Proverbs 12 – 13

Proverbs 12

I hope that we are now seeing that all scripture has both physical and spiritual applications. 

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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spiritually we become virtuous by internalizing and living by every Word of our Lord; ever faithful, ever zealous for God our Father and Jesus Christ our spiritual espoused Husband and passionately loving every Word of God.  

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

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

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 lead men to follow idols of men and false traditions to their destruction; while the man of God teaches all people to focus on God the Father and Jesus Christ.

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

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

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.

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.

Proverbs 12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.  12:9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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 [contextomy] out of context in order to deceive about the whole truth.

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

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

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

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

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

The just who KEEP the truth of God will be delivered from the evil of the grave, into an eternal life of all good things; all deceivers will have their place in the lake of fire.

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.

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! 

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

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.

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

Those diligent in learning and applying the Word of God will 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.

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

Let the godly person encourage others in zealous godliness. 

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

The godly will become wise and they must use the wisdom of God to avoid deceptions to do evil. 

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.

 

Proverbs 13

Physical fathers are types of our Father in heaven.  Those who obey the commandment, and honor, respect  and obey their Father in heaven will be greatly blessed and will receive eternal life.

Exodus 20:12   Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Proverbs 13:1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

We will reap what we do and speak; teachers of righteousness shall reap life and teachers of compromise and rebellion against their Father in heaven will reap decay and death.

13:2 A man shall eat [we will gain by good words and deeds, and we will be corrected for evil words and deeds] good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

The Spirit of God is the Spirit of power to control one’s own words and actions.   To teach true godliness is to teach the way to eternal life; to teach to compromise with godliness and to permit sin is the way to damnation.

13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Many desire to be in the resurrection to eternal life and are too spiritually lazy to make a diligent effort, therefore they will not be among the chosen for the first resurrection to spirit.  It is the zealous and diligent who shall reap the reward of eternal life. 

13:5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.

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 [contextomy] out of context in order to deceive about the whole truth.

13:6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

The Word of God keeps one upright before God if we KEEP all of it zealously.

13:7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

Lusting after transitory physical wealth that will disappear like the wind, is a waste of effort;  the true wealth which is worth seeking diligently is the Word of God, for living by every Word of God results in eternal life and the spiritual wealth that will remain forever.

13:8 The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.

Just as physical riches may save a physical life temporarily, the spiritual riches of godliness save a man for eternity.

God’s Spirit is given to those that obey God (Acts 4:32).

If we are zealous to learn and keep the whole Word of God the light of God will shine brightly in us as an example to all others to see.  Those who tolerate sin and false teachings dwell in the darkness of foolishness and spiritual ignorance, without any light at all.  They are blind without the light of God and they will fall into the ditch of destruction.

The light of the world is every Word of God which is Jesus Christ in print. 

To be at ONE with God the Father and Jesus Christ we must internalize the nature of God through LEARNING and living by every Word of God!

John 1:9   That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

Proverbs 13:9 The light [life] of the [godly] righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp [life] of the wicked shall be put out.

Personal PRIDE is the source of contentions, as each person seeks his own way and is not contrite and humble to follow God the Father and their espoused Husband.  The well informed in the Word of God who KEEP what he has learned; will be filled with godly wisdom.

13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [by the wisdom of God’s Word] is wisdom.

Easy come, easy go.  Wealth that comes easily without real effort, quickly vanishes, but the one who works hard for his gain cherishes it! 

Our Father is making us work hard to become like him, so that we will always cherish and value what we learn and receive from him. 

13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity [ill gotten gains soon vanish] shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

God the Father is TESTING us to see how much true heart-felt desire we have to become like HIM!  Do we love God the Father and Christ enough to make a real major league effort to overcome and internalize God’s nature; or are we going through the motions and doing the minimum we think we must to receive a reward.

13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

The zealously godly are heartsick at the patience required until we can rejoice at the coming of our espoused Husband to deliver all his chosen! 

But the wicked who lean to their own ways, would rather his coming be delayed so they can indulge in worldliness and delight in their physical things. 

13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

Those who compromise with God’s Word will be destroyed unless they repent.  Only the person who FEARS [highly respects and loves] and lives by every Word of God, will be chosen as a part of the collective bride.

13:14 The law of the wise [God] is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

The purpose of God’s law is to reveal to us the snares that lead to death, so that we may avoid them and gain eternal life.

13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.  13:16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

By seeking understanding and living by every Word of God, we have much favor with God.   Those who are not filled with zeal for every Word of Holy Scripture will suffer rebuke and strong correction from Christ; and eternal death if they still refuse to repent.

13:17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

Those who pervert the gospel of warning, repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ and a zeal to live by every Word of God are wicked messengers who teach falsehoods. 

Churches may preach all they want, but if they are not preaching the truth that God the Father and Christ have commissioned; they are false messengers. 

A faithful ambassador preaches what he is commissioned to preach, and does not substitute his own teachings for the message of his Master.

13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

The sincerely repentant will be saved, but the obstinately rebellious shall remain destitute of godliness; and if they do not repent, in the end they will be destroyed. 

13:19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

To accomplish internalizing the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ and the wisdom of every Word of God is very sweet and has much good reward; but fools will not depart from their folly and will cling to their false traditions and evil compromising and rejection of the instructions of the Word of God.

13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. 13:21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.

We are to assemble with like minded folks who love and are zealous for all the things of God; we are to assemble with those who love correction and are quick to repent and embrace all the things of Christ as they are learned: For they love learning of God and they know that they can find much growth in interacting with others who also love to learn of and keep all the things of God.

To meet with spiritually false people, just to meet with people, is an evil; for it amounts to mixing the clean things of God with the unclean things of those who have separated themselves from God by their sin.   Those who do so will become contaminated by the evil they are associating with and they shall be destroyed.

13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

A physical man can be a blessing to his children:  and the man who is spiritually diligent will be a blessing when he is resurrected and comes to lead his descendants to eternal salvation.

13:23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

Hard work can produce much; but much of that production can be lost due to a lack of good judgment.  It is often not how much we receive, but how we use what is provided.

The same is true spiritually, there are many who study endlessly and do not find the truth; because they study with preconceived notions and are not willing to obey and apply every Word of God to themselves.

2 Timothy 3:7   Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

If one teaches his children diligently and lovingly, quickly forgiving; little punishment will be needed.  It is a terrible sin to take out ones frustration on his child or to punish overmuch. 

NEVER physically punish without always carefully explaining the error and if sincerely repented of always forgive lovingly without punishing.  Physical punishment should be reserved for adamant habitual rebellion only; and even then there should be quick loving forgiveness upon repentance.

Never hold grudges or be bitter against one’s family, or allow such bitterness to take root in other family members.

Always teach patiently, love deeply, forgive fully; and never apply physical correction except for adamant rebellion.  Do not use the rod as a substitute for patient instruction.

13:25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.

God cares for those who are zealous for all the things of God, therefore he will take the zealous to the place he has prepared for them, while the unrepentant spiritually rebellious who insist on deciding right and wrong for themselves are corrected!   All those who sincerely repent shall be raised to eternal life and given a good reward.

The merciful correction of the tribulation is for the wicked who depart from full complete UNITY and ONENESS with their God, in order to bring them to sincere repentance so that they might be saved.

The faithful godly will have a good reward and the unrepentant wicked shall perish.

 

 

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