HIS JUDGMENT

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FORGET HOLLYWOOD

Your opinion may be the poison that kills you.  When you think that you are in the right, consider what God thinks before you take action.  If your enemy is in your sights consider how the human judge may turn against you and your “truth”.  By all means do not try to join the evil man though.  God promised to be the judge of all, including you.

Proverbs 24:17-34

17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:  18 Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

Is it a good idea to do the victory dance and gloat when you have a win?  It gets old in sports, and it is unwise in any situation.  A win should not make you overconfident.  God is the source of our victory and he has no love for pride.  God can see good in everyone and you don’t have a monopoly on it.  But you do have an opportunity to repent.

19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked:  20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

What if your enemy wins, are you lost in despair?  Has your world come to an end, or is God still on the throne?  So the wise guy gets to run the show…into the ground.  when God sees an evil victory he plays out the unpleasant reward that is due.  By all means steer a wide path away from the temptation to be the evil from jealousy or for vengeance.  In that sin you will inherit the Lord’s judgment as the evil do.

21 My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:  22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

Doesn’t it make sense to respect those who have power over your life?  God ordains the leaders and he ensures that justice is done.  Avoid those who want to change that stability by rebellion.  God and the king will become aware of their plans, and there is a snare waiting for them.

23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.  24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:  25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.  26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

Wisdom owns this understanding:  do not honor the famous and powerful over the righteous.  Anyone who calls the evil man good will be hated by the nations of the world.  But those who have the courage to rebuke evil will be honored everywhere.  Germany had a few heroes who stood against the Nazis and the world will need more in the future.

27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

We are advised to do the work of farming to assure your needs before getting preoccupied with building a big home.  Perhaps we can get by with a tent or a wagon in the interest of assured provisions for the winter.  Perhaps today one may consider getting education or skills developed before signing a mortgage or buying a big car.

28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.  29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

Do not falsely accuse your neighbor or tell lies about him.  But also do not seek revenge against the guilty.  God has claimed responsibility for vengeance, and he will not share it.  Scriptures warn us repeatedly not to try to pluck the weeds because we make mistakes.  We are not authorized to be vigilantes or to defy the commandment of God.  If he has just promised to be the judge then we are not entitled to call him a liar by trying to do his job for him.  Don’t do it.  Forget your Hollywood westerns and hear your God.

30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;  31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.  32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

The writer has seen the home of the lazy man falling into ruins.  His farming is surrendered to weeds and the fences are down.  The writer has been able to learn a lesson from what he has seen.  Does it take a college degree?

33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man. 

Oh yes, take a nap, or push the “snooze” button, you can sleep a little more.  Take a day off or play the game boy for a day.  There is a horrible reality stalking you as you rest, the day of being flat broke is a reality waiting.  No money, no welfare, no way to pay.  Poverty is a curse that you can earn by not working.

BLACK LIGHT

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GOOD AND EVIL

A “good” German would cheer and salute Hitler in the 20th century.  A courageous German would speak against the Nazis and be killed.  Will Christians be able to know good and evil, and will they know what to do about it today?  It may happen our lifetime that many Christians will fall away and be replaced by the children of Abraham.  The son of David is telling us how to find our life by giving it to Jesus.

Proverbs 24:1-16 

1. Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. 2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

All ill-gotten wealth is a death trap to those who live by crime.  They are not role models except to fools.  So drug dealers with big cars and homes, and corrupt politicians will never tempt you to follow their lead, right?  Remember that their whole life is married to their downfall.  God does not miss a lie.

3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:  4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 

Pleasant riches may include those that money can’t buy.  A home filled with love can also have plenty to eat and good shelter.  Prosperity is not all bad and it comes by wisdom.

5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. 

Not all strength is physical, as we need good relations with man and God.  But wisdom can also keep us from things that are bad for our health.

6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

If you are facing hard challenges and threats it pays to plan your way well.  Having others who know God and his wisdom is insurance against the needs of the day.

7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Even a fool may know when to keep his mouth shut.  He does not have a handle on wisdom, and speaking up leaves him exposed to those who do.  Even he learns to avoid the shame of his foolishness.

8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

Well the secret plans eventually manifest as actions that others remember.  They know his legacy and remember him as a trouble maker.

9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

If you entertain evil ideas you are still indulging a sin that God knows about.  But if you express your scorn for others, your fellow man is aware of the evil that comes from your heart and leaves through your mouth.

10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

If you can’t muster a fight when the going is tough you are a weakling.  Simple enough?  How many simply ignore the danger or leave the fight to others?  There is crisis in every generation and god expects us to act on the need.  He calls you a weakling if you have no voice in a world of sin.

11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;  12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

When you know that someone is either tempted by danger or ignorant of the danger of their bad choices, you have responsibility.  At least one preacher spoke out against Hitler at the cost of his life, and the reward of his soul.  Some of those who didn’t speak up were given the job of burying the Jews who died in the concentration camps.  The people of that time in Germany had to rebuild their bombed out cities and their lives.  There is still a price to be paid.  And there will be more choices in our modern world that require us to be accountable to God.  This life is the test, and the next one is the reward.

