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Proverbs 27

Proverbs 27

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 the diligent 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 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.

Only a good friend full of God’s love will correct us out of a false way 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 is our enemy leading us to destruction, and he is an enemy of GOD!

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.

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.

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 group unity. Assemble together with the godly and forsake the false teacher.

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 of evil 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 understandings for the enticements of strange false doctrines and sins.

27:14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

Learn to discern between good and evil, and be thoughtful 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 teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ and God the Father now; will you be a good 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 [properly; keeps her, is married to her] her hideth [keeps, posesses] the wind, and the ointment [the strength] of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself [strength is diminished, being divided against itself].

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, with which to encourage one another in the Word of God the Father and in the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ.  It is a great evil to be deceived by false persons 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 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 not remaining in 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.

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]. Some others are zealous and work hard to build a solid character house, built up on the solid Rock of our Salvation, Jesus Christ.

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.

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 Christ; shall be much beloved of God the Father and Jesus Christ; and shall be exalted by them forevermore!

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, 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 really 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.

 

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