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Proverbs – A Few Good Things

Every good sermon leaves good things on the cutting room floor… hence this weekly blog!  This week I examined a “few good things” from the book of Proverbs – passages that used the word “good” (Hebrew: tov) to describe one thing or the other.

But alas!  There were too many “good” verses in Proverbs for me to handle in a single sermon.  Here are five bonus “good” verses that might edify you today and a few words about why I left them out (all verses in ESV):

Proverbs 14:19 The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

Here’s a verse that speaks once more to the “good ending” of the righteous and the ultimate humiliation of the wicked.  Since we had a few other verses pointing to similar things in the sermon, I left this one out.

Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.

This verse is especially for all the grandparents out there!  I didn’t find other “good” verses with similar themes, so I saved the verse for another day.

Proverbs 17:13 If anyone returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.

The focus of this passage was more on the return for “evil” than “good,” but it also speaks to the same consequences we have seen elsewhere in Proverbs.  I had it squeezed into the sermon at one point, but decided to table it for a future sermon instead of rushing it.

Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.

I felt this proverb could fill an entire sermon all by itself!  It has great parallelism and balance and perfectly sums up a great deal of theology of the book as a whole.  Again, instead of rushing through it, I felt it was better saved for a time when I could spend more time on it.

Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD, but a man of evil devices he condemns.

There were a few “good man” proverbs, this being one of them.  I wanted to keep the focus on good “things” rather than good “people,” so this one didn’t make the cut.

There were certainly more proverbs than just these five that didn’t make it.  Comb through the book this week and see if you can find a few more!

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