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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Come under Instruction – Proverbs 12:1

Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,

But he who hates correction is stupid.” – Proverbs 12:1

Do you enjoy being corrected? Does it just make your day when someone shows you a better way of doing something?

This proverb’s first line points to an attitude that seems to be rare among us Australians. We like to be our own boss and not have people laying down teaching on us. We are more likely to have the attitude of the second line.

Is this proverb in line with how life really works out? Lets follow the logic of this. Suppose a new person on the work-site comes ready to listen and be taught properly the way the site runs, does he learn better and quicker then if he hadn’t that good attitude?

It’s pretty clear that the new guy would have an easier time than if he had rejected any attempt at teaching or correction on how he did things. If he did that he would have only so long in that job!

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If he is wrong in an area, a good attitude would be to eagerly listen to wiser and more seasoned work-mates and to alter his method.

The person who refuses to follow instructions from people who know better will learn the lesson the hard way.

So, are many people walking around being stupid because they reject teaching? Apparently so, but I don’t think this proverb is saying a person loses brain cells for not listening. Instead, it’s as if they were stupid and brainless, for not accepting teaching, especially when it comes from God’s Word. Anyone with a brain should accept instruction.

If instruction needs to be sought after in order to get to knowledge, a person’s attitude is extremely important. They must come with an attitude of humility, confessing that they don’t know everything and could well be wrong in some way.

Now, what can we learn from this?

Because this is such an open proverb we can apply its truth to all aspects of our lives. Whether we are still under our fathers’ authority, or are under a boss or pastor, we have a great opportunity to be taught well. Those in charge probably have had much more experience and knowledge in life.  It is wise to listen to them.

It is the same with God’s Word. We can’t learn anything from it if we don’t come under its teaching and acknowledge its truth. We need to humble ourselves to be taught to fear the LORD. As Proverbs 1:7 says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Amen.

-Thanks for reading! Pedrozki (Pete)

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John A.Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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Here lies nobody, dearly departed – On Proverbs 10:7-9

What do you want to leave this earth having done? Having a legacy is important for anybody, any-time. All humans want to go down in history as people well thought of and having a good name. Our first saying here is warning those who are so sure of their reputation that they don’t think their attitude to God matters.

 

7 The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot.”

 

For some time at least, everyone who dies has memorable characteristics, and this verse is saying for some their actions and name will come to nothing. There are those who think this life is all they get, and so they hope to leave something worthwhile in their name. These people should pay careful attention to this saying. What makes someone righteous or wicked? Simply this, God decides who is seen as righteous or wicked, and that is based on whether that person is in Him or not. Do you rely on God for all your needs? That will be the decider. What do you remember most of what Adolf Hitler did? What about Martin Luther of the Reformation? Both Germans, both having very different memorials.

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8 The wise in heart will receive commands, but a prating fool will fall.”

 

We need to be listeners to instruction. To not do so is rejecting what is good for us. To be wise in our own minds is to be foolish, and our rebellious tongue will prove us to be just that. This saying is ‘saying’ we need to be continually willing to learn and obey from those wiser than us. Why is it so hard to sit at the feet of those who deserve our attention? Our selfish pride gets the best of us so often, I think.

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9 He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known.”

 

The man who cares about his walk in life will guard it well. If he has integrity, that man will ungrudgingly stick with what’s his lot. He doesn’t get dissatisfied with it. It’s not the easy path or the one that will yield fruit straight away, but the alternative is to be laid out to the world as a perverted man. That man’s life is clear for all and who’s inconsistency will be called out and exposed. The man who sticks to his guns will have nothing to answer for, but the man who doesn’t will have a whole lot of questions to deal with. Which do you think is the better way to live? That will define how you yourself live. Amen.

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 Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.