CORRUPTION

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COMING SOON

This killed the Roman empire, so can we expect to last longer than they did?   Corruption is the reality of America as we now it this year.  It permeates every level of our government and its contracting.  Elected officials must spend most of their hours calling for donations.  Those donations must be so huge as to include the attached strings of a bribe.  God has a higher standard, and we are expected to live as citizens of HIS Kingdom, not this fading nation.

Proverbs 21:1-15

1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Kings resisted Israel, but they could be turned even the days of Daniel.  Nebuchadnezzar became as a wild ass, and the leaders of today also show this ability.  Solomon got wisdom, then abandoned it until God called him back to the light.  David was close to God’s heart but god had to bring him home from a vile sin.  No one can be great without serving the King of Kings.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

Aren’t we good people though?  I am really a good person, right?  At least until I find the Holy Spirit searching my motives, passions, greed, and lusts.  Why am I really going in this direction?  At the end of the day I need to repent of the impulses to follow my own black heart.  God is always there to welcome this prodigal son to back repentance.

3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

A rich man can make great donations to medical research, art, and churches.  That is especially easy if he gets his wealth from oppressing the poor or stealing.  Honesty is expensive, and real compassion reaches real people.  Our reality is more often having to sacrifice what little we have to help those who have less.

4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

It is destroying both big political parties in America and we continue to follow such leaders.  No one is always right, and no one is always wrong until they turn from God.  We should always hear both sides but only follow God.  The lesser of two evils is still evil and these have no conscience.  Their works remain embedded in either open or covert greed and sin.

5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

Parents who lived through the depression years bought the cheap cars and saved all they could.  They left goods and good lessons to their children.  Today we want to be given “credit” for what we have not yet earned.  This will lead to a harvest of bad debt collections and poverty.  Bad credit belongs to those who cannot wait to earn.

6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

We are learning more about the wealthy men of our modern world.  All too often the “leaders” of today have inherited wealth from illegal, immoral, and criminal empire building.  They may not inherit the death penalty in this life but God has reserved a second death for the guilty.

7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

Drug lords seem to be the ultimate promotion of evil that destroys their customers.  Their time is limited but they are not the only ones who deal violence to our world.  the criminals who we have elected are only hiding under a veneer of legality.  When they do not submit to the word of God, they miss the self judgment that could save them.  God has reserved destruction for the evil ones who leave this world for his spiritual realm.

8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

If I live as a natural man I will continue boldly in secret sins that will shock the world around me.  Only by living in supernatural gifts from God can I be pure enough to produce good works.

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

A man will have more peace living in an attic closet if he can escape from a nagging wife.  A woman who cannot show the peace of God will take the joy out of a house of wealth and prosperity.  We who hope to be the “Bride of Christ” should remember to show peace in the house of worship as well.  The bridegroom is not yet married to us and he has many places to live other than a contentious house of worship.

10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.

Evil men do not know what goodness is, and they covet the rewards of sin.  They make plans to snare others, and neighbors are never shown any mercy.  No one can be safe from them, even their partners in crime are targets for betrayal.  There is no “brotherhood of thieves” when they are cornered.

11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

Life often punishes us until we begin to consider what we are doing wrong.  How much we can endure before we begin to keep wisdom!  But as that wisdom grows, we get more skilled at recognizing good advice.  In time we welcome godly counsel, and hear instruction like these proverbs as a map to peace and security.

12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

While living an honest life we can observe the frequent destruction of the lives of the sinners around us.  We can see how the wicked prosper and still recognize that these always end in destruction.

13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

A small town in Wyoming doesn’t have a lot of poverty.  Perhaps godly people are content with less and whine less when they are grateful for a little.  Perhaps they can get by with wild game and gardening.  But am I just hiding from the troubles of the world around us?  Can we afford to ignore the job losses and oppression of the urban unions?  Without industry our nation will fail to lead with the technology that makes us strong.  There is a time limit on the wealth of those who cannot hear the needs of our workers.  Banks and corporations with no conscience may one day utter inaudible cries for help.

14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

NO!  I check other bible studies if they can help my understanding before I write about an obscure passage.  But here too many suggest that offering a bribe is a good thing.  No, other scripture warns us not to take bribes and an honest man would be offended by this.

He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.  Proverbs 15:27

So I will suggest that bringing roses home when your wife is mad at you is a better comparison.  This is to defer anger, not to procure a contract by unfair competition.  A gift that will be close to the heart of an offended friend is a peacemaker.  So a wise congressman may be advised to reject the money of a lobbyist in favor of giving his voters honest stewardship of their taxes.  This might save them from the righteous anger of voters who have been awakened to the corruption of this latest election.  We will welcome as a heartfelt treasure this real service, as opposed to the current pattern of greedy self serving “public servants”.

