“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Sayings of King Lemuel, cont’d

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“Sayings of King Lemuel,” cont’d, Proverbs 31:24) She maketh fine linen, and selleth it, and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.  25) Strength and honour are her clothing’ and she shall rejoice in time to come. 1 Timothy 2:9, 10. 26) She openeth her mouth with wisdom: and in her tongue is the law of kindness. 27) She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. 28) Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 1Kings 2:19. 29) Many daughters have done virtuously (or have gotten riches), but thou excellest them all. 30) Favour(Charm) is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Psalm 112:1. v31) Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Please see v23 corrected on previous Blog.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v25, The virtuous woman’s own clothing is far richer than linen or silk; she is dressed in strength and honour. v26-27, Any woman who opens her mouth with wisdom deserves praise. A virtuous woman takes care to speak well (James 3:2). v29, The words of v29 are the blessing of her husband. v30-31, Charm may be used for good or for evil. But its good use requires the fear of the Lord—the main theme of the Book of Proverbs.

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“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Sayings of King Lemuel

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v1, This verse begins a new section of material from a non-Israelite source.  Some have thought that the name Lemuel, meaning “Belonging to God,” is a pseudonym for Solomon, but this is only a guess.    

“Sayings of King Lemuel”, Proverbs 31:1) The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy (burden) that his mother taught him.  2) What, my son?  and what, the son of my womb?  and what, the son of my vows?  3) Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.  4) It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:  Ecclesiastes 10:17.  5) Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.  6) Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.  Psalm 104:15.  7) Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.  8) Open thy mouth for the dumb (speechless) in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.  9) Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.  Isaiah 1:17.  10) Who can find a virtuous (morally good) woman?  for her price is far above rubies.  11) The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.  12) She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.  13) She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.  14) She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.  15) She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.  Romans 12:11; Luke 12:42.  16) She considereth a field, and buyeth it:  with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.  17) She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.  18) She perceiveth that her merchandise is good:  her candle goeth not out by night.  19) She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.   20) She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.  21) She is not afraid of the snow for her household:  for all her household are clothed with scarlet (or double garments).  22) She maketh herself covering of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.  23) Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. Deuteronomy 16:18.

Quest Study Bible – v1 cont’d, Lemuel shares wisdom that came from his mother, stressing the role a mother can have in building character into her children. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v2-7, Often in the ancient world a king would amass a large harem of women to involve himself sexually.  The wisdom of Lemuel’s mother was that such behavior destroys rulers.  She likewise advised him to avoid intoxicating drink, so that he could always have a clear head.  v8-9, The duty of a king in the ancient world was to defend the weak, to uphold the helpless.  One day, the King, the Defender of the helpless will establish His Righteous Reign (23:10, 11).  v10-12, Proverbs 31:10-31 is an acrostic poem: each verse begins with an successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet (S).  v13-15,   The woman they describe does things she enjoys, finding fulfillment in varied tasks.  v16-17, that is, she buys and sells and builds her own resources.  v18-19, One of the avenues the woman exploits is a “cottage industry” (using her home and her own equipment to make products to sell) .  v20-22, She can be concerned for others because she has provided for her family. v23, The virtuous women’s husband has a position as an elder (importance). Some of this comes from his wife’s reputation.

  

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Sayings of Agur, cont’d

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“Sayings of Agur,” cont’d, Proverbs 30:18) There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:  19) The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.  20) Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.  21) For three things the earth is disquieted (trembles), and for four which it cannot bear:  22) For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;  Ecclesiastes 10:7.  23) For an odious (unloved) woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to (or displaces) her mistress.  24) There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:  25) The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;  Proverbs 6:6.  26) The conies (kin to woodchucks) are but a feeble folk, yet make their houses in the rocks;  Leviticus 11:5.  27) The locust have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands (gathered together);  28) The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings palaces.  29) There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely (stately) in going:  30) A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;  31) A greyhound; and he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.  32) If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.  Micah 7:16.  33) Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood:  so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

Quest Study Bible – v21-23, What is so frightening abut these four things?  The potential for harm.  In each example someone is elevated to prominent status without being prepared for it.  These cases describe people who likely had been oppressed, but were now put in power where they could take out their frustration on others.  The maidservant who displeases her mistress brings to mind Hagar, who “displaced” her mistress Sarah by having Abraham’s child (Genesis 16:1-6).  v29-31, What can we learn from four things stately in their stride?  As these images suggest.  It is a grand, majestic sign to watch a leader move confidently forward to meet a challenge!  A king’s real leadership is not seen while he is seated on his throne, but when he leads his army to face the enemy.  These examples teach us that boldness and courage are virtues to be desired. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v32-33, We must keep the evil thought in our minds from breaking out into evil speeches.  We must not stir up the passions of others.  Let nothing be said or done with violence, but every thing with softness and calmness.  Let us humble ourselves before the Lord our King!  Amen.

More to come and God Bless You.       

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Sayings of Agur

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v1, A new section of the Book of Proverbs, begins with the words of  Agur.  Like Lemuel (31:1-9), Agur was a non-Hebrew contributor to the Book of Proverbs.  He came to faith in the God of Israel in a foreign land.  We know nothing about his father Jakeh, but the word translated “his utterance” may be a place name.  Ithiel and Ucal were probably Agur’s pupils.  Since the back to back repetition of the name Ittiel is unusual, some construe the Hebrew letters differently and translate the text “I have wearied myself oh God; I have wearied myself oh  God, and am consumed.”  This would fit the context of the following verses.  Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary.  

“Sayings of Agur”, Proverbs 30:1) The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy; the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,  2) Surely I am more brutish (ignorant) than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.  Psalm 73:22.  3) I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the Holy.  4) Who hath ascended up into Heaven, or descended?  who hath gathered the wind in his fists?  who hath bound the waters in a garment?  who hath established all the ends of the earth?  what is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if thou canst tell?  5) Every Word of God is pure:  He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.  6) Add thou not unto His Words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.  Revelation 22:18.  7) Two things have I required of thee, deny me them not before I die:  8) Remove far from me vanity and lies:  give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with food convenient for me:  Matthew 6:11.  9) Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord?  or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.  10) Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.  11) There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.  12) There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.  Isaiah 65;5; Titus 1;15, 16.  13) There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes!  and their eyelids are lifted up.  14) There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.  Psalm 14;4; Amos 8:4.  15) The horseleach (leech) hath two daughters, crying, Give, give.  There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough (wealth).  16) The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water:  and the fire that saith not, It is enough.  Habakkuk 2:5.  17) The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagle shall eat it.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v2-3, Agur means he was at a loss.  Similarly, his denial of knowledge of the Holy One is a rhetorical flourish as well.  Agur was stating with dramatic irony that he could not explain the puzzle before him.   v4, This verse gives the riddle that perplexed Agur.  The Old Testament would answer that “His Name” is the Lord God, but did not have a name for His Son.  This riddle was to remain unsolved until Jesus answered it for Nicodemus (John 3:13).  v11-16, Agur wrote about a generation plagued by social ills, such as lack of respect of parents, self-righteousness, greed, and selfishness.  v17, The lack of parental respect in v.11 leads to this curse.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v10, Slander not a servant to his master, to make mischief.

 More to come and God Bless You.            

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/More Proverbs of Solomon, XXXII

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“There Is A Fountain” Evangelist Esther Smith. “Walking Up the King’s Highway”, Loretta Oliver.

“More Proverbs of Solomon,” XXXII, Proverbs 29:17) Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. 18) Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. 19) A servant will not be corrected by (mere) words: for though he understand he will not answer. 20) Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. 21) He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length (end). 22) An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression (sin). 23) A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. Luke 14:11. 24) Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth (betray) it not. 25) The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. 26) Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the Lord. 27) An unjust man is an abomination (hated) to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination (hated) to the wicked.

Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary – v18, The Gospel is an open vision, which holds forth Christ, which humbles the sinner and exalts the Saviour, which promotes holiness in the life and conversation. These are precious truths to keep the soul alive and prevent it from perishing. v19, Here is an unprofitable, slothful, wicked servant: one that serves not from conscience or love, but from fear. v25, He who trusts in the Lord will be saved from the snare (eternal damnation).

“I Know It Was The Blood”, Rev Dan Willis.

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“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/More Proverbs of Solomon, XXXI

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“Near the Cross”, “Love Lifted Me”, Bishop Leonard Scott.

“More Proverbs of Solomon”, XXXI, Proverbs 29:1) He, that being often reproved (corrected) hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.  2) When the righteous are in authority (or increased), the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.  3) Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father:  but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.  Philippians 2:22.  4) The king by judgment establisheth the land:  but he that receiveth gifts (bribes) overthroweth it.  5) A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet.  6) In the transgression (sin) of an evil man there is a snare:  but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.  7) The righteous considereth the cause of the poor:  but the wicked regardeth not to know it.  8) Scornful men bring a city into a snare (or set a city on fire):  but wise men turn away wrath.  9) If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest (peace).  10) The bloodthirsty hate the upright:  but the just seek his soul.  11) A fool uttereth all his mind:  but a wise man keepeth (control) it in till afterwords.  12) If a ruler hearken (listens) to lies, all his servants are wicked.  13) The poor and the deceitful (oppressor) man meet together:  the Lord lighteneth (gives sight to) both their eyes.  14) The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established forever.  Psalm 72:2.  15) The rod and reproof (correction) give wisdom:  but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.  16) When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth:  but the righteous shall see their fall.  Psalm 37:36.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v5, Flatterers put men off their guard.  v9, If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler (one who argues), he will be treated with anger; and no good is done. v12, One who loves flatterers and hearkens (listens) to slanderers, causes his servants to become liars and false accusers.  v13, The Lord gives to both the comforts of this life. 

More to come and God Bless You.   

 

 

 

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/More Proverbs of Solomon, XXX

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“How Great Is Our God”, Ill Fight.  Awesome!

“More Proverbs of Solomon,” XXX, Proverbs 28:15) As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.  Matthew 2:16.  16) The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor:  but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.  17) A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.  18) Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved:  but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.  19) He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread:  but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.  20) A faithful man shall abound with blessings:  but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.  21) To have respect of persons is not good:  for for a piece of bread that man will transgress (sin).  22) He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.  23) He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.  24) Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression:  the same is the companion of a destroyer.  25) He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife:  but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.  1Timothy 6:6.  26) He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool:  but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.   27) He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack:  but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.  28) When the wicked rise, men hide themselves:  but when they perish, the righteous increase. 

 John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible – v16, The prince that wanteth understanding, is a foolish prince that uses them with rigour  “abounds, in oppressions”; in laying heavy burdens and taxes on his people, in an arbitrary manner; “shall shorten, and not prolong his days”.   v17, shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him;  support or help him. When such a murderer flees, and is pursued, and unawares falls into a pit, let no man warn him of it, let no man yield him any support or sustenance.  v25, He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife, not with useful knowledge and understanding, as Solomon had; nor a heart enlarged with love and affection to the souls of men, as the Apostle Paul had; but either has a covetous one, and is never satisfied with what he has, and so is continually contending with his neighbours, or of a proud spirit, and despises all around him, and cannot bear opposition and contradiction; and is of a wrathful and revengeful spirit, and always at variance with his neighbours and quarrelling with them; see ( Proverbs 18:15

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v20, The true way to be happy is to be holy and honest; not to raise an estate suddenly, without regard to right or wrong.  v21, Judgment is perverted, when anything but pure right is considered.  v22, He that hastens to be rich, never seriously thinks how quickly God may take his wealth from him, and leave him in poverty.  v23, Upon reflection, most will have a better opinion of a faithful reprover than of a soothing flatterer.    

More to come and God Bless You.