by Harley Howard

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Proverbs Chapter 22 (23 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard

1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.

A good character, reputation and the love that we are esteemed by others is more valuable than the greatest of earthly wealth.

2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.

God is concerned for both poor and rich. But I think the thought here is one of accountability and equality before God. God is no respecter of any man's person. The rich and poor are accountable to Him. God plays no favorites and is not influenced by a man's wealth or poverty.

3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

The wise man or woman sees evil and avoids it while the foolish person plunges right into it and pays the price for it. The prudent man is the man that knows God's wisdom. The simple man is naive and untaught in the things of God.

4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life.

It is interesting to note that humility and fearing God go together. A person cannot be fearing, trusting, serving, obeying or worshipping God and at the same time be filled with selfish pride. A rich life, filled to the full, awaits anyone and everyone who has a proper attitude towards God; and when I talk about attitude what am I talking about? Oftentimes many of us have different ideas about this word attitude which has nothing to do about its definition. The word attitude, as it would relate to what we are studying, means: a frame of mind affecting one's thoughts and behavior. So when I talk about attitude, I am not just referring to something mental or thoughts apart from action, but of our entire behavior. The fear of the Lord is an expression that is used quite frequently in scripture and it always carries with it a positive effect on those who are God's people. If I don't fear the Lord ...

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