15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

Honest men take pleasure in doing the right thing, it requires no reward beyond that.  It is the greatest mistake to think there is no God to punish the wicked.  But take heart in the opportunity to accept the gift of forgiveness from Jesus Christ.  God did not leave us to our own weak nature.  It was the gift of his son that gives us supernatural help to turn from our weakness.  God has opened the door to life that we could not break down by our small strength.

 

CURES

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SOUL MEDICINE

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

SNEAK ATTACK

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INCOMING THREAT

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.

Pearl Harbor – RADAR STATION at OPANA POINT

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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STIFF NECKED PEOPLE

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.

THE PRESCRIPTION

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TAKE TWO PROVERBS AND CALL ME IN THE MORNING

God might prescribe this wisdom as medicine.  So I split this chapter into two halves and break it down one line at a time, as one pill at a time.  This medicine can cure our nation and the world, but most will not take this free medicine.  So only those who submit to God, those of the Kingdom of God, will take this and be cured.  When God’s judgment on the world winds down only these will be standing.  Foolishness is a terminal disease.

Proverbs 19:1-14

1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Poverty is not a curse when it is in partnership with honesty and self-control.  Wealth cannot redeem foolish behavior, lies, and offensive speech.  Most of us are safer without the false confidence of wealth.

2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

We are in danger without knowledge, and that must be scriptural knowledge.  To rush into a decision without solid knowledge is to meet destruction.  Even religions miss the truth, and often enter life and death battles based on false assumptions.  To believe a lie is a deceptive form of knowledge.

3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.

What could be a good life may be going off course because of human foolishness.  When we go bad a lingering doubt or an open rebellion ferments in our mind as we fight God.

4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

Rich men always have good company; lost relatives, financial planners, salesmen, lovers, and counselors.  Are those all real friends though?  Lose the money and become the poor man to see how fast your closest neighbors become total strangers.

5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

Liars who bring false charges against the innocent will be found guilty.  There is a witness who sees everything we do and reserves his judgment until his time.

6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

Men who hold the wealth and power have a long list of appointments with a multitude of new friends.  A generous man will have many friends as long as the gifts keep coming.

7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

The poor man’s family consider him lazy, a burden, a source of shame, and avoid him.  And those who are merely his friends avoid him even more.  If he makes a plea for help they prove themselves to be less than true friends.

8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

One who seeks this wisdom finds the medicine of the soul, which prevents the second death.  Who retains that wisdom will discover that it produces only good in this life and the next.

9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

If God repeats himself he is not forgetful, he is making sure that your hearing is working.  One who blames an innocent person for a crime will himself be blamed for the greater crime.  The liars will be punished, so believe the warning that God has repeated for your benefit:  tell the truth.

10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

Celebration is misplaced and inappropriate if victory seems to be handed to a fool.  Yet the appointment of unqualified men to leadership positions are even more inappropriate.  In this age, promotions are enabling men to make appointments that may demonstrate everything that God has promised to punish.

11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Self-control is a treasure that can keep us from anger that is destructive.  One who can forgive or cover other’s mistakes displays the mercy of God as a shining example.  The Christians of Iraq can show the power of God when they can overcome the horror of ISIS.  The world needs to see the power of this.

12 The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

We do not have kings as there were when this was written.  There are rulers with power to harm the weak, but only one king retains the full anointing of God.  Jesus is the king of kings and is the power of God himself.  When this king has had enough the whole world will know it.  And even now good people know the freedom of walking in his grace.

13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

Anyone who knows the value of wisdom for a good life strives to give that good gift to his children.  There are few sorrows to compare to that of watching children chose the way of death by rejecting wisdom.  Another grief is the endless darts of a bitter wife who delivers only complaints.  Imagine the grief of the man who knows both!

14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.

Parents will deliver all the insurance of prosperity that they can for their children.  But only god can deliver a godly wife.  I am blessed to have seen both.

NO SHADES OF GREY

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DISCERNMENT

We do not have the luxury of accepting any number of shades of grey.  God sees right and wrong and expects us to know the difference.  We have been given three persons of God to assure a balanced understanding.  Fellowship with Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are empowered by prayer, bible study, and spirit filled Christian fellowship.  Any two of these confirms the validity of the other.  We will never be snared by cool aid cults if prayer and bible study validate our church.  We will never pray to demons if our knowledge is scriptural and our church has Holy Ghost wisdom to share.  And we will not take scripture out of context with proper teaching and answered prayers.  Accept no less than a balanced relationship with the living God.  God expects us to live like this so we should not follow those who do not follow his expectations either.

Proverbs 18

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.  A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.  When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.  The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.  It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.  Proverbs 18:1-5

When, motivated by greed, one becomes a loner he plans ways to pervert the truth and deceive the wise.

