Today’s bible verse is Proverbs 19:1:“Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.”
Proverbs contains much of the greatest wisdom in the bible. Each verse seems to encapsulate a portion of wisdom in the proverbial nutshell. And each of these bits of wisdom give us pause as we consider their impact and their meaning in our lives.
Consider a poor man who is blameless. He has little or nothing. He cannot enjoy many of the luxuries in life, not can he give generously to the poor. He has experienced nothing of power and wealth. Yet, he was endeavored to walk in a path of goodness and lighyt, the path in which our Lord Jesus Christ trod. His worldly possessions may be absent, yet he has walked the goof path. He has harmed no one, taken advantage of no one, treated no one unjustly, felt superior to no one, and neglected no one in his humble efforts toward goodness.His bank account may show a zero balance, yet his standing with God shows a wealth of goodness, love, compassion, honor and right.
Now consider the man who is a fool and whose lips are perverse. The fool fails to see, fails to hear and, all too often, fails to feel. He does not notice those in distress or take the time to reach out to them. He blithely goes on his way, being sometimes a financial winner, yet a fool in the eyes of the Lord. And when he speaks, his words are not true or honest. He says what will gain him prosperity, sales, votes, advancement, and self aggrandizement. He says whatever it takes to accomplish his own goals, whether it be true or not. He speaks from both sides of his mouth, doing his best to play to his audience, work the room, saying what each separate group wants to head.
His bank account may show wealth in the millions, yet his account with God is paltry. He has not taken the time to study and pray. He has worked toward his own motives rather than those of God. He has built up for himself treasures on earth, yet has failed to build up treasures in heaven. All that he is, all that he has accomplished, all that he has done, will be of little value. He has failed to follow the teachings of the scriptures and walk in the steps of Jesus.
The New English Standard Bible offers quite a few cross-references that may be helpful and offer even more perspective in understanding and applying this verse. You may want to read a few.
1. Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool.
2. Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs.
3. The foolishness of man ruins his way, And his heart rages against the LORD.
4. Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.
5. A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will not escape.
6. Many will seek the favor of a generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
7. All the brothers of a poor man hate him; How much more do his friends abandon him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.
8. He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.
9. A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who tells lies will perish.
10. Luxury is not fitting for a fool; Much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11. A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
12. The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.
13. A foolish son is destruction to his father, And the contentions of a wife are a constant dripping.
14. House and wealth ard an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15. Laziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger.
16. He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of conduct will die.
17. One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.
18. Discipline your son while there is hope, And do not desire his death.
19. A man ofgreat anger will bear the penalty, For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.
20. Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.
21. Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.
22. What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
23. The fear of the LORD leads to life, So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
24. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
25. Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd, But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.
26. He who assaults his father and drives his mother away Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
27. Cease listening, my son, to discipline, And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28. A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice, And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.
29. Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And blows for the back of fools.
Columbia Prayer Chain
Tuesday, November 29
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