Pathways Through Proverbs
October 29, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 29
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- He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
- When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
- Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
- The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
- A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
- In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
- The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
- Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
- If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
- The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
- A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
- If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
- The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
- The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
- The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
- When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
- Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
- Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
- A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
- Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
- He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
- An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
- A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
- Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
- The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
- Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.
- An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
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We have two choices in this life: we can fear the Lord or we can fear men. Matthew 10:28 states,
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"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
In other words, don't worry about what men can do to you, but rather fear the Lord who has power not only over life and death, but over eternity as well.
Proverbs 14:26 tells us that "In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence", which goes hand-in-hand with the second half of today's verse. However, many believers lack that confidence because they have chosen to fear men instead. Today's proverb says that the fear of men "bringeth a snare." Once a man decides that he will make his decisions based upon what other men may think or do, he has trapped himself.
This can be illustrated several ways. We all know that the Bible commands us to preach the Gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). Yet many Christians disobey this command because they are afraid of the response that they will receive from those they witness to. They fear rejection, or ridicule, or not being able to answer questions, so they don't do it. They are ensnared by their fear. Others are afraid to stand for the Lord because of the ridicule that they might receive from classmates, co-workers, or family members. Thus, they wind up participating in the transgressions of the ungodly, and disobey God's commands concerning personal holiness (I Peter 1:15-16). Their fear binds them to sin.
If we will trust in the Lord, He will keep us safe regardless of what men may do. There is no safer place than being in the center of God's will, and following Him completely, because we fear Him, will keep us there.
Who are you afraid of?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery