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Only a little sin, a little compromise with God’s law, teachings and will; causes the otherwise good man to stink in God’s nostrils. Those who teach tolerance of sin for organizational unity, instead of unity with God through the enthusiastic keeping of God’s commandments; are an unclean nauseating odor to God and will be rejected by Christ, Rev 3:16.
1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
A wise man will always focus on and look to keep God’s commandments with his strong right hand; while the compromising foolish will turn aside out of the ways of God for his heart is not with God.
10:2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left. 10:3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by [out of] the way, his [he has no godly wisdom] wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.
Do not resist the ruler of the world who is God, by resisting his commandments for there is no escape from his judgment. When God warns and corrects you repent quickly before him.
10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.
It is a great folly for a ruler to teach men to tolerate sin and compromise with God’s commandments for organizational unity or for any other purpose. In that organization the spiritually rich in wisdom are brought low and wickedness is exalted above the people.
10:5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error [false doctrine] which proceedeth from the ruler: 10:6 Folly [sin] is set in great dignity, and the [spiritually rich who are zealous for God and his commmandments] rich sit in low place.
When wickedness rules the evil are lifted up while the faithful to God are brought low.
10:7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.
The man who lays snares for the faithful zealous followers of God shall ultimately fall into his own traps and be destroyed in his own pit [the grave].
10:8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.\
10:9 Whoso removeth stones [breaks fences and border markers] shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.
Think before acting and you will save yourself much labour.
10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
A person who spouts out everything they hear and has no discretion is no better than a serpent lying in wait to bite, for their words of indiscretion will surely bite many.
10:11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.
A wise man will speak wise things, teaching the wisdom of God’s commandments; but a foolish man will teach foolish rebellion against zeal for God’s commandments, that may appear wise to worldly men, but is foolish just the same.
10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. 10:13 The beginning of the words of [the compromiser with God's law] his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.
The wicked often bury their false doctrine in a multitude of words.
10:14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? 10:15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city [of God, the temple of God and God's gift of life eternal] .
10:16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a [ignorant and lacking knowledge like a] child, and thy princes [leaders feed themselves first] eat in the morning!
10:17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles [when the king is the son of righteous and Godly wise men] , and thy princes eat [feed the people and take only what is appropriate for themselves and not to make themselves intoxicated with wealth or worldly pleasures: and in the spiritual sense feed on God's word] in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!
We have been lax, lukewarm and slothful about our spiritual house and we have had a misguided zeal for the physical.
10:18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth [collapses] through.
One cannot feast or drink wine without wealth. Therefore let us lay up spiritual wealth that we may rejoice in our God.
10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
God knows all our heart and he knows the thoughts of our minds. Therefore discipline your very nature to zealously keep all of God’s commandments and internalize them as a part of our very natures.
10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
If we are generous to others we shall make friends and have our reward from God.
1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. 11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
Be generous to others as God is generous to us, but give out of our blessings, and do not give what we do not have. Also give unto who the money is due; what is needed by our families and creditors.
When we give to the needy [BOTH physically and spiritual gifts of teaching God's truth] , and obey God; in due time God gives to us spiritual riches and eternal life; therefore the gift really remains with us as the fallen tree remains in its place.
11:3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.
The lazy man [physically or spiritually] who will not put effort into his work; shall not reap physical gain or eternal life.
Mat 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Brethren, I tell you the truth. Unless we become zealous to keep God’s commandments and to study to grow in repentance and knowledge; we shall NOT be in the resurrection of first fruits.
11:4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
Man with the spirit of a man, knows nothing of God. It is only by the spirit of God, given to those who commit to obeying God; that godly things are understood.
11:5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
Work night and day as did David [Psalm 119] to seek out God and learn of God’s ways to zealously keep them.
11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
The light [scriptures and law] of God is sweet to convert the soul; just remember the days of darkness from which God’s word has liberated us, so that we do not return to spiritual Egypt.
11:7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: 11:8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
Live life to the full according to the commandments of God; for we shall all be judged by the same God, out of the same books; according to our works.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
Put away the evil and excess of youth and learn of God and keep all of his commandments.
11:10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
Remember God and his law in your youth before you are old and have no pleasure in life and your eyes be dimmed.
1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 12:2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
12:3In the day when the keepers of the house [your mind cannot control your body nor keep it from shaking] shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow [be bent over with age] themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few [left as the elders die] , and those that look out of the windows [eyesight is] be darkened,
12:4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; 12:5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home [of the grave] , and the mourners go about the streets: 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
The spirits of the dead return to God to be kept in his care for the resurrections; when they shall be placed in new bodies.
12:7 Then shall the [men] dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
12:8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
Even though Solomon was vexed with the vanity of physical life, he still taught the people in many Proverbs. This seems to indicate that the proverbs may have been written after Ecclesiastes.
12:9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. 12:10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
12:11 The words of the wise are as goads [to do the righteousness of God's commandments] , and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
The study of physical things is endless; the things of real value are the things of God.
12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.