Proverbs 28 – 29

Proverbs 28

The evil doer is always right in his own eyes and hates correction.

While thinking of himself as good, the spiritual evil doer works hard to conceal his evil deeds under a cloak of “good appearances” even as Satan presents himself as an angel of light; often hiding behind charities and fine words about loving others while he steals your eternal life by subtly leading people away from any zeal for living by every Word of God.  He will receive his reward of eternal destruction.

28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Those zealous for all the ways of God the Father and Jesus Christ are to be bold in preaching the true gospel of warning, repentance and salvation through the diligent learning and keeping of the whole Word of God.

Evil leaders in this world will be replaced by others, and God will correct wicked leaders and nations in his time; the gift of eternal life and dominion in the Kingdom of God is reserved for the faithful who live by every Word of God.

28:2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

Because of sin the people [including the Spiritual Ekklesia] are divided between many leaders: but a godly leader will unite the assembly with God and the godly are united with one another.

When the leaders of the Spiritual Ekklesia are spiritually poor and lukewarm, zealous for their own ways and bereft of zeal for the ways of God, it is a great evil.  Should not the leaders and elders be zealous to excel as examples and teachers of righteousness so that the brethren may be brought into FULL UNITY with the Word of  God?

28:3 A poor [spiritually ignorant leader] man that oppresseth the poor [the spiritual ignorant brethren] is like a sweeping [a destructive] rain which leaveth no food [provides no spiritual food].

28:4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

The sinful will justify other commandment breakers because in doing so they are justifying their own law breaking.  Those who are zealous for the Word of God are to rebuke the sins of those who are not in the hope that they may be saved by a good warning.

Those who turn away from any zeal for the righteousness of every Word of God, think themselves righteous as they do what THEY THINK is right; not believing that they will be corrected as evil doers. 

28:5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.  28:6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

Spiritual zeal to live by every Word of God, is eternal spiritual health and  wealth

28:7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

Spiritually those who passionately obey God the Father in heaven are wise and acceptable to God.  Those who disobey God the Father in heaven are foolish and will be corrected by him.

28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

Those who seek gain by false means will be corrected and they will lose their ill gotten wealth.  Those who exalt themselves over the flock to deceive and make merchandise of them; will be brought down and the flock will be given to others. 

28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing [keeping] the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

Hear the Word of the Lord:  It is because we have no zeal to live by every Word of God, that our prayers are NOT heard!  Yes, our prayers are an abomination to God the Father; because we neglect to live by the WORD of God and instead stand on our own ways and our own false traditions.

28:10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.

Many wicked leaders have risen to the top in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia and have led many astray from any zeal for the Word of God.  Their end is destruction and death.

28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor [in the spirit of pride] that hath understanding searcheth him [God] out.

The physically wealthy and the spiritually proud tend to put their trust in their own judgment and in their wealth.  The poor in spirit humble themselves before God and diligently seek out all the ways of God. 

People should keep themselves far from the wicked and should run to hear the wisdom of God; they should run to seek out the righteousness of God and the holy justice, fairness and love contained in the Word and law of God.

28:12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

The godly righteous rejoice in the wisdom of every Word of God, and a wise person mourns when the wicked rule

28:13 He that covereth [hides] his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them [sincerely repents] shall have mercy.

We cannot justify or hide our sins from God; we need to quickly repent and confess before God and turn from evil to live by God’s Word so that we might be saved.

The person who is always respectful of God and is passionately zealous to live by every Word of God will be kept from much evil and will rejoice in the day of his judgment.  Those who think they know more than God and compromise with God’s Word will fall into much tribulation.

28:14 Happy is the man that feareth alway [always respects and lives by every Word of God]: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

The wicked ruler devours the poor, today many such wicked leaders devour the means of the  brethren.The elder who covets wealth, power or adulation and accrues wealth [like many leaders in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia] from the people, sins greatly; those who hate such covetousness will live forever in the resurrection to spirit.

28:16 The prince that wanteth [lacks, has no understanding of God’s Word] understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.

The leader who does not live by every Word of God and oppresses the brethren leads them to destruction, but the godly leader leads the flock to eternal life. 

28:17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay [do not delay his correction] him.

