Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Ruined City – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 8
8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Ruined City
Weirdly enough, just barely over a year ago we talked about dealing with a scorner brought up in chapter 15, which was entitled simply “The Scorner.” In that devotional, we talked about dealing with scorners.
Above, we are given insight as to what turns a prosperous city into a ruined city. A snare that is brought about by scornful men (or women these days… Scorn is an equal opportunity iniquity.)
Other translations of this verse switch up the word snare that is used by the King James with words such as ruin or blaze “The scornful sets a city ablaze,” or “bring a city to ruin.”
Whereas the wise turn away wrath in the King James, and turns away anger and turmoil in other translations. Though the terms vary a bit in severity or complexity, we get the idea of what is going on.
Bear in mind that there are no positions given. These are not necessarily people involved in the governmental structure of the city. On the other hand there’s nothing to say that they aren’t.
A city that harbors scornful men will come to be a ruined city eventually without any intervention. A snare could lead to a tear, so on and so forth.
Scornful men are rarely quiet men, and are often the squeaky wheel in the ears of decision makers when we take it from a citizenry point of view, rather than a position of authority. Sometimes one of these men get into a position of authority, and caters to the scornful, rather than taking into account the whole rather than the few.
A ruined city isn’t a city without hope. The scornful will eventually be removed, and the righteous will take his place, and will bring a turn around in the city.
Notice that the scripture does not say that the righteous will quench out the wrath or quiet it down. It says he’ll turn it away. He’ll give it the boot! The wrath kicked up from all of the scornful kicking and screaming will simply be turned away.
A ruined city can get back up to snuff when the wicked are removed from power, and the will of the Lord is taken into account. Don’t forget that mockers and scoffers are against the things of the Lord.
So, what does any of this mean to anyone?
As I said, no position of authority is give in the verse above. You can personally make a difference in your town or city, by either being righteous as according to the Lord, or scornful as according to the Lord. We know through the Word what the Father would prefer, and that would be for us to adhere to his definition of righteousness. Starting spiritually via prayer and supplication, and working from the inside out.
All being according to the Lord, because he is not swayed by opinions or emotional situations as we are. We could consider someone scornful for disagreeing with out point of view, even if we’re the ones in the wrong. The Lord doesn’t have that issue.
If more and more people would shape their hearts, prayers, thoughts, actions, words, and ideas according to the righteousness of the Lord, I wonder what kind of impact that may have on a ruined city?
Related New Testament Scripture
20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
Thank you for your Word and for the treasure that you’ve made available for all who care to search for it. Help us to be a blessing to our neighborhoods and our towns or cities. May we learn how to move throughout every day according to your will, and teach us to live righteously according to your will, your Word, and by your Spirit. Help us to turn away wrath in all wisdom and by your lead. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
What kind of impact could you make in a ruined city?