Pathways Through Proverbs
November 15, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 15
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Following Scripture Verses
- A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
- The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
- The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
- A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
- A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
- In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
- The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
- The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
- The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
- Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
- Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
- A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
- A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
- The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
- All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
- Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
- Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
- A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
- The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
- A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
- Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
- Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
- A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
- The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
- The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
- The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
- He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
- The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
- The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
- The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
- The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
- He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
- The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
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In today's verse Solomon contrasts the attitudes of those who are merry with those who are afflicted. He opens by saying that if a person suffers from afflictions, every day becomes a bad day. There are a couple thoughts that I have here. First, these afflictions can take a variety of forms. It may be an illness, or it may be some situation that troubles the mind. Second, it is clear that if a man allows these afflictions to take control in his life, he will view every passing day with misery and discouragement. However, it seems that the afflicted man in this verse has a choice about his emotions, for he is contrasted with the man who has a merry heart. This then reveals the third thought: I need to get my emotions under subjection, and attempt to maintain a merry heart in spite of the afflictions that I suffer. If I allow myself to become discouraged by my problems I will start to view every circumstance of life as being a problem, for everything I see, do, or experience will be colored by my attitude about my difficulties.
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In contrast, Solomon states that the man who has a merry heart has a continual feast. In other words, he views every day and every situation as an opportunity to enjoy the bounty that God has given him. Note that the Bible doesn't say that this man has no problems, for if that were the case I don't think that he would be contrasted with the afflicted. The difference is that this man allows the joy of the Lord to be his strength (Neh. 8:10), and he praises the Lord in his heart in spite of his circumstances. He views each day as a feast, while the first man views each day as evil. The difference between the two men is their response to their problems.
Are you allowing your afflictions to get you down, or are you allowing the Holy Spirit to encourage you?
Pastor Mark J Montgomery