Proverbs 30: King James Bible
Greed – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty, Verses 15-16
15 The horse-leach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: 16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Greed
Though these two verses contain four (I’d argue seven) things that are never satisfied or ever say “it’s enough,” there is one theme being presented to us. That would be an iniquity called greed.
- The Grave
- The Barren Womb
- The Earth that is without Water
- The Fire
My three inclusions would be the leach and her two daughters, but that’s only because they’re there. But why did the Lord throw that little tidbit in front of this message?
A List of Nothing Good
Because it’s the example he gives us. All of these are pictures for us to observe the bottomless pit of greed.
The horse-leach is known for its ability to keep feeding, till it begins to have the appearance of being about to burst from bloodsucking. Now, if the mother leach is that hungry, just think about her two daughters!
They’d be even worse. So this is what we’re given to establish what’s coming up with the next four.
It isn’t a stretch to point out, that all four items listed are not good things. The grave represents death, the barren womb represents a longing with no chance of fulfillment, the earth without water is a dry and thirsty place that would do anything for a drink, and the fire never goes out because it is full or satisfied, but because it has run out of things to consume. Or to better say it, fire consumes unto its own death.
Curse of the Rich
Herein lies the curse of the rich who is so by way of greed. However, just because I called this subsection “curse of the rich” doesn’t mean that this applies only to rich people.
I’d inject that it applies to everyone who sets their sights on riches by way of greed and/or unjust gain. If we take the characteristics from the examples above, and cram it all into a man who has gained his wealth by way of greed or unjust gain, what kind of person would we wind up with?
A happy guy? Someone content with his achievements or gain? No, but rather someone miserable and longing. Someone suffering an itch that he can’t scratch, that only gets more intense as time goes on.
Plenty of people can get rich without being consumed by greed. But even more people feel like they won’t be satisfied until they’re rich because of greed. All of the above is opposite of what is requested earlier in this chapter.
We have talked about what Agur had requested of the Lord, that he be given neither riches or poverty, but food which is convenient. See “What is Convenient.”
He sought contentment with what the Lord had sanctioned for him. This isn’t to be confused with the “Jesus take the wheel” kind of thinking, where we wait around to receive stuff we want from the Lord without feeling like we should have to do anything.
We’re all meant to do something. Faith without works is dead. Let’s not be found taking the place of the daughters of the horse-leach, screaming to the Lord, “Give, give!” But let the Lord’s will be done in our lives, as it is done in Heaven.
Related New Testament Scripture
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
1 Timothy 6: King James Bible
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Philippians 4: King James Bible
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Titus 1: King James Bible
10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
Thank you for your Word and for the insight you’ve given us through it. Help us to rebuke greed when it tries to take hold of our lives. Stir up your Spirit within us Father, so that we may stay mindful that all good things come from you, rather than taking part in the ways of this world. Show each of us what you’d will for us to do with our lives, and aid us in our walk with you in order to achieve what you will, or receive what you’ve placed in our path. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Do our prayers over ourselves contain a slice of greed unto the Lord?