Thought for the Day
Verse 22 – Giving vent to anger rather than properly handling it leads to many other sins, such as blasphemy, destruction of property, strife, abuse, and even murder. Anger is a form of pride, and pride breeds many other woes. An angry man will stir up strife, thus causing dissension. Some people think that they can manage their anger if it is directed at just one person; however, a spirit of anger is not easy to contain. Anger toward even one person will spill out upon those with whom we are not angry. That is why we must resist unbridled anger, and learn to release it to God by forgiving others when they hurt us.
Verse 23 – Pride is another deadly sin. If we exalt ourselves, we will be brought down from our lofty place. “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). Pride is always denounced in Scripture, while humility is prized. The Lord looks for those having a humble, contrite attitude and who respect His Word. They will receive His blessings and be brought to honor: “…but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word” (Isaiah 66:2). “The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility” (Proverbs 15:33).
Jesus told us the same things: that the way “up” in the kingdom of God is “down.” “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” (Matthew 23:11-12). “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble…Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:6-10).
Verse 24 – A man who partners with a thief is his own worst enemy. He risks his life in every way, for not only may the thief turn on him and kill him, but he is twice cursed: first for participating in a crime, secondly for withholding evidence and (if brought to trial) for lying under oath.