Pathways Through Proverbs
December 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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As I read today's proverb, I can not help but be drawn to the expression "He that wasteth his father". What does it mean to "waste" your parents? I believe there are several answers here. First of all, I think that there is a monetary aspect to this word. This is similar to the Prodigal Son who wasted his father's substance on riotous living. Some "children" take advantage of their parents' finances. They continually use up their parents' resources. They are constantly borrowing and not repaying, or getting into messes that require their parents to bail them out. They never learn from their mistakes; they just keep on spending their parents' money to finance their own foolishness.
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However, I believe there are other ways that parents can be wasted. Many a young person has been raised by a mom and dad who did their best to bring him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Sure there were mistakes made, but the parents tried to do right by their child. Yet when the young person came of age he turned his back on the values that he had been taught. He began to live a lifestyle that was directly opposite of that which his parents lived. Perhaps he was raised in a good church. Maybe his parents sacrificed to provide him with a Christian education. Yet he took all that he had been given, and threw it away. All the love and labor that his mom and dad put into him were wasted, not by them, but by him.
Solomon writes that a man who wastes his parents and chases them out of his life because he rejects their beliefs and values causes them shame and reproach, and brings the same upon himself. This is not what we want to do. We don't want to shame those who have done so much for us, and we do not want to bring a reproach upon ourselves for doing so.
If you have been given a godly heritage, don't waste it. Praise God for it, and use it to accomplish His will.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery