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Wisdom is delivered to those who are willing to learn.  These proverbs come from a loving father to a generation that is strong in their own understanding.  Deviation from wisdom will bring a few pains that should help the learning process.  Adherence to them should help one grow grey hair and comfort to age well.  Forgetting or abandoning wisdom will cost you the inheritance of life.

Proverbs 20:15-30

15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Real wisdom; when and where have you seen it?  Does it reside with a rich man, a government official, a parent, or a pastor?  We seem to be moving away from a rich man even though the writer of Proverbs was Solomon, a rich king.  Even he fell away from the words of wisdom in the face of so many opportunities for temptation.  He recovered at the end of his life but isn’t it better to find and follow wisdom early?  There is your treasure of immeasurable value.

16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

Surety is a security deposit or collateral on a loan.  The law requires that a garment given as a security deposit be returned before the end of the day so the poor are not abused in borrowing.  But one who is foolish enough to lend to a stranger deserves to have his garment taken from him.  And one who is both foolish and rebellious to hire a prostitute should be required to pay a fine as well.

17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

When a lie is born it leaves the mouth as sweetly as candy going in.  It seems to defer the anger of people who are robbed or offended by covering a crime.  Of course when the lies unravel they may have the offender’s mouth literally filled with gravel if he gets himself killed and buried.

18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

Good advice is needed in every decision, especially in war.  If you think you are not at war, are sickness and poverty your friends?  You will know who your enemies are when they take away your Medicare and social security.  Everyone is a soldier in the army of the Lord.

19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

Gossips live to reveal your failures, and they are investigators of everybody’s business except their own.  Identify those who are sweet talking you as enemy agents serving the prince of darkness.  Cover you secrets and cover your friends secrets by being quiet and distant from these dark warrior spies.

20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

Parents are you greatest supporters, desiring to see your success.  You are in error if you see them as enemies, and disrespecting them is to hate yourself, and you will harvest your own destruction.

21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Better to get a trust fund that comes in regular installments than a lump sum inheritance.  Confidence in a large treasure is the delusion of wealth that vanishes quickly.  The needs of our senior years will sorely miss the treasure that was spent on the vanity of our youth.

22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.

I feel pain from shoddy merchandise, greedy employers, and corrupt government.  At times inanimate objects cause injury and I may even curse those blameless and lifeless things.  If my faith grows I should have peace in all circumstances, even as my joints feel the pain of my trials.  I should never have an enemy in my sights for revenge if I believe that God is our judge.  I disrespect God if I think I can do his job for him when he has told me not to do so.

23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.

God repeats himself when he knows that we really aren’t paying attention.  He previously said that bad measurement is stealing and he hates to catch us doing that.  Be sure that he always catches us doing bad things.  We are bad by nature, he is good my nature, and aware of everything that is done.  He reminds us again because we will forget again.  Cheating is wrong, and we will pay for it.  So will the rulers who ignore it instead of delivering justice.

24 Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?

HE CAN’T.  God has stuff going on that we cannot understand.  How can we know that losing my job is part of my life that will bring me something better?  How could I find a wife who had the faith to live with a contract worker?  How can I know how her death might help me complete a mission for God?  This is the time to ask him for our path, because we do not know how it should go; only he does.

25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

It’s a trap!  That is a warning to keep you from destruction.  To take food dedicated to the priesthood in the Old Testament was one example.  Now taking the authority of doing something for holy reasons is still not to be taken lightly.  If you make any vow; to avoid caffeine, or to be a missionary, it is serious.  To enquire of God about such a decision is not to be a hindsight:  ask him first.  And if he leads you to make a promise, give him all of what he wants, not just part of it.

26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.

A wise king does not gather the evil people to be his partners in crime.  A wise king seeks out evil men with power and destroys them.  A wise king leaves no room for evil and violent men to keep harming his people.  His authority is a wheel that crushes them.

27 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

I am no brilliant light, but in this dark world even my little candle can expose the darkness that still lingers in my heart.  God gave me this spirit to expose the corruption that I need to let him cure.  But I have to see and surrender the things he hates.

28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

Mercy and truth are assets a king needs because he has enemies.  Enemies will use failure as weapons to turn the people against their king.  If he is not truthful he will have no people.  If he is merciful his enemies will remember that he has saved them too.  The King must reflect the mercy and grace of God.

29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.

Yes, they need that to overcome the problems they earn by not hearing their parents! That is the strength that takes them through the early labor jobs.  That strength covers the gaps when there isn’t enough to keep family and home working.  But it slowly grows into the wisdom that will advise THEIR children when they try to lift the burdens by themselves.  If the grey head has the real glory they will have learned to trust God to carry the heaviest burdens.

