Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 12, 2017

“A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 27:11-22.

“11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,
That I may reply to him who reproaches me.
12 A prudent man sees evil and hides himself,
The naive proceed and pay the penalty.
13 Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;
And for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge.
14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning,
It will be reckoned a curse to him.
15 A constant dripping on a day of steady rain
And a contentious woman are alike;
16 He who would restrain her restrains the wind,
And grasps oil with his right hand.
17 Iron sharpens iron,
So one man sharpens another.
18 He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit,
And he who cares for his master will be honored.
19 As in water face reflects face,
So the heart of man reflects man.
20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied,
Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.
21 The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold,
And each is tested by the praise accorded him.
22 Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain,
Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.”  Proverbs 27:11-22.

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“A prudent man sees evil and hides himself,
The naive proceed and pay the penalty.”  Verse 12.

We read news stories all the time about some professional athlete or celebrity getting shot outside a nightclub at 2:00 am.  Our parents warned us (and we warned our children):  “Nothing good happens downtown after midnight.”

In Proverbs chapter 5, we read about the evil and consequences of an affair with an adulterous woman.  Do we hide from such evil?

But, there are also different types of evil.

“16 There are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19 A false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers.”  Proverbs 6:16-19.

Do we hide from these evil things as well?

“He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will suffer harm.”  Proverbs 13:20.

With so much evil around, where can we hide?

But, there is hope!

“You are my hiding place;  You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance.  Selah.”  Psalm 32:7.

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