Proverbs 16:3

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Proverbs 16:3

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Are you confused, and do not know what to do? Are you overwhelmed? Such painful doubts are the result of losing your peace in the LORD. But it can be easily recovered, if you commit your works to Him. He will settle, comfort, and strengthen you (I Pet 5:10).

In a sinful and uncertain world, where you cannot know even tomorrow, there are often doubts, fears, perplexities, and worries. But this is not the life God desires or planned for His children. He can and will take your painful cares away, if you commit all to Him. His promised, permanent presence will bring contentment and courage (Heb 13:5-6).

Peter wrote about the LORD’s tender care, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (I Pet 5:7). And David, who faced many and severe difficulties, wrote with confidence and experience, “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Ps 55:22). Believe both promises!

Paul wrote, “Be careful for nothing – and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7). Jesus comforted, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself” (Matt 6:34). This great comfort is based on His ability and care, and all you need to do to obtain it is trust Him and seek His kingdom first (Matt 6:25-33).

You commit your works unto the LORD by doing everything His way. Esteem His precepts to be perfect and sufficient (Pr 3:7; Ps 119:128). If you totally leave your own understanding, and in all your ways acknowledge Him, He will direct your paths (Pr 3:5-6). Joshua found the first walled city in Canaan to be easy doing it the LORD’s way (Josh 6:20)! Overwhelmed as a parent? Perfect knowledge is right here in the book of Proverbs.

You commit your works unto the LORD by doing them unto Him. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (I Cor 10:31). “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him” (Col 3:17). Everything works out for those loving God, for they are the ones appointed to glory according to His eternal purpose (Rom 8:28)!

You commit your works unto the LORD by turning them over to Him. You do this by prayer with thanksgiving (Phil 4:6; Col 4:2). If you keep your mind fixed on the LORD Jehovah, rather than your dilemmas, you will find perfect peace (Is 26:3-4). When facing a great army, Jehoshaphat led a public prayer meeting, where he prayed among other things, “Neither know we what to do” (II Chron 20:1-19). God fought the battle for Him! The Lord Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled – believe also in me” (John 14:1).

You commit your works unto the LORD by trusting Him for the results. It is vain and distressing when you think the results depend on you. The results depend on Him, and He suggests you take a nap (Ps 127:1-2)! Once you have made reasonable plans, turn the rest over to His gracious and sovereign will (Pr 16:9; Ps 37:3-7; Jas 4:13-15). Such trust will fix and establish your heart without fear, regardless of your situation (Ps 112:7-8).

Surrounded with enemy armies on all sides, Joab once committed an important battle to the LORD, and he had a great victory (II Sam 10:9-14). Two widows, uncertain of their future, sent one to glean, with both trusting in their great Father in heaven: the gleaner obtained much food for both, but she also got a rich husband for a family (Ruth 2:1-23)!

Paul knew the truth of this proverb as well as any. He faced more difficulties at any one time than you could even imagine in a lifetime. But he said, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (II Cor 4:8-9). He had committed his works to the LORD.

Dear reader, what troubles you today? What faces you that distresses your mind? Commit your works unto the LORD, and He will establish your thoughts. Do them His way; do them unto Him; turn them over to Him in prayer; and trust Him for the results. He will take care of you immediately, by blessing you with contentment, peace, and assurance.

Jesus Christ faced the ultimate challenge and difficulty in the horrifying work to redeem the elect on the cross of Calvary, but He committed Himself to the LORD (I Pet 2:23). He was heard, and an angel came and strengthened Him (Heb 5:7-10; Luke 22:43). You should also, doing well in obedience, commit the keeping of your soul to your faithful Creator (I Pet 4:19). The same servants will minister unto you (Ps 34:7; Heb 1:13-14).

Proverbs 14:6

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Proverbs 14:6

A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

A scorner resents correction and instruction, and he despises those correcting and instructing him. He is a perverse rebel, and he will not grow in wisdom. But a man with understanding, who loves correction and instruction, will grow in knowledge easily. What a difference among men! It is your duty and privilege, reader, to be the wise man.

The blessed God has no use for scorners. He hates them, and He is their enemy during life. They wander ignorantly in arrogance and self-righteousness, while He mocks them before angels and men. The LORD loves humble men, who willingly receive His Word and are thankful for it. They love His preachers and teachers, whether parents or pastors.

