Daily Devotional Friday 13th May 2022

by William Moody

Proverbs 13

13:1   A wise son hears his father’s instruction,
    but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
  From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good,
    but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.
  Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;
    he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
  The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
    while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
  The righteous hates falsehood,
    but the wicked brings shame1 and disgrace.
  Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,
    but sin overthrows the wicked.
  One pretends to be rich,2 yet has nothing;
    another pretends to be poor,3 yet has great wealth.
  The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth,
    but a poor man hears no threat.
  The light of the righteous rejoices,
    but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
10   By insolence comes nothing but strife,
    but with those who take advice is wisdom.
11   Wealth gained hastily4 will dwindle,
    but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
12   Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
    but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13   Whoever despises the word5 brings destruction on himself,
    but he who reveres the commandment6 will be rewarded.
14   The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
    that one may turn away from the snares of death.
15   Good sense wins favor,
    but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.7
16   Every prudent man acts with knowledge,
    but a fool flaunts his folly.
17   A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
    but a faithful envoy brings healing.
18   Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,
    but whoever heeds reproof is honored.
19   A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
    but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.
20   Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
    but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
21   Disaster8 pursues sinners,
    but the righteous are rewarded with good.
22   A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
    but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
23   The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,
    but it is swept away through injustice.
24   Whoever spares the rod hates his son,
    but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.9
25   The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
    but the belly of the wicked suffers want.

Footnotes

[1] 13:5 Or stench
[2] 13:7 Or One makes himself rich
[3] 13:7 Or another makes himself poor
[4] 13:11 Or by fraud
[5] 13:13 Or a word
[6] 13:13 Or a commandment
[7] 13:15 Probable reading (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate); Hebrew is rugged, or is an enduring rut
[8] 13:21 Or Evil
[9] 13:24 Or who loves him disciplines him early

(ESV)

One of the themes in this chapter is the importance of listening. It begins with saying how a wise son hears his father’s instruction while a scoffer does not listen to rebuke (v1). Taking the advice of others is an essential part of wisdom (v10). Of course, the most important advice to listen to is the Word of God (v13). How we respond will be the difference of life and death.

Wise teaching acts like a warning or a diversion sign leading us away from that which would harm, but also wise teaching gives refreshment and blessing (v14). Honour comes to those who head advice while disgrace comes to the person who ignores wise advice (v18).

One of the important things to do to gain wise advice is to be a person who walks with the wise (v20). Are you keeping good company and have you a teachable spirit?

One other theme to note here is about having our hopes and desires fulfilled (v12). The key to being satisfied is being righteous before the Lord (v25). A right relationship with the Lord completes us. The problem is that this requires a turning away from sin which many will not give up (v19).

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