Proverbs 16 – 17

Proverbs 16

Proverbs 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Jeremiah 10:23 O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

All spiritually wise thoughts and actions come from God; because man just does not know the way to peace and life.

Proverbs 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

It is a very hard thing for a person to admit we are wrong, especially about things we have believed for a lifetime.

16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

If our works and words are of God, they will be established.

16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

God has made all things for his glory, even the wicked forward his plan by teaching others how painful evil is and demonstrating that our own ways lead to destruction and death, thereby bringing people to repentance.

16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

The arrogant and proud of which there are very many, will not remain uncorrected.

16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

If we respect the Word of God and repent; God is merciful to forgive and lead us out of the evil.

16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies [ultimately in the long term] to be at peace with him.

We may have much persecution and struggle in this life, but ultimately God the Father and Jesus Christ will vanquish all wickedness.  All those who sincerely repent will be reconciled to God the Father and his elect and those who refuse to repent will be destroyed.

16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right [without the sound doctrine of true godliness].

It is better to be poor and a little flock, than to be large, physically rich and spiritually destitute.

16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

People may imagine their own ways, but God works out all things according to HIS will.

16:10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

A physical king [an absolute monarch] has the power of life and death; and our spiritual King has the power of life and death; therefore, do all you can to please HIM! 

16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.

God our Father in heaven and Jesus Christ; are justice personified hating all injustice.

16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

All kings and leaders will be established by their godly conduct and fair just rulings, for injustice incites rebellion.  If we want to become kings we must fully learn the justice, fairness and righteousness of all the teachings, ways, will and commandments of God our heavenly Father. 

16:14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it. 16:15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

The wrath of our King of kings is death to the wicked;  it is better to repent quickly and make peace with God before we are destroyed.

16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

Truth and wisdom ultimately bring good things: Godly wisdom is the foundation of all good things.  Spiritual wisdom is worth infinitely more than gold.  To compromise with sound doctrine for the fool’s gold of numbers and income is a fool’s decision.

16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

The godly who depart from all evil and loathe even the appearance of evil will find life eternal.

16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Personal pride causes a person to insist on his own ways and false traditions, even against the Word of God.  An example of that is those who reject the Biblical Calendar of God even though they cannot defend their apostate calendar; even though they are clearly and obviously wrong they will not change, because pride and self-will will not allow an admission that a change is needed.

16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

A truly godly person abhors personal pride before God, and is humble before the Word of God.

16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.  16:21 The wise in heart [those who have internalized the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ trough learning and living by every Word of God] shall be called prudent: and the sweetness [godly teaching] of the lips [of the godly] increaseth learning.

If we trust to live by every Word of God we shall find eternal life and much good in the end.

16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

Seek out and drink of the living waters of the Word of God; and eschew the teachings of spiritually ignorant men.

The thoughts of the heart are spoken with the mouth.

Luke 6:45    A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Proverbs 16:23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

Out of the godly wise come words of the wisdom of God; and foolishness springs forth from the wicked heart.

16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Zeal to learn and live by the things of God produces wisdom and godliness, and brings spiritual health.

16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

If we do that which seems right to us instead of doing what God has said; we race to our demise.

16:26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

If we are willing to work hard for what we want physically; then if we desire to be at ONE in complete unity with God the Father and Jesus Christ we would be willing to labor very hard to attain that goal.

16:27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

The wicked delight in evil and strife.

16:28 A froward [stubborn, self-willed] man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

The evil false teacher leads men astray from God the Father and from Jesus Christ their chief friend. 

16:30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward [stubborn, self-willed] things: moving his lips [teaching to do evil] he bringeth evil to pass.

The wicked lead people away from God to follow deceivers to destruction.

16:31 The hoary [white haired] head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

Great age does not always mean wisdom; but the aged in Christ who are at ONE in FULL UNITY with God the Father, can be wise helps for the younger.  That is what the word “elder” means; one older and well proven in true godliness; NOT necessarily someone ordained by a corporate church organization.

16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit [is stronger] than he that taketh a city.

The Spirit of God is the Spirit of power to control oneself and obey the Word of God.

16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

We may make our plans, but God directs events in spite of our best laid plans.  The best laid plans of men often go awry.  The will of God is always fulfilled!

