Proverbs 30:1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,
Agur means the knowledgeable or wise a gatherer of wisdom, and is thought to be a reference to Solomon; Agur glorifies God and speaks of God’s glory
Oh, my brethren; there is so very much pride in the Ekklesia today. They think that they are spiritually rich as they lean to their own ways, rejecting the Word of God for their own false traditions.
Humble yourselves and turn to your God, oh Israel, for why will you die?
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?
Proverbs 30:2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man. 30:3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.
Agur the humble before God.
30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?
Agur asks: What person approaches God in greatness and wisdom?
30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
The Word of God is pure and holy, the Word of God converts man from sin into life eternal!
30:6 Add thou not unto his [God’s] words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Thinking themselves wise, the wicked depart from the Word of God to their own destruction.
30:7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 30:9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Agur asks God to keep him from joining the vain deceit of those who seek to turn away from zeal for God and into compromising with the Word of wisdom and life, and he asks to be neither physically poor nor rich but only to have his basic needs met so that he is not overcome with desire for physical things.
If you have an issue with any person go directly to him first as per Matthew 18.
30:10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
Do not falsely accuse any person to the authorities.
30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father [by rejecting zeal to live by every Word of God the Father], and doth not bless their mother [the Holy Scriptures by which we are to live, which descend from the heavenly Jerusalem of God’s throne, Galatians 4:26]. 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
Agur speaks of today’s generation and the sins of today. The religions of today have rejected the ways of God the Father in heaven and do not love the Word of God, yet they are pure in their own eyes; therefore our sins are not washed away by the sacrifice of Christ, for he will reject us until we sincerely repent. (Rev 3:16)
30:13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
Oh, how very proud we are of all our supposed understanding and righteousness; when we are neither righteous nor do we truly understand spiritual things to live by them, as we ought to (Rev 3:14-22).
30:14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. 30:15 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: 30:16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.
God’s blessings will be withdrawn from us because of the multitude of our sins.
30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
Those who turn from zeal for the Word of God their heavenly Father and leave off from any zeal for the practical application of the Holy Scriptures; will be corrected most strongly in great tribulation.
30:18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: 30:19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.
God has made wondrous things beyond the mind of man to understand; why then do we think we know better than our Father in heaven?
30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
As the adulterous woman is not faithful to her physical husband; those who are unfaithful to their espoused spiritual Husband are spiritual adulterers.
30:21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: 30:22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; 30:23 For an odious [unfaithful] woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
Agur declares that it is an evil thing for the wicked to rise above the upright; such as when a servant lacking the wisdom of God, rules over his master; or as in men doing their own ways instead of the ways of God their Father in heaven.
When a spiritual fool is made physically rich so that he justifies his wickedness because of his blessings; he rushes to his own destruction.
It is a disgrace when an unrepentant whore is married, because she will have no loyalty to her husband. Spiritually it is disgraceful when a person declares himself for God and then has no zeal to live by every Word of God but exalts others as his moral authority.
30:24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: 30:25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; 30:26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; 30:27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; 30:28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.
The wisdom of God is seen in his creation; why then do we seek our own ways?
30:29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: 30:30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; 30:31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.
God the Fountain of Wisdom, has created many great wonders; why do we reject his wisdom for our own ways?
30:32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
If any have done foolishly by exalting himself in pride; let him sincerely repent and humble himself before God and turn to live by every Word of God the Father.
30:33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.
Surely the proud who exalt themselves and do not exalt the Eternal, the King of the Universe, the sum of all Wisdom; provoke the wrath of God.
People tend to think of Proverbs as a list of wise sayings and the book is certainly that; it is also much more.
Proverbs is an instruction from a king to his son on how to rule his people in a godly manner. The book is ascribed to Solomon, but the roots of many of the Proverbs may well be in the instructions of David as he taught his son Solomon how to rule as his successor.
The Proverbs were instructions from David for his son, and were expanded greatly by Solomon for his own son and successor; in short Proverbs is godly instructions on how to rule righteously; and as Holy Scripture, Proverbs are instructions from God our Father the Great King of the Universe on how we should live and learn to rule in his Kingdom.
The Proverbs is a list of teachings and instructions inspired by Jesus Christ, the coming King of kings, for those who have been called to God the Father through him to become kings and priests in God’s Kingdom!
On another plane the Proverbs are also instructions on how a bride should behave toward her husband; and on a spiritual level they explain what Jesus Christ requires of his bride.
We should carefully read the Proverbs and prayerfully think on their meaning, so that we may learn the wisdom of God the Father and the kind of bride Jesus Christ our baptismal espoused Husband wants.
