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Proverbs 13:8 NIV

By August 13, 2022No Comments

“A person’s riches may ransom their life, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.”

Don’t let Solomon’s use of the word “may” slip past too quickly. If you were told your plane may land safely at your destination or this drink may not be poisoned you are probably avoiding them entirely. A persons riches can potentially convince someone to exchange them for their life. Maybe they can be used to get out of trouble, satisfy whoever has something against them. The whole purpose of a kidnapping makes the wealthy a very possible target. You never hear about poor people being targeted for their wealth. Only a really simple minded person would kidnap a poor person for ransom. The lack of wealth at times can help the poor sleep more peacefully. There is an old saying that “not even 100 men can rob a pauper”. Solomon is not extolling being poor over being rich. Goodness knows he was extremely wealthy. He is just acknowledging a fact. Even Jesus encouraged his followers in Luke 16 to make friends with mammon (money) so that when it failed they would be looked to for some answers and fellowship. The key spiritual takeaway from this very plain, straight forward verse is wise instruction about how to be genuine with others while operating in the world yet not being part of it. We live in such a way that we live at peace with others yet we are always ready and in a place relationally to offer blessing and encouragement when they are needed from God’s truth. Today live at peace with all and be prepared to relationally step up when needed. #BeTheEdge


“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 NIV

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