Proverbs 6* Cautions against rash suretiship. (1-5) A rebuke toslothfulness. (6-11) Seven things hateful to God. (12-19)Exhortations to walk according to God's commandments. (20-35)1-5 If we live as directed by the word of God, we shall find itprofitable even in this present world. We are stewards of ourworldly substance, and have to answer to the Lord for ourdisposal of it; to waste it in rash schemes, or such plans asmay entangle us in difficulties and temptations, is wrong. A manought never to be surety for more than he is able and willing topay, and can afford to pay, without wronging his family; heought to look upon every sum he is engaged for, as his own debt.If we must take all this care to get our debts to men forgiven,much more to obtain forgiveness with God. Humble thyself to him,make sure of Christ as thy Friend, to plead for thee; prayearnestly that thy sins may be pardoned, and that thou mayest bekept from going down to the pit. 6-11 Diligence in business is every man's wisdom and duty; notso much that he may attain worldly wealth, as that he may not bea burden to others, or a scandal to the church. The ants aremore diligent than slothful men. We may learn wisdom from themeanest insects, and be shamed by them. Habits of indolence andindulgence grow upon people. Thus life runs to waste; andpoverty, though at first at a distance, gradually draws near,like a traveller; and when it arrives, is like an armed man, toostrong to be resisted. All this may be applied to the concernsof our souls. How many love their sleep of sin, and their dreamsof worldly happiness! Shall we not seek to awaken such? Shall wenot give diligence to secure our own salvation? 12-19 If the slothful are to be condemned, who do nothing, muchmore those that do all the ill they can. Observe how such a manis described. He says and does every thing artfully, and withdesign. His ruin shall come without warning, and without relief.Here is a list of things hateful to God. Those sins are in aspecial manner provoking to God, which are hurtful to thecomfort of human life. These things which God hates, we musthate in ourselves; it is nothing to hate them in others. Let usshun all such practices, and watch and pray against them; andavoid, with marked disapproval, all who are guilty of them,whatever may be their rank. 20-35 The word of God has something to say to us upon alloccasions. Let not faithful reproofs ever make us uneasy. Whenwe consider how much this sin abounds, how heinous adultery isin its own nature, of what evil consequence it is, and howcertainly it destroys the spiritual life in the soul, we shallnot wonder that the cautions against it are so often repeated.Let us notice the subjects of this chapter. Let us remember Himwho willingly became our Surety, when we were strangers andenemies. And shall Christians, who have such prospects, motives,and examples, be slothful and careless? Shall we neglect what ispleasing to God, and what he will graciously reward? May weclosely watch every sense by which poison can enter our minds oraffections.
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