30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

Being black and blue is blood working to heal the hidden damage of bruises.  An open wound that turns blue may be a sign of gangrene though, so more medical care may come from your doctors.  The healing needed for behavior problems is the marks of a good whipping.  But again, if behavior problems do not respond to correction more severe results may follow.  For gangrene it may mean amputation.  For rebellion against God even Christians may be cut off.

Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.  Romans 11:22



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In 1941 America had radar, and still missed the warning of an incoming Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor.  In Vietnam in 1968 my First Sergeant discovered that all of our defending Vietnamese infantry were asleep at their guard posts.  He climbed the roof of their bunker and began firing the 50 caliber machine gun to awaken them in a panic.  In 2016 America ignored many warnings and settled for the “lesser” of two evil candidates.  Now this nation may be following Israel into the judgment they got in Babylon.  You can still develop your confidence in citizenship in the Kingdom of God.  Godly men prospered in Egypt, Babylon, and Persia.  But if you cannot see or hear the warnings of these words of God you may die in your sins.

Enlisted men, like Pvt. Joe Lockard and Pvt. George Elliott, provided the Pursuit Officer with data from a new system called radar. Working the radar station at Opana Point with Lockard on the morning of December 7th, Elliott was getting some more experience. Most days, they turned the radar off by 7 a.m. Waiting for their ride back to base, the men decided to keep the radar on.

Suddenly Lockard saw something he had never seen before.

It was the largest group I had ever seen on the oscilloscope. It looked, as I said, like a main pulse and that is why I was confused, at first, as to whether it was a flight or not. I had never seen one…it produced the largest echo on the scope that I had ever seen.


Proverbs 20:1-14

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Wine has an invitation that seems to offer comfort and fellowship.  A strong liquor offers a quick escape into carefree times.  What seems like a social behavior is a lubricant into foolishness.  Comfort quickly goes south into shame and disgrace.  We should tremble at the threat of drink long before it degenerates into death.  I have known good souls who have left us forever for being unable to turn away from substance abuse.

2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

Kings, judges, and leaders must protect their people so they are given authority to destroy transgressors.  To rebel or speak evil of an authority may lead to your judgment and punishment.  God places rules, and he may require a cost against your soul as well as the punishment of the world.

3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Anyone who can walk away from an argument or even agree is a man of honor indeed.  How wonderful if he can actually listen, understand, and change his mind.  But it is just as honorable to allow others to have a different opinion and be understanding.  Can we who have a relationship with a God others can’t see understand that they cannot hear him?  Can we be patient to identify those who may come to hear our God at a later time?  Or do we drive away some who are actually God’s people because we will not hear them out?  Oh but a fool can be religious and still be offensive to everyone.  A fool who worships false Gods may yet be redeemed, but one who knows our God and blasphemes by rebellion will be a fool to the end.

4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

Wow; Wyoming springtime is always frosted by the late snow storm.  If our farmers do not get the plowing done early it will never get done.  I am no farmer, but I have seen a local farmer re-plant in the fall, and he got a crop of green before the snow set in.  There is a season of prosperity for the hardy worker but only poverty for fair weather workers.

In industry we have to find work during hard times too.  Bad bosses and annoying co-workers cannot put us off.  Even if we get laid off we have to go after the next job by faith.  I was laid off over five years ago, but I bought software and launched my own patents and a new company.  If you can’t join them, lick them!

5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

A man who has wisdom has the evidence of God in his life, and he may not volunteer what he knows to everyone.  He knows that some do not take well to raw truth.  He will have the kind of advice that may save your life, but he cannot know if your will take his life for offering it.  If you have understanding you will recognize who has wisdom and you will humbly seek it.  Two wise people will know each other and plan a garden that gives the fruit of life.

6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

Usually both sides of any argument claim to be the true light of righteousness.  Every prisoner is innocent too, right?  Well god can find a faithful man, and he sent us one in his son Yeshua.  That son of God can make you righteous too, but only by faith in him.  Don’t tell us how right you are, tell him how wrong you are.  He will fix you.

7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

A good man doesn’t talk right, he walks right.  He has no need to proclaim what he demonstrates, and his family is enveloped in the blessings that God sends him.

8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

How many leaders today really pass judgment, let alone sit on its throne?  But one who can do so is under the power of God and disperses the resistance of evil from his realm.  There is power in the ruler who is anointed by God.

9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Jerimiah 17:9 says:  “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  No man can claim to have a clean heart.  Romans 3:23 says: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  Can any of us claim to have earned our righteousness by our goodness when God would call us liars?  No one can.

