Pathways Through Proverbs
December 20, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 20
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Following Scripture Verses
- Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
- The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
- It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
- The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
- Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
- Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
- The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
- A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
- Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
- Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.
- Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
- The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
- Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
- It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
- There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
- Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
- Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
- Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
- He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
- Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
- An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
- Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
- Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
- Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
- It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
- A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
- The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
- Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
- The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
- The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
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In today's verse Solomon likens sin to eating a piece of bread. He calls it the "bread of deceit", which means that it is something that he has found profit in, but it was either the wrong thing to do or it was obtained in a sinful manner. What is interesting about this is that he refers to the bread as being sweet. The point is that sin is often enjoyable, and the immediate results of that sin can be pleasurable as well. If a man steals money, he may enjoy the things that it will buy. If a man tells a lie, he may receive an immediate benefit from his falsehood. This is one of the reasons why iniquity is so appealing. It is fun. Solomon does not deny that fact, and we should not either. To try to convince someone not to get involved in transgression because it won't be pleasurable is not going to work, because that person knows that it is enjoyable.
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What Solomon warns his son about is the "aftertaste". The immediate results of sin may seem beneficial, but the end result is terrible. You can imagine how sickening it would be to have a mouth full of gravel. The taste would be awful, the experience would probably be quite painful, and all you would want to do would be to spit the rocks out. This is what sin does. It goes into the mouth easily, and initially tastes pretty good. However, it soon becomes very difficult to chew and swallow. It causes irritation, and develops a foul taste. You begin to realize that it is not only uncomfortable, but probably unhealthy as well. The final desire is to rid oneself of the effects of eating it in the first place, but by then it is too late. The taste lingers, the teeth may be chipped and broken, and the dirt is already in the man's system.
Sin may seem like a sweet choice, and it may even turn out to be so for a while, but the end result is always discomfort, disease, and destruction.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery