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.