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Proverbs 12

Proverbs 12

I hope that we are now seeing that all the scripture can be applied spiritually and that:

2 Timothy 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

In our studies we need to believe that every word of scripture was inspired by God the Father for each of us individually, and we also need to learn the physical application and then go on to see the spiritual application of the scriptures. 

When a man says that a scripture applies to someone else, he is really saying:  “I do not want to accept that scripture”.  A classic example is  rejecting Nehemiah on the Sabbath.

The person who despises the correction of God’s Word is like the ignorant beast. But godly love and true wisdom is found in the instruction and correction of our heavenly Father.

Proverbs 12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

God is pleased with the zealous and repentant who earnestly desire to learn of him; the wicked who despises the wisdom of God and lean to their own false ways, God will condemn.

12:2 A good [godly] man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

Zeal for KEEPING all the ways of God establishes a man forever.  Departing from zeal for KEEPING the Word of God is wickedness and ends in death.

12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

We are to become virtuous in the ways of our Lord; ever faithful, ever zealous for God our Father and Jesus Christ our spiritual espoused Husband and every Word of God. 

12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

The godly think and meditate on the Word of God day and night; while the wicked lay awake plotting evil.

12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

False teachers lead men to follow themselves to destruction; while the man of God teaches all people to focus on God the Father and Christ.

12:6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

False teachers will be corrected, reproved and if they remain unrepentant they will be destroyed by Christ.  Those who focus on learning, obeying and teaching all the Words of God shall live forever.

12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

Christ will reward people according to their zeal for God; while those who compromise and tolerate sin and false teachings will be despised and rejected by Christ.

Daniel 12:2   And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Proverbs 12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

The man who is sincerely repentant and humble before God, who has the Word of God in his heart, is greater than the man who exalts himself and loses his eternal life. 

12:9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

The godly are kind to the innocent; but the wicked are cruel and bullying.

12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

He who works hard to seek the salvation of God is far better off then those who give responsibility for their salvation to others and follow men to their destruction.  

Follow men ONLY as they follow Christ; diligently study to show thyself approved of God; and TEST and prove both men and spirits by the Word of God.

12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

The wicked desire to ensnare men to follow them and enrich themselves; the godly person brings forth the fruit of godliness.

12:12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

Those who compromise and depart from God’s Word are caught in their own deceptions; but those who prove all things by the scriptures and diligently live by every Word of God, are grounded in truth.

12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

Every man will be judged and rewarded by his words and his deeds, for better or for worse.

12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompense of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.

Those who insist that they are right and are not open to the Word of God will remain ignorant; while the repentant and humble before the Word of God shall be made wise.

12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

A fool is quick to anger without thinking; but the wise carefully considers before jumping to conclusions. 

12:16 A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

The godly are truthful; and the false witness is a liar.

To make an honest mistake is not lying; it is simply making a mistake; which when it becomes known would be immediately corrected.  On the other hand, many lie by telling only a small part of a truth in order to deceive about the whole truth.

12:17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

A sharp bitter hateful tongue is destructive to all its victims; the tongue of the wise corrects truthfully and saves the repentant. 

12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

Truth is eternal and those who love truth love God, for God is truth.  Lies pass away like a gust of wind.

12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Truth may hurt for a moment, but its end is eternal life and great joy.

12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

The just who KEEP the truth of God shall be delivered from the evil of the grave, into an eternal life of all good things.

12:21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

Those who speak lies in the name of the Lord, telling the brethren that Christ will overlook willful sin and that they should tolerate false doctrine and sin; are an ABOMINATION to God the Father and Jesus Christ! 

Those who live by every Word of God in sincerity and truth are the delight of God.

12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.

Prudence does not blurt out everything that is known, but carefully considers the consequences of his words before speaking. 

The fool rushes to tell tales without considering whether they are true or not; or considering the appropriateness of spreading the matter.

12:23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

Those diligent in learning and applying the Word of God shall be given eternal life and king-ship on this earth;  the spiritually lazy [if they repent]  shall serve the spiritually diligent in the Kingdom of God.

12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

Let the godly person encourage others in zealous godliness. 

12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

The godly are wise and they must use the wisdom of God avoid deceptions to do evil.  Read especially Jude. 

12:26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

Many of the spiritually lazy will not make any effort to work out their own salvation, but the zealous who diligently study and live by every Word of God gain much spiritual substance [inheritance] reserved in heaven for them.  

12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

Internalizing the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ comes through passionate diligent learning and living by every Word of God, which brings eternal life. 

12:28 In the way of righteousness [godliness] is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

 

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