Respond to harsh words calmly and softly with reason and prudence.
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.
God knows our thoughts and words as well as our deeds.
15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
Teaching zealous obedience to God and a gospel of warning, repentance and salvation through Christ, is wholesome and brings life to those who respond positively. To teach tolerance for willful sin is perversity that will not go unpunished.
15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
Those who think they know better than God their Father in heaven and seek to avoid any zeal for his law, will and ways are spiritually fools. He who regards the teachings of God and does them is wise.
15:5 A fool despiseth his father’s [God the Father’s] instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
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.
15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
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 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
God does not care about any hypocritical false repentance from a sinful and unrepentant person. He hears only those who are sincerely repentant and passionately zealous for him and for every Word of God.
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.
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.
15:10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
Jesus Christ has power to destroy the wicked and he knows the nature and minds of men.
15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
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.
15:12 A scorner [sinner, wicked person] loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
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.
15:13 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].
The godly seek to grow in knowledge and will immediately repent of demonstrated error, but the spiritually foolish clings to his errors and runs to embrace more and more error.
15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
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.
15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. 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 to compromise with the commandments to keep a job, please others or gain great physical wealth.
15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble 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.
15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs [only salad] where love is, than a stalled ox [than a dinner of beef] and hatred therewith.
A quick temper leads to much sin and is a great sin in itself. Learn to think carefully before you speak or act.
15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
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 traditions 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.
15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
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.
15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
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.
15:21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
The Holy Bible is a book filled with the wise counsel of many authors, all inspired by Wisdom Incarnate.
15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
Teaching true godliness may bring much sorrow for a time, yet in the end when the fruits come, there will be much joy!
15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
The godly reach out and strive intensely for the way of life, which is the learning and keeping of every Word of God. In so doing he escapes the reward of the wicked which is eternal death.
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 proud will have their pride crushed to contrition, and the humble before God shall be exalted.
15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
To devise evil plans is an abomination to God; God loves the good and pure of heart.
15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
Do not be tempted to turn from the truth to gain in numbers or wealth as an organization or as an individual.
15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
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 15:28 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 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 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
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!
15:30 The light [the reward of the resurrection to spirit] of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
Hear the instruction of God the Father in heaven and Jesus Christ and follow all that they say.
15:31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
He who refuses instruction and rejects repentance before God, on order to cling to false traditions faces strong intense correction to afflict the flesh in the hope that God might somehow save the spirit.
15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
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.
15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.