A Contrast Between Righteousness & Wickedness (Proverbs 13 – Part II)

By GL Jones

Proverbs 13:7-12

7- There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. 

8- The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.

9- The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

10- Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

11- Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

12- Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. 

Overview: Proverbs 13: 1-6

In Proverbs, chapter 13, verse 7, Solomon describes the DECEIT of RICHES:

– One man hoards material things yet has nothing;
– While another man makes himself poor though (HUMILITY) and has great riches (WISDOM). Because WISDOM is the principal thing : the second man comes out ahead! Spiritual riches always TRUMP natural riches which are fleeting and temporal!

In verse 8, Solomon speaks of the ransom of a mans LIFE.

Using my Strong’s concordance I see that this Hebrew word for ransom: (3724) (kopher) means a village, a redemptive price,a sum of money or a bribe.

There are at least 3 things that I was taught that MONEY can’t BUY YOU: LOVE, LIFE & HAPPINESS! I say this while thinking of two billionaires who died during my lifetime, of brain cancer.Their money could not SAVE them!

Solomon goes on to say that a poor man will not hear REBUKE. DISOBEDIENCE always leads us to POVERTY!

In verse 9, Solomon tells us that the RIGHTEOUS delighteth in his LIGHT while the WICKED’S LAMP is put out! This is why the WICKED stumbles in the dark.

In verse 10, Solomon tells us that When we see PRIDE, then CONTENTION will always follow, but with the WELL Advised, there is WISDOM! Remember that often, this WISDOM will REST in the heart of the PRUDENT!

In verse 11, Solomon tells us that: any wealth obtained dishonestly won’t last, but riches obtained through working hard shall INCREASE!

And lastly in verse 12, Solomon tells us that HOPE deferred make the heart sick! In abusive relationships and situations, the abuser knows that HOPE is the last thing to go before a VICTIM completely and finally gives up! But DESIRE is a TREE of LIFE! This includes the DESIRE to LIVE!

This is why we MUST keep HOPE alive!

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