'Cast thy care upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.'
[See Psalm 55:22; Luke 21:24; 1 Peter 5:7 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
We have finished the first section of Proverbs Chapters 1-11. This week, October 13-15, 2020, we will continue, as the Lord wills, and delve into the remainder of the Book of the Proverbs.
For your reference, the following link for Chapters 1-11 is provided.
Studies in 'the Proverbs' Review Links - Chapters 1-11, 'Verbatim', Post Script, October 7, 2020
Remember, the principles of the Proverbs of Solomon are piety, charity, justice, benevolence, and true prudence. Their universal purity proves that they are the word of God.
The main purpose of this book is to teach wisdom to God’s people. Proverbs are short clever explanations, which are easy to remember. They contain truisms. These are things which are typically true however, not always. For example, "He who tills his land will have plenty of bread" (12:11), it is typically true that one who works his land will have bread but it is not a guarantee to always be true. They deal with life, principles, good judgment, and perception. They often draw distinctions between a wise man and a foolish man with parable type examples. As we continue, let us remember:
In Chapters 1-9, Solomon writes about wisdom for younger people. He speaks of details of Godly living and heeding a parent’s advice, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” (1:7). Salvation is through faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone and Proverbs directly teaches us to, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight” (3:5-6).audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
In chapters 10-24, in which we continue now, with Chapter 12 on, we will see that there is wisdom that applies to average people covering various topics. Many of these parables contrast a righteous man and a wicked man, and urges us to commit our way to God, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (14:12). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
When, we get to Chapters 25-31, we will find that those chapters give wisdom to leaders. It was these very proverbs that were transcribed by King Hezekiah’s people, ruled and reigned, see 2 Kings 18-22; 2 Chronicles 29-32], and for good reason (25:1). They contain many warnings and instructions to assist in walking and seeking a Godly life. As would be understood by a leader of an army, Solomon writes in 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Now, without further, let us continue and begin to post the next section, Proverbs Chapters 12-24 beginning with Proverbs Chapter 12 and 13, this week of October 13-15, 2020, as the Lord wills.
Chapter 13 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
1 'A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
8The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
11 'Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.'
[No, Jesus was not a 'socialist'. See also 2 Thessalonians 3:10]
12 'Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.'
13 'Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
14The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.'
18 'Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.'
22 'A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.'
23 'Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.'
24 'He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.' See also Hebrews Chapter 12.audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
25 'The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.'
My friend, as I read and study the Proverbs, I am 'examining my heart', [2 Corinthians 13:5], seeing if I am living or learning to live with - what we all need during all of our lives - 'wisdom'. I pray that you are doing likewise, for a more prosperous, healthy and happy life on this side of 'Glory'. After all, 'Proverbs' is in the Holy Scriptures, all of which is - 'God's Word to Man'. Blessings, in the most powerful Name of Jesus Christ, Our God, Our Lord, Our Savior. Amen. Amen.
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