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.

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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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Proverbs 13:3 – Guard Your Lips

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:3

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 13:2,4; 18:21, 21:23

Theme: Prov 13:2-4 – The Hebrew words translated as “desire”, “appetite”, “life”, and “soul”,  is literally “soul” or “breath” and can refer to the inner desires of people, but also the essence of who you  are. (Reiterated from A Mentor Commentary On Proverbs – John A. Kitchen

My thoughts:

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How often I wish to take back my words -whether they were hurtful, false claims or promises unkept!

This proverb promotes a careful guarding of our lips before we say anything stupid. Whether it’s talking big, a sly joke, or careless words, we are warned our words can be ruinous.

Like a gate of a city that needs protection, our mouth needs to be opened carefully. Let’s protect our lives, reputation, etc., by keeping our big mouths closed.

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Proverbs 13:2 – Violent Outcomes

From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:2

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 12: 14,18

Theme: Prov 13:2-4 – The Hebrew words translated as “desire”, “appetite”, “life”, and “soul”,  is literally “soul” or “breath” and can refer to the inner desires of people, but also the essence of who you  are. (Reiterated from A Mentor Commentary On Proverbs – John A. Kitchen

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My thoughts:

How often our words cause strife. We speak without thinking or even with malice or other evil desire. Life should teach us that speaking with a desire to trick or manipulate only ends in bad things, for us and others. We’re asking for it if we use our words to deceive. This proverb speaks of the produce of our lips bringing good for us. Let’s then speak with care, so that we produce good outcomes.

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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 references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus, he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:23 – Blurting it out

The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly. – Proverbs 12:23

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)

Some places where else this is discussed:

Proverbs 10:19, 12:16a

My thoughts:

We can be so quick to give our opinion. I know I feel obliged to do so when presented with the news or a personal problem someone shares with me. A bit of prudence can 4218357504_4a48abc9cc_zoften mean that we change from our initial thoughts. This proverb talks of a fool spouting their folly, meaning words that have no value or context. Let’s seek to be slow to speak, in order to edify at the right time, when we have a wise response.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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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 references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:19 – Temporary Lies

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. – Proverbs 12:19

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)

My thoughts:

Lies do get seen through eventually in some way or other. I found this every time I tried to lie to my parents. My lies didn’t have lasting value, unlike the truth. This proverb 26434249884_d6bb692a22_o.jpgspeaks of truth lasting forever, which can speak of it’s powerful nature here on earth, but also could be of the eternal nature of God’s judgement and kingdom. Only the truth will endure under His rule.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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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 12:18 – Sharp Tongue

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. – Proverbs 12:18

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)

My thoughts: 

Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can cut like a knife. I honestly prefer my version to that saying, because it’s just true. This proverb points to the danger of a loose 8503280372_bbd784c2a3_o.jpgtongue, saying it pierces like a weapon. How often do we let loose the fire-starter that is our mouth! The much wiser way to use our words is to heal and encourage. We have all benefited from such blessing, I’m sure.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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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 12:17 – Spinning Tales

An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies. – Proverbs 12:17

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)

My thoughts:

A courtroom can’t deliver justice when everyone lies. You need truth about a case to get 6800413382_5504eb952e_o (1).jpganywhere, and only an honest witness will avoid spinning a tale. The direct opposite to this is the false witness, whose very nature will reveal dishonesty. Where there are talebearers, you have injustice, and our just LORD will not be mocked forever. I look for the Day of Judgement, when all lies will be stripped of their power.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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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 12:16 – How Vexing…

Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. – Proverbs 12:16

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)

My thoughts:

People are bound to insult you. Whether it’s unintentional or not, you are going to be 9303265297_329af6c890_o.jpgmistreated with words one way or other. Our response shows if we have wisdom at the time. This proverb says some people show annoyance straight away, and therein lies the problem. Determining to respond with deference when insulted is the wisest option. Who wants to look easily manipulated?

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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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 12:15 – Foolish Ways

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. – Proverbs 12:15

A series of proverbs with this same theme:

Proverbs 12:13-25 (excluding 21 & 24)

My thoughts: 

Being corrected can feel like a slap in the face. To not receive advice, though, could 6938110158_b13b525743_overy well end in a worse outcome than not saving face. We need to be open to other people’s wisdom. They might have insight where we don’t. To be totally secure in our own opinion is a dangerous place to be in.

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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