Proverbs 13:1-6

In Proverbs 13:1-6 Solomon begins by reminding young people to listen to their parents. The fact that Solomon delivered this proverb to his own son does not make it any less true. Children are wise to listen to the instruction from their parents. It’s a hard thing for most to really do, but there is obviously some good things that can happen when a younger person listens to one with more experience and understanding. “A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke”. The scoffer is fool enough to reject all guidance and therefore never learns.  He rejects what he is told and determines to make all the mistakes in life on his own.

Solomon reminds us again, after many previous reminders, that what we speak matters. Wise and good speech brings blessings of many different kinds, including the blessing of prosperity. “From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence”. Those who are unfaithful to God and His wisdom may find themselves supported by or through violence. Failing to listen to and follow God takes one down a path of learning the hard way. A big part of that wisdom is controlling what we say. “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin”. To speak too much is usually to find trouble, leading to destruction. Wisdom will guard the mouth and the words it speaks.  What we say definitely does matter – Solomon has told us that many times in Proverbs.

Clarke wrote “It has often been remarked that God has, given us two EYES, that we may SEE much; two EARS, that we may HEAR much; but has given us but ONE tongue, and that fenced in with teeth, to indicate that though we hear and see much, we should speak little.” Then Solomon again takes on the problem of laziness. “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied”. One of the principles of scripture is that diligence in spiritual things leads to spiritual riches and blessing. There is a connection between obedience to God’s Word and direction and how God responds to us.

Truth is one of those core truths that God demands. “The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace”. The righteous man doesn’t just love truth and avoid telling lies; they actually hate lying. Being godly, they have the love of truth and hatred of the lie that God Himself has. The wicked love to lie and this makes them loathsome and disgraceful in God’s sight. This will surely bring them to shame. A blameless life – certainly not free of sin, but a life of general righteousness and integrity – is honored and blessed by God. “Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked”. The sin of the sinner overthrows them. Deeds will definitely impact our destiny.

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