Men are born helpless and ignorant. They take a year to learn to stumble, another year to learn a few basic words, another two to ride a tricycle, and another twelve to drive a car dangerously. Men of understanding know their ignorance and dependence on God’s revelation and teachers. They love parents, pastors, and any other instructors who will teach them wisdom. They realize God has chosen others to lead them to true knowledge.

But scorners love their own thoughts, and they resent being told they are wrong. Their arrogance about their opinions makes them worse than a fool (Pr 26:12). They will not go to wise men to learn, because they presume they already know it all (Pr 15:12). And because they are scorners, wise men ignore and reject them (Pr 9:7-8). They are lost!

The most important rule for wisdom is to become foolish and humble (I Cor 3:18). God resists the proud and hides truth from them (Matt 11:25-27; Jas 4:6). Solomon said he was but a little child; Jehoshaphat said he did not know what to do: both men were blessed abundantly. The lower you can go in true humility, the higher God will raise you.

While humbling yourself, you must fear God and trust His word in all things (Pr 1:7; 3:5-6; 9:10; Ps 119:128). Then you seek unto His messengers with the noble and receptive spirit of the regathered Jews and the Bereans (Neh 8:1-12; Acts 17:11). The combination is powerful! God will guide you clearly in all matters of wisdom and knowledge.

This generation is scornful, so they are very ignorant. Effeminate teachers cater to silly women, who prefer Bible studies over wifely submission and holy mothering (II Tim 3:1-7; I Cor 14:34-35). The average so-called Christian today has rejected sound doctrine for entertainment and fables (II Tim 4:3-4). They are lost. They will never learn anything. But knowledge is easy for those who will follow God’s rules with a humble heart.

Proverbs 13:6

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Proverbs 13:6

Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

Be sure your sin will find you out! Moses first preached this warning, but Solomon repeated it here in this proverb (Nu 32:23). You cannot get away with sin. It will catch up to you and destroy you. Sinners are going down for sure. They cannot succeed. They will suffer. They think they are right, but they are heading toward death (Pr 14:12; 16:25). But righteousness will keep the godly man from being destroyed by the sinner’s folly.

Righteousness is doing what is right and pleasing in God’s sight (Deut 6:25; Ps 45:7). It has nothing to do with your habits, preferences, or traditions. God does not care what the ACLU, PETA, or the PTA thinks on any subject (Is 8:20; I Tim 4:7). A good man is upright in the way – He journeys through life doing what is right. The Lord honors his righteousness by keeping him from the troubles and destruction He brings on sinners.

Wickedness is rejecting God and doing things your way. This foolish choice will hurt you three ways – (1) a dysfunctional life now, (2) God’s judgment now, and then (3) eternal torment. Fear God and keep His commandments (Eccl 12:13-14). Solomon warned that a sinful lifestyle brings destruction (Pr 3:33; 11:3-6,19; 12:7; 13:20; 14:11,34).

Lot made it to heaven. He was a just man (II Pet 2:7-8). But worldly compromise cost him dearly here on earth. His life was filled with misery and pain. He lost everything. His family’s dysfunction was tragic and terrible. Friendship with Sodom ruined his family. His sin overthrew his life, while righteousness kept Abraham very safe and prosperous.

Joseph and David were both tempted by adultery. Joseph chose righteousness, so the Lord exalted him in Egypt. But David chose wickedness, so the Lord raised up enemies against him (II Sam 12:10-11). He married Bathsheba and had Solomon, but God chastened him for the rest of his life. You will reap what you sow (Pr 15:9; Ps 34:12-16).

A rich man lived carelessly and extravagantly – playing with sin. A destitute beggar suffered at his gate, wishing for just a little of the rich man’s food and comfort. Sin eventually overthrew the rich man, and he woke up in hell a nanosecond after dying. But the angels of God carried the righteous beggar to heaven forever (Luke 16:19-31).

Reader, you will make choices when you finish these comments. Will you choose righteousness or wickedness? Are you compromising anywhere in your life? Do you enjoy the world? Your future is dark without hope, if you choose wickedness. Be sure your sin will find you out. Your future is bright and glorious, if you choose righteousness.

