Pathways Through Proverbs
October 27, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 27
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Following Scripture Verses
- Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
- Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
- A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
- Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
- Open rebuke is better than secret love.
- Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
- The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
- As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
- Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
- Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
- My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
- A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
- Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
- He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
- A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
- Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
- Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
- Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
- As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
- Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
- As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so a man to his praise.
- Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
- Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
- For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
- The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
- The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
- And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
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The Bible tells us in this verse that Hell is never full. Every day untold thousands of lost souls enter that place of torment where they will remain in agony for all of eternity. Isaiah 5:14 even tells us,
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"Therefore hell hath enlarged herself.", so we see that there is no end to the number of men that can wind up there.
Solomon uses the unlimited capacity of Hell to illustrate the never-ending desires of men. Men, particularly the unsaved, are never satisfied. Even believers struggle with contentment. Ask a man if he has enough money and he will probably tell you that he could use some more. Very few men, even the wealthy, hide their money under their beds. Instead they invest it, anticipating that their money will earn interest so that they will have a little bit more.
The advertising industry is built upon this concept. No matter what kind of car you drive, they assume that they can convince you to buy a better one. Perhaps it will be larger, or faster, or more luxurious, or maybe get better gas mileage, but there will be something about the new car that will make you decide that your existing vehicle is lacking. The same holds true for entertainment, food, clothing, and a host of other things. They know that the typical person wants something more, and they hope to persuade you to buy theirs.
Paul wrote that "godliness with contentment is great gain" (I Tim. 6:6), and that he had learned "in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content", (Phil 4:11). We need to understand that the material world will never bring satisfaction, so we should be content with what we have and focus our attention on those things which will matter in eternity.
True satisfaction only comes from our relationship and service to God. Let's make that our priority.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery