Proverbs 14 – 15

Proverbs 14

Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

A wise wife helps her husband build her house because his success is to her benefit; the same is true of those called to have a part in the collective bride of Christ.  We must be a HELP to our espoused Husband just like the physical wife is to be a suitable HELP for her husband!

14:2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

Those who walk [live] by every Word of God are acceptable to HIM!  Those who pervert their ways away from the ways of God and who despise knowledge;  run to their own destruction.

14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Fools teach compromise and toleration of sin to their own destruction.  The wise keep and speak the truth of God.

14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

Those who do nothing may make few mistakes but they will not grow in godliness; while those who work to learn and practice the truth may make many mistakes, but if they persevere they will learn and grow greatly.

Where there is no zeal or strong effort there can be no spiritual growth.  Strong effort often brings mistakes and a thinking man can learn much from his mistakes.

14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

The faithful servant of God will speak the truth even if it is unpopular.  The deceitful man will teach the smooth lies that people want to hear.  Therefore deceitful leaders will be popular.

14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy [comes much more easily to the humble] unto him that understandeth.

Those who scorn increasing their knowledge of godliness are foolish, but knowledge comes to those who seek it out with zeal and respect, to do what they learn.  As we grow a little, more knowledge will come to us through the doing of what we have learned.

14:7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

Do not keep company especially for spiritual purposes, with the spiritually foolish who blindly follow idols of men and depart from any zeal to prove all things and to live by every Word of God.

14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

The prudent [thoughtful and humble] person understands more than those who have no time for spiritual meditation or carefully thinking on the Holy Scriptures.

A foolish person makes a mockery of Christ’s sacrifice, by saying that we can sin and Jesus Christ will overlook our sin.

Galatians 6:7   Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Hebrews 10:26   For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

The zealously obedient are UNITED as ONE with God, while the ignorant and foolish consider sin some kind of joke.

Proverbs 14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour. 14:10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

Those who fight the bitter struggle against sin and overcome it, will have a joy that no one can take away; including eternal life in full spiritual UNITY with our Husband and God our Father forever!

14:11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

The greatest achievements of the wicked will come to nothing, but all those who are passionate to please their Lord shall flourish forever.

14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Those who do what is right in their own eyes like Eve and Adam did in the garden, will be thrust out of the body of Christ to be destroyed if they will not repent.

14:13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

The end of the temporary laughter and prosperity of the wicked is destruction.

14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be [made satisfied by godliness] satisfied from himself.

Those who compromise with any part of the Word of God and go back into the spiritual Egypt of bondage to Satan, sin and death, are keen to do whatever they think is right while rejecting what God says is right!

The righteous before Christ are satisfied with Christ’s righteousness dwelling in themselves.

14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

1 Thessalonians  5:19   Quench not the Spirit. 5:20 Despise not prophesyings. 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 John 4:1   Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in [to dwell in his people through the agency of the Holy Spirit, enabling us to live as Christ lived; with passionate zealous living by every Word of God] the flesh is of God: 

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident [in his own ways].

The foolish believe everything they are told, but the wise prove all things by the Word of God.

The wise humble themselves in contrite repentance before God and KEEP the will of God.  The spiritually foolish stand on false traditions and their own understanding, and reject the truth of God’s Word.

14:17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

Keep control of our temper and think before speaking or acting.

Those who are spiritually simple through lack of study, meditation and obedience, will fall into much sorrow, but the zealous for all the things of God shall gain much wisdom and a good reward.

Kings ought to be wise and just to rule well.  If we want to rule in God’s Kingdom we must properly prepare by zealous hard work in learning the wisdom of God. 

14:18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Those who desire everlasting life and a kingship and a priesthood; must be properly trained by God our Father for such a responsibility.  That proper training involves not only study but the practical application of every Word of God in our lives.

14:19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

In the Kingdom, those who are wicked now and depart from the Word of God now, will bow before those who they condemn for their zeal today.

14:20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.

The physically rich have many friends; but the spiritually rich have God, all the holy angels and all like minded persons as his friends: and even if he has to stand alone for a time he will join many other passionate brethren in the Eternal Kingdom. 

14:21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

Those who look down upon and seek to dominate and bully others, sin.  God the Father and Jesus Christ HATE the deeds of the Nicolaitanes!

14:22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

The godly man warns truthfully and calls to sincere repentance, and is merciful and forgiving of the sincerely repentant; while the wicked man extracts more than is right, ruling with rigor like Pharaoh. 

14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

Those who are all talk and no action get nowhere.   God’s commandments and ways are about our actions! 

14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.

A spiritually diligent man is crowned with godly wisdom and the spiritual things of eternal life; in ONENESS and fullness of complete UNITY with God the Father and Jesus Christ.

14:25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

The true leader, elder or man of God teaches people to diligently live by every Word of God. 

FALSE leaders, prophets, teachers, elders or professing men of God, teach that we should live by every Word of God and then they quickly switch to say that we must follow what they say instead!

The true man of God is a witness to the TRUTH and saves lives through his godly witness, conduct and warnings.  Those who speak smooth words to entice to be lax and lukewarm in zeal for the Word of God, are deceitful destroyers of our spiritual potential and eternal life.

14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

Those who are strong and zealous to learn and to live by every Word of God, may boldly and confidently preach the truth of God.

14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Every Word of God is the wisdom that brings eternal life;  To depart from the commandments of God, is to trade eternal life for death and the temporary pleasures of worldliness.

14:28 In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

The greatness of a king or church is not in appearances, but in the godliness, happiness and prosperity of the people. Ultimately God is bringing all of humanity into his kingdom and it will be prosperous beyond description!

God’s faithful servants will teach all people to be zealous to live by every Word of God the Father, so that the Father’s Kingdom will be full of righteous people

14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

Think carefully and prove all things by the scriptures before you speak or act.

14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

Just like a sound physical heart is life to the flesh; a spiritually sound heart filled with sound doctrine and the nature of God is life eternal in the spirit.

To envy God and want to come between the brethren and God as the moral authority of the people in place of God; is rottenness and death.

14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

People who oppress the poor by extorting more and more, are a foul stench in the nose of God the Father and Jesus Christ.

14:32 The wicked is driven away [from the presence of God] in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.

The wicked die and if ultimately unrepentant will cease to exist forever.  The godly man who stands firmly on every Word of God, has a great hope in the sure resurrection from the dead to eternal life.

14:33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known [for the foolishness that it is].

He who zealously learns and lives by every Word of God, gains an understanding of spiritual things.  Compared to godly wisdom, the wisdom of men is foolishness.

14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

An enthusiastic zeal to live by every Word of God exalts a people. Lukewarmness for learning and for the practical application of the Word of God is a great reproach on any corporate church or people.

How long will today’s Spiritual Ekklesia justify sin and tolerate false teachings insisting on the false traditions of men above the truth of Almighty God?

14:35 The king’s favour is toward a wise [faithful godly] servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame [brings shame by sinning].

The wrath of the King of kings is stored up for all those who cause shame by compromising and rebelling against God our Father in insisting that we can do as we please and that Jesus Christ will understand and overlook our willful sin.

God the Father, the King of the universe; is well pleased with those who are diligent to live by his every Word; and God’s wrath is stored up for those who, to their great shame, rebel against any part of the Word of God.


Proverbs 15

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.  15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Respond to harsh words calmly and softly with reason and prudence.

15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

God knows our thoughts and words as well as our deeds.

15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Teaching zealous obedience to God and a gospel of warning, repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ is wholesome and brings life to those who respond positively. To teach tolerance for willful sin is perversity that will not go unpunished.

15:5 A fool despiseth his father’s [God the Father’s] instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

Those who think they know better than God their Father in heaven and seek to avoid any zeal for his Word, will and ways are spiritually fools.  He who regards the teachings of God and does them is wise.  

15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

The zealously godly heap up much treasure in heaven; eternal life and a good reward in the resurrection; the physical riches of those who compromise with the Father’s Word will evaporate and mean nothing at the eternal judgment.

15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

God’s wise, who are full of the knowledge of God, disperse the truth of God:  The foolish teach error from God and all their preaching is an exercise in futility.

A good work is not measured in numbers reached, but in the quality and godliness of the message!  Physical numbers reached or income received is a false standard;  the true godly standard is the quality of the message in terms of its scriptural accuracy.

Matthew 7:20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked [unrepentant] is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.  15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after [God loves those who zealously live by every Word of God] righteousness.

God does not care about any hypocritical false repentance from a sinful and insincere person.   He hears only those who are sincerely repentant and passionately zealous for him and for every Word of God.

15:10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

The disobedient to God who are zealous for corporate churches, leaders or false traditions, will not accept correction and reproof, they will not repent; therefore they loathe the correction offered to them.