Each Proverb contains wisdom for our physical lives; which also has spiritual meaning for our spiritual lives. The book of Proverbs is actually a very powerful condemnation of the Laodicean lukewarm attitude for God’s Word.
Remember Proverbs 1:
Proverbs 1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 1:4 To give subtilty [wisdom, prudence] to the simple, [and] to the young man knowledge and discretion.
The wise person will accept knowledge and will not cling to traditional errors as do today’s church leaders; the wise will be continually learning and applying the wisdom of God: Which is every Word of Holy Scripture.
1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
All truth has its foundation in genuine sincere respectful enthusiasm to learn and to live by every Word of God. Only spiritual fools despise the Word of God and reject sections of scripture to cling to their false traditions.
1:6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark [secret, hidden] sayings.
1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains [of authority] about thy neck.
Proverbs 31 gives us a clear explanation of what Jesus Christ requires in a wife; of what Jesus Christ requires of ALL those called out to be a part of his collective bride.
The ancient Rabbinical commentators identified Lemuel with Solomon. The Babylonian Talmud (Tractate Aboth, Chapter 5) says that six names were given to Solomon: Solomon, Jedidiah, Qoheleth, Ben Iokoh, Agur, and Lemuel.
According to A. Cohen, Proverbs (Hindhead, Surrey: The Soncino Press, 1945), p. 209, Lemuel is another name for Solomon that when translated means “towards (lemo) God (el).”
This is a description of a good wife and each example has its spiritual application; therefore in the spiritual sense this is a description of the kind of bride that Jesus Christ is seeking and the kind of people that we need to become to be acceptable to Jesus Christ as a part of the collective bride of the Lamb.
The king begins by writing out what his mother Bathsheba [daughter by a vow] had taught him about how to select a good wife.
31:1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him. 31:2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my [marriage] vows?
Selfish lust destroys people, especially leaders; for it saps their strength and wealth, and damages their reputations and intellect; as they turn away from the things of God.
A man who spends his inheritance on loose women, the foolishness of gambling, or is given to alcohol or drugs and cigarettes, or any other addiction will see his wealth and health drained off in self-damaging behavior. The same is true of women who are not prudent and must buy everything they see, wasting their family finances.
If you want to be a king; you must learn to behave like a godly king.
31:3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings. 31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: 31:5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
We who are called out to rule and to be a part of the bride are NOT to be given to drink or to be addicted to anything except; the pleasing of God. That is the only way to faithfully teach God’s ways and set a godly example for the people.
One does not need to be a drunkard to be addicted to wine. If one cannot get through the day without a drink, a cigarette, or some other addictive thing; then one is a slave to that substance and should STOP! Our only addiction should be to study and live by every Word of God!
31:6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. 31:7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
A little drink to ease the pain of the suffering, or to rejoice at the Feast, or to lift the spirits on rare occasions is proper; but we are not to be drunken nor given to drink or any other addiction.
31:8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. 31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
A godly ruler takes the part of the defenseless and gives true godly justice to all
The Virtuous Bride
We are espoused to a spiritual Husband if we make a baptismal commitment and take the Passover! What kind of wife does our LORD want?
Jesus Christ wants a bride who is diligent to study, learn and to live in Christ-like zeal by every Word of God; a bride who is totally dedicated and faithful to him! A bride who loves him enough to want to become just like him and internalize his very nature.
When Proverbs 31 speaks of selling and sewing, it does not mean that we must all learn to sew; it is talking about being diligent for/our spiritual Husband and spiritual family!
First she is totally trustworthy and dedicatedly loyal to her husband. Loyalty is a virtue beyond any other, for without it, every other virtue has no meaning. When a wife cannot be trusted, her husband’s house is divided.
31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [value] is far above rubies. 31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
Mark 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
The whole lesson of physical Israel was one of a bad rebellious wife like Vashti [see the book of Esther study], and was recorded to teach us about the kind of wife that Jesus Christ DOES NOT want!
Proverbs 31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Our Lord wants a dedicated wife who will be absolutely loyal and will do him good continually forever!
31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
It is important to understand that this refers to being industrious in the context of that time and place.
The overall meaning is that a virtuous wife [one called out as a part of the spiritual bride] will not be lazy or seeking her own pleasures. She will work diligently to please and help her husband [spiritually Jesus Christ], by studying and learning the Word of God [which is Jesus Christ in print], to internalize his very nature and to be FULLY ONE MIND with him, and to be an eternal good helper, pleasing him in every way that we can.
This does not mean that to be a part of a virtuous spiritual bride we must work with wool and flax; it DOES mean that we are to work to help our espoused Husband and become like him and his Father in heaven, in every way that we can.