A fool is divorced from wisdom in order to do what feels good.  “If it feels good do it.”  many hippies have said.  Their children are following their road to hell today.

When an evil person comes he presents contempt for the good and the innocent, and his shamelessness earns him the loathing of all that is good.  In our lifetime these have arrived.

Words have the power of the great oceans, with winds, currents, and rip tides that can carry us far from safety and life.  Wisdom then is a pure spring that feeds a cool flowing stream of life.

It is unprofitable to be a friend of the evil man in an alliance against the wisdom of the righteous.  God has no option to back the least evil choice when there should be no evil choice.  The lesser of two evils still injures the innocent.

A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.  A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.  The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.  He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.  The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  Proverbs 18:6-10

Fools start fights and invite a sound beating.  His mouth leads him to harm in this life and his words trap his soul in eternal punishment.

Those who bring a false accusation are perceived by their victims as back-stabbers who’s words tear like cutting vital organs.

A lazy employee is the same as one who squanders his employer’s money and materials.  Time is money as our paycheck should reflect.

The name of Jesus is a real and safe sanctuary where our weakness is made strong by God’s strength.  This name makes us righteous in spite of our sins, and we run to it when in danger of judgment.  This name is pronounced and spelled differently around the world and it is still known as safety to all who call on it.  To the Jews, Yeshua Ha Meschia welcomes them as Jesus answers in our language.

The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.  Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.  He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.  The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?  The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.  Proverbs 18:11-15

Yes, wealth can surround you with confidence that becomes insulation against knowing how wrong you may be.  The power to bully others or to hide from responsibility is not always an advantage.

Feeling pride and self importance can also be insulation against the knowledge of impending disaster.  One who is modest and humble may be on the path to promotion.

Being quick to render a decision without being fully informed is foolishness that will lead to the shame of being discredited.

One who is at peace with his conscience and his god will be undaunted by injury, illness, poverty, or opposition.  But if one is living a lie in guilt and secret shame there is no victory or prosperity to heal the spiritual wound.

A good man seeks right knowledge and wisdom.  He listens to wisdom and gathers understanding to prosper.

A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.  He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.  The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.  A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.  A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.  Proverbs 18:16-20

The talents we have are the gift of God to make a place for us, a calling, in life.

Life is hard and many contend for few opportunities so these gifts are to give us favor with the rulers in life.

He that has the opportunity to tell his story first may feel that he has proven his point.  However, that leaves him open to the other side of the story when his opponent has his turn to speak.  Never assume that your case is won based on your own opinion; there is yet a judgment that may not be viewed by your standards.

If you are facing endless contention and no potential for a resolution without strife it may be best to resort to a decision by a roll of the dice, or casting lots.  This will resolve the issue with less grief when there is no clear logic or advantage to continued strife.

If you offend a brother or a close friend you will not soon restore that friendship.  It will be as hard as laying siege to a well fortified city.

In the end we earn the wages of our own words.  If we put out the words of bitterness, our belly will turn as sour as the strongest vinegar.  As we treat others to our best or worst words so our life is fed the fruit of those words.

Do our leaders know how their words and actions are building up towards their judgment? We do not have to stress over their actions, it will all go full circle in God’s time.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.  Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.  The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.  A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  Proverbs 18:21-24

Death and life are great powers to wield with just words.  The warning comes with the love of talking.  It can be good or bad and either way there are consequences.

Finding a wife is a good thing, and it comes with benefits in God’s approval.  My wife has joined God ahead of me and I still know that he approved of her.  I still have photos and memories of that connection, but God reminds me that she brought benefits that continue today.  A godly wife leaves a treasure that endures all challenges for all time.

A poor man makes polite petitions for help as he is in need.  A rich man feels no need to help or to be civil to one who is beneath him.  Wealth is not a path to favor with God.

Anyone who has friends needs to be a friend at all times.  There is no room for a short temper among real friendships.  But then there is a friend who will be there in every time of need, who is even closer than family.  A real friend is available to everyone who calls on the name of the Lord.  Although it requires faith to depend on one who lives in the spiritual realm, Jesus can answer your need for a friend.

SAFE HAVEN

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SURVIVAL

We should be able to recognize when our world is plunged into a terrible storm.  The morals of nations have fallen into corruption that threatens the foundations of our confidence.  When every warning sign says that the wrath of God should be due we can navigate to a safe haven.  First we have to know the danger of the situation, then we can look for the aids to navigation.  If we see that light we can target the harbor that offers a calm anchorage.

 

Proverbs 17

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.  A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.  The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.  A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.  Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.  Proverbs 17:1-5

Being quiet is a huge challenge to some.  Being content with a bland snack is better than having a house full of feats that are disturbed by bitter arguments.

