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Proverbs 19

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 which is a part of seeking it out.   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

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.

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

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

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

The natural man is contrary to the ways of God. 

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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:

Daniel 12:2   And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Proverbs 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.

The person called to the wisdom God the Father and who responds 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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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].

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

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; and 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.

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

We may inherit riches from our father’s, 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

We should desire kindness [mercy, forgiveness] from God.  It is better to be honest and in poverty with integrity before God; than to be rich in the things of worldliness.

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

The fear 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.

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

The 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 meant to teach us that we must be enthusiastically zealous in learning and keeping the whole Word of God.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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).

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

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. 

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

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.

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].

 

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