We Are Never Satisfied and Always Want More

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Greed
  1. Four kinds of undesirable behavior - (vv. 11-14)
    1. Children who are disrespectful - “Curseth their father... doeth not bless their mother” (v. 11)
    2. People who are hypocritical - “Pure in own eyes... yet not washed from filthiness” (v. 12)
    3. People who are arrogant - “lofty... their eyelids are lifted up” (v. 13)
    4. Those who are oppressive - “to devour the poor... and the needy from among men” (v. 14)

This is truly a description of the generation in which we live. Many have rebelled from their parents’ authority, have lost all self-respect and live a life style of immorality without any case or thought for the rest of the world or the generations to follow. The writer describes how the world and all that it contains is not enough to satisfy the heart of man (v. 15). Leeches depict the attitude of greed and the insistence of never having enough. They are constantly saying - “Give Me, Give Me."

  1. Four things that are never satisfied - (v. 16)
    1. The grave - It wants to take in more of the dead.
    2. The barren womb - It longs to give birth to a child.
    3. The land - It always wants more water.
    4. Fire - It devours everything in its path and cries it is not enough.

Don’t make fun of your father or disobey your mother; crows will peck out your eyes, and buzzards will eat the rest of you (v. 17).

Application

I need to be satisfied with the things the Lord has given to me in life and not always wanting more? The heart of God must be broken as we are never satisfied and always wanting more.

Proverbs 30:11-17 (English Standard Version)

There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers. There are those who are clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth. There are those--how lofty are their eyes, how high their eyelids lift! There are those whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among mankind. The leech has two daughters: Give and Give. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, "Enough": Sheol, the barren womb, the land never satisfied with water, and the fire that never says, "Enough." The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.

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