by Harley Howard

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Proverbs Chapter 19 (20 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard

Verse 1: It is better to be poor with honesty, than to be rich and twisted in your thinking and behavior. It is better to retain inward morality than to be a dull and thickheaded fool with words coming from your mouth that no one can trust.

Verse 2: This speaks of what motivates a person's inward drive, or the passion of an individual. All of us are being driven by a passion or zeal towards things that we deem are very important in life. The question is this. Am I being driven without God's wisdom in these things that I pursue in this life? Because if I am, then it is not good. The danger of this attitude is that I will place myself in a position oftentimes of proceeding without caution and direction to a goal which will bring me ruin in life.

Verse 3: This is classic mankind. This is a person that brings ruin upon himself because of his foolishness, who will not take responsibility for his own actions, but instead, blames the Lord.

Verses 4 and 7: These verse shows us the trap of having the wrong kind of friends, or what we would call, false friendships. The poor man or woman is oftentimes, most of the time, despised, socially rejected so that the rich may be courted for their wealth and favor. The rich man or woman has many friends, not because of them, but because of what they have or of what they can offer. It may be implied that both the individual trying to court the rich man is poor himself. The poor man seeking to impress the rich man, does not want to identify with his poor relationships. Many befriend the rich in hopes of obtaining some of the money that the rich person has. He will despise his once true friend, to court the rich.

A perfect example of this is in James 2:1-20.
One of the traps that courting the rich man or woman is seen in Proverbs 22:7.

Verse 5: One way that a person is exposed as being false is to be a false witness i ...

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