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Proverbs 18

Proverbs 18

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

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

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

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

The sinful act foolishly and bring contempt on himself.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

False gossip destroys reputations and is a vicious sin.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

A person overcomes physical trials through spiritual strength. 

When our spirit is separated from God and his wisdom it can only be saved through sincere repentance, 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!

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

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

The closer one is to another, the deeper the pain of an offense.  Yes, 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.

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

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.

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

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 shall be destroyed along with those that follow them.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

 

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