LAY, LIE, LOSE

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LAY OR LIE

BE WARNED, AND BE INNOCENT, AND BE PATIENT

Friends can become a burden when they are lazy and prone to whine about the mess they made.  They can become a burden if they always need a handout.  Even worse are those who have great plan to enrich themselves at your expense by lies.  The unwary can be caught in many kinds of traps that can be very evil.  But have confidence in God to keep his promise to care for you.  No matter how high evil rises God will bring them down.

 

Proverbs 26:15-28

15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.

Really lazy people are unbelievable.  They can be too lazy to raise a hand even to feed themselves.

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

A lazy man has all the excuses, and thinks they are all great wisdom.  He can’t listen to any number of better reasons to get to work.

17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

One who buts in to somebody else’s argument is as wise as one who grabs a dog by the ears.  That’s easy to figure out, right?  Expect a real bad series of injuries!

18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 19 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

If you cheat a neighbor or friend and then say that it was just a joke, he will not see the joke.  You will be the same to him as one who comes in with guns and bombs.  There is no way to call that a joke and get peace; you have a war.

20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.  21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.  22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

If there is no trouble making liar the argument dies down, even as the fire needs wood.  When a trouble maker joins the conversation the fire of anger is fed like the fire with fresh wood.  The lies of a troublemaker cut like a knife in the belly.

23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.  24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;  25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. 

Why would anyone silver plate a broken clay pot?  The evil mouth hides useless garbage under a similarly silvery tongue.  This evil mouth lies and lays traps for the innocent.  When this one says nice things it is all a lie hiding seven sins in his heart.  Somehow I think there are a lot of elected officials like this.  Maybe even a president…or two.

26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.  27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

Oh but don’t worry, God has a promise here that this evil will be told to the world.  Whoever digs a pit to trap others will fall into his own trap.  Whoever tries to launch a rock at someone else will have it roll back and crush him.  Trust God to balance you accounts, and don’t avenge yourself.

28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

People who lie are haters who have no care or feelings for their victims.  A mouth full of kind words and flattery destroys the world around it.  So wait and watch as God delivers his promises against all your enemies.  Let him do his job, and do not disrespect him by trying to avenge yourself.  Savor this as a chance to build your faith in God.

TRIPLE TROUBLE

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SLOTH

THREE STEPS DOWN

What is natural is death.  We can be ego driven and fail to hear a warning to save your life.  To believe a lie or to invent your own foolishness is human nature without some effort to hear truth.  Being lazy one may never act on the need to live righteously.  It’s easier to just sit back, watch your show, take a nap, relax…

Proverbs 26:1-14

1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

Oh we know these weather conditions in Wyoming!  Trees die when we get late freeze or snow, and crops are damaged by rain or hail.  It causes a lot of damage, as does giving undeserved praise to a fool.  To give a good review to one who does not do well is deception and puts others at risk.  Don’t touch this.

2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

Birds are not very good about coming when they are called.  They are busy chasing bugs on the wing or gathering nest material.  What does a foolish curse accomplish?  Cursing someone who is not guilty is not going to be honored by God.  Why beat your gums to make a fool of yourself in god’s hearing?

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.

Funny, a horse needs a whip, but an ass only needs a bridle.  But a fool is dumber than either in needing a hard rod whipping.  Dumber than an ass.  But be careful to know what defines foolishness.  Another book of this bible gives one definition:

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.  Psalm 14:1

Having no faith in God is depressing and lowers their opinion of those who do.  It moves them to do evil and there is no good in them.

4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.                    5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. 

Don’t do it…if you can avoid it.  Don’t engage a fool in that big discussion because it will just tempt you to stoop to his level in foolish arguments.  Oh I’m sure you never got sucked into one of those on Facebook!  On the other hand some fools need to be shut up, so engage and shut them down.  Humiliation is sometimes good medicine.  Just make sure that you are not the one being foolish.

6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

We know an exercise that involves passing a message thorough a chain of people, and how it gets twisted.  But even if a message is carried by only one fool it sure to go bad.  the damage that one fool creates will breed more pain than an amputation or poisoning.

7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

Wisdom and knowledge should produce prosperous life, but not for everyone.  A real fool can turn a healthy thing into a horrible mutilation of truth.

8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

Goliath must have had a really big hard head, but David’s sling gave it a stunning and destructive blow.  Loading a sling is leading to a lot of damage, and so is promotion and flattery to one who is undeserving.

9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.

If we missed number seven, words of wisdom coming from a fool miss the target and hurt like the nasty acid filled thorns.  When God repeats himself it means that you should have learned this the first time.

10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

God is not accountable to us and does things that we don’t understand.  He knows where fools and unrighteous men are going and what their end will be.  He knows if they will face his rejection or acceptance and when that will be.  He receives whosoever will, and we don’t have to let our feelings be hurt if we don’t understand.

