Sir Walter Raleigh once made a request of the Queen, and she reluctantly answered, “Raleigh,
when will you ever stop begging?” Walter replied, “When your Majesty stops giving.” His request
was granted. But the God of all grace never grows weary of our as … More
The farmer who works hard will have plenty to eat while those who try to get something for nothing will have their fill of poverty (v. 19). Likewise the person who devotes himself to faithfully tilling the fields of Scripture will grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. The person who neglects his Bible and only listens to what others tell him will become spiritually starved and never amount to anything for God.
Being eager to get rich quick often leads to dishonest ways of trying to get wealth (vv. 20-22). To abandon Biblical principles in order to pursue riches is very dangerous and will not go unpunished.
We are never being kind to a person if we just glass over his faults and make him feel comfortable in his wrong doing (v.23). We may seem to please the person at the time but ultimately it will be of little value to anyone. Giving needed rebuke is never easy but in the end, the wise will be grateful for it. If you cheat your parents and don’t think it’s wrong, you are a common thief (v. 24).
Which of the admonitions above do I find the most needed in my life? What can I do to strengthen this area of my life for the glory of God?
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty. A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. To show partiality is not good, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong. A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him. Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue. Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, "That is no transgression," is a companion to a man who destroys. A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched. Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse. When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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Proverbs 25:1-10Tell a Person His Fault Alone
Proverbs 25:11-20Self Control is Important
Proverbs 25:21-28Compromise Invites an Attack by Satan
Proverbs 26:1-9The Man of Wisdom Will Not Dispute a Fool
Proverbs 26:10-19The Less You Do, The Less You Want to Do
Proverbs 26:20-28It Always Takes Two to Quarrel
Proverbs 27:1-9Don’t Brag About Tomorrow
Proverbs 27:10-18Iron Can Sharpen Iron
Proverbs 27:19-27The Natural Man is Never Satisfied
Proverbs 28:1-10Refusing to Obey Brings Disastrous Results
Proverbs 28:11-18The Rich Are Often Filled With Pride
Proverbs 28:19-28Giving Needed Rebuke is Never Easy
Proverbs 29:1-11An Honest Ruler Makes a Nation Strong
Proverbs 29:12-18Biblical Discipline Brings Delight
Proverbs 29:19-27The Rod and Reproof Bring Wisdom
Proverbs 30:1-10God Chooses to Use Ordinary People
Proverbs 30:11-17We Are Never Satisfied and Always Want More
Proverbs 30:18-23We Will be Judged For What We do in The Body
Proverbs 30:24-28Anger Produces Trouble
Proverbs 30:29-33Pride And Anger Work Against Humility
Proverbs 31:1-9What King Lemuel’s Mother Taught Him
Proverbs 31:10-16The Ideal Woman is Rare
Proverbs 31:17-23The Wife’s Life Was Centered Around Her Home
Proverbs 31:24-31Her Children Call Her Blessed