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Pastor's Pen - October 21, 2008
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Pathways Through Proverbs
Daily Devotional

October 21, 2008

Today's Reading - Proverbs 21
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Proverbs
Chapter 21
  1. The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
  2. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
  3. To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
  4. An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
  5. The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
  6. The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
  7. The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
  8. The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
  9. It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
  10. The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
  11. When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
  12. The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
  13. Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
  14. A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
  15. It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
  16. The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
  17. He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
  18. The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
  19. It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
  20. There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
  21. He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
  22. A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
  23. Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
  24. Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
  25. The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
  26. He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
  27. The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
  28. A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
  29. A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
  30. There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
  31. The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.


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Proverbs 21:11

"When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise:" - Proverbs 21:11

 Discipline is important. Whether we are talking about a parent correcting a child or a church correcting a member, discipline is a necessary component in producing personal holiness. Normally when we think of punishment we consider it from the standpoint of its benefit to the one who has sinned. Obviously, if a man has transgressed and is allowed to continue in his rebellion without any chastisement, then there will be no motivation for him to repent. However, in today's verse we see the benefit of discipline on another individual: the one who is simply observing the situation.

 In the Scriptures a man who is a "scorner" has progressed further down the path of iniquity than the man who is "simple" (Proverbs 1:22). Solomon states that when the scorner is punished the simple gets wiser. In other words, the young man who is in the early stages of rebellion sees the end result of the sinful path that he has started out on and begins to understand that there is a heavy price that must be paid for heading down that road. Seeing this may motivate him to change his ways before he runs into similar chastening.

 I wonder how often our reluctance to discipline sin has resulted in the emboldening of others to commit similar transgressions? If the oldest child gets away with something, isn't the younger sibling encouraged to try it as well? If one church member is allowed to live in open sin, won't other members decide that they can do the same thing? And in the same vein, if the eldest child receives punishment, won't the younger think twice before he commits the same transgression? The Bible says that he will.

 I Timothy 5:20 reads,

"Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear."
The willingness to correct sinful actions will aid not only the one receiving the correction, but will benefit all those who see it happen. For all their sakes, we need to deal with sin wherever we find it.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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