Pathways Through Proverbs
October 14, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 14
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Following Scripture Verses
- Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
- He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
- In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
- Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
- A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
- A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
- Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
- The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
- Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
- The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
- The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
- There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
- Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
- The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
- The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
- A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
- He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
- The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
- The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
- The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
- He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
- Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
- In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
- The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
- A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
- In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
- The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
- In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
- He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
- A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
- He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
- The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
- Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
- Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
- The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.
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As we Americans approach the end of this current election cycle, and we are being bombarded with reasons why or why not to vote for a particular individual, today's verse is particularly relevant. If our nation is to be exalted by God, and if we are to function under His care and blessings, we need to be a nation that practices Biblical righteousness.
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I understand that salvation does not come through a man's actions, and I know that the only true righteousness that is acceptable in the sight of God is the righteousness of Jesus Christ. I also understand that we do not live in a theocracy. However, this principle is still true and timeless. A nation that will live by Biblical principles will receive the blessings of God upon it, even when much of its citizenry is not genuinely born again. A nation that refuses to establish Biblical principles is doomed to destruction, and will become a reproach.
Abortion is the murder of unborn children. A country that tolerates and encourages this is not a righteous nation. Marriage is to be between one man and one woman until death separates them. A country that advocates divorce and remarriage, and puts its legislative stamp of approval upon homosexual "marriages" is not a righteous nation. A country that limits the free exercise of Biblical Christianity, both by hindering the free speech of pastors and church members and by forcing churches to adopt unscriptural practices, is not a righteous nation. A country that attempts to remove all vestiges of God from society is not a righteous nation. Therefore, it can not expect to be exalted, and can only anticipate the reproach of God to fall upon it.
In this election there are very clear differences between the candidates concerning moral righteousness. If we want America to receive any blessing from the Lord, we had better make our selections based upon the Word of God and choose the candidate who is most likely to practice and encourage righteousness.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery