Riches and Poverty          Proverbs 13

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Proverbs 13

    1 A wise son heeds his father's instruction,

       but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.

    2 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things,
       but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.

    3 He who guards his lips guards his life,
       but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.

    4 The sluggard craves and gets nothing,
       but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

    5 The righteous hate what is false,
       but the wicked bring shame and disgrace.

    6 Righteousness guards the man of integrity,
       but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

    7 One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
       another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

    8 A man's riches may ransom his life,
       but a poor man hears no threat.

    9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,
       but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.

    10 Pride only breeds quarrels,
       but wisdom is found in those who take advice.




Read Proverbs 13


Write down at least three recurring themes that you see? 

Look back at the previous 12 proverbs and find a similar proverb in 13.  Write down 1. 
Example:  13:1 also found in 12:21

Let's go back now to Proverbs 13

What does this chapter sound like to you?  Sweet pillow talk? Tough parent-kid talk? Grandfather-teenager talk?  Smooth talking saleman talk?  List examples of each.  Watch video on children's issues.   What's the toughest part about being a junior for you?

On the riches/poverty themes in 13: 7,8,11,18,22,23, what point of contrast/or meaning does each verse make?

Why do rich and poor pretend to be what they are not v. 7?

In the face of robbers, blackmail or big fiscal commitments, what edge do the poor have over the rich v. 8?  In terms of the best justice money can buy, how is that advantage reversed in v. 23?

What happens to the "get-rich-quick" scheme or the unjust person v. 11?

Now let's talk about discipline. 

Discipline links the material and spiritual aspects of prosperity and poverty.  How is that evident in verses 4, 13, 18, 25? Now look at the video on "Dirty Jobs"

How many "sluggards" v. 4 or "wicked stomachs" v. 25 do you see go hungry?  What kind of hunger is Solomon referring to?  What does "prospering" mean here?  What results do "scorning" and "respecting" godly and wise instruction each bring v. 13?

Watch Children Talking 3min video

Watch Dirty Jobs 5 min video:

Verse 1

When we teach people about God, some people will listen.  Other people refuse to listen.  This is not our fault.  Some people are ready to hear us, but other people are not.  We should pray for them all.  Sometimes, someone who refused our message will later accept it.  See Mark 4:1-20.

Sometimes, many people must teach the Bible, before people believe it.  Paul compared this to a plant, in the field.  He wrote, ‘I sowed the seed.  Another man called Apollos gave water to it.  God made the seed grow.  The person who sows is not important.  The person who gives water is not important.  Only God is important, because only God makes plants grow.’  (1 Corinthians 3:6-7)

Verse 2

As a tree has fruit, so good words have a good effect.  Such words inform and help other people.

An evil man’s words have a bad effect on himself and other people.

Verse 3

Our words can place us in danger.  Or our words can protect us.

Our words can make evil plans.  Or our words can encourage and help other people.

We have a choice.

Verse 4

Everybody desires good things.  A person should work and earn money.  Then he can buy the things that he desires.

Verse 5

A good man hates lies, but an evil man loves to tell lies.  This is why the evil man causes shame.

Verse 6

We cannot make ourselves perfect.  We must ask God to forgive us.  He loves us.  He even sent Jesus to suffer our punishment.  Only God can make us perfect.  Only God can forgive us for our evil deeds.

Verses 7-8

Verse 7 is similar to Proverbs 12:9. 

There is an interesting connection between verses 7 and 8.  A man, who pretends to be wealthy, places himself in danger.  Unlike a rich man, however, he cannot use money to save himself.  It is safer to pretend that you are poor!

In verse 8, a rich man has many benefits.  He can use his money to save himself.  However, the poor man escapes this danger.  The thieves do not want to steal from a poor man.  The thieves know that a poor man has nothing for them to steal.  Some benefits of wealth are not real.

Verse 9

Light is better than darkness. 

On a journey at night, the wise man carries a bright light.  He is safe, because of his light.  He knows the right way, because of his light.  He will arrive home safely.

On the same journey, the evil man has only a candle, but its light is weak.  He cannot see the right path.  He will lose his way.  He is in great danger.

‘God’s word is like a lamp for my feet.  God’s word is like a light for my path.’  (Psalm 119:106)  God’s word is the Bible.  The Bible is like a light, because it guides us.  The Bible teaches us how to live.





OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:

1. Identify the simple man

2. Explain the difference between the Wisdom and Knowledge

3. describe the

4. chart on a map the

5. define the terms

6. Explain the significance of

Knowledge: Recall of data.

Comprehension: Understand the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one's own words.

Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction. Applies what was learned in the classroom into novel situations in the workplace.

Separates material or concepts into component parts so that its organizational structure may be understood. Distinguishes between facts and inferences. 

Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.

Make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.

Remember : Recognizing, Recalling
Understand : Interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, summarizing, inferring, comparing, explaining
Apply : Executing, implementing
Analyze : Differentiating, organizing, attributing
Evaluate : checking, critiquing
Create: generating, planning, producing