Proverbs 9:10

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Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Fools say, “There is no God” (Ps 14:1; 53:1). They are hopelessly insane as they face life and its perplexities before meeting the Judge of the universe for their eternal sentencing. Belief in the existence of God and reverently desiring to please Him is the absolute prerequisite and foundation for wisdom. Knowing there is a holy God with eternal power and Godhead is the greatest necessity for true understanding. Choose them both today!

All men reason from chosen assumptions. Consider it well. Wise men reason from faith that Jehovah exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6). Since Scripture is easily proven to be a divine revelation of truth and wisdom, they include this necessary source document for knowledge and understanding. Within the Scriptures are perfect answers for every dilemma, question, or problem (II Tim 3:16-17). Wise men, beginning with the fear of the LORD, approach life soberly and successfully.

The fool reasons from his own existence and the thoughts of his biased and depraved imagination. His opinions are peer-approved between human sentiment and self-justification. He has no absolutes or limits to restrain his hallucinations. His own heart is his god, and he worships his own feelings. He may call it science – evolution and psychology are examples – but it is only vain babbling to rid the universe of a sovereign God and the moral restraints He has imposed on His creatures (I Tim 6:20). He will read anything but the Bible, adoring profane German philosophers over inspired prophets.

Which of these two classes of men is reasonable? To enter life as a helpless, nursing, messing infant and think that your thoughts twenty years later are noble, sound, and wise is the epitome of insanity. To admit the universe has an infinitely wise Creator, Who has the right and wisdom to direct man’s life is the only sensible view. Scripture plainly declares that men without faith are unreasonable (Ps 14:1; 53:1; II Thess 3:2). Amen!

God has revealed Himself to men, but they have rejected Him, so He has justly given them over to reprobate minds, which pervert everything from the identity of God to the sexual use of the body (Rom 1:18-32). They are profanely perverse, but they have no wisdom or understanding to even recognize their depravity. They have a lie in their right hand, but they cannot deliver themselves (Is 44:20). They cannot even begin to be wise.

These educated but imbecilic nuts want us to believe they can tell us about planets 5,000 light years away but could not find Osama bin Laden for ten years on this miniscule earth that is 70% water; that a buffalo rib from 1845 is a giant woodpecker’s leg from 50 trillion B.C.; that a liberal arts college education makes a person wise; that sodomy is normal; that labor unions benefit companies and country; that the Bible is an outdated collection of fables by religious nuts; that capital punishment is not a deterrent to crime; that Nicole Brown Simpson got a fair trial; that apartheid is wrong but Indian reservations are right; that spanking children is abuse; that rap is music; that Picasso was an artist; that two men having intercourse is gay; that the Flood is a myth but the big bang is fact; that an 18-year-old child in the public daycare should have an equal vote with a property-owning, 60-year-old business owner; that a jury of peers provides intelligent judgment; that Muslims are peace-loving people; that Hinduism is a respectable religion; that animals have rights but husbands do not; that Freud was sane; that two lesbians are acceptable parents; that freedom of speech includes pornographic caricatures of the president; that asking political opinions of actresses is intelligent; that a national debt approaching the nation’s GNP is wise economics; that bestiality is wrong for its harm to animals; that separation of church and state forbids attorney generals from praying; that the Beatles loved peace; that Miley Cyrus is a role model for girls; that Harry Potter novels are valuable but I and II Samuel are violent; that the Bible is not an allowable source document but Darwin’s Species is; that the greatest love of all is love of self; among many other examples of ludicrous, insane thinking.

If there is no external restraint like a Creator God and His Bible, what can correct or limit any man from believing his thoughts are superior to yours and that they justify him taking your life? To what source of justice or wisdom will you appeal to justify your right to exist more than his desire to end your existence? If there is no Creator or moral standard from a higher authority, men are mere animals without any defensible moral restraint.

Any moral law of any nation that makes sense is from the Bible – against theft, murder, perjury, etc. – it did not come from the Big Bang, primordial slime of early earth, or monkey-men of evolutionists. Where did moral restraints on human conduct come from? God gave laws for individual liberty and social function, and they were written long ago in the Law of Moses and in the hearts of Gentiles (Deut 4:5-8; Rom 2:12-16).

