A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them. Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
Today's Morsel: From their English classes, most people learned and understand that a conjunction has a function. And that function is to link sentences, clauses, phrases, or words together to make a complete thought. For example, words such as, "and", "but", "if", "neither", "nor" "either or". The conjunction "but", is oftentimes used to reveal consequence or to show results. In Proverbs 11, Solomon, uses the conjunction, "but" 19 times to show consequence. Notice what happens according to verse 1. "A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight." Being unfair and cheating people makes God sick, but being fair and treating people with fairness makes him glad. Notice verse 2. "When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom." If you allow pride to get into your life, sooner or later, it's going to cause you embarrassment or dishonor. But, if you keep a humble spirit you will gain knowledge, understanding, and insight. The Lord said through the prophet Isaiah, "Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it" (Isaiah 1:16-20). If we do what God tells us, we can live. But if not, we shall but die. Always remember, every decision that we make has a consequence attached to them. So be careful of those buts.
Sing: Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.
He went walking and leaping and praising God, walking and leaping praising God, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
Thought for Today: Be careful of those buts.