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The Contrast between the Righteous and the Wicked (12 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
Many of these truths that we will see from now on are for the most part clearly self-explanatory. A wise son, one who lives according to God's wisdom, brings joy to his father. But a foolish son, a son who mocks at God's wisdom and refuses the listen to and live according to the word of God, brings grief and anguish, which tear at the heart and gives the most painful sorrow.
Now, for all of you young men listening, let me tell you how to destroy your mother and give her anguish to the grave. Just decide that you don't want to live according to God's Wisdom and you will be successful in killing your parent's joy.
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
The end of treasures is in view here. We see that in 11:4.
Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
Wealth obtained by unrighteous means is of no value as far as eternity is concerned.
6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
14 Like she ...
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