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>Proverbs 3:28-35

In Proverbs, Theology on January 25, 2008 by mstevensrev

>28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor,
who dwells trustingly beside you.
30 Do not contend with a man for no reason,
when he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy a man of violence
and do not choose any of his ways,
32 for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord,
but the upright are in his confidence.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34 Toward the scorners he is scornful,
but to the humble he gives favor.
35 The wise will inherit honor,
but fools get disgrace.

This morning I was reading Jesus teaching on the great commandment in Mark, love you neighbor as yourself. And this passage in Proverbs is the practical application of that. First do what you say you are going to do when you can do it, as soon as possible. Don’t hold out on people.

Stop admiring the evil. Those who are getting ahead by doing harm are not to be you heros or examples for life. God will curse their house. Their actions have effects not just on them, but on their family and those around them. But for the righteous he blesses.

This last part seems very karmic. The scorners get scorn from God, surprise. The humble he gives favor. The wise get honor, and the fools get disgrace. The challenge this passage brings about is taking an honest evaluation of who you actually are is not easy. Involve other people, pray, and God will reveal it to you, whether you like it or not:)

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