Proverbs 18 – 19

Proverbs 18

Proverbs 18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

Wisdom does not come easily to human beings; they must desire it and diligently seek it out, working hard to find it.

18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

A foolish man does not seek out God’s wisdom but relies on his own understanding.

18:3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

The sinful act foolishly and bring contempt on himself.

18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

The teachings of the Word of God fill a man with the deep wisdom of God; which wisdom, if a man accepts and obeys, will flow out of his mouth in speech to others.

18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

A godly person does not respect wicked teachings or the actions of those who compromise with God’s Word and tolerate or commit willful sin.

18:6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.  18:7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

The words of a fool bring contention and make him worthy of correction for his departure from the wisdom of God.

18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

False gossip destroys reputations and is a terrible sin.

18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

The physically lazy will not acquire physical things; and the waster loses what he has.  The spiritually lazy does not gain godly wisdom and those who waste their spiritual inheritance by turning aside from godliness are foolish.

Eternal safety lies in zeal to learn and live by every Word of God. 

18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Instead of compromising to avoid trials, the righteous run to their God for their help and redouble their dedicated zeal to live by every Word of God the heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

18:11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

The physically rich trust in their riches but the spiritually rich are full of the Words of God and zealously LIVE BY THEM. 

18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.

If we are humble before the Word of God and delight to do the teachings and commandments of God we will be exalted in godliness; but if we presume to exalt ourselves we shall be brought low. 

So many in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia crave titles, positions of power and high offices in order to exalt themselves and receive the adoration of the brethren; God says that such people will be brought down to contrition before him. 

18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

Patiently hear out the full story from all sides of a matter before leaping to conclusions and pre-judging a matter.  This is true in relationships and it is true in Bible Study; seek the full truth on a matter with an open mind and be ready to discard past misunderstandings when the full truth is revealed: Example the true meaning of the Biblical Festivals. 

18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

A person overcomes physical trials through spiritual strength. 

When our sins separate us from God and his wisdom we can only be saved through sincere repentance, the application of the sacrifice of Christ and a turning to wholeheartedly learning and living by every Word of God. 

A positive attitude helps to sustain us, but if that positive attitude is crushed and all we have is perished; what is left?  True wisdom is to put our trust in the Eternal all our days!

18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

The godly person is always quick to learn, continually growing in knowledge and the wisdom of God through diligent study and application of all that he has learned. 

18:16 A man’s gift maketh room [opens the way] for him, and bringeth him before great men.

A man comes into the company of the great by his wisdom and gifts.  People come before the Mighty One by their giving of themselves to internalize God’s Word and nature.

18:17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

People may be very convincing but they are still to be tested to find out the real and full truth.  Don’t let anyone con you away from God’s Word.

18:18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

The Word and Will of God should be an end to all human contention.  Instead evil people follow their own ways and twists the Word of God for their own purposes. 

18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

The closer one is to another, the deeper the pain of an offense.  Yes, Jesus Christ forgives, but that does not mean that the person is again trusted to the same degree;  He/she may have to prove their repentance through much trial.

18:20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

Out of the heart, the mouth speaks, and our reward from God is according to the ways of our heart.  It we are wholehearted for all the ways, will, teachings and commandments of God we shall be filled with eternal life and all good things at the resurrection to spirit.

18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

We shall reap the fruits of our words and actions; whether for good or for evil.  The man who claims eldership and leads the people into sin and tolerance for sin will be destroyed along with those that follow them.

18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

There is no greater blessing than a good wife who is loving, loyal, supportive and cooperative, being a good help in all things.  That is the kind of bride desired by Jesus Christ, and if we want a part in his collective bride we must have such an attitude towards our espoused Husband.

18:23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

A poor man pleads, but a rich man speaks with authority.  Even so those who are  spiritually poor will have no spiritual authority;  while the rich in spiritual understanding will speak with authority according to knowledge. 

Those full of the Spirit of Wisdom through zealous, passionate learning and living by every Word of God, will teach with the authority of the truth of God.

18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

To have friends one must be friendly.  To be a friend of Christ, one must be friendly to Christ and live in FULL UNITY with God the Father and Jesus Christ.

 

Proverbs 19

God the Father must first call people to him through Christ and initially open their eyes;  thereafter it is up to us to accept that call and respond to it.

James says that we must also ask for wisdom.   Our studies must be accompanied by prayer asking for God’s Spirit and more of God’s wisdom, then we must follow through with study and meditation and live by the wisdom of every Word of God.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

It is better to be physically impoverished and have a good conscience and relationship with God, than to be perverse against the Word of God and be spiritually foolish.

19:2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

To be willfully spiritually ignorant and run to do one’s own ways is foolishness 

Proverbs 19:3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

We are born knowing nothing and Satan immediately leads people into rebellion against God unless God the Father calls us to him through Christ and opens our minds to the way of life, teachings and commandments of Holy Scripture.

19:4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

Physical wealth attracts physical friends; and spiritual wealth beings spiritual friendship with Christ and God the Father and those like them.

19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

Those who teach or tolerate false doctrine and compromise with the Word of God will be corrected. 

19:6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

Just as men seek out and exalt the physically wealthy and successful today: the nations will entreat and exalt the King of kings and the spiritually wise in the Kingdom of God.

19:7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

Just as the physically poor are despised in this world, so the spiritually poor who have had no zeal for learning and keeping the things of God will be held in contempt in eternity:

19:8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

The person called to the wisdom God the Father and respond with enthusiastic study and the zealous keeping of God’s Word will find eternal life: to love the ways of God is to love the things that bring life eternal. 

19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

God’s law condemns the false witness; and therefore also condemns the teacher of false doctrine.

19:10 Delight [wealth, success] is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

It is a vexation to see fools and the wicked prosper.

19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

A wise man controls his temper and shows mercy to the repentant.  

19:12 The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

Matthew 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul [pneuma, spirit]: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul  [pneuma, spirit] and body in hell [Gehenna fire].

As the favor or anger of an absolute monarch can be life or death; greater is the power of the King of kings who can judge with eternal good or eternal death; therefore work zealously to please God and to live by every Word of God.

Proverbs 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Like a physical son who rejects the wisdom of his father brings vexation; so is the son called by God the Father in heaven who rejects God’s instructions; he is foolish and a vexation to God.

A self-willed and continually demanding wife is a vexation to a man; so is a self-willed demanding bride a vexation to Jesus Christ.  To be a part of the collective bride of Christ we must seek to please him and we must not be bent on pleasing ourselves.

19:14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.

We may inherit riches from our fathers, but a good wife is a gift from God.  Even so God our Father in heaven is working to provide a good spiritual wife for his Son: A good wife who is without any spiritual blemish or any fault; a perfect bride in every way for Jesus Christ. 

19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Luke 19:24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

The lazy person will see poverty; even so the spiritually lazy will see spiritual poverty and have his talent taken and given to another.

Why?  Because the industrious man will use the gift wisely and productively

Proverbs 19:16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

Zeal to live by every Word of God brings life eternal; compromising with or breaking any part of the Word of God brings eternal death.

19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Matthew 6:14   For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

God will reward the merciful and God will only forgive us as we forgive others.   

Proverbs 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

Diligently teach your children and rebuke them when necessary, so that they may learn to resist evil and choose good.

19:19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

A person who cannot control their temper will fall into troubles again and again; therefore learn and live by every Word of God so that we may be filled with the Holy Spirit of self control and be saved.

19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

Hear and thoughtfully receive correction, which is instruction in righteousness; in order that we may learn the wisdom of God.

19:21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

The best laid plans of men can fail, while every plan of God will succeed: Those who plan and work contrary to the Word of God will come to nothing.

19:22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

We desire kindness from others and we should be kind ourselves if we desire kindness [mercy, forgiveness] from God. 

19:23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

The fear [deep abiding respect] of God brings obedience to every Word of God, which brings eternal life; the person who fears and respects God shall not see perdition, and shall receive eternal life.

19:24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

The physically lazy will be in poverty [even if he inherits wealth, it will dissipate] and the spiritually lazy shall not inherit an office in the Kingdom of God.   Remember the parable of the talents.  This is a repeated point in the Proverbs which is meant to teach us that we must be enthusiastically zealous in learning and keeping the whole Word of God.

19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

When God smites the scorners of the earth in great tribulation, all the earth will be humbled before him.   When a godly person is corrected he will thank those who warn him, because they have saved him from the death which sin brings.

19:26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

A son that diminishes his father and rejects his mother, is a shame and brings reproach upon himself.  The same is true spiritually; if we are not zealous for our heavenly Father’s Word and the example and instructions of  Jesus Christ we are a shame to them and we will be corrected (Rev 3:16).  This applies to ALL who idolize men and the false traditions of men over the Holy Scriptures.

19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

We must repent of tolerating false doctrines [teachings] that cause us to err from the truth of God’s Word.  We must STOP standing on false traditions and errors; and turn to stand solely on the solid Rock of Our Salvation, Jesus Christ; who teaches us to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4).

19:28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

The ungodly who tolerate false doctrine [teachings] and sin for the sake of an appearance of organizational unity; scorn the wisdom and  judgment of the Word of God and love to internalize sin like a starving man devours food. 

19:29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools [especially spiritual fools who are not zealous to live by every Word of God].

Those who reject knowledge and warnings to turn to live by the Word of God are spiritually foolish and will be cast into strong correction.

 

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