Thought for Today


Proverbs regarding God's help to the helpless.

In this proverb, the helpless are in the form of the fatherless. These vulnerable orphans (and widows) are taken under God's special protection.

When these Proverbs were written (and still to this day in many places) it was customary to mark property boundaries with a pile of stones. These landmarks would remain in situ from one generation to the next. Orphaned children would not have the strength to resist anyone who encroached on their land and moved the stones. But God charged Moses with property protection laws that specifically condemned the moving such landmarks (Deut. 19:14; 27:17; Job 24:2; Hos. 54:10).

  1. Do not move an ancient boundary stone, or take over the fields of the fatherless,
    for their Protector is strong; he will plead their case against you.

    Prov. 23:10-11 (read whole chapter)

  2. The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he maintains the boundaries of the widow.

    Prov. 15:25 (read whole chapter)


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