My mother taught in a one-room school like this in Indianola Nebraska.  We have a lifetime of learning, and our understanding may be changed if we listen to good advice.  What is truth, good and evil is defined by God, not man.  We have free will, the opportunity to do good or bad things.  When this life ends, another begins and that is determined by our choices here.  Self-deception will be cured in the judgment of God.  Chose your advice well now.

Proverbs 29:1-13

1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

If one has been given many warnings it is unwise to be stubbornly rebellious against wisdom.  There will be no way to recover from the destruction that he will experience.

2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Good rulers bring prosperity and people appreciate good times.  But evil men are ruled by greed and create only strife and poverty.  There is no joy for the people when evil rules.

3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.

The son who does listen to wisdom makes his father happy, but one who gives himself to sexual sin is destined to poverty.

4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

A ruler with wisdom will bring prosperity, but one who is willing to take bribes will destroy the whole nation.

5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

Warning flags should go up any time that someone comes with a lot of flattery.  Anyone who is giving away that much kindness is covering up an evil entrapment.

6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

Here again an evil man builds traps for the innocent, but the celebration belongs to the righteous in the end.

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

Good men are sympathetic and care for the needs of the poor.  The evil man doesn’t even care to know about the problems of the poor, let alone do anything about it.

8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

Wow, one hateful man drove a car into a crowd of people and gave his home town a bad name.  How many righteous men are helping others as a godly example of Jeusus Christ?  Dare I mention a former president who is still building homes for poor people?

9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

Did you expect to win an argument with a fool?  Try diplomacy, kindness, or open warfare and you will still lose.

10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

Truly evil men want to do violence to a good man, while the righteous try to guide him to safety.

11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

I have been caught answering with my own uninformed opinions, only to find out that there is truth on the opposite point of view too.  If I can be content to wait for information from good sources I may have a better position to defend.  Never give the opposition a righteous point because it is ammunition to undermine your own position.

12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

Wow, if you have a favorite news source, you may want to sample the others to find a balance.  Once the leader is going off course, the whole ship is heading for the iceberg.

13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lighteneth both their eyes.

When the good and the evil come together they may have different opinions and different prosperity.  But when they come together in the judgment of God he may reveal totally different knowledge to both.  In a court of law we are often not aware of all the subtle details.  A judge may turn completely a unexpected outcome that is not our expectation.