13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:  14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

We are not required to taste the bitterness of bad choices.  Wisdom is like honey for its good sweet savor.  Like honey, wisdom is healthy and will lead you to a sure reward.

15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:  16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Why would God warn a thief away from the man who will stand against his crimes?  The righteous will survive, and the thief will fall to the judgment of the law.  Why offer the honey of wisdom to the wicked man?  We are all that evil man, and we all need the help of God.  No one is without hope, and the wisdom is offered to those who are failing.  They are often the only ones who know that they are falling short of the righteousness of God.  He will reach out to whosoever will hear and turn.

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WINE WOMEN AND DEATH

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SAFE PASSAGE HERE

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.

WAYWARD WAYS OF THE WORLD

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CARNAL DECEPTION

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.

WAIT ON THE LORD

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IN HIS TIME; RIGHTEOUSNESS RESTORED

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.

YOUR CHOICE

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FREE WILL

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.

 

 

 

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WARNING SIGNS

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.  There will be many valuable warnings in the word of God; learn to recognize the signs of danger.

Proverbs 21:16-31

16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

Here are the words of understanding, the wisdom of the Proverbs.  But continue in faith because God has given his son to buy us a pardon for falling short.  When we turn to the messiah of God we are empowered to overcome our failings.  But to reject redemption is to embrace the second death.

17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

A party is not an everlasting joy.  Living only for entertainment and lust is a field that never gives life.  Wine and drugs are tools to turn off pain, motivation, and service to others.  In a self serving pleasure there is no value to others, and no paycheck.

18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

When the righteous are threatened, who will we throw out to the enemy?  The closest evil thief that we can find.  If the boat of pilgrims is sinking, who gets thrown overboard?  Oh the one that everyone knows as a troublemaker.

19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

Well many men enjoy living in the wilderness, so a bitter relationship would motivate giving it a try.  With a really nasty woman, the man is rewarded by having all the work of living in the wilderness.  Alaska will seem like a tropical paradise!

20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

Olive oil is part of many wonderful meals, and oil was to fuel lamps in the past.  Oil can relieve dry skin and soothe wounds.  A home that has this and many other treasures is the product of wisdom.  Foolishness will waste assets and lacks the planning to protect investments.  The future is barren without wisdom.

21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

Righteousness is made up of many things that are unpopular today.  The bible demands sexual purity, honesty, and peaceful ways.  One must be different to stay on course to reach righteousness in this society.  Being a Republican or a Democrat will not take you there.  The people of God are citizens of his kingdom before the nations of this world.  They are a peculiar people but they achieve the real rewards of life and honor.

22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

Many have education, degrees, and credentials but lack common sense.  And even more lack the uncommon sense to obey God.  Those who are wise souls can overcome the defenses of the proud, the powerful, and the self-important.

23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Oh does our new president have a world of fun awaiting him as he tweets his daily insults!  Being loudly opinionated marks one as having a target on his back.  Every president ages faster in this job, but this will be a season of great strain.

24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

Anger and pride are barriers to listening and understanding.  To have only scorn for others deprives you of a warning when the opponent is in the right.  Marching resolutely into battle where only defeat awaits is the heritage of the haughty.  This belongs to both sides of most arguments.  Everyone is wrong some of the time.

25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

We cannot produce food, shelter, and survival without making the effort.  Even the wealthy will face the violence of thieves without diligence.  Having a day of lazy pleasure will lead to the day of death.

26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

The slothful again, the lazy one has wants but never moves to make it happen.  A righteous working man has the means for himself and for others as well.  He makes that available to people in need because it is God’s will to help.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

One who is generous with ill gotten gains is an offense to God.  How much more if the sacrifice is a show to impress others or it is a cover for secret crimes.

28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.

One who brings a false accusation against the innocent has signed his own death warrant.   God is the judge and always sees and hears only the truth.  HE is the ultimate witness and judge.  But a witness who hears both sides of events, who accepts wisdom, who tells the truth, is assured of eternal life and an audience for the ages.

29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

One who is evil at heart will not turn from the error of his present bad direction.  He will not hear any other point of view, or consider his own errors.  But a man of honor can compare the arguments with true wisdom and he can change his direction as needed.

30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.

What the world considers wisdom or “politically correct” often falls short of the scriptural commandments of God.  When science is in error but used to discredit the bible it will eventually be discredited.  We do not understand all of science, nor all of the will of God yet.  We can understand the mind of Christ when we are willing to surrender to his word.  No other human wisdom will stand against that in the end.

31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.

Horses are magnificent servants of man.  They can be trained for war, and remain faithful to their rider even after tasting the horrors of it.  For all their courage and strength they are not always able to deliver their man of war from death.  God is the ruler of the fate of men and nations.  We should heed his word, which is this bible, and it is also his son Yeshua.  The word of God in Revelation describes four horses that herald the judgment of God.  We need to understand the word, the messiah of God as we enter these days of judgment.  These horses bring riders who will not fail in their warfare.

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