by Harley Howard

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Proverbs Chapter 6 (7 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard

The Book of Proverbs speaks on so many issues that most of us approach on a day to day basis.

We are going to deal with four different kinds of people in this chapter.

1. The broke man
2. The lazy man
3. The worthless man
4. The divisive man - The man God hates
5. The immoral man

The Broke Man - Verses 1-5

In the matter of finances, we have already seen what God says that we should be doing with money in relationship to Him. We are to lavish upon God. If we do this the Lord promises to meet and exceed our needs. Now, in the first five verses of this sixth chapter, Solomon gives common sense principles in regard to being a cosigner for someone else. The instruction is rather simple and it is remarkable how many people ignore the instruction to their own hurt.

Now briefly, before we get into the actual text it's important to know to some degree why people are broke. Broke meaning (in my view) financially strapped for money continually. There are some people who make it a habit of always being broke financially. The primary reason why this is so, is that they do not apply God's principles to giving, as we have discussed at length in chapter 3. The reason why this is the primary reason is that it leads to all of the wrong motives and reasons for possessing and spending money. Another issue is that we spend more than we make. Simple. Another reason, as we will see in this chapter, is laziness. Some people are simply too lazy to get up and work. They want to "mooch" from the people of God instead of getting off their lazy haunches and get a job or two. These are the folks who always want to tell you there are no jobs. What they are really saying is that there are no jobs that will allow them to be and stay lazy. Not only that, but these folks do not make it a habit to make a diligent search for work at all. There are many, many other reason why many fol ...

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