by Harley Howard

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Proverbs Chapter 13 (14 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard

1 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

The rebuke and instruction coming from the father implies of course that the father is responsible enough to teach God's Wisdom, then he can fulfill this verse. A man who is not walking according to wisdom and attempts to teach his family God's word is a hypocrite. Rather than his children hearing and responding to the word of God through him, they will reject the word of God and more than likely reject God because of the hypocrisy of the father (4:1-4).

The truth that we attempt to teach our children must be lived through us, or else we are hypocrites.

But the scoffer will not listen to rebuke, neither from the father nor from God. Someone who mocks at sin will not listen to the rebuke or correction from parents. The Proverbs are designed in large part to correct wayward behavior. It was primarily designed to teach young men and women in the way of living. Unfortunately, we are living in an age where through every age group there is a wholesale rebellion against the correction that the word of God teaches and commands. I am always curious how our lives will be different because of heeding and applying the truth of God's word today. Are we walking as wise men and women or are we fools and mockers at sin?

2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

What would motivate a man or woman to steal? Is it a psychological problem? Is it a physical problem? Could it be a mental problem? The scriptures teach that it is a transgression problem; a problem of stepping over God's boundaries. Stealing is never justified for a believer. Not only is it a problem of transgressing God's word, but a problem of laziness as well.

3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.


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