26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
God will not give honor to the spiritually foolish who compromise with His teachings and commandments; nor will God honor those who tolerate false doctrine [teachings] and overlook willful unrepented sin. Such people will not inherit eternal life if they remain unrepentant.
26:2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
As the migrations of birds come in their seasons, so the curse of correction will fall on those who compromise with the Word of God in God’s due time.
26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.
The spiritually foolish who compromise with any part of God’s Word, will be corrected by many stripes, and very soon now they shall fall into the correction of great tribulation.
26:4 Answer not a fool according to [to go along with] his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Do not join in the foolishness of a person who turns away from godliness, lest we also fall into great correction and trials.
26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Rebuke and correct the foolish person who teaches tolerance for sin and false doctrine and compromises with any part of the Word of God.
26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
The spiritually foolish are not diligent to deliver the gospel of sincere repentance, and instead perverts that gospel and deliver a false message of their own devising.
26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
The ways of a man seem right to him but they are not just and equal, being distorted for perceived advantage. The ways of God the Father and Jesus Christ are always just and equal.
The teachings of the ungodly are self-serving.
26:8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
To honor those who compromise with the Word of God, is honoring those who attack the zealous for God and create strife and division between God and his people.
26:9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard [who falls], so is a parable in the mouths of fools.
The intoxicated fall to their hurt and the spiritually intoxicated with pride in their own ways, run to their own destruction.
26:10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
God will judge and reward the spiritually foolish who tolerate false doctrine and permit unrebuked sin; they will see strong correction in great tribulation and if they sill do not repent they shall not be a part of the collective bride.
26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
The spiritually foolish are no different than a dog returning to his own vomit, when they seek to return to the bondage of sin.
26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
There is little hope for the proud, who are intoxicated with what they think is their own greatness.
26:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. 26:14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 26:15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
The spiritually lazy and lukewarm in zeal for learning and living by every Word of God will remain spiritually ignorant rushing to their own destruction.
26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
The man who will not study to correct himself, is still wiser in his own eyes then seven godly men. He who has no zeal for eternal life or the ways of God will perish in his spiritual laziness.
26:17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
Meddling in the strife of others is asking for trouble.
26:18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 26:19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport? 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
The person who thinks it sport to trouble others without any good reason, is a foolish troublemaker; and is not of God.
26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
An ungodly troublemaker pours fuel on the fire of strife, because he takes pleasure in seeing the strife he causes. It makes him feel powerful and in control of the actions of others.
26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
The betrayer of confidences is a great sorrow to all those who put their trust in him
26:23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
Lips hot to spread rumors or teach false doctrine and rebellion against the Word of God: are like a broken vessel covered in rust and infection: good for nothing!
26:24 He that hateth dissembleth [deceives] with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;26:25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
Those who use fair sounding smooth deceitful words to speak lies are still deceivers; do not believe their enticements to stray from godliness.
Men who speak of the love of Christ and use it to deceive men away from Christ, by saying that Christ is love and will tolerate willful sin; are ignorant of Jesus Christ and filled with hate against God and all his ways. They are arch-deceivers leading people away from salvation; stealing your crown of eternal life.
God is NOT divided against himself. Any man who says that we can tolerate false teachings and sin; is of ANTICHRIST!
26:26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
God will reveal the true nature of such evil men
26:27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone [throws stones straight up in the air], it will return [fall back] upon him.
Those who attempt to deceive, will fall into their own deception and trap, and they shall reap their own destruction.
26:28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
Beware of flatters for they are deceivers who seek their own advantage as they destroy us by encouraging pride in us and leading us into falsehoods. Those who think they know better than God the Father and Jesus Christ and are not zealously obedience to live by every Word of God are spiritual fools.
27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
None of us can guarantee tomorrow, our end may come with the next breath; therefore we should sincerely repent and seek God with zeal immediately, and never procrastinate in establishing a good relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ through diligently learning and zealously living by every Word of God.
27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
Bombastic self-praise and making great sounding claims about ourselves is nothing more than a foul stench to God.
27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.
To be forced to endure the attacks of a spiritually ignorant person who is always right in his own eyes and very far from God, is a weighty vexation.
27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
The envious attack the godly and persecute them without cause
27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
To rebuke sin and false doctrine is the godly love that converts and saves the spirit of the repentant from perdition. The wise man loves godly correction, for by it he is saved much sorrow and finds eternal life and great reward.
27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Leviticus 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
Only a good friend full of God’s love will correct us out from false ways, risking offending us for a moment to keep us on the path to eternal life. The people who profess love and do not rebuke sin and false doctrine are our enemy leading us to destruction and he is an enemy of GOD!
Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Let us hunger and thirst after EVERY WORD of God; and let us seek out his correction, which may be bitter for a moment, but leads to life eternal.
Proverbs 27:7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
If we truly hunger and thirst to live by every Word of God, God will fill us with the sweet wisdom of his Word.
27:8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
If we wonder from the Word of God we lose the true spiritual foundation to be driven about by every wind of false doctrine [false teaching].
27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty [wise, godly] counsel.
The encouragement of the godly towards godliness; is a sweet joy to the faithful children of God.
27:10 Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
Passionately seek the Eternal; all the godly who also seek him shall be united with God the Father and Jesus Christ, which is the foundation for godly unity with others. Assemble together with the godly and forsake false teachers.
27:11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
God our Father in heaven is made happy by our zeal for him and all his ways.
27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
The spiritually wise quickly repent at the warning to stop sinning and saves himself.
27:13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
Like a man who dissipates his wealth with strange women; so is the spiritual fool who turns aside from delighting in God, to give up his spiritual understanding for the enticements of strange false doctrines.
27:14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
Be thoughtful and considerate even while doing good.
27:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
Consider whether Jesus Christ wants a contentious nagging uncooperative wife as a part of his bride. You men who are resistant to the Word of Jesus Christ and God the Father now; how is it that you think that you will be a part of the collective bride of Christ? If you resist him and compromise with his Word now; you will be rejected as a part of the bride.
27:16 Whosoever hideth [is married to her] her hideth [posesses] the wind, and the ointment [the strength] of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself [his strength is diminished by his wife].
Whosoever has a contentious wife has a divided house, which makes bitter all the good things in his life. Does Jesus Christ want a bride like that?
27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
It is GOOD to have friends in the ways of God which encourage each another in the Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ. It is a great evil to be deceived by false “friends” and flatterers who have no regard for any zeal for the Word of God.
Do not meet with false brethren just for the sake of meeting with someone. We are to assemble with like minded Christ-like persons.
27:18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
The person who cares for his fruit trees will have his good reward, and the good and faithful servant of his master shall also have his good reward.
Let us therefore serve our Master, God the Father and Jesus Christ, with all our hearts and minds and spirit, in all our will and strength and all the strength that is given to us: In doing so we shall bring forth much spiritual fruit.
Those who compromise and say “He will overlook and forgive” are departing from the true vine Jesus Christ, and will be cast into the fire! (John 15).
27:19 As in water [reflection] face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
A reflection reveals one’s true face and the desires of the heart reveal the true nature of a person.
Will you watch hour after hour of worldliness on TV on Sabbath, or spend money encouraging people to sin in restaurants on Sabbath by your example? Will you spend the Sabbath speaking of everything except the Word of God: Or will you spend time with the scriptures learning and speaking of godly things on God’s day?
Those who run after physical things are never satisfied. Do you want a car? When you get it you will only want something else. The pursuit of physical things and pleasures is a never ending quest for a handful of wind: Far better to pursue spiritual things that will last forever.
Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Brethren, the called out are called to build up a spiritual character house worthy of becoming a part of the collective bride of Christ.
Some of us are lazy and just sit there hoping someone else will build our character house for us. Others work a little and then get sidetracked into false ways and false products [false teachings].
We should all be diligently zealous and work hard to build a solid character house, built up on the solid Rock of our Salvation, Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes [desires] of man are never satisfied.
The person who is always willing to discard his personal ways and pet ideas for the purity of God the Father and Jesus Christ will be much beloved of God the Father and Jesus Christ; and shall receive the gift of eternal life!
27:21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
The person who continually refines and corrects himself by the Holy Scriptures, NEVER standing still, and NEVER standing on false traditions; but always ready to discard error and embrace truth with passionate joy at learning some wonder of God; will be refined as silver and gold are refined: Refined into a purity of spirit and full wholehearted UNITY with God the Father in heaven and Jesus Christ!
27:22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
Though a spiritual fool who departs from zeal for the Word of God were ground in a grindstone like wheat is ground o powder, he will not repent for he is always right in his own eyes.
Yet, with God all things are possible and the proud will be abased in great tribulation in the hope that the spirit might be saved.
27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. 27:24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? 27:25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. 27:26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. 27:27 And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
We should be diligent in our physical affairs; and we should be even more diligent in the spiritual things that will matter for all eternity. We must be about our Father’s business in building our personal character house upon the Rock of Our Salvation.
Let us pay attention to all the things of God whether we think them large or small, for breaking the law in one point [even that which we consider the least point] is breaking the whole law; and breaking the Word of God in even one point is breaking the whole Word of God.