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Proverbs 24

Proverbs 24

Do not envy the apparent success of commandment breakers for it is only a temporary reward from their father the devil for following him.  Their success will vanish way with eternal death for the unrepentant.

Proverbs 24:1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. 24:2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

Physical houses are built by careful preparation, thought and planning, followed by hard work; so our place in the Temple of God [his family] is built through hard spiritual work; laboring night and day in all the learning and doing of the Word of God the Father in heaven.

24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: 24:4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

The wisdom of God is of far greater value than all worldliness and earthly gain which is transitory and temporary, because God’s Word brings eternal life and endures forever.

24:5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

The scripture is the collective wisdom of God written by very many God inspired men; it is the very nature of God the Father and of Jesus Christ in print.  Let the Word of God be our counselor at all times!  By God’s wisdom and power the Adversary is defeated!

24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

A foolish man who scorns the wisdom of the Word of God will never be exalted by the Eternal to rule over his heritage.

24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate. 24:8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

Even thinking of departing from any part of the Word of God or compromising with his ways is foolishness and sin, which will bring our destruction of not sincerely repented of. 

24:9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

If we turn aside to temptation, or give way even a very little under trial we are spiritually weak and foolish; not having grounded ourselves in sound doctrine and zeal for all the ways of our God.

24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

If anyone has knowledge of an approaching calamity and does not warn people; their blood will be required by our Maker for those you might have saved by giving a warning.  (Ezekiel 33)

24:11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

The Word of God is compared to honey for its goodness. 

Come take and eat of the wondrous wisdom of the Word of God, internalize the nature of the Holy Father in heaven and the wisdom of eternities which brings life eternal in peaceful prosperity.  Taste of and fully internalize the wisdom that created the universe and all that therein is!

24:13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: 24:14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

Let the godly be delivered from the wicked who seek to take his life by deceiving the righteous into false teachings and sin.  The righteous person is delivered by his zeal to live by every Word of God the Beloved Mighty One who inhabits eternity! 

The godly righteous run to their Awesome Deliverer and never tries to mitigate his trials by giving way to sin.

24:15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:

Those who truly and sincerely love Jesus Christ and God the Father with passionate zeal, may make many mistakes; yet they keep getting up and calling out to their Beloved LORD and they keep on trying until they learn the ways of God and overcome all sin through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

24:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: 24:18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

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?

Jesus Christ gave his life for his enemies and if we are like him we will not rejoice at the fall of the wicked but rather at their repentance and deliverance.

God has called out a people to righteousness and we have for the most part, like physical Israel, failed in our calling to diligently live by every Word of God.  

Those who claim to be in the faith and look down on others in their pride understand nothing.

Who will face the greater condemnation?  The one who knows something and does not do it; or the one who does not know, and yet does the best he can?

Proverbs 24:19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked: 24:20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle [lamp] of the wicked shall be put out.

Don’t envy the success of the wicked who depart from the wisdom of the Word of God for they shall perish in a short time. 

24:21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: 24:22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

Respect all lawful authority; first God our Father in heaven, then our espoused Husband; and then follow others who are faithful to God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son.  Finally respect the law of the land insofar as it does not conflict with the Word of God; and if it does conflict with God then leave that land.

24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.

God dos not respect persons above others in judging but treats all equally in his judgment.

24:24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: 24:25 But to them that rebuke him [rebuke the wicked leaders] shall be delight [they shall have a blessing from God], and a good blessing shall come upon them.

Ultimately those who correct the wicked will be exalted by God over the people, while those who overlook wickedness in high places shall be accursed from Christ and the people.  Very many in today’s assemblies close their eyes to the wickedness of their leaders, and in so doing are led away from Christ.

24:26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

The godly wise lead many to righteousness and are a blessing to the person who hears and does the truth of God.

2 Timothy 2:15   Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, [learn to] rightly dividing the word of truth.

Proverbs 24:27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field [prioritize eternal spiritual things]; and afterwards build thine house [place physical things second].

Prioritize our spiritual condition above physical things; we should never compromise with the Word of God to avoid physical trials or for physical gain. 

Work hard to prepare yourself to be a part of the bride; studying diligently to learn and to live by every Word of God; and you will have an eternal reward.

24:28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.

Do not bear false witness; and do not witness [gossip] pointlessly without a good purpose.

Return good for evil.

Luke 6:35   But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

Give good for the evil you receive, and God will bless you

Proverbs  24:29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

Matthew 25:28   Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

25:29  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The spiritually lazy and lukewarm who do not work hard to find salvation through the diligent passionate zealous study of the Word of God; to learn and to live by every Word of God, and to be in FULL UNITY with Jesus Christ and God the Father: shall be spiritually impoverished and full of false teachings and sin. 

They are unprofitable servants who will not be approved by God

Proverbs 24:30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 24:31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

24:32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. 24:33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 24:34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

We must work hard applying ourselves diligently to internalize the whole nature of God in order to be spiritually prosperous and so enter into eternal life

 

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