Reader, humble yourself before your Creator, now. Confess every thought as being the selfish hallucination of a depraved and rebellious sinner. Beg Him for mercy and truth. Promise to adore and obey Him forever. Read His word with total faith and submission. Cancel your newspaper subscription. Love sound Bible preaching. Prove all things by the word of God, hold fast that which is good (Ps 119:128; Acts 17:11; I Thess 5:21).

Proverbs 5:22

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Proverbs 5:22

His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.

Solomon warned about sexual addiction 3000 years ago. Psychologists have only recently stumbled on it. Having warned his son about sexual sins and God’s punishment of them (Pr 5:1-21), Solomon added the sober warning of being bound by those sins for total destruction (Pr 5:22-23). Pleasures of sexual sins for a season may imprison you for life.

The context is plain and simple – sexual intimacy with anyone but your lawful spouse (Pr 5:1-21). The man of this proverb is a fool that rejected the warnings and proceeded to sin sexually with a woman. His sexual sins will take hold of his body and spirit, and he will be held in the chain-like shackles of them. They will capture and hold his very soul.

Sexual sins captivate a person’s soul more than others. Alcohol may lead to drunkenness and a chemical addiction, but fornication can lead to obsession with immoral thoughts and activity. Men who sin sexually are seldom recovered (Pr 2:18-19; 5:5-13; 6:26-35; 7:22-27; 9:17-18). Only God’s glorious grace can deliver a man from this bondage.

Sexual sins are also addictive in how they demand more and more stimulus to provide the original thrill. A voyeur seldom remains a voyeur. Few men are content with moderate pornography; they progressively seek more extreme and graphic images in order to feel the same level of sexual and sinful thrill of their first experiences with it.

Pornography itself is a case study in this progressive degeneration. What was called pornography 40-60 years ago is vastly different from pornography today. The difference is remarkable! Fools who began with female nudity in their teens must explore sodomy, bestiality, and pedophilia in their forties to get the same thrill. And instead of improving marital pleasure, as their hearts lie to them, it destroys marital ability and satisfaction.

Young man! Older man! This proverb is as true as gravity. If you play with fantasies, pornography, fornication, or sodomy, you will destroy yourself. Your own sins will capture and imprison your soul. You will be unable to free yourself. You will never again love God, your wife, or godly living without a miracle from heaven. And God has not promised you or any other fornicator such a gracious and undeserved deliverance.

Consider Samson. He had good parents, was a Nazarite for life, was fearless of other men, and judged Israel twenty years. Samson lusted after Philistine women for their looks (Judges 14:1-3; 16:1), until he was helpless with Delilah. In spite of obvious intentions to destroy him, she was his omnipotent master (Judges 16:4-21). Why did he not catch on? Was he insane? He was a slave to sexual obsession. He ended up blind and a suicide.

Consider Amnon. He had good parents, was the firstborn son of King David, had the true religion of Jehovah, and could have had any eligible woman in Israel. But he sexually fantasized about his sister Tamar until he was sick with obsession for her. His addiction to this fantasy led to cruelly raping her, consequently hating her, and justifiably being killed by her brother Absalom (II Sam 13:1-39). He was a bond slave to his fantasies.

Consider Solomon. He wrote Proverbs. He wrote this proverb. But women destroyed his life (I Kgs 11:4-13). How did it happen? He first married out of the Lord, against God’s command (Deut 7:1-6; I Kgs 3:1). He then became polygamous, also against God’s command (Deut 17:17; I Kings 11:1-3). His love of female variety became his sexual obsession, until he had 1000 women, exotic ones, which destroyed his life (Eccl 7:26-29).

Man! If you play with fantasies, pornography, fornication, or friendship with a woman not wholly the Lord’s, you are a flattering fool. You are a fool, because you have rejected God’s warnings. You are a flattering fool, because you have lied to yourself that you can get away with it. You will soon hate your precious sin, which will destroy you (Ps 36:2).

You are a fool to think you can escape your sin and its punishment by repenting later, for you are in perfect bondage to your lusts; you will neither be able nor willing to set yourself free. If you do escape sexual diseases, the rage of a jealous husband, or the sentence of the judge, you will be infallibly overtaken by the righteous judgment of God.

There is no greater bondage than a child of God who cannot repent and find joy and peace with his Lord. Do you hear it, sinner? You cannot repent! Why can you not repent? Because you have become a slave to your lusts, and your own heart is in the death throes of sinful thoughts and actions. Every time you allow a sinful thought or action in your life, you twist another sinful strand into the cords that will bind you in your sexual sins.

