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 12:12 – Stronghold Envy

The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures. – Proverbs 12:12

Some places where this is discussed in Proverbs:

Proverbs 12:3

My thoughts:

It’s quite tempting to want another’s wealth, but what if it’s been ill gained? Would you5107629046_8bd35b56ff_o.jpg still desire it? The wicked have no qualms about such a dilemma. This proverb seems to be pointing out how people will desire wealth regardless of where it came from. The alternative is to seek after the “root of the righteous”. Only the things of the LORD last.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

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

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Proverbs 12:11 – Chasing Fantasies

Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. – Proverbs 12:11

Some places where this is discussed in Proverbs:

Proverbs 14:23, 28:19

My thoughts:6699892843_361aa27429_b.jpg

 

Get-rich-quick schemes are so often dependent on the person being so invested no good sense will give them pause. So often it’s just not worth it; the risk is too great. A steady job is much more worthwhile, and while the dividends may be small in comparison to the promised wealth of a scheme, it is the wiser option. May we be diligent in our steady work and not chase fantasies.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

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

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Proverbs 12:9 – Lacking Bread

Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food. – Proverbs 12:9

Some places where this is discussed in Proverbs:

Proverbs 13:7

My Thoughts:

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Sophronia and Alfred Lammle

Putting on a show for the masses gets expensive. I’m reminded of the Lammles of Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend. They put on airs in Old England but (in the 1998 movie) were eventually exposed and headed off to Europe to start again.  Oh how we love to appear special or well-off! The proverb argues for a humble life with a reasonable income over a prideful life of wealth without any substance. May we seek the humble life and not put on airs.

Thoughts or questions? 

Have your say in the comments section!

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

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