Proverbs 13:14 – Life-Giving Wisdom

The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death. – Proverbs 12:14

Some places where else this is discussed:

Proverbs 5:22, 10:11, 12:12, 14:27

My Thoughts:

Have you a friend in your life you turn to for good advice?  Maybe you have a pastor who can speak to you frankly and with wisdom.  Life has many struggles and temptations, and we are never far from falling prey to the “snares of death”.

This proverb speaks of a wise teacher’s words being a flowing life-extender.  When he teaches well, God’s ways have an impact on his students.  I take a long time to learn and put wisdom into practice.  Thankfully, I have some great teachers who live out what they preach.173769817_3395be6100_z

The foolish path has many snares, leading to death.  There are many a foolish person ready to guide you to an enticing but fatal end.   Seek the wise people in your life and learn from them.  Their words will be a life-giving stream for you.  And then maybe you could provide a fountain of life to someone else?

Thanks for reading! Pete



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Proverbs 13:13 – Rewards for Respect

He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded. – Proverbs 13:13

 

Have you ever completely ignored an order from your boss and they found out?  I’m sure they got quite upset.

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Wisdom teaches us to also love the instruction from God, because it is for our good and others.  When we fear God and obey what he says, he promises to reward our faithfulness.  When we choose to live lives that dishonour Him, we are asking for judgement.

Either way we pay for disobedience. Slighting our boss results in very serious discussions.  When it comes to God, our very lives might be in jeopardy.

Thanks for reading! Pete



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Proverbs 13:12 – Hope Fulfilled

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:12

 

References in Proverbs to the “tree of life”: 3:18, 11:30, 15:4

Have you had a postage item that took months to arrive?  How about having an unforeseen prolonged engagement? You might relate to this proverb.  Expecting something at a certain time, only for it to take much longer to turn up, can be so frustrating.  No doubt the wait for something special would even cause you to wain a bit.

And how about for when the longing is fulfilled?  Once hope has been answered, the joy 42033489422_1de54f1dfb_zcan be palpable.  There are so many examples of such in the Bible. Hannah, who was barren, received Samuel from God (1 Sam 2:1-10 is her prayer of thanks).  Mary and Elizabeth (her cousin) were blessed miraculously with very special children by God’s intercession (Luke 1 tells the story).  Simeon and the prophetess Anna both were waiting and had been promised to see the Messiah be revealed.  Both saw Jesus before their deaths and gave thanks to God for his promise fulfilled (Luke 2:25-38).

Our whole bodies are invigorated when we finally can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Hope is certainly for things unseen, but some things are just worth waiting for.

Thanks for reading! Pete



Tree of Life: 
John A. Kitchen speaks of the tree of life imagery being throughout the Bible’s revelation and “forms an inclusion”, from Genesis (2:9) to Revelation (2:7 and 22:2, 14,19).  I highly recommend time spent with Proverbs – A Mentor Commentary by John A. Kitchen.

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Proverbs 13:11 – Quick Money

Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:11

Some places where else this is discussed: 

Prov. 28:19-20, 22

Ill-gotten wealth: Prov. 10:2, 11:18

My thoughts:5139675888_6249ddb5e7_z.jpg

What happens when you invest in Bitcoin for quick money? You get a very unstable investment. Would you also be tempted to spend that quick money unwisely? This proverb speaks to how wealth is gathered, and how much we work for it.

My experience is that when we earn lots very quickly, especially if by deception, we don’t value it so much. We are much more likely to splurge. When we work hard for our livelihood, we value what we earn far more.

We need to remember that a long-term investment or a steady income doesn’t promise huge return initially. It seems better in the long run, though, to seek income the honest way. Let’s stick with our jobs, and not be endlessly hoping for that winning lottery ticket, as understandable and tempting as that may be.

Thanks for reading! Pete


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Proverbs 13:10 – Pride Causes Fights

Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:10

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 9:9, 11:2

My thoughts:

Why am I so full of pride? I have nothing to be proud about! Everything I have and know and believe has been gifted or learnt from someone else. My skill and ability and all else come from God.