If the true faithful zealous godly cast the lot before God for God’s purposes;  God will reveal his will.  The lot must be a clear question with YES, No and None of the Above, indicators.

 

Proverbs 17

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices [physical wealth] with strife.

It is better to have very little physical wealth and be at peace with God; than to be physically rich and estranged from the Most High. 

17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

Those who zealously please and serve God will rule over the earth teaching godliness to all people.    

17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

God the Father and Jesus Christ tests and judges the secret things of our hearts and our loyalty to God according to our zeal to live by every Word of God.  Often temptations are allowed to test our love for God and his Word.

Those who compromise with the Word of God to try and moderate persecution, trials or temptations; are failing God’s TEST of loyalty. 

17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

Men will listen to lies and follow the desire of their own imaginations. 

Those who desire their own ways will compromise with God’s Word and they will follow those who teach compromise.  

The person who loves the law and ways of God will reject and refuse to compromise with the Word of God once they understand what is happening.  The ungodly are easily tempted into wickedness.

17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

Those who take pleasure in the suffering of others are condemned by God.  It is our mission to warn people to live by every Word of God and so avoid the sorrows of sin.

17:6 Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

God our heavenly Father delights in his faithful children, and they delight in God their Father in heaven and in all of his ways.  The heart filled with the spirit, faith, love, and peace of God which comes through zealous obedience to every Word of God; has peace of mind and FULL UNITY with God the Father and Jesus Christ! 

17:7 Excellent speech [beautiful but foolish rhetoric] becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.

To speak grand speeches signifying nothing but a desire to impress others with our many grand words is folly.  Do not be impressed by grand  honeyed lying rhetoric, exhorting to compromise and sin.

17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

A gift appeases wrath and the recipient will be more easily entreated.

17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

As per Matthew 18; we should first go to the offender PRIVATELY and only go to the Ekklesia after all other recourse has been exhausted.  Yet, when an evil is a matter of public record it may be rebutted publicly. 

17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

The wise accept and even love honest correction, for by it they grow and are saved from error.  Only a fool cannot admit that he is mistaken and therefore  will neither grow nor overcome, but will perish in his folly.

17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

The end of the wicked who will not be zealous to live by every Word of God will be most horrid

17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

To be caught up in the folly of  spiritual foolishness which stands on false traditions and idolizes men, is the worst fate of all; for it will bring spiritual destruction and eternal death if not repented from.

17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

The man who receives good and returns evil for that good shall fall into evil himself; because those who sought to do him good will turn away from him.

17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

Starting a strife is like opening a hole in a dam; it only gets bigger and bigger until it cannot be controlled.  Therefore do everything lawfully possible to avoid strife.

17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia is full of those who justify and tolerate sin and condemn the just for rebuking sin.  Those who do these things are an abomination to God the Father and Jesus Christ, they will be corrected in the tribulation which is now immediately before us.

17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?

Why do fools pay for instruction and then reject knowledge?

17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

John 15:14   Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

A true friend will love and do right by his friends.  If we are the friends of Christ;  we will love him enough to do what he says.

Proverbs 17:18 A man void of [lacking] understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

Deceived men shake hands with those who lead them astray and give themselves to serve men instead of serving God.

17:19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.

The proud and willful person shall be abased in the end.

17:20 He that hath a froward [stubborn, self-willed] heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

Ezekiel 33:11    Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

God our Father in heaven has no joy in correcting wicked unrepentant children; he corrects the wicked because he loves them and wants to save them from the eternal death they are rushing towards.

Proverbs 17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

God sorrows over the wickedness of his people.

17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

The spirit of man which is broken through the wages of unrepented sin has no peace in the end.

17:23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

The wicked work to pervert and deceive the godly for a reward. 

17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

The foolish are trapped in wickedness and fleshly lusts, but the godly receive the gift of wisdom through zealous obedience to live by every Word of God the Father in heaven.

17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.

God our Father in heaven is grieved by the wicked and he works to save them from their foolishness.

17:26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

God will correct the wicked and he will reward those who love and live by every Word of God. 

17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

The godly wise are careful with their words and seek to focus all people on true godly zeal for all the things of the heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

 

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