15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

Jesus Christ has power to destroy the wicked and he knows the nature and minds of men.

15:12 A scorner [sinner, wicked person] loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

The apostate will scorn correction and will not repent or seek the wisdom of God; because in his own heart he believes he is wise and has need of nothing spiritual.

15:13 A merry heart [a godly person has confidence] maketh a cheerful countenance [appearance]: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken [proud self-will is only crushed by much affliction].

Pride is broken by many deep sorrows.  The proud will suffer great tribulations for God loves them and means to break their pride to contrition and humble the proud for their own good.

15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

The godly love truth and hate every error, they seek to grow in knowledge and will immediately repent from any demonstrated error, but the spiritually foolish clings to his errors and runs to embrace more and more error. 

15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.  

Though the righteous may also have many trials and sorrows they have peace of mind and strength from God to endure;  while the wicked have neither peace of mind nor consolation from God.

15:16 Better is little with the fear of [great respect for] the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

It is better to have the confident peace of God than to be afflicted for sins.

It is far better to be spiritually rich and passionately obedient to God, than it is  to compromise with the commandments to keep a job, please others or gain great physical wealth.

15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs [only salad] where love is, than a stalled ox [than a dinner of beef] and hatred therewith.

Physically, love and peace is better than wealth.  Spiritually, to have a passionately loving relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ is far better than to have physical plenty and be estranged from God for our sins. 

15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

A quick temper leads to much sin and is a great sin in itself.  Learn to think carefully before you speak or act.

15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

Be zealous in all that you do, both physically and spiritually.  Avoid the trap of being zealous for the wrong way by always proving all things by the scriptures. 

Being zealous for any man, corporate group or false tradition is not the same as zeal for God and his ways!  PROVE OUT what you are taught by God’s Word and follow men ONLY as they follow and live by every Word of God.

The  spiritually lazy person who is content to blindly follow men will be deceived and led astray; but the man zealous for God will prove all things by God’s Word and so save himself.

15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Our Father in heaven is made glad by our zeal for his wisdom, but the spiritual fool despises instruction from God the Father’s Word.

15:21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

The wicked think it fun to sin and act foolishly; the wise man speaks and acts in faithful godliness and with the wisdom of every Word of God.

15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

The Holy Bible is a book filled with the wise counsel of many authors, all inspired by Wisdom Incarnate. 

15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

Teaching true godliness may bring much sorrow for a time, yet in the end when the fruits come, there will be much joy!

15:24 The way of life is above [the godly look to the spiritual] to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

The godly reach out and strive intensely for the way of life eternal, which is the learning and keeping of every Word of God.   In so doing the godly escape the reward of the wicked which is eternal death.

15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

The proud will have their pride crushed to contrition, and the humble before God shall be exalted.

15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

To devise evil plans is an abomination to God; God loves the good and pure of heart.

15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

Do not be tempted to turn from the truth to gain in numbers or wealth, as an organization or as an individual.

Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth [the godly, study the Word of God] to [be able to give a godly answer] answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

The foolish man blurts out his foolishness, but the godly man studies diligently to have a ready answer.  And in times of trial the Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance what has been learned.

Jesus did not mean that we need not study, only that we should not be anxious or afraid if we have studied and diligently live by every Word of God, God’s Spirit will bring that knowledge to remembrance when the need arises.

Luke 12:11   And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12:12  For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

2 Timothy 2:15   Study [the Word of God] to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Study God’s Word and avoid foolish arguments contrary to the Word of God.

2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 2:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 2:18  Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

The prayers of those who compromise with any part of God’s Word and tolerate sin will NOT be heard by God. 

1 John 3:22   And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Proverbs 15:30 The light [the receiving of the hoped for reward] of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

When we receive our reward and a good report at the resurrection to spirit; all our troubles will disappear and vanish away before our great joy!

15:31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

Hear the instruction of God the Father in heaven and Jesus Christ and follow all that they say.

15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

He who refuses instruction and rejects repentance before God faces strong intense correction to afflict the flesh in the hope that God might somehow save the spirit.

15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

To enter the resurrection to spirit and receive eternal life one must be of one mind in complete unity with every Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ.

We must be contritely humble before God’s Word always, and we must be quick to repent of our own ways and quick to jump to learn and do the ways of God.

The proud who cannot and will not live by every Word of God, being convinced of their own ways; shall perish unless they sincerely repentant.


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