The leaders who teach others to tolerate false teachings and overlook sin will die in the end; for they murder the brethren through deceit, leading the righteous away from the Lord of our salvation to spiritual destruction.

28:18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

The zealous to learn and live by every Word of God are upright and will see salvation to eternal life. 

Those who are zealous to make idols of men, false tradition or corporate entities, and are not zealous to live by every Word of God, shall fall into tribulation and destruction.

28:19 He that tilleth his land [works diligently] shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

Spiritually if we work hard to internalize the nature of God, we will be filled with the Bread of Life.  If we follow men instead of living by every Word of God we shall surely be destroyed.  Follow men ONLY as they follow God the Father and Jesus Christ and live by every Word of God.

28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

A person faithful to all of Holy Scripture will be blessed with eternal life.  Those who neglect spiritual things to focus on things physical, seeking that which is only transitory and will dissipate like vapor over time will fall into sin.

28:21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

Apply the same law and the same standards to all persons.  Follow ONLY those who are zealous followers of God the Father and Jesus Christ to live in Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God.  Those who are not faithfully zealous for all the ways of God will transgress for even a small reward.

28:22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

Physical riches are a mist that disappears from the hand that grasps them; far better to seek the spiritual riches that never fade away.

28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

To rebuke sin is to do God’s will and doing so will save many and will bring much reward in the end of the matter.  To overlook sin and flatter a person is to  lead the victim to his destruction for he cannot correct himself if his sin is not made known to him.

To justify sin is to be suicidal.  

28:24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

God is our Father in heaven and the deceivers try to rob God of his flock, when they attempt to lead people astray from God to their destruction.

28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

Those who are proud, stubborn and self-willed, who must always have their own way will fall into calamity; while those who trust in the Holy Scriptures will be delivered and they will flourish in the resurrection of the chosen.

28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

Many of today’s church leaders are proud and lifted up in their own minds by pride in their false traditions.  In due time they will be brought low as their false traditions collapse under the weight of the reality of truth.

Those who stand on the Word of God will be delivered; therefore repent quickly that you might also be saved.

28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.  

It is a good thing to help one’s neighbor as long as we live by every Word of God and put God FIRST!  If we break the law in one point, we have broken the whole law; therefore help your neighbor and also zealously live by EVERY WORD of God.  Do not use helping a neighbor as an excuse to distract you from loving God and living by every Word of God.

28:28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.

When the wicked lead the assemblies the godly are scattered; and when the wicked perish and righteousness enters in godliness triumphs.

When deceitful teachers who teach the brethren to tolerate false teachings and overlook, tolerate and justify sin are rooted out and destroyed like the choking weeds they are:  Then the righteousness of God will flourish in the assemblies.

 

Proverbs 29

29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

The stubborn person who resists correction and hardens himself to insist on his own ways will face destruction.  Those who are not zealous to live by the Holy Scriptures, will not be in the resurrection to spirit.

29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

In the Spiritual Ekklesia a godly righteous leader who teaches all to live by every Word of God brings peace between the brethren and God, and spiritual growth and prosperity to the brethren.

29:3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.

Spiritually those who follow after false teachings are throwing the birthright of their calling in the dirt and mocking their heavenly Father by treading all over his wisdom; while the zealously faithful to live by every Word of God the Father in heaven, bring joy to their heavenly Father.

29:4 The king by [righteous godly] judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

To pervert justice for a bribe or to tolerate false doctrine for numbers and income is an abomination to God: To learn and live by the justice and godly righteous judgment of every Word of God establishes a person and a kingdom.  The King of kings will not promote any person to rule in God’s kingdom who tolerates false teachings and sin. 

29:5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

Flattery is a trap to ensnare people and deceive them away from an honest humility before God.

29:6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

Sin and false doctrine is a trap that will cause people to fall into eternal death, while the zealous learning and keeping of the Word of God will deliver a person out of the pit of the grave and into an eternal life of rejoicing.

29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know [the condition of the poor] it.

The wicked like Pharaoh, oppress the weak; while the godly deliver the oppressed.  Jesus Christ and his godly followers work to deliver all people from the oppression of sin and false doctrine.

29:8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

Those who scorn the Word of God and insist on their own ways will fall into destruction and death; while the godly who are zealous to diligently live by every Word of God will be saved from eternal destruction and death.