If you are playing with fantasies, pornography, or a sinful relationship, get away now. Flee youthful lusts, Paul would say (II Tim 2:22). Do not go near any place or thing that tempts you to sin sexually (Pr 4:15; 5:8; Ps 101:3; Rom 13:11). Pluck out your right eye or cut off your right hand rather than play with sexual sin, Jesus would say (Mat 5:28-30).

If you are addicted to a sexual sin, your case is not hopeless, but you will never free yourself by your means or strength. You must cut off the sin violently, totally, now! Repent with these words (Job 33:27-28). Beg God’s power in Jesus’ name to deliver you from sin, sex, and Satan. Humble yourself to a spouse, a parent, or a pastor with every condemning detail. Pursue God’s worship in public and private with your whole heart.

Nothing is too hard for the Lord Christ! You can read that harlots went into the kingdom of God before religious Pharisees (Matt 21:31). Paul told of many sexual sinners at Corinth, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (I Cor 6:11).

Proverbs 2:10

Proverbs 2:10

When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

If you desire success and safety in life, then here are the conditions for them. If you choose to love the wisdom of God, and if you choose to appreciate knowledge as a precious gift, then certain and substantial blessings will surely follow. But if you are not willing to meet these conditions, your life will be a dysfunctional and painful experience.

What are the certain and substantial blessings that follow wisdom and knowledge? They are discretion and understanding (Pr 2:11). They are deliverance from the lifestyle and punishment of wicked men (Pr 2:12-15,20-22). They are deliverance from the seduction and painful results of whorish women (Pr 2:16-22). These are great blessings indeed.

What is wisdom? The power of right judgment – ability to perceive and grasp a situation to know what should be done to please God and men. Wisdom begins with the fear of God – the submissive reverence that seeks to please Him in all things (Pr 9:10). The details of wisdom are God’s commandments found in the Bible (Ps 19:7-9; Eccl 12:13).

How does it enter into your heart? You choose to love it! You choose to make it a priority for your life by pursuing it sacrificially (Pr 18:1-2; Matt 6:21). Job valued God’s words more important than his necessary food (Job 23:12). David counted wisdom more precious than much fine gold and more delightful than honey (Ps 19:10). David chose to set his heart on wisdom (Ps 119:97,103,111,162). Have you? You should (Col 3:16).

What is knowledge? It is the worldview detailed in the Bible – the separation of fact from fiction, truth from lies, to know reality and righteousness. Knowledge also begins with the fear of God (Pr 1:7), for the existence of God is the first fact and the first cause of all things (Gen 1:1; Rom 11:33-36). Men who reject the existence of God are unreasonable: they are profane and vain babblers, even if called scientists (II Thess 3:2; I Tim 6:20-21).

How is knowledge pleasant to your soul? You choose to admire it as a precious and valuable thing. You cry to God for it (Pr 2:3; Ps 119:66); you crave instruction for it (Pr 12:1; 19:27; 21:11); and you use it with holy confidence (Pr 22:17-21; Job 36:1-4). When you choose to delight in knowledge, you will certainly be rewarded (Pr 24:13-14).

The greatest wisdom and knowledge in the universe are the mysteries revealed in the gospel (I Cor 2:6-16; I Tim 3:16). In it are fabulous secrets unknown to natural men, but clearly revealed to sincere believers (Matt 13:35; Rom 16:25-27). Has this precious wisdom entered your heart? Is this special knowledge pleasant to your soul? It will bring understanding and assurance of eternal life to those who appreciate it and embrace it.

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The Redeemed of the Lord

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June 2, 2017
The Redeemed of the Lord
“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.” (Psalm 107:2)

This hymn of praise for God’s providence centers around four examples of God’s deliverance from particular problems. The four situations are as follows: Lost travelers who are out of provisions far from a city (vv. 4-5), prisoners imprisoned for their own rebelliousness (vv. 1-12), those who have been brought to physical illness due to their sin (vv. 17-18), and sailors who face shipwreck on stormy seas (vv. 23-27). In each case, the individuals prayed for deliverance that resulted in God’s miraculous rescue and a response of praise.