31:14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 31:15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat [physical food, an allegory of the spiritual food of the Word of God] to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
She feeds her family, not refusing to get up to cook and serve because she is lazy: Spiritually this concerns teaching the Word of God to her children, diligently feeding them with the Wisdom of God.
All those called to be a part of the spiritual bride are to feed our families with the Word of God; so that we will learn to teach, and so that our children may learn godliness. In doing this we prepare to become kings [rulers] and priests [teachers], teaching godliness to the nations as a part of the spiritual bride of the Lamb of God.
31:16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
Not every wife is wealthy enough to buy a field, yet every wife should help and support her husband in every way she can.
This is an allegory about spiritual increase and that with dedicated zealous effort those called out to become a part of the spiritual bride of Christ will bring forth much spiritual wealth [fruit]!
Through intense efforts and zeal to learn and apply God’s Word in our lives; we are to grow in grace [repentance] and knowledge of the things that please our espoused Husband Jesus Christ, so that we may be at ONE with him, as he IS ONE with God the Father!
31:17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
Spiritually speaking buying a vineyard is analogous to bearing much spiritual fruit.
A virtuous spiritual bride of Christ works as hard as she can to let the light of her Husband shine day and night in her example; those called to the wedding of the Lamb work day and night to learn and APPLY the Word of their espoused Husband so that God’s Light will shine in them.
She perseveres and works with all her strength to bear much spiritual fruit and to please her Husband at all times.
31:18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle [lamp, light; candles were unknown in ancient Israel] goeth not out by night.
The faithful to God are full of the wealth of the Word and Wisdom of God and shine a continual light of example for all to see.
31:19 She layeth [she remains at her task without pausing] her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
Jesus Christ also wants a bride who is forgiving and kind hearted to the sincerely repentant like he is.
Kind hearted, yet diligent for the Word of God; who teaches godliness and strongly rebukes all sin out of love for the sinner in the hope that the sinner might repent and be saved.
In tirelessly refusing to tolerate any sin, each called out person helps to keep the whole body HOLY, and covered by the Passover sacrificial blood of the Lamb.
Helping the physically poor is an allegory of the faithful to God providing spiritual food for the spiritually poor.
31:22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
This speaks spiritually of the called out bride being dressed with righteous character (Rev 19:8), and the beauty of godliness.
31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
The bride’s righteous reputation is well known and her Husband rejoices in her good works. By the deeds of the espoused bride [preaching and living the true gospel of righteousness] her husband Jesus Christ is made known to the whole world.
A good bride does NOT go around teaching against her espoused Husband who she vowed to love; teaching compromise with her Husband’s word; NO, NO, NO!
Those called to be a part of the spiritual bride will be chosen, resurrected and taken in marriage to the Lamb; based in their loyalty, love and zeal for their Lord.
This is like a man who has several potential mates: Which one will he choose! He will choose the one who is most loyal and dedicated to him, the one that he judges will be the most faithful and cooperative; and the best match for his temperament and character. He will choose the one who’s example is an inspiration to others and whose actions cause his own name to have a GOOD reputation.
No one who brings disrepute and shame on Jesus Christ or God the Father will be chosen to have a part in the resurrection to spirit of the bride!
31:24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
Those called out to be a part of the espoused bride are expected to work HARD to learn and internalize the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ their espoused Husband. To work hard to become fully like them; to become ONE in complete unity with them through learning and living by every Word of God, and by seeking day and night to please them in all things.
Fine linen is analogous to righteousness
Proverbs 31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Those chosen to be a part of the collective bride of Christ will be wise in the ways of God and strong to live by every Word of God.
31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
The physically virtuous woman is diligent for her family and husband. The spiritually virtuous called out bride is diligent for her espoused Husband Jesus Christ and to live by every Word of God as Christ commands (Mat 4:4).
31:29 Many daughters [women, brides] have done virtuously, but thou [the bride of the Lamb] excellest them all.
There have been many good wives; but the bride of Christ should be shining brighter than them all.
31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Physical things are transitory; it is the things of the spirit, the things of God, which really matter; for they bring eternal life and honor to the chosen bride of Christ!
31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
The spiritual espoused bride who is faithful, loyal, dedicated; and full to overflowing with love and zeal to live by every Word of God; shall be rewarded for her godly righteousness with the resurrection to eternal life as a part of the bride of Christ, and she shall be praised as an example of true godliness for all time.
Discerning the Faithful
Those who teach a false Christ and use the name of Christ to gather followers after themselves; who use the name of Christ and DO NOT DO WHAT CHRIST TEACHES: Shall reap the reward of the wicked.
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
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 [Founded on Jesus Christ the Word of God].
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 [the shifting sands of the false traditions and doctrines of men]:
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.