Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Do You Want To Be Rich?

Proverbs 10:1-32 NIV

Proverbs of Solomon

1The proverbs of Solomon:

A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.
2Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
but righteousness delivers from death.
3The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
but He thwarts the craving of the wicked.
4 Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.
5He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
6Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.a
7The name of the righteous is used in blessings,b
but the name of the wicked will rot.
8The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
9Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
10Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,
and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
11The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
12Hatred stirs up conflict,
but love covers over all wrongs.
13Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
14The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
15The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
but poverty is the ruin of the poor.
16The wages of the righteous is life,
but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
17Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
18Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
and spreads slander is a fool.
19Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
but the prudent hold their tongues.
20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
21The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of sense.
22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,
without painful toil for it.
23A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,
but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.
24What the wicked dread will overtake them;
what the righteous desire will be granted.
25When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
but the righteous stand firm forever.
26As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so are sluggards to those who send them.
27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.
28The prospect of the righteous is joy,
but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
29The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,
but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
30The righteous will never be uprooted,
but the wicked will not remain in the land.
31From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
32The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,
but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

Verse 22

The Blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it

It never means that we can acquire the wealth without doing anything but waiting upon the Lord.It requires the diligent use of means of getting the wealth, i.e. sweat and toil.

“Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.”

Yet riches are from the Lord, and should be acknowledged as such, and not attributed to the industry, diligence, and merit of men only; but should be looked upon as had through the blessing of the Lord upon the labors of men; and when they come this way they come as a blessing, and with one.

It may be understood of being made rich in a spiritual sense; it is the blessing, good will, and favor of God, that makes men rich in Christ; that bestows upon them His unsearchable riches; that enriches them with all spiritual blessings in Him; that makes them rich in faith and in good works, and with the riches of His Grace and of Glory.

And He adds no sorrow with it; no sorrow goes along with the blessing, but what is a blessing itself, as one observes; riches enjoyed through the blessing of God are not attended with that sorrow in getting, keeping, and losing them, as the riches of wicked men unlawfully gotten are.

“Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

For as the good man comes by them easily, without any anxious care and sinful solicitude, he seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, all these things are added to him, over and above, without much thought about them, or expectation of them. 

“But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

So it is with great delight, pleasure, and cheerfulness, he enjoys them, and readily shares them with others; while the wicked man is full of anxiety, distress, and sorrow;

“The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.

This is eminently true of spiritual riches; there is no sorrow attending them; the fruit and effect of them are peace, joy, and comfort.

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