Pleasure: Proverbs 21.17 VOTD

“The one who loves pleasure will be a poor person;
whoever loves wine and anointing oil will not be rich.”

Proverbs 21.17

The book of Proverbs teaches how to live wisely in the fear of God. One’s use of money and material goods occupies an important part of wisdom. Spending for one’s pleasures is a sure path to poverty.

Olive oil had many uses. The verse may refer to its use in food or perfumes. It is included as an object of pleasure. What pleasures put your bank balance and your spiritual life at risk?

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VOTD: Proverbs 21.17

“Those who love pleasure become poor;
those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.”

Proverbs 21.17 NLT

The lover of pleasure wanders from the way of wisdom, v. 16.

What modern pleasures do people waste their money on?

#money, #pleasure, #votd, #wisdom

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5-5-2015 Follow Jesus At Age 12

Proverbs 21:17: “He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.” Pleasure derived from wickedness is a waste of time, effort, money, and souls. There is nothing at all wrong with real enjoyment and fun, but to “love” it means it has taken a place within the heart that crowds out the loves that should be greater: God, Jesus Christ, Word of God, husband or wife, children and family. Even a 12-year-old Jesus understood that He “must be about My Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). But today, 12-year-olds are so occupied with ball games, social activities, iphones, ipads, texting on: Instagram, Facebook, Kik, Snapchat, and the like, they don’t know WHICH Father, or WHOSE BUSINESS they should be about!

Teach them to follow Jesus by age 12!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#love-pleasure, #pleasure, #wickedness

there she stood in the doorway…

In Proverbs 9, two ladies call out from high places in the city. They invite those lacking understanding to dine with them. One of the ladies has prepared the meal she offers; the other has stolen hers. One lady does not seem to mind if people know about your visit; the other wants to keep it a secret. One offers wisdom; one offers pleasure. You must dine with one of these women. Choose wisely. They may both mean well, but one of them will kill you.

For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you. (9:11)

‘Stolen water is sweet; and bread eaten in secret is sweet to a man.’ But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol. (9:17-18)

Lord, deliver us a daily dose of discernment and decision-making power: the discernment to distinguish between these two ladies; the decision-making power to accept the right invitation.

#choices, #death, #dinner, #invitation, #life, #pleasure, #proverbs, #solomon, #wisdom

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(#29) The Proverbs of Solomon 10:23-Are We Having Fun, Yet?

Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

10:23: Only a “fool” makes fun of doing “evil,” whereas “a man of understanding” possesses “wisdom.” Proverbs 14:9: “Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.” Proverbs 15:21: “Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, But a man of understanding walks uprightly.” Only an evil person enjoys sin. Moses chose to refuse “to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:25) offered to him in Egypt. Proverbs 21:17: “He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not be rich.” Pleasure derived from wickedness is a waste of time, effort, money, and souls. There is nothing at all wrong with real enjoyment and fun, but to “love” it means it has taken a place within the heart that crowds out the loves that should be greater: God, Jesus Christ, Word of God, husband or wife, children and family. Even a 12-year-old Jesus understood that He “must be about My Father’s business” (Luke 2:49), while today, 12-year-olds are so occupied with ball games, social activities, iphones, ipads, parties, proms, texting, sexting, Facebook, Instagram, tweeting, and the like, they don’t know which Father, or whose business they should be about! A young widow who has no home responsibility, but “lives in pleasure is dead while she lives” (1 Timothy 5:6). Male or female, “those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime” will “receive the wages of unrighteousness” (2 Peter 2:13). Truly, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), and sinners will pay those wages, either with: bodily dissipation, destroyed lives, ruined families, isolation and loneliness, and/or eternal punishment. There is no joy, pleasure, fun, or folly associated with any of these, and nothing to “love.”

The wise will listen to the experience of one wiser, Solomon, who’s “been there, done that:”

“I said in my heart, ‘Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity. I said of laughter-‘Madness!;’ and of mirth, ‘What does it accomplish?’ I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives. I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards. I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove. I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me. I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments of all kinds. So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward from all my labor. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11). The real “pleasure” in life costs less, is far more enjoyable, lasts longer, and helps more people see the better way: “fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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The greatest pleasure I know is to do a …

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.

Charles Lamb, English essayist (1775-1834)

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