Proverbs 13 – Daily Devotions
December 17th 2007
1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
Do I hear the Father’s instructions or am I a scorner?
2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
What fruit does my mouth produce?
How do I eat? Do I eat violence?
3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Do I keep my mouth? My life?
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalms 19:14
Or do I open wide my lips unto my own destruction?
4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Is my soul starving or fat?
5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
Do I hate lying, or am I full of shame?
6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
Does righteousness keep me, or have I been overthrown?
7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
Am I poor or rich?
8 The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
How rich am I?
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
Is my light rejoicing or put out?
10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Do I have contention or wisdom?
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
How do I get riches?
12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Is my heart sick for heaven? Do I long for it so badly that I’m heart sick?
13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
Do I fear God’s Word or despise it?
14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
What kind of fountain do I have? Life? Death? Law = Word of God.
15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
Do I have favour or is my way hard?
16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
Do I deal with knowledge or is m folly open to all?
17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
What kind of messenger am I? What tidings do I bring? What focus do I have? Do I bring health or disease to my hearers?
18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
Do I regard or refuse rebuke? Do I have poverty? Shame? Honour?
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
Is my soul sweet or rotten?
20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
What are my companions like?
21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
Who or what runs after me?
22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
What kind of inheritance am I leaving my children or grandchildren? (See my lesson on Heirlooms of a Christian Home)
23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
I wasn’t 100% sure about the first half of the verse, so I looked up Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
23a How a small estate may be improved by industry, so that a man, by making the best of every thing, may live comfortably upon it: Much food is in the tillage of the poor, the poor farmers, that have but a little, but take pains with that little and husband it well. Many make it an excuse for their idleness that they have but a little to work on, a very little to be doing with; but the less compass the field is of the more let the skill and labour of the owner be employed about it, and it will turn to a very good account. Let him dig, and he needs not beg.
What are my farming practices for life?
23b How a great estate may be ruined by indiscretion: There is that has a great deal, but it is destroyed and brought to nothing for want of judgment, that is, prudence in the management of it. Men over-build themselves or over-buy themselves, keep greater company, or a better table, or more servants, than they can afford, suffer what they have to go to decay and do not make the most of it; by taking up money themselves, or being bound for others, their estates are sunk, their families reduced, and all for want of judgment.
What have I destroyed for lack (want) of jugement?
24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Do I love or hate my children? Am I slack in discipline or do I apply it as often as needed (betimes)?
25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
Is my soul satisfied or spiritually starved?