11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Oh watch a fool go back, he will lap up the very thing that was killing him.  Recidivism is a word we learned in the prison ministry.  Some people cannot stay out of prison, whether physical or mental.  They are slaves to their sin, and cannot escape.

12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

OK, I have ideas that others do not believe in.  But I know that I am not the expert and none of us have all the answers.  When someone can’t hear another view and has all the answers, he probably has nothing at all.  We have read about the trouble a fool can brew, but he has nothing on the know-it-all.

13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

Lazy is a curse that invents excuses from imaginary fears.  Maybe not a lion, but perhaps other job applicants are better qualified.  Oh, man I can’t mow the lawn today because it’s too long.  Well, it’s too late in the day to start the job now…

14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

A door turns, but it never goes anywhere.  The snooze button never gets you anywhere either.  This is just another dead end road that leads to failure and poverty.  Being lazy, conceited, or foolish is a trinity of death.  God repeats himself to turn us away from the dark parts of human nature.  These are natural behavior that compel us to seek supernatural help.  God has delivered his part in these words, so we must deliver ourselves to him to be enabled.

GRACE RULES

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MERCY

KINDNESS AND GRACE PREVAIL

There is a lot of evil in the world, and God will deliver us at some point.  How great it is when things do go well for the righteous.  It will be hard to watch as the bible warns us of a decline of our civilization.  We have responsibility as individuals for our choices, so these wisdoms are a guide.  We can remember that Israel lived through bad times and bad leaders.  God is with us to deliver us and to help us to deliver others.  And he can send people who live the good example of kindness for us.

Proverbs 25: 15-28

15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

Impatience is not a tool for making your case with the boss.  A long pattern of patient demonstration of value is the path to prosperity.  Wisdom can work without raising its voice, and knowledge makes its point calmly.

16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.  17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

A good thing is not always good for all time.  Overeating or any overindulgence may lead to regrets.  Similarly a welcome by your neighbor may grow old if you become a constant presence.  There are times when friends need their space.

18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

Accusing your neighbor of a crime he is not guilty of is more than a blow.  It hammers, cuts, and pierces.  Now the courts may buy your lies, but the judge is the God who knows your heart.  This is a path of death for you far worse than what you can do to your enemy.

19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

I am remembering a scene in the movie “Platoon” where one soldier drifted off to sleep during his guard duty.  One of his buddies opens an eye to see shadowy figures creeping up on them, then all hell breaks loose.  We count on other people in many ways and a double minded or unreliable partner is a disaster.

20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

After a great loss mourning is a natural process.  Really silly efforts to induce cheer are like fingernails on the blackboard or diving into a freezing pond.  Better not to be the one who delivers this performance; it may not get good reviews.

21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:  22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.

Caring for your enemy is a good thing for you but not so good for him.  God rewards your kindness while the unrepentant enemy of God really makes his experience worse.

23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

Gossip, slander, lies about another person are incredibly destructive and hurtful.  It deserves a fierce look and it will not stand that look for long.

24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

In a secret corner of the attic you may find dust, but that is still a better place to live than a mansion ruled by a loud violent woman.

25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Good news from a far country is a connection to people who you know but seldom hear from.  That news is as refreshing as a big cold drink in the desert.

26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

I grew up beside a polluted river, where storms could flush raw sewage to the top.  That is a pathetic testimony to our stewardship of the earth.  But worse is when good men are oppressed or imprisoned by the evil and the greedy.  That is the horrible testimony of the government of our nation today.

27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

Lots of honey is fun but it wants revenge if you don’t know when to stop.  Oh we also like to get respect from others, but it should be embarrassing to be fawning after attention to the point that others are repelled.

28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Being wild, unpredictable, quick to anger and lacking wisdom is destructive and shameful.  Consider the inner city that has seen poverty, neglect, and decay for decades.  The man who is so out of control is worse off than those ghettos, or even a war zone.  Do we have such leaders today?  God knows the way to guide you through this too.

CAUTION FOR LIFE

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PRIDE-NOT

WISDOM WAITS

Are we ready to go to war?  God knows things that we don’t know and it is dangerous to run into harm’s way.  Our leaders may know things we don’t and our enemies may be more righteous than we realize.  Humility may save you from disgrace if you allow others to have grace.

Proverbs 25: 1-14

25 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.  2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.  3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

Solomon is accredited by the scribes for this wisdom.  God has the sovereign right to his own secrets that we will never know.  However he is the one who anoints kings, so he has the right to honor them with a revelation.  The king can investigate anything, but no one else has access to that knowledge.  In America our presidents have hidden lies that took us to war, and decades later we find out.  But we may never know all the weight of things that motivated their decisions.  God alone will be their judge, and only they know the secrets he has slipped out to them.

