“Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.” Proverbs 19:29
Solomon here simply makes a statement of fact. The scorner will eventually face judgment whether he believes he will or not. There is instruction here for everyone, but parents should particularly heed this truth. A scorner is a person who isn’t concerned about wisdom or correction. It is true that parents are limited in ability to prevent raising a scorner because only God can make a heart good. However, as parents, we are responsible for the patterns of behavior that our children develop. Given that great responsibility, it is important to keep these truths in mind:
My child is a sinner. I should not be surprised or look for alternative explanations when he/she sins.
Postponed correction does not result in righteous behavior.
My defensiveness about my children’s behavior is probably rooted more in personal pride than it is in Godly protection.
My children learn from me. If I avoid responsibility, exaggerate my way out of difficult situations, and shift blame, they will pattern the same behavior.
The labor of consistent instruction, training, correction, and chastisement will end in great relief; the momentary comfort of developing a scorner will end in never-ceasing grief.
by Louis Sacran "An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity." Proverbs 19:28 Our verse today speaks of an individual who has absolutely no regard for righteousness and truth. They do not hesitate to lie,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Louis Sacran" "Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge." Proverbs 19:27 Solomon’s counsel today is to intentionally look for and cut off all influences in our life that would draw us away...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Louis Sacran “He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.” Proverbs 19:26 As we approach a verse like this, we have to ask ourselves the question; how am I treating my...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Louis Sacran "Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge." Proverbs 19:25 This verse is about discipline and correction. There are two categories spoken of here; the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Isaac Guess “A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.” Proverbs 19:24 The Bible clearly exposes and denounces all forms of sin, but certain sins seem to especially raise the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Isaac Guess “The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.” Proverbs 19:23Growing up, a book was prominently displayed in our home entitled “Precious Bible...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Louis Sacran “The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.” Proverbs 19:22 As usual, Solomon moves our attention away from the surface act to the root of human behavior. What produces acts of true...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Louis Sacran "There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand." Proverbs 19:21 This is a truth that should support the very base of our foundation for living life. The glorious reality that...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Louis Sacran “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.” Proverbs 19:20 At this point in the book of Proverbs, Solomon has repeated this advice again and again. If God is repeatedly telling...[ abbreviated | read entire ]