Proverbs 1:19 – Riches might buy fleeting joy, but never lasting happiness

covetousnessWe pick up Solomon’s proverbs in chapter one as he concludes his discourse on the nature of wicked men.  The king has warned, exhorted and painted in vivid words the reality that the wicked look at the naïve as sport and warned his son they desire to see him come to ruin.

Solomon draws a parallel of the enticements of the wicked with the allure of riches in Proverbs 1:19.

Proverbs 1:19 –  “So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain [covetousness and materialism]; which [greed] taketh away [to seize and plunder] the life of the owners thereof  [greed will destroy those under its power].”

Covetousness is pervasive in our society and its tentacles invade and induce all manner of sin and wickedness in man. Like a cancer left unchecked in the body, lust and greed is the cancer of the soul and will invariably destroy life and soul if fed and allowed to grow and fester.

Warning: Greed is the cause of much sorrow in our day and Christians are not exempt from its curse.

1 Timothy 6:10 – “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith