Pathways Through Proverbs
November 13, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 13
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Following Scripture Verses
- A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
- A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
- He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
- The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
- A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
- Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
- There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
- The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
- The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
- Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
- Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
- Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
- Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
- The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
- Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
- Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
- A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
- Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
- The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
- He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
- Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
- A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
- Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
- He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
- The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
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Verses concerning the discipline of children are found throughout the book of Proverbs. Here we have two principles given that every parent should observe. First of all, we read that if a parent refuses to use corporal punishment to chasten his child he hates his child. This is certainly not the opinion of modern "scholars" who would tell us that if parent truly loves his child he would never cause him physical pain. I don't believe that any righteous parent desires to inflict pain upon his child, but the Scriptures have taught that the pain of a spanking will cleanse the heart of a rebellious child (Prov. 20:30). If I really love my kids, I will want them to live a life that is pleasing to God. I will want them to have the character necessary to hold a job, raise as family, and be productive citizens. However, if I refuse to obey God's principles for discipline, my children will probably go astray from the Lord, and will ultimately make a mess of their lives. Therefore, if I do not give them the Biblical chastening that is necessary to bring them up correctly, I really don't love them properly, do I?
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The second principle is that a man who loves his children not only disciplines them, but he does it "betimes". The word "betimes" simply means "early". The Hebrew word was used for the dawn of the day. In other words, a wise parent doesn't put off the use of corporal punishment, but applies it early in the child's life, and early in the child's rebellion. If you wait until your child is of school age to discipline them, you have waited too long. If you allow your child to get away with sin repeated before you chasten him, you have waited too long. We may not want to do it, but if we love our children more than we love ourselves we will follow God's instructions on this.
So, how much do you love your kids?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery