The Wisdom of Proverbs (Part 2 of 5) – Vices

Sunday 9 August 2015

  • Wisdom that Works = Proverbs
  • Pastor Arnie Hall
  • Week 2 of 5

Vice

  • Things that trip us up

Dictionary

  1. A practice or habit considered to be evil, degrading or immoral
  2. Wicked or depraved conduct or habits;

Additionally:

  1. A slight personal failing; a foible
  2. A flaw or imperfection: A defect, a shortcoming
  3. A bad habit

James says:

  • This additional definition may be an attempt to belittle the seriousness of vices by recategorising them as slight imperfections, a result of the Fall.
  • This leads to the erroneous belief that “it can’t be wrong if God made me this way.”

List of vices covered in Proverbs

Vice Count Representative Verse Proverbs
Adultery & Sexual Immorality 78 Can a man scoop fire into his lap without this clothes being burned? 6:27
Covetousness & Envy 13 Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked. For evil people have no future; the light of the wicked will be snuffed out. 24:19-20
Drunkenness 16 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine… 23:29-30
Fool 46 Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance? Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism?

Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn?

About face! I can revise your life.   Look, I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you; I’m ready to tell you all I know.

Gluttony 10 It is not good to eat too much honey… 25:27
Hate 16 Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. 10:12
Lazy 17 A lazy employee will give you nothing but trouble; It’s vinegar in the mouth, smoke in the eyes. 10:26
Partiality &
Favouritism
4 Playing favourites is always a bad thing; you can do great harm in seemingly harmless way. 28:21
Pride 22 The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows. 15:25
Scorner & Mocker 16 The Lord mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble. 3:34
Simple minded 29 The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. 14:15
Sin 22 God-devotion make a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak. 14:34
Stubbornness 9 Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed – without remedy. 29:1
Thief 24 Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth. 20:17
Troublemaker 28 It’s a mark of good character to avert quarrels, but fools love to pick fights.
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