13th in a series.
Proverbs, chapter 13.
v1. A Father’s Discipline. “A wise son – it is through the discipline of his father; a scoffer – he never heard reproof.” There is love and wisdom in the consistent firm discipline of a father. We have slandered this truth in our generation.
v5. Hate This. “A righteous man hates lies; the wicked man is vile and disgraceful.” Teach me to hate what You hate.
v6. Protection. “Righteousness protects him whose way is blameless; wickedness subverts a sinner.” The cross is a refuge, a shield, a fortress for those who flee to it. Those who turn away, forfeit its protection.
v9. Radiance/Darkness “The light of the righteous is radiant; the lamp of the wicked is extinguished.” All glory is God’s. As we grow close to His presence, we reflect the radiance of His glory.
v11. The Ways of Wealth. “Wealth may dwindle to less than nothing, but he who gathers little by little increases it.” Little by little, inch by inch, day by day. That is the way to navigate the uncertainties.
v12. Hope Waiting. “Hope deferred sickens the heart, but desire realized is a tree of life.” Promise…hope…wait…doubt…more wait…more doubt…deepens…despair – no…awaken…cling…hope… grow…overcome…realize…HOME!
v14. Seek the Fountain. “The instruction of a wise man is a fountain of life, enabling one to avoid deadly snares.” Seek to be taught by the wise. It’s that valuable.
v23. Abundance vs. injustice. “Abundant food is in the fallow ground of the poor, but it is swept away by injustice.” (NASB) It is there. Pray and work for this food to be released.
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Unless otherwise noted, Old Testament references are from the Hebrew-English TANAKH, published in 2000 by the Jewish Publication Society. New Testament references are from the Jewish New Testament, translated by David H. Stern, published in 1989 by Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc.