Pathways Through Proverbs
October 26, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 26
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Following Scripture Verses
- As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
- As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
- A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
- Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
- Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
- He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
- The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
- As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
- As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
- The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
- As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
- Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
- The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
- As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
- The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
- The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
- He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
- As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
- So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
- Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
- As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
- The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
- Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
- He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
- When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
- Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
- Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
- A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
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This verse gives a graphic picture of the foolish man and his relationship to sin. The Bible tells us that a fool returns to his iniquity just like a dog returns to its vomit.
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All of us have probably seen a dog behave in this manner. To be honest, we normally find it somewhat disgusting and sickening, because we can not imagine ourselves doing such a vile thing. Yet Solomon says that when a fool returns to his sin once he has left it he is doing something equally repulsive.
It it is important to note that the man in question had at some point left his sin, for the Scripture says that he "returns". Perhaps he left because of fear of punishment, or because he was convicted. Perhaps he truly confessed his iniquity before God and fully intended to repent. However, it didn't take long before the old sinful instincts took over and he went right back to his old ways. Not only is this foolish, but it is spiritually disgusting as well. Why would anyone realize the wickedness of their lifestyle and yet choose to go back to it? Why would someone respond to the convicting hand of God only to reject that same conviction a short time later? Why would someone realize that they needed to be saved from sin only to go right back to that same sin after salvation. The answer is that they are fools.
The next time you are tempted to do something that you know is sinful, or you consider going back to your old lifestyle, remember the illustration given in this verse. Your return to iniquity will be both foolish and disgusting. Don't do it.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery