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Passage: Selected Proverbs
Series: Skillful Living
Speaker: Rev. Hunter Stevenson
Date: 09/02/2020
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Selected Proverbs on Covetousness & Contentment



30:15     The leech has two daughters.  “Give!  Give!” they cry.

There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, “Enough!”:

30:16     the grave, the barren womb, land—which is never satisfied with water, and fire—which never says, “Enough!”

27.20 Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man.

Dt 5:21 You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”


28:22 A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him.

21:04 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!

28:20 A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

21:10 The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.

21:26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.

22:09 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares food with the poor.

17:24 A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

28:25 A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the Lord will prosper.

28:16 A tyrannical ruler lacks judgment, but he who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long life.


23:1-8 1When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, 2and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.  3Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive. 4Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.  5Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.  6Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies; 7for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.  8You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.