Proverbs 6: King James Bible
Binding Contract Agreement – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter six, Verses 1-5
1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, 2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. 5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
This is a bit of a throwback to a previous devotion that we dealt with concerning Paying off a Debt. Though these verses fit very well relating to debts, it goes much deeper than that.
There are several directions to take with these verses. They cover things that we either agree to, or say. How many empty promises have we dished out throughout our own lifetimes? How many agreements have we fallen short of, for whatever the reason?
The Father would rather us do everything that we can to make things right between us and those who we have made agreements with, and he’s laid out some general instruction for us to go by. He tells us to “Do this,” in order that we deliver ourselves.
- “Humble thyself”
- “Make sure thy friend”: (Do what it takes to appease the friend whom you are indebted to. Establish a sound and reassuring plan that is do-able and pleases the friend.)
- “Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids”: (tirelessly work toward reaching the end of the agreement, or the fulfillment of it.)
Take note, the Lord is saying here, to “deliver thyself.” This isn’t him saying to step back and watch HIM to do it in our stead. That’s not to say he’s not available for help, but he (twice) tells us to deliver ourselves.
This is a call for us to pull up our bootstraps and get to work in one way or another. I believe that in this case, the Lord wants us to do whatever we can, so that he can follow up with doing anything that we can’t.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Romans 13: King James Bible
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
You know and remember agreements that we’ve made that, perhaps, we’ve long since forgotten. You know our capabilities and the things that we are not capable of. Please give us sound instruction, a smart course of action, and any help you’re willing to give, to stir us up to follow your will concerning matters of agreements and debts. Strengthen us to hold our end on any agreement, even those that requires humility on our end. All these things we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 18 P. 251 – Valley of Decision
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 22 P. 341 – Nothing to Pay
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 3 P.27 – Paying off a Debt
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 17 P. 234 – Friends and Family
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 17 P. 238 – The Bribe