4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.   5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

Refining the ore of valuable metal, shining the silver makes it workable for the artist.  In the same way if one removes the corrupt people from the counsel of the king, he will not be under the influence of evil.  His reign can turn in the right direction if he has only wise advisers.

6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:  7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

No, don’t step up to the boss’s table and seat yourself.  If you deserve a seat with the leaders, the boss knows it without your help.  Wait for his invitation to come when you have earned it.  Otherwise he will put you down where you belong.

8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.  9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:  10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.

Do not be quick to start a fight where the outcome is uncertain.  Even when you are sure you have the advantage there is a chance the opponent will win the fight.  Or you may win only to face a judge who does not share your opinion.  Take the opportunity to have a private conversation with your neighbor and honestly seek to understand his point of view.  DO NOT tell any story about him to a third party.  That is even worse that fighting with him, and you will still get beat up for sure when he finds out.  Take this lesson now, or get spanked again in the New Testament:

15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  Matthew 18:15

11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.  12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

Saying the right thing is more than gold and silver, it is like artwork made from the precious metals.  And one who hears and accepts correction with grace will honor the source of that wisdom as valued as gold.

13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.

When harvest didn’t involve heavy machinery it could be a hard working day.  It could be refreshing to have a fresh snow blow in to cool the working men.  When important messages must be delivered it is refreshing to know that someone is a reliable messenger.  even today companies and governments need accurate communications.  We have enough fake news…

14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

Are you a hero, a legend in your own mind?  A resume that is embellished with absent skills and fake experience will leave you stranded in a dry place.  The job you get by false claims will discover your shame.

HIS JUDGMENT

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Saddle Leather Law

FORGET HOLLYWOOD

Your opinion may be the poison that kills you.  When you think that you are in the right, consider what God thinks before you take action.  If your enemy is in your sights consider how the human judge may turn against you and your “truth”.  By all means do not try to join the evil man though.  God promised to be the judge of all, including you.

Proverbs 24:17-34

17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:  18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

Is it a good idea to do the victory dance and gloat when you have a win?  It gets old in sports, and it is unwise in any situation.  A win should not make you overconfident.  God is the source of our victory and he has no love for pride.  God can see good in everyone and you don’t have a monopoly on it.  But you do have an opportunity to repent.

19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked:  20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

What if your enemy wins, are you lost in despair?  Has your world come to an end, or is God still on the throne?  So the wise guy gets to run the show…into the ground.  when God sees an evil victory he plays out the unpleasant reward that is due.  By all means steer a wide path away from the temptation to be the evil from jealousy or for vengeance.  In that sin you will inherit the Lord’s judgment as the evil do.

21 My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:  22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

Doesn’t it make sense to respect those who have power over your life?  God ordains the leaders and he ensures that justice is done.  Avoid those who want to change that stability by rebellion.  God and the king will become aware of their plans, and there is a snare waiting for them.

23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.  24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:  25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.  26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

Wisdom owns this understanding:  do not honor the famous and powerful over the righteous.  Anyone who calls the evil man good will be hated by the nations of the world.  But those who have the courage to rebuke evil will be honored everywhere.  Germany had a few heroes who stood against the Nazis and the world will need more in the future.

27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

We are advised to do the work of farming to assure your needs before getting preoccupied with building a big home.  Perhaps we can get by with a tent or a wagon in the interest of assured provisions for the winter.  Perhaps today one may consider getting education or skills developed before signing a mortgage or buying a big car.

28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.  29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

Do not falsely accuse your neighbor or tell lies about him.  But also do not seek revenge against the guilty.  God has claimed responsibility for vengeance, and he will not share it.  Scriptures warn us repeatedly not to try to pluck the weeds because we make mistakes.  We are not authorized to be vigilantes or to defy the commandment of God.  If he has just promised to be the judge then we are not entitled to call him a liar by trying to do his job for him.  Don’t do it.  Forget your Hollywood westerns and hear your God.

30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;  31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.  32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

The writer has seen the home of the lazy man falling into ruins.  His farming is surrendered to weeds and the fences are down.  The writer has been able to learn a lesson from what he has seen.  Does it take a college degree?

33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man. 

Oh yes, take a nap, or push the “snooze” button, you can sleep a little more.  Take a day off or play the game boy for a day.  There is a horrible reality stalking you as you rest, the day of being flat broke is a reality waiting.  No money, no welfare, no way to pay.  Poverty is a curse that you can earn by not working.

BLACK LIGHT

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CAMP2

GOOD AND EVIL

A “good” German would cheer and salute Hitler in the 20th century.  A courageous German would speak against the Nazis and be killed.  Will Christians be able to know good and evil, and will they know what to do about it today?  It may happen our lifetime that many Christians will fall away and be replaced by the children of Abraham.  The son of David is telling us how to find our life by giving it to Jesus.

