Pathways Through Proverbs
November 19, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 19
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- Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
- Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
- The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
- Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
- A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
- Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
- All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
- He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
- A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
- Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
- The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
- The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
- A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
- House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
- Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
- He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
- He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
- Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
- A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
- Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
- There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
- The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
- The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
- A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
- Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
- He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
- Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
- An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
- Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
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Many verses in Proverbs deal with the importance of controlling your temper. In this verse Solomon adds additional information to the issue. He opens by referring to a "man of great wrath." Apparently this man is angry by nature. He doesn't simply get angry occasionally; he stays angry. The focus of his rage may vary, but he can usually find someone or something to lose his temper about. The Bible tells us to be angry and sin not, and to not let the sun go down on our wrath (Eph. 4:26). These principles show that a man can get angry, but he must handle that anger Scripturally, and it should not last overnight. The man in today's proverb doesn't do that. He gets mad easily, handles it poorly, and stays mad long after the crisis has ended.
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This man who has an angry character is going to be punished. Certainly God is not pleased with his disobedient attitude, and will deal with him in some form or fashion. However, I believe that this verse indicates that the man will even suffer some form of punishment at the hands of those around him who are victims, or at least observers, of his rage. Surely no one will want to fellowship with this person. His attitude will affect his family. His anger may cause others to rage back at him. It will cost him friends, and may impact his employment. It will even harm his health.
The second half of the verse tells us that, because it is the wrathful man's nature to blow up and get himself in trouble, he will continually need to be rescued from the situations that his anger gets him into. He doesn't learn his lesson the first time, so he must continually be delivered from the new messes that he has caused. Why doesn't he learn? Because it isn't really his circumstances that makes him angry, but he chooses to be a man of wrath in his heart, and everything that he sees or hears is colored by that internal rage.
Do you lose your temper easily? Are you angry about something most of the time? You need to confess that sin to the Lord, or there will be a great price to pay for it.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery