Proverbs 13:13 – Pain or Peace

Proverbs 13:13 “Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.”

Despiseth (H936) – disrespect, contemn, disdain. – Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

Word (H1697) – God’s Word, counsel, advice, answer, commandment, message. – Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

Destroyed (2254) – A primitive root; to wind tightly (as a rope), that is, to bind; specifically by a pledge; figuratively to pervert, destroy; also to writhe in pain [especially of parturition (child birth)]. Spoiled, travail, corrupted. – Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

Feareth (H3373) – morally reverent, afraid. – Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

Commandment (H4687) – command human or divine, law, ordinance, precept. – Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

Rewarded (H7999) – a primitive root; to be safe (in mind, body, or estate); whole, be in peace, secure, in harmony with God, recompense, reciprocate, pay again. Interestingly, the Arabic words “Muslim” and “Islam” are derived from the Arabic root which is related to this Hebrew word “shalam” which means completion, fulfillment, and the desirable wholeness in restored relationships. Islam does not deliver that which in name it promises, only Jesus Christ can bring fulfillment, completion, and a restored relationship with God. – AMG’s Lexical Aids to the Old Testament in The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible.

The choice here is a no brainer, pain or peace. Disrespect God’s word and writhe in pain or reverentially obey His commands and have peace, satisfaction, and fulfillment. There are rewards for doing what is right. Some rewards we will receive here on earth and are just a little sample of what the Christian will receive in heaven (2 Cor. 4:17-18).

Now let’s apply it.

What is my attitude towards God’s Word and instruction? Is my attitude one of disrespect or a deep gratitude evidenced through obedience? In what ways have I despised the Word, and in what ways have I feared the commandment? When making decisions, do I consider the long-term consequences? Will I have destruction or reward? Will I have pain or peace?


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