This cycle reminds us of the pattern during the time of the Judges when “every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Due to their rebelliousness, God brought the people of Israel into captivity over and over again. Each time, in the midst of their oppression, they cried unto the Lord, who raised up a judge and empowered him to vanquish the enemy and free the people.

The exact same pattern can be found in Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the temple. He recognized man’s tendency to rebel and forget the Lord’s provision when things are going well, thus eliciting God’s judgment. But God has always used times of trouble to bring men and women back to Himself. He is a God of grace and mercy and love, desiring to forgive and restore those who repent and call to Him for deliverance (2 Kings 8).

The same truth applies today. We still tend to rebel, and He remains long-suffering, willing to forgive and restore upon repentance. “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:7). JDM

Proverbs 1:6

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Proverbs 1:6

To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

God inspired the book of Proverbs for you. It is in the Bible to teach wisdom to the simple and young (Pr 1:1-4). It can also take wise men to new levels of knowledge (Pr 1:5-6). But the wisdom in Proverbs must be carefully mined from Solomon’s short, dark sayings. Careless or lazy men will give up before learning anything (II Tim 3:6-7; 4:3-4).

There are no boring or stuffy theories here that are hard to grasp and apply. Instead, there are short, pithy observations of life that can give you great insight into human experience and sure rules for success. Noble and wise men will realize this incredible gift and apply themselves to learn these obscure sayings of the wisest man in history (Pr 1:5-6).

King Solomon was also a Preacher – for he used his great wisdom, social experiments, and findings in philosophy to teach his people knowledge (Eccl 12:9-11). He considered his collection of proverbs a great achievement. He made the project a priority, identified the best proverbs, and put them in order. He used only the best words and limited them to absolute truth that God approved. He chose the 500 or so proverbs in the book of Proverbs from the 3,000 he wrote and others he found (Pr 30:1; 31:1; I Kgs 4:32).

It requires effort to learn wisdom from proverbs. They are unlike the sound bites of politicians, the anecdotes used in most pulpits, the juvenile and sensational words of the media, and the dumbed-down wording of school textbooks. Proverbs are dark sayings: they are riddles (John 16:25,29). Their lesson is obscure. They must be interpreted and applied, or you will miss the lesson buried under the surface of the pithy saying. The mother lode of wisdom is waiting for those who will diligently mine Solomon’s proverbs.

You were born with several handicaps, which you must overcome with God’s help. All men are born with depraved hearts that lie to them (Pr 14:12; 28:26; Jer 17:9). All the learning the world offers is vanity (Is 8:20; I Cor 1:19-20; 3:19-20; I Tim 6:20-21). There are few teachers of wisdom left (Amos 8:11-12; II Tim 3:6-7; 4:3-4). And you were born in a lazy and impatient generation. Instead of McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers, you were trained by Dick and Jane and Dr. Seuss! Proverbs are extra difficult for the MTV generation, many of whom were taught the sight method of reading and/or Ebonics.

Instead of resenting the difficulty of proverbs, rejoice at finding the great spoil of secret wisdom hid among the words (Pr 2:4-5; Ps 119:162). Instead of grieving over the effort required, get excited about the intellectual challenge and soul benefit of figuring them out and applying them to your life (Job 23:12; Ps 119:96,104,111). Grab the opportunity!

These are the words of God. These are the words of the wisest King and philosopher that ever lived. These proverbs will save you from trouble in your life. These proverbs will bring happiness and success. These proverbs will teach you wisdom, the power of right judgment in all situations you will face. These proverbs will give you the knowledge of why things happen to others as they do. You will have understanding over other men. You will be able to teach truth and wisdom to others (Pr 11:30; 22:17-21).

Why did God inspire dark sayings that are hard to understand? Because success, truth, and wisdom are not rights. They are privileges by God’s grace for those humble enough to study them diligent (Pr 1:7; 2:1-9). Wisdom mocks those who are not humbly earnest (Pr 1:24-33; 8:36). But wisdom offers herself freely to the passionate (Pr 8:17).

Jesus often spoke in parables, which are merely extended proverbs. Why? To confuse the majority of his hearers, who did not deserve the truth (Matt 13:10-17). If you neglect His opportunities to learn truth and gain wisdom, the glorious God of heaven has promised to take from you even the little understanding you think you have (Luke 8:18; Is 66:4).