Oh you will need a wealth of wisdom to control a rebellious child.  That may come as we seek God for wisdom, and that can salvage our relationships with the community and God.

While precious metals are melted by fire God melts our hearts with tribulations.

Those who intend to do evil are quick to listen to false accusations and lies feed their words.

Those who mock the poor, and accuse them of leeching on society actually insult God who made them.  Those who celebrate an opponent’s troubles will be punished.  I am sure I have seen all of this in our latest presidential election!

 

Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.  Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.  A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.  He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.  A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.  Proverbs 17:6-10

Grandparents are honored by their grandchildren and children are honored by their parents.

A great educated speech will add no value to one who is a natural fool.  Similarly, a speech composed of lies and deception devaluates a leader of men.

A gift is a treasure to the one who receives it, increased in value by honor from the giver.  That gift will serve as prosperity in all the recipient puts it to.

Anyone who hides a friend’s sins wants to be a true friend.  But one who is a tattle tale is an enemy who makes enemies out of his friends.

A simple word of correction in private will actually do good for one who is wise enough to accept it.  It will do more good than one hundred lashes of the whip will do for a fool.

My father left me an inheritance of money, and some wisdom as well.  My father in heaven left me his son, and a share of his inheritance.  I hope that all the correction I have received will be witnessed by my family in Christ.  With God’s help their memory may erase the weakness my flesh has demonstrated.

 

An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.  Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.  Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.  The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.  He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.  Proverbs 17:11-15

If a man is truly evil enough to stir rebellion he faces a hard end.  This scripture is not a threat from his enemies, but from our God.  This is true foolishness to oppose God.

Better you should meet a bear that has had her cubs killed than to meet such a fool who wants you to join his madness.

Anyone who punishes honesty with lies and evil will never see any good thing in his own home.

A disagreement may begin as the first trickle of a bursting dam, so do not be the one to trigger the flood that may drown you.

All who call evil good and call good evil are and obscene offense to God.

False accusations and lies against the righteous will bring destruction from God.

 

Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?  A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.  A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.  He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.  He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.  Proverbs 17:16-20

If a fool could buy wisdom why should he bother if he has no intention to use that wisdom?  that almost sounds like a warning to Solomon considering that he abandoned all this wisdom for a season.  But he was able to recover late in his life.  How many of us today can make no use of all the education in the world?

Friends do not break down over minor differences but a brother by blood may be born to be your adversary.  This gives me hope for the next verse that a true friend may cover my own foolishness.

One who becomes a co-signer for a friend has no common sense whatever.  Yeah, I made a big loan for a friend a couple of years ago.  I can only hope that he will prove to be a friend over time.

A person that loves to do wrong loves to fight and one who brags about the strength of the gates of his home can expect his enemies to bring destruction through those gates.

 

He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.  A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.  A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.  Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.  A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.  Proverbs 17:21-25

One who gives birth to a fool gives birth to his own grief.  That father has no joy.

The joy of a happy heart produces good health but grief is a poison to health.

The evil man reaches into his coat to produce a bribe that makes corruption rule over justice.

A smart person keeps his focus directly on wisdom while a fool looks at everything else that may distract or entice him.

A fool is nothing but grief to his parents.

 

Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.  He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.  Proverbs 17:26-28

Punishing the innocent is bad, convicting an innocent person is evil, as is getting violent revenge on an authority or an official of the law.

Anyone who knows what he is talking about doesn’t waste words and really smart people have good relations with people.

Everyone thinks a quiet person is wise because he doesn’t give away his ignorance.  Actually keeping our mouth shut often is proof of real intelligence.

 

So many of these things are seen in our government when they are so common among the people who vote for our leaders.  We are a nation in need of judgment.

MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA BY SHAMING US.  Shout all the evil secrets of this nation from the housetops so we must hide our faces and seek your graces.  Open all the works of the illuminati and the Bohemian Grove for all the world to read.  Reveal the greed of every oil, coal, and chemical company to the victims of our wars and pollution.  Revive the pain of shame that should have always been attached to every broken treaty with native Americans.  Show the sins of our lust even when it is hidden among our most religious phonies.  Strip away the spiritual pride of false religion and false prophets.  Make us ashamed of our nation and naked to need the shelter of your Kingdom Lord.  Make us citizens who desire only your kingdom and your King, Yeshua Ha Meschia, Jesus.  I pray this in the name of Jesus that  your sheep will remain in your grace even as many are lost and replaced by Israel.  We welcome The children of Abraham to the Kingdom of God as you fulfill your promises to them.

The good news is that there is no amount of shame that God cannot forgive.  For all the darkness in the hearts of evil men the light of God can make us right again.  The one name who forgives and restores us is Jesus.  He alone brings us out of the evil of our deeds by faith in his redeeming sacrifice on the cross.

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