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Proverbs 29

Proverbs 29

The stubborn person who resists correction and hardens himself to insist on his own ways will face destruction.

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

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 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 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; for justice and godly judgment, to learn and keep all the holy commandments 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 and commandments 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.

29:13 The poor and the deceitful 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; So our heavenly Father will correct us if we provoke him and sin against his teachings and commandments. 

There is a child who is eager to learn and still makes mistakes, 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.

The friend of the wicked shall be accounted as wicked therefore keep yourself far from wickedness; and as far as you can, do not associate with wicked people especially in the Assemblies.

The fear of men caused HWA to deny Jesus Christ and say “A strong hand from someplace” which could be interpreted by the hearers according to their own beliefs and gods.  That man fell into great wickedness loving the friendship of the worldly wealthy and powerful and became ashamed of his Lord, and brought great shame upon himself before Christ.

Mark 8:38   Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

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

We shall 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;  SEEK THE ALMIGHTY WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND STRENGTH.

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.  The time of separation of the upright from the spiritually lukewarm is fast approaching.

 

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