Proverbs 13:5-6 – A man reveals his character not only in what he does, but also in what he tolerates in others.

Proverbs_13-5Among the many recurring themes in Solomon’s lessons to his son is the contrast between the righteous and the wicked. Although we give it little thought, it is common sense to recognize that a man reveals his character not only in what he does, but also in what he tolerates in others. Solomon writes,

Proverbs 13:5“A righteous man hateth [like a stench] lying: but a wicked man is loathsome [stinks; an abomination], and cometh to shame.”

A righteous, upright man is intolerant of lies and deceit. In fact, Solomon states that lying is like a stench in the nostrils of the righteous—he hates A_man_plugging_his_nose_with_a_clothespin_near_a_bad_stench_110627-230550-645009lying and deceit! Solomon describes the wicked man as bearing a stench of his own—meaning his immoral ways are like the smell of rotting flesh to God and the righteous! Continuing the contrast of the righteous and the wicked, we read:

Proverbs 13:6“Righteousness [integrity; uprightness] keepeth [preserves; protects; guards] him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth [subverts, ruins, destroys] the sinner.”

The way of the righteous acts as a moral guide, keeping him from the paths of self-destruction. The way of the wicked overthrows, subverts and destroys the sinner. What gangrene is to the body, sin is to the soul—destroying ones health, reputation, marriage, family and friendships.

Galatians 6:7-8 – “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

Is it not time to accept Solomon’s’ admonitions concerning sin? Will you not confess your sin, choose the path of righteousness, and trust Jesus Christ as Savior? I urge you to turn from your sin, before its rottenness destroys all that you love.