to go back to where he used to be. This will result in him using and investing his money wisely as well as continuing to labor to earn more.
Don't be afraid of work, and don't trust your financial future to "luck". Labor diligently, and watch how God brings the increase.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery