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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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Everybody else is bigger and more attractive than me.  They win the contests and earn the big paychecks.  They marry the beautiful people while I seem to be an ugly bug in the plan of God.  Then as I am being crushed, I remember to cry out to God for help.  All of the disasters of my entire life are revealed to be the lessons that open the doors to victory.  In the grace of God I am promoted to the place of honor.

Proverbs 23:1-18

1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:  2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.  3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.

When invited to dine with a rich man watch your back.  When he feeds you the good things of life, expect to be indebted for the favors.  If you enjoy indulging yourself too much you might as well kill yourself before he does.

4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.  5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Do not work for wealth, and forget about what you consider to be wisdom.  Why aim at a goal that is not real?  Money and wealth are as elusive as the wild eagle, they are already gone.

6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:  7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.  8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

Well God repeats himself when the message is urgent.  Do not take the good things of life from a man who has evil ways.  He may be spoiling you with good things but he is drawing you into a trap.  The sweet treats will turn to puke before you are done.

9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Well if anyone disregards these words he has a problem.  If you try to fix the broken person he will break you.  There will be no love coming from him.

10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:  11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.

A landmark today is the measurement point of the surveyor.  It establishes ownership of the lands of your neighbors.  Do not cross those lines or try to steal the lands of the poor.  They have a promise of protection from their God.  He can make you an offer that you can’t refuse.

12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Put all of your mind, heart and soul into learning wisdom.  Identify and listen to the teachers who have righteous knowledge.

13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.  14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

This is so unpopular in the world of political correctness.  But then is there anything correct in the world of political?  I will inject a warning from the New Testament that we can apply here:

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Matthew 7: 13-15

Those of us who find life are few in number.  The minority does not win elections, and the winners are not the people of God.  So when they tell you not to discipline your children know that you are hearing the wolves who would eat your children.  This is your family, keep them away from the wolves with proper correction.  That does not include violence that does permanent harm and will turn your children against you.

15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.  16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.

When your children are righteous and wise it is the greatest reward for parents.  We have the opportunity to learn from this which is the word of God.  Jesus is called the Word because his wisdom has been displayed in both testaments of this bible.  He is the word.  The creator himself is pleased when we study his life and show ourselves approved.

17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.  18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off. 

Strength, beauty, wealth and power seduce the people of the world.  The carnal man admires the power and beauty of the celebrities around us.  How often do we witness their fall when those values shoot them down in flames.  We are blessed when strength escapes us and we remember to turn to God for help.  Real heroes are weak enough to fear the Lord and be delivered from impossible opposition.


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Here is the wisdom of Solomon as he received it from God.  What is in our world today is not that wisdom though.  These words offer a safe path through these times, and warnings of what to avoid.  these are only the weather conditions that suggest where we are going.  As we move on into the lives of the prophets later we will see the results.

Proverbs 22: 16-29

16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

Now it seems that this is the rule of the world today.  Oh the rich will run things for now.  But this is like shooting yourself in the foot.  The poor become aware of the condition and they are not inspired to work like slaves.  The children of Abraham found this in Egypt, but their cries were heard by the Lord.  Be sure that our God still hears their prayers.  This proverb will be fulfilled again.

17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.  18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.  19 That thy trust may be in the Lord, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.  20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,  21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?

Yes, lower yourself from pride and listen to the wise.  Then complete the lesson by putting that wisdom into action with all your heart.  You will find it rewarding to commit wisdom to memory so they come out in your conversation.  So you will remember that I taught you to trust the Lord today.  The Lord has written great wisdom through his servant Solomon.  This was done so you have the assurance of God that you may give real wisdom to others who come to you to find it.

22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:  23 For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. 

Hear the warning that the modern world cannot hear:  Do not harm or rob the poor sick people around us.  God himself will keep his promises to avenge them and to punish their oppressors.

24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:  25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

Do not become an ally of the angry man and do not move with the warlike or you will become his student and share his punishment.  We can wait to witness the vengeance of God on those who attempt to reject his warning.

26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.  27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

Do not give your handshake in agreement to cover or cosign for another person’s loan debt.  If that person or you become unable to pay, why should you give up your survival for them?  Here it is as the wisdom of God; you don’t need to feel bad or make excuses.  You have the warning, there is a red flag on this.  Expect grief if you ignore the gates at the railroad crossing.

28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

Oh we still have the surveyors place landmarks to establish property lines.  If you mess with these the law may be paying you a visit.  This is simply stealing from your neighbor.

29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

If you know an honest businessman he will be honored by good leaders.  He will not be in the company of criminals.  Be patient, the dishonest businessmen and leaders of today will be burned away by the judgment of the King of Kings.  The righteous will be raised up in honor by him when he comes.


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God allows us freedom to make our own choices, but he includes a warning about making the wrong choices.  Does god punish us?  He warns us not to touch the top of the stove.  We aren’t tall enough to see the danger, but it is waiting for us.  Hell wasn’t mad for man, but it is the top of the things we should consider unwise.  Here are the warnings that steer us away from that pit.

Proverbs 22:1-15 

1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

A rich man with a reputation for cheating and stealing will have an enemy waiting for him when he meets the Lord in judgment.  How many of our great leaders will be found among the transgressors?  May we be found in our poverty among those who have no stain on their name.

2 The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.

As god is the father of all of us, may the rich also be found among the righteous.  No one will be greater or lesser because of our lifetime earnings.

3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

We can’t always foresee the weather, but there are some things that give obvious warnings.  If you recognize the signs of an evil man it is wise to relocate or take a defensive position.  But foolishness may even ignore a rabid pit bull, and suffer the mauling of the mad dog.

4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.

The fear of the Lord is wisdom, and humility wins his favor.  Riches that come with honor and a long life are only found in the Lord.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

Sinners have a hard life ahead of them.  But those who keep their relationship well with God are far from those dangers.

6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

This is an assurance to those who have taken time to teach their children about God.  There may be a season of sorrow if children try a road that leads to pain.  But we should keep them in prayer knowing that God often calls them late in life.  Israel may seem to be far from their messiah, but God has promised them a reunion.  They will find their brother, who everyone thought was dead, and they will know joy.

7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Oh don’t we know it today.  America is completely sold over to the rule of the rich today.  The poor majority are totally enslaved to the banks, and there is no justice against usery.

8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Now we see this happening in the news all the time now.  We witness stories about the minions of evil feeling free to openly attack the weak and helpless with their wealth and power.  So why am I at all distressed if I believe God to make this right?  I must be the one who needs to read this and start living by faith instead of by sight!

9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Being assured of my own prosperity by faith in God, I am not afraid of running out of the provisions of life.  As such I can give to the poor regularly with confidence.  My eye is bountiful because my faith sees what is not yet there as being real and substantial already.

10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

One individual can cause division among many others.  He can bring a lot of anger against any group he is associated with.  But there is a solution if his group is willing to recognize the problem and its source.  They have to remove the problem person to preserve their unity and good reputation.

11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

Honesty and righteousness are merits that are rare and appreciated.  This will be an asset that is welcomed by wise leaders.  We still have a few honest people and wise leaders.  This word indicates that we have hope, and righteousness has rewards.

12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

The disgrace of the words of evil men are the opposite of the grace of righteous words.  This is an offense to God and here he promises to unmask evil.  His will be done.

13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

Wow…that is one wild excuse for being lazy.  Being lazy has a great list of excuses and this should provoke some kind of changes.  Anyone who is that lazy should be able to read a message that is coming directly from God.

14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.

Oh the women in question here is more than just strange.  That is a woman who is not your wife, not familiar, and not chaste.  If you consider sex to be a casual entertainment then you are slipping on the edge of a very dangerous fall.  One who lives in sin is not to expect protection from God.  Expect some of the joys of modern free love, such as unwanted pregnancies, STDs, and death.

15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

We are born in sin, and childhood is the season for trying out every idea, good and bad alike.  If we know that god chastens us, we owe our children the same correction.  We can’t be soft hearted if it would lead to them having a hard life, or even death.

The world is caught a conflict between philosophies of oppressive legalism and total permissiveness.  There is a ditch on both sides of the road so we should let God be the driver.  Human nature wants to jerk the wheel towards the nearest destruction.