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Proverbs Day 6
Posted on January 9th, 2013

Ill-gotten gain is loss

Proverbs 9:13 The woman named Folly is brash.
She is ignorant and doesn’t know it.
14 She sits in her doorway
on the heights overlooking the city.
15 She calls out to men going by
who are minding their own business.
16 “Come in with me,” she urges the simple.
To those who lack good judgment, she says,
17 “Stolen water is refreshing;
food eaten in secret tastes the best!”
18 But little do they know that the dead are there.
Her guests are in the depths of the grave.

Proverbs 11:18  Evil people get rich for the moment, 
      but the reward of the godly will last.


Prov 10:2 Ill-gotten gains do not profit,
But righteousness delivers from death.

Prov 20:17 Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man,
But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

Prov 21:6 The acquisition of treasures by a lying tongue
Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.
Both wisdom and folly are metaphorically represented as women in the book of Proverbs. Most likely the reasoning behind this is to show they both have an enticing affect to our sense of principle, priority and decision making.

There is a common phrase used in regard to this scriptural principle as well. "Ill-gotten gains never prosper." The bible confirms this over and over. If there is one thing that the book of Proverbs tries to get us to fully grasp is the distinction between long-term (even eternal) success that is grounded in solid work ethic and short-term gain that is based on temptation of the moment.

The one thing about temptation is that it is always in the moment. Many times we can overcome temptation by just waiting things out and thinking things through. Snap judgments for short -term gains can be disastrous. Even more, one could lose for good far more than what he or she has gained temporarily. I often ask the question while preaching "How can you walk with an eternal God and still live in the moment?" The intent is to get us to see past the moment of temptation, despair and pain that tempt us at times to get ahead in a less than honorable manner.

Read the vivid wording of the scriptures when it says the thing that was once sweet in the mouth will, in the end, be gravel. Death and the grave in this case is due to the very swift justice that was executed in those days. In our case, we can readily apply it to our lives as judgment and an otherwise unfortunate end.

Imagine the revelation of loss. I say revelation, what we have is only truly revealed to us when we have lost it. Ill-gotten gain is loss.

Posted in Bible 2013, Proverbs    Tagged with ill-gotten gains, prosper, temptation, eternal, moment


Sis. Mae - July 6th, 2013 at 3:52 PM
Hear the principal of exponential multiplication. Heed the way for the greatest return on your investment$. Plug away "by little and little" on the things God sets before you and understand that He says, "He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much:" (Luke 16:10); and that He WILL say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things. I will make thee ruler over many things:" (Matthew 25:21).

COMPLETE: Prov. 6:__; Go to the ant, thou sluggard;...
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