You have been warned. You should read a proverb a day and diligently try to understand it. Wisdom is freely offered (Pr 8:1-11; 9:1-12). And wisdom should be the principal goal of your life (Pr 4:5-9). Dedicate yourself to obtaining God’s wisdom (Pr 18:1-2). Love and learn these dark sayings that provide great value and pleasure (Ps 19:7-11).

Proverbs 29:7

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Proverbs 29:7

The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

Ignorance is not bliss, nor an excuse, when it comes to the poor. Wicked men do not think about them or make any effort to know their situations or troubles. But a righteous man considers the poor and explores their circumstances to learn what they need and how he can help. Ignorance is not bliss, nor an excuse, in this matter, for God will punish the selfish man that neglects to think about the poor and take care of them (Pr 21:13; 28:27).

Selfish and stingy persons, who are the wicked of this proverb, do not think or care about the poor. They are so obsessed with their own worthless lives that there is no room in their mind or heart for others, even when those others are in need or trouble. If you confront them, they say, “I did not want to pry into their personal business,” or, “I mind my own business, as you should,” or, “I did not know they were having such difficulties,” or, “I cannot afford to help anyone else, because I do not have many luxuries myself.”

Consider Job. God bragged to the devil that Job was a perfect and upright man (Job 1:1-8). Did Job think about the poor? Did he inquire about the poor to know when help was needed? Job said, “I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out” (Job 29:16). Amen! Job also said, “I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy” (Job 29:12-13).

Pure religion is thinking and doing for the poor (Pr 14:31; 17:5; Ps 112:9; Luke 19:8-9; Jas 1:27; I John 3:16-19). God does not care about your fasting, church attendance, Bible reading, or tithes, if you ignore or neglect the poor (Is 1:10-20; 58:3-7; Matt 23:23). He measures religion where it counts – in the heart and by your wallet! How much have you thought about the poor? Have you felt their pain? Have you asked about their needs? What have you done about it? Have you responded with labor or money? How much?

Financial success depends on giving to the poor, but wicked men do not give, because they greedily think they will get ahead by not giving. They are blind. You cannot become poor by giving to the poor, for the Lord will repay in abundance, even beyond what you give. Consider it well (Pr 11:24-26; 19:17; 22:9; 28:8; Luke 6:38; II Cor 9:6-11)!

Poor saints are your primary duty (Deut 15:7-11; Acts 2:42-45; 4:34-37; 6:1-7; 11:27-30; Rom 15:25-27; I Cor 16:1; II Cor 9:1-2). The only pagan poor you are bound to consider are those God brings directly in your path in a crisis (Luke 10:25-37). Only those of both types who are doing all they can for themselves are worthy. When you give to the Christian poor, there are two other bonuses to consider. First, Jesus Christ will remember your charity in the Day of Judgment (Matt 10:41-42; 25:31-46), and second, some have entertained angels unawares (Heb 13:2; Gen 18:1-8; 19:1-3; Judges 13:2-23).

If you are a woman, there is another reason for charity. If you are ever widowed, a true church will fully support you (I Tim 5:3-16; Acts 6:1-6). The qualifications for this special class of widows include a great reputation for diligence in good works, including the lodging of strangers and relief of the afflicted (I Tim 5:10; Pr 31:20; Acts 9:36-43). You can be fully vested in God’s retirement plan by investing in good works for others.

Empathy is feeling with and for others. Paul wrote, “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body” (Heb 13:3). It is practicing the golden rule from your heart and mind (Luke 6:31). God’s law required empathy with generosity (Ex 22:21-27; Deut 15:7-11; 24:12-22; Ps 41:1), which Job practiced (Job 31:16-22). How considerate are you of others in need? How tender is your heart, and how wide do you open your hand to help them (Deut 15:7-11)?

King Lemuel’s mother taught him to intervene for the poor (Pr 31:8-9), and she taught him to only marry a woman with that kind of heart (Pr 31:20). A great measure of noble character is a person’s eagerness to help others in trouble. But this wisdom is not only for the Old Testament: it is also required in the New (Rom 12:13). Your own happiness and blessings depend on how you treat the poor (Pr 14:21; Ps 41:1-3; Acts 20:35).

