Proverbs 6

Proverbs 6 tackles a few issues that are common to man.  It begins with putting up security for a neighbor, taking on responsibility for another.  The guidance here is to run away – “plead urgently” to be set free from it.  This is definitely one of scriptures teachings – we should not cosign or take on debt for another.  Unless, of course, we are willing to pay the bill.  If we are fine with taking the responsibility then we are taking it on ourselves.

Then comes some teaching on the sluggard.  The ant is our example here.  “Consider her ways….she prepares….gathers her food”.  We don’t get much sympathy here for the behavior of being a sluggard.  We need to be diligent in our work.  “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man”.  The result from lying around and being a sluggard are not pretty.  God expects us to work hard and earn our keep.

Then comes a list of seven things “that are an abomination”.  To say God hates these things is an understatement:

  1. haughty eyes
  2. lying tongue
  3. hands that shed innocent blood
  4. heart that devises wicked plans
  5. feet that make haste to run to evil
  6. false witness who breathes out lies
  7. one who sows discord among brothers

These are all active sins – things we do to others.  God cares about how we live.  He pays attention to our actions and words.

We are told how to learn what we should do – which begins with “keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching”.  As much as we may not like parents, especially growing up, their instruction is so important.  And as parents, our role in teaching our kids is critical.  We are to “Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck…. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you”.  The instruction we receive in God’s truth is the key to living God’s way.  “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life”.  It is the source of light.  It will keep us walking with Him.  But along the journey of life we also need to run from situations that can get us into trouble.  Temptation is not sin, but it certainly can lead there if we don’t make the right choice.  “Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned….can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched”?  We are warned to listen to the instruction we have received and flee temptation.  We should not flirt with it, for if we do it is likely we will fall.  God wants us to live His way.  He wants to bless us indeed!

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