Proverbs 24:1-16 

1. Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. 2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

All ill-gotten wealth is a death trap to those who live by crime.  They are not role models except to fools.  So drug dealers with big cars and homes, and corrupt politicians will never tempt you to follow their lead, right?  Remember that their whole life is married to their downfall.  God does not miss a lie.

3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:  4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 

Pleasant riches may include those that money can’t buy.  A home filled with love can also have plenty to eat and good shelter.  Prosperity is not all bad and it comes by wisdom.

5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. 

Not all strength is physical, as we need good relations with man and God.  But wisdom can also keep us from things that are bad for our health.

6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

If you are facing hard challenges and threats it pays to plan your way well.  Having others who know God and his wisdom is insurance against the needs of the day.

7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Even a fool may know when to keep his mouth shut.  He does not have a handle on wisdom, and speaking up leaves him exposed to those who do.  Even he learns to avoid the shame of his foolishness.

8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

Well the secret plans eventually manifest as actions that others remember.  They know his legacy and remember him as a trouble maker.

9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

If you entertain evil ideas you are still indulging a sin that God knows about.  But if you express your scorn for others, your fellow man is aware of the evil that comes from your heart and leaves through your mouth.

10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

If you can’t muster a fight when the going is tough you are a weakling.  Simple enough?  How many simply ignore the danger or leave the fight to others?  There is crisis in every generation and god expects us to act on the need.  He calls you a weakling if you have no voice in a world of sin.

11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;  12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

When you know that someone is either tempted by danger or ignorant of the danger of their bad choices, you have responsibility.  At least one preacher spoke out against Hitler at the cost of his life, and the reward of his soul.  Some of those who didn’t speak up were given the job of burying the Jews who died in the concentration camps.  The people of that time in Germany had to rebuild their bombed out cities and their lives.  There is still a price to be paid.  And there will be more choices in our modern world that require us to be accountable to God.  This life is the test, and the next one is the reward.

13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:  14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

We are not required to taste the bitterness of bad choices.  Wisdom is like honey for its good sweet savor.  Like honey, wisdom is healthy and will lead you to a sure reward.

15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:  16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Why would God warn a thief away from the man who will stand against his crimes?  The righteous will survive, and the thief will fall to the judgment of the law.  Why offer the honey of wisdom to the wicked man?  We are all that evil man, and we all need the help of God.  No one is without hope, and the wisdom is offered to those who are failing.  They are often the only ones who know that they are falling short of the righteousness of God.  He will reach out to whosoever will hear and turn.

CAMP3

GERMAN CIVILIANS CLEANING UP A DEATH CAMP

WINE WOMEN AND DEATH

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SAFE PASSAGE HERE

A ship on the water and the way of a young man with a women; these are marvelous to watch.  Both need to chart a safe course in order to avoid wrecking on the rocks of life.  We have a safe map in these words, and a wise captain in the Lord.  Enjoy a safe passage when you stay in the safe lanes recommended here.

Proverbs 23:19-35

19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.  20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:  21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

Make a choice to find and follow a wise path to life.  Steer far away from those who party with feasting and drinking strong drinks.  Those people are on a path that invariably leads to poverty.  You will be amazed at how fast the party will drain all prosperity.

22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.   23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Hear the wisdom and warnings of your father, and mother.  There is no righteousness in hating your mother when she grows old.  Even if it only comes at great cost, own truth and wisdom as your greatest investment.

24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.  25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

A father who has righteous children probably got there by being a good example.  But children have free will and they can either do better or worse than their dad.  When they do well either way parents are rewarded by that more than anything else.

26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.  27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.  28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.

Here our father advises the young to listen to good advice.  For the young man a prostitute is a step into the pit of death.  This cheap thrill is the most expensive to a man’s soul, his one true treasure.

29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?  30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. 

The inheritance of mental, physical, and spiritual illness belongs to the drunkard.  As the drinks get stronger, the joy of life becomes weaker in the mixture of sorrow.

31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.  32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 

Looking at the wine brings its charm to life.  It begins to live in your mind as an attraction that should bring you comfort.  When it comes to life in you it begins to move on its own, getting stronger until it strikes as the poisonous snake that it is.

33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.  35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

What begins as an attraction to your eyes will grow into a temptation to act on your lust.  The action to engage an unrighteous woman is like taking a swim in the stormy sea or relaxing in the crow’s nest of a ship.  If you are asleep in the place of great danger you will be unaware of the damage you are receiving until it is too late.  And yet in spite of the injuries, you will be drawn to repeat the mistake again and again until death.

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