Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 3, 2017

“But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, And a good blessing will come upon them.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 24:23-34.

“23 These also are sayings of the wise.
To show partiality in judgment is not good.
24 He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;
25 But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.
26 He kisses the lips
Who gives a right answer.

27 Prepare your work outside
And make it ready for yourself in the field;
Afterwards, then, build your house.

28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
And do not deceive with your lips.
29 Do not say, “Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me;
I will render to the man according to his work.”

30 I passed by the field of the sluggard
And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,
31 And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles;
Its surface was covered with nettles,
And its stone wall was broken down.
32 When I saw, I reflected upon it;
I looked, and received instruction.
33 “A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,”
34 Then your poverty will come as a robber
And your want like an armed man.”  Proverbs 24:23-34.

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“But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.”  Verse 25.

“He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
Than he who flatters with the tongue.”  Proverbs 28:23.

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.”  Proverbs 27:6.

We have noticed throughout the Book of Proverbs the sharp contrast between the righteous and the wicked as a means of rebuking the wicked.

Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions has tried to contrast other doctrine with Reformed Doctrine as a means of rebuking other doctrine.

“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:12.

“holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.”  Titus 1:9.


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