Blows That Hurt Cleanse Away Evil

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Dishonesty

There are many ways to get money quickly. You might steal money. You might cheat other people. You might make an evil plan. These methods are all evil. If you do these things, then you will suffer punishments and troubles (v. 21). You should earn money from your work. This is slower than if you steal. But God will be pleased with you because you are honest (v. 22). Sometimes we want to punish people who hurt us. This is not a good attitude. We should forgive people (Rom. 12:17-21). We should even love our enemies (Matt. 5:44). But God will punish evil people, if they do not ask God to forgive them. See (Deut. 32:35.) Diverse weights’ refers to the loaded scales a merchant might use to cheat his customers (v. 23). Dishonesty is a difficult sin to avoid. It is easy to cheat if we think no one is looking but it effects the very core of a person.

God directs a man’s life. This is why nobody can understand his own life (v. 24). When you promise to give a gift, think first! Otherwise, later you will be sorry (v. 25). A wise king acts as if evil men are like the wheat harvest. He scatters them, and he drives a wheel over them (v. 26). God sees a man’s spirit but God can see the man’s secret thoughts (v 27). He knows whether our plans are good or evil. Other people might think that we are good and honest but God knows the truth. Love and truth protect a king and love will make his government safe (v. 28). The best thing about youth is their strength but grey hair gives honor to old people (v. 29). Their grey hair reminds us about their long lives. Often old people have great wisdom. They are too old to be champions in sport, but they can still be our champions and heroes, because of their wisdom. When a wound hurts, the injured part heals (v. 30). So a whip punishes and removes evil behavior from a man. Nobody likes pain, but a wound often heals, while it hurts.

Application

I never want to take dishonesty lightly. Even the smallest portion will contain enough poison to kill my Spiritual life. Lord, help me to always be above board and completely honest with everyone.

Proverbs 20:21-30 (English Standard Version)

An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end. Do not say, "I will repay evil"; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you. Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good. A man's steps are from the LORD; how then can man understand his way? It is a snare to say rashly, "It is holy," and to reflect only after making vows. A wise king winnows the wicked and drives the wheel over them. The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all his innermost parts. Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld. The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair. Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts.

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