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As this Proverbs states, where there are arguments and quarreling, a little examination will prove pride is at work. Pride only gets us into a fight about who is wiser. To gain wisdom we ought to be open again to what others we trust have to say. Humbleness can give us so much more in the end.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Proverbs 13:9 – Bright Lights

The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:9

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 12:7, 13:6

Light/lamp references: Job 18:5,6Prov 4:18,19

My thoughts:

Our choices in life often tend to affect what kind of life we have. If we determine to live only for self, pushing others who interfere aside, what kind of life would we end up with? We’ll lose any chance at deep relationships, have a very small view of the world, and be in open rebellion of our Maker.

This proverb talks of life with the metaphorical use of lights and lamps. People’s lifestyles affect the brightness of their life-light. The righteous has a bright lamp, as they are living the life they were created for, loving neighbour and God as best they can. The wicked’s lamp is put out before it’s time, reflecting the dangerous behaviour they exhibit.

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Our lives aren’t easy or guaranteed to be long for any of us, but its always worth seeking the One who created us to be righteous. In him our life-light can shine brightly.

 

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Proverbs 13:8 – Ransom for the Rich

A person’s riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.  – The Bible, Proverbs 13:8

Some places where else this is discussed:

2 Kings 24:1425:12 , Job 2:4  Proverbs 10:15

My thoughts:

 

Money makes the world go round, as another saying goes. So often people are after money in unscrupulous ways, seeking to gain from another’s wealth. Money can protect you from tragedy and many pains, as in this proverb. The first line talks of rich people having a line of defense with their wealth, even if it could make them a target! Nobody wants to be kidnapped for their money, nor does anyone want to lack funds when it’s most needed.

Different Bible versions translate the second line differently, as it is hard to clearly 2854512346_05cecf9fa9_o.jpgtranslate. In the NIV we are given the idea of the poor person suffering and not being able to defend themselves because of their poverty.

Greed for money can lead us to all sorts of evil deeds that involve hurting others. Let’s not give into such temptations and seek to protect others from perpetrators.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Proverbs 13:7 – Monetary Deception

One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:7

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 12:9, 13:5 20:14

My thoughts:

Lots of people like to talk up their latest favourite purchase3353084755_ce382b255c_z.jpgs. Its part of the fun of buying stuff, including the fact that you had the money to splurge on it.

Yet the people mentioned in this proverb aren’t boasting about things they have, but are completely deceiving others about their wealth. The two types are rich people pretending to be poor and those with very little lying about being wealthy. We ought to be wary of deceptive people like this. In all likelihood the motivation is greed or high social standing. Who knows what other lies one might tell if guided by these desires.

We seem to feel compelled to help someone claiming to be desperate or feel drawn to associate with well-off people. Let’s be careful to not join in any such lies and likewise be careful to avoid being deceived.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Proverbs 13:6 – Protection By Doing Good

Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:6

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 2:21-22, 11:3, 13:3

My thoughts:

We are often undone by our own actions. Whether it’s at work or home, with our finances or relationships, our mess ups turn back onto us. People have a way of exposing a matter if it’s affected them, revealing our deception, error, or hurtful actions.

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This proverb talks of a person saved or destroyed respectively by her good or evil behaviour. The woman of integrity is protected from harsh outcomes because of her obedience to God’s good commands. She sticks to what she knows God would have her do. The sinful woman experiences the full force of her actions and has no help in her fall. Let’s take God at his word and seek righteousness in Christ. It will guard us from many pains.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Proverbs 13:5 – Odious Lies

The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked make themselves a stench and bring shame on themselves. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:5

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 6:16-19, 8:13, Psalm 119:163

My thoughts:

Hate is a strong emotion. We shouldn’t hate people personally, but we are given free 8392533192_78cbf30d83_zreign in the Bible to hate evil. Evil deserves drastic action. For us to hate our own evil actions or the temptation to do them, we’d need to avoid them, stamp them out, and flee such things.

In this proverb, the man who seeks to be righteous despises any deception; he follows in what God hates. The wicked man has no qualms about lying, as long as it gets them what they want. Yet they bring upon themselves all manner of shame. So often the truth ousts us. We realise it would have been far better to have not lied in the first place.

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