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We find in these verses a strong warning against taking advantage of the poor (vv. 22-23). The Lord is on the side of the weak and helpless and will bring judgment on those who take advantage of those who are needy. Next we have a warning against being a friend or even associating with a hot-tempered person (vv. 24-25). Being associated with such a person will cause you to take on the wrathful ways of this person and even get caught up in a situation that is hard to get out of.
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP MAY DETERMINE THE TROUBLE YOU MEET.
We are warned several places in Scripture about putting up surety for another persons’ debts (vv. 26-27). If you co-sign for another and he fails to pay, you are in danger of losing your own bed. It would not be difficult to find numerous examples of people who have read Proverbs all their lives and still did not heed the warnings as to going some ones surety. Many have lost nearly all they had by endorsing notes or going on the bond of those who failed to meet their financial obligations.
We find several places in Scripture the sin of moving boundary stones. A farmer could easily increase the size of his land and decrease his neighbor’s by moving the boundary lines. Its removal was prohibited (v. 28). Being diligent in one’s work is the best way to influence an employer. Diligence often results in a promotion (v. 29). Hearing about a good worker, a king will want to hire him.
What has been your feelings about co-signing for another person or having another person co-sign for you? Why not do a study on this by looking up all the references that have to do with this subject.
Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate, for the LORD will plead their cause and rob of life those who rob them. Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. Be not one of those who give pledges, who put up security for debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you? Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set. Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
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Proverbs 19:1-9Wealth Makes Many Friends
Proverbs 19:10-19Chasten Your Son While There is Hope
Proverbs 19:20-29Judgments Are Prepared For Scoffers
Proverbs 20:1-5Wine is a Mocker
Proverbs 20:6-10Who Can Find a Faithful Man?
Proverbs 20:11-20A Child Is Known By His Deeds
Proverbs 20:21-30Blows That Hurt Cleanse Away Evil
Proverbs 21:1-10A Contentious Wife Makes Life Miserable
Proverbs 21:11-21A Wise Person Stores Food Like an Ant
Proverbs 21:22-31Wisdom Gives Strength And Security
Proverbs 22:1-11Train a Child Right and He Will Not Depart From It
Proverbs 22:12-21Sayings of The Wise
Proverbs 22:22-29The Problem of Co-signing For Someone
Proverbs 23:1-11Trying to Teach a Fool is Useless
Proverbs 23:12-23A Wise Child Will Hear His Parents Instruction
Proverbs 23:24-35Drunkenness Leads to All Kinds of Problems
Proverbs 24:1-10What is in Your Heart Comes Out in Your Talk
Proverbs 24:11-22Rejoicing for The Wrong Reasons
Proverbs 24:23-34Priorities in Establishing a Home
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