What will you do about this proverb? Despise it? Forget it? Whom should you be thinking about right now? Whom will you have to your house for a meal, or take out to eat, next? Those who can repay in some way, or those who cannot (Luke 14:12-14)? Lip service is worthless and cruel (Jas 2:15-16). The omniscient God is watching your heart, mind, and wallet (Pr 15:3; Heb 4:12-13). True love that proves eternal life performs (I John 3:14-19), like the Lord Jesus Christ performed mightily for you (II Cor 8:9; 9:15).

Proverbs 8:13

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Proverbs 8:13

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Fear and hate are good! They are essential to success with God and men. Fearing God is hating sin. The fear of the LORD, a reverential desire to please Him, is measured by your hatred of the things He hates. Four sins are listed here for you to hate, if you really want to please God and be wise. Lady Wisdom also states her hatred for these four sins.

The fear of the LORD is the greatest duty and goal of life. Solomon made this inspired conclusion after testing every possible reason for living with extensive experiments (Eccl 5:7; 8:12; 12:13). It is the first and greatest pursuit of godly men. You cannot love God rightly until you fear Him, for loving Him is His commandment (Deut 6:1-5; 10:12).

No man fears God by nature (Ps 36:1; Rom 3:18). It is the gift of God in a regenerated heart, but it is your duty to stir it up and put it into practice. It is the great prerequisite for wisdom, understanding, and knowledge (Pr 1:7; 9:10; Ps 111:10), and it brings the great blessings of God (Ps 112:1; 115:13; 128:1; 145:19; 147:11; Luke 1:50).

This effeminate and perverse generation condemns fear and hate. Yet they fear Bible preaching and truth, for it proves their guilt; and they hate those who preach and live it, for they would limit their wicked activities. But their opinions do not matter compared to the wisdom of the Creator God and His inspired Scriptures. Fear and hate are still good.

The fear of the LORD is a reverent desire to please God Jehovah, the Creator God of the Bible, which includes hating the things that He hates. The living and true God of the Bible hates sin (Pr 6:16-19; Jer 44:4; Zech 8:17), and His followers are to hate sin as well. Fear and hate are good. So hate evil with God (Ps 97:10; Amos 5:15; Rom 12:9)!

Lady Wisdom hates pride, which is exalted thinking about yourself, leading to an attitude of superiority and contempt for others. It is the inordinate self-esteem adored by this generation. God cast Satan out of heaven for pride (I Tim 3:6), and He will crush any man with a proud spirit, for you are nothing before Him and without Him (Ps 39:5; 62:9).

Lady Wisdom hates arrogance, which is aggressive pride in dealing with others. Pride is your attitude about yourself and others; arrogance is a haughty, condescending, conceited, and presumptuous treatment of others. It is the difference between being puffed up and vaunting yourself in Paul’s definition of love (I Cor 13:5; Rom 12:16).

Lady Wisdom hates an evil lifestyle, which is sinful living with wicked habits. You are to avoid ungodly men and their deeds (Ps 1:1; 5:4-5; 101:3-8; I John 2:16). You are to love God’s directions for each area of your life and hate every other idea (Ps 119:128; Jer 6:16). The blessed King Jesus was honored greatly for hating evil (Ps 45:7; Heb 1:9).

Lady Wisdom hates a froward mouth, which is perverse, obnoxious, and wicked speech. Your words should feed and help others (Pr 10:21; 15:4; 16:24). God hates a froward and lying tongue (Pr 4:24; 6:12,17; 10:31; 12:19; 21:6). Solomon dedicated many proverbs to sound speech, as it is a common area of sin (Pr 10:19; 12:18; 15:1-2,28; 17:27-28).

Reader, do you hate these four things? Are all four of them out of your life? You cannot and will not be wise, as long as you hold on to any of these specified sins. The true fear of the LORD will cause you to hate these things and tear every aspect of them out of your life (Ps 101:2-3). Do not claim to fear the LORD, if you hold on to even a single sin. To continue in your sins is to despise the LORD (Pr 14:2), and the holy God will punish you.

The great men and women in the earth are those who fear the LORD. They are His favorites, and they live happy and successful lives. He is their God, and He blesses them abundantly (Ps 25:12-15; 128:1-6). Jesus Christ feared God, and His prayers were heard, and He rules over the universe (Heb 5:7-9; 1:3,13). Follow His holy and perfect example.