29:9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

The godly cannot win an argument with a spiritual fool because every thought of the wicked is right in his own eyes. No matter how wrong those who are wise in their own eyes are, they always insist that they are right.

29:10 The bloodthirsty [wicked] hate the upright [godly]: but the just seek [the good of the godly] his soul.

The wicked seek to lead the upright into sin; while the godly seek to save people from sin.

29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

A godly man thinks before he speaks to be sure that his words will be according to the Word of God.

If we listen to and tolerate lies and false teachings, the whole assembly will eventually be perverted away from God and the godly will leave that congregation.  When the unclean becomes mixed with the clean, the clean is polluted and becomes unclean.  Therefore reject the uncleanness of sin and tolerating false teachings, and embrace the cleanness from sin of the Word of God.

It is the application of the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God to the sincerely repentant, and their then learning and living by every Word of God, that makes us clean from sin.

It is tolerating sin and false doctrine without instruction and rebuke, which makes us unclean.

John  15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Proverbs 29:12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are [will be] wicked.

If a leader listens to flatterers they will deceive him away from the truth through their enticements.  This very evil has infected the assemblies for a very long time.

29:13 The poor [righteous] and the deceitful [wicked] man meet together [are both physical and subject to death]: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes [has given this physical life to both of them].

God gives all people physical life; both the wise and the foolish.  Therefore repent and give glory to God, learning and doing his will.

29:14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

The person who is faithful to all the things of God and is just in all his ways, shall inherit eternal life.

It is sometimes necessary to correct a self-willed child that is adamant to reject his parents instructions; our heavenly Father will also correct us if we provoke him and sin against any part of the Word of God. 

There is a child who is eager to learn and still makes mistakes, self-correcting his mistakes and growing in knowledge;  such a child is approved of his parents in spite of his mistakes!   God the Father will also rejoice in such a person, who when he makes mistakes quickly repents as soon as he realizes he is wrong.

29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

Then there is the stubborn self-willed child who rejects the teachings of his parents and thinks that he knows better than his parents.  Our heavenly Father will also correct the person who rebels against his Word, out of a deep love in the hope that by afflicting the flesh God the Father can save the spirit for eternity.

29:16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.

Even though the godly are very few in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia, they will be delivered and the wicked will be corrected. 

29:17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

Our physical children benefit from patient loving instruction and occasional correction; and we as the children of God also benefit from the instructions and correction of our heavenly Father.

29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Those who turn away from and compromise with the Word of God have no spiritual vision and fall away into sin and death.

29:19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

A servant who is self-willed and stubborn will always insist on his own ways.  The self-willed ungodly may even understand some of the Word, but they will not DO it.

29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Think before you speak and do not blurt out everything that comes into your head.  Jesus Christ was able to answer wisely because he spent much time in prayer and careful thoughtful consideration of every Word of God the Father.

29:21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.

To teach and bring up a child who is not your own physically, is in a spiritual sense the gaining of a son. 

29:22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

Control that temper, no man of temper can be entrusted with authority; and men given to uncontrolled anger will most certainly not be entrusted with authority in the Kingdom of God.

29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Pride is a destroyer of men, for by pride a man chooses his own ways and does not listen to the Word of God.  The humble of spirit will be subject to the greater wisdom of God and so are saved from the fall of the proud.

29:24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing [he hears and sees sin], and bewrayeth [does not rebuke the sin] it not.

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.

Rebuke wicked people especially in the assemblies in the hope that they might sincerely repent.

Proverbs  29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

We will be judged by God according every Word of the Holy Scriptures and according to all our deeds; therefore do not fear men or seek their approval and acceptance in moral matters, rather seek to learn and live by every Word of God

29:26 Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD.

We may seek the approval of national or religious leaders, but it is God who will judge us by our diligence to live by every Word of God.  

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Proverbs 29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

Light and darkness cannot be in agreement; neither can evil be at one with the upright.  Therefore just as an unclean person touching a clean person makes the clean person unclean; a godly person in a spiritual assembly which does not rebuke sin will be polluted by association with the sins in that assembly.

Haggai 2:11 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,

2:12 If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No.

2:13 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.

2:14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the Lord; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.

 

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