10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.

Sure, we know that a package of beef should weigh what it says it weighs.  A bad scale is a form of theft.  But all forms of unequal measurement fall under this as well.  Is a man more guilty if his skin is not white?  Is a godless communist more guilty than a godless capitalist?  God wants us to bring everyone to him because he alone can measure truth and deliver it to us.

11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

If we expect this of our children, can we expect to get away with less?  Will God hide his eyes when we who are his children are not pure?  If you have begun to believe that there is a God do you really expect him to take less than an honest life?

12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.

Gathering light with clarity and being able to discern distance, motion, and color is important.  Hearing the roaring lion is an important warning.  These are the radar of survival, and God intends you to survive.  Why did he bother if we do not bother to see and hear his warnings of danger?

13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

I am old enough to benefit from long hours of sleep.  But now I have opportunities that I never had in my younger years.  I fight to get sleep early so I can rise early and get my work done.  Now I am fighting for my children, so they may have an inheritance.  But most of all I want them to have a heritage of faith in God.

14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

Well we do this; tell the dealer that his merchandise is not worth what he wants for it.  When the debit card reader asks if the amount is correct, I ask if I can make an offer.  It doesn’t work but if I got any sale prices I can be pretty happy with my new material goods.  Can I also so value the forgiveness that could only be won by the self sacrifice of the son of God?  I can’t deny that what I paid was nothing compared to what he paid.


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These words of wisdom can deliver us from disaster.  We can observe men around us doing all the errors we are warned against by these proverbs.  but I am not alarmed by them as much as the religious people who ignore their transgressions and still consider them to be Christians.  Especially when our leaders are opposed to these wise directions and lead our nation to share their destruction.  But don’t feel alone; Solomon defied these same proverbs even after God gave them to him.  Israel was delivered into captivity because of the sins of Solomon.  Like our leaders today he had the opportunity to experience wealth, power, popularity, and temptation.  But Solomon will redeem himself at the end of his life with better advice.  Will our leaders be able to turn in time?  It didn’t save Israel and it probably won’t save this nation.

 Proverbs 19:15-29

15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Being lazy lulls one into the kind of sleep that cuts us off from the world of the living.  Without work life ends in hunger, poverty, and desperation.  No one can keep you from working at some trade, and it does bring prosperity.

16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

This is not a suggestion, this is the way to life, and that is even important after death to avoid the second death: obey God’s commandments.  But if you hate this idea then you will die twice, and being judged for the second death is all pain ad all regret.

17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

You cannot lose by helping the poor as you are supporting the will of God.  There will be a path that rewards you in this as God is faithful.

18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

There is hope when a child is young enough to receive a clear impression of consequences to sin.  If you yield to his tears, they will become your own tears when he fails as an adult.

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

Yes, anger does not admit failure, and it goes on the attack again even after failure.  If you pay his bail he will be right back at the same battle that did him in before.

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

If our father should chastise us other good advice will come now, and we should listen.  We are not born with wisdom, but we still have a chance to become wiser if we finally stop and listen.  It worked for Solomon, after a fashion.

21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

How many time do we think about what we would do “if he does that”?  Are the thoughts all coming from God?  Do you hear any good thoughts from God, or do you even want to?

22  The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

Kindness is what you welcome from others, and kindness is what makes you welcome to others.  Honesty is a kindness to yourself and others, so treasure that over treasure.

23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Fearing God keeps you in his favor and brings prosperity in the place of destruction.  Not touching the stove avoids pain and still cooks a good meal.

24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

Was Napolean lazy?  Not like this.  A lazy man keeps his ability out of the sight of those who could use his help.  He won’t even let his abilities out for his own benefit.

25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

For a man who scorns the rules of society harsh punishment is a warning to other fools.  But the wise can improve themselves in response to constructive suggestions or even correction.

26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

If we waste our father’s training, correction, material support, and love we cause him to grieve.  If we snap at our mother and reject her love, we follow the path that causes our community to disrespect us and our whole family.

27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

Stop listening to the popular ideas of the modern world that deny the wisdom of this book.  Popularity is not the validation of truth.  Every contrary behavior is self destructive while wisdom endures all trials.

28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

Those who exalt sinful ways scorn the idea that God will have a real judgment of our lives.  That reality is waiting without their acknowledgement, so they feed on more and more transgressions in their delusion of safety.

29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

The judgment of God is real, ready, and painful for those who deny its reality.  The fear of the Lord of judgment is the first step for those who chose to be found righteous.  Fear God and find life instead of death.