Pathways Through Proverbs
October 15, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 15
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Following Scripture Verses
- A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
- The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
- The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
- A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
- A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
- In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
- The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
- The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
- The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
- Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
- Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
- A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
- A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
- The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
- All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
- Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
- Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
- A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
- The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
- A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
- Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
- Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
- A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
- The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
- The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
- The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
- He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
- The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
- The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
- The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
- The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
- He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
- The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
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At first glance a person might look at today's verse and think that it deals with finances. He might think to himself, "That can't be right, because I know many people who live righteously who don't have any money at all." However, this man needs to be reminded that there are greater treasures in this life than material riches.
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When a husband and wife are attempting to live righteously, there will be great harmony and peace in their house. When mom and dad treat each other with respect and love, and choose not to argue and fight with each other, then the home is a wonderful place to be. When parents are sold out to Jesus Christ and living that type of lifestyle in front of their kids, they will find that their children cause them much less grief, that the siblings get along better with each other, and that their home is a treasure to dwell in. When a family prays together and reads the Bible together they find a joy and unity that surpasses a large bank account. When families live righteously they don't bring sinful entertainment into their homes to trouble them. They don't get involved in outside activities that ultimately bring reproach upon themselves. They don't have to worry about who is having a negative influence on them. In other words, they have a tremendous, and valuable, home.
Those who choose to live a life contrary to Biblical principles will find that their home is far less happy. Mom and dad don't get along very well, and yelling, bitter words, and great tension rule the house. Kids are on edge because of the parents, but they are also embittered by the hypocrisy that they see. In addition, the parents may not be providing Biblical discipline, so the children get worse and worse. God is not running the home, so His blessings are absent. Spiritual decisions are replaced by carnal ones, and the end result is that a family may inhabit a dwelling, but it is not a treasured home.
A home that is filled with righteousness is a treasure indeed. What kind of home do you have?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery