“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Proverbs of Solomon, cont’d (X)

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Reproof – Reprimand of wrong conduct.

“Proverbs of Solomon” X, Proverbs 15:18) A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. 19) The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain. 20) A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother. 21) Folly is joy to him that is destitute (void of heart) of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly. 22) Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. 23) A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! 24) The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. Philippians 3:20. 25) The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. 26) The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant words. 27) He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live. 28) The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. 1Peter 3:15. 29) The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. Romans 8:26. 30) The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat. 31) The ear that heareth the reproof (reprimand) of life abideth among the wise. 32) He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth (obeyeth) reproof getteth understanding. *33) The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v18, Greediness of gain often tempts to projects that bring ruin. v33, The fear of the Lord will dispose or cause us to search the Scriptures with reverence; and it will cause us to follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Who Was Solomon? cont’d

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

A Wise Ruling, 1Kings 3:16) Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.  2) And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.  18) And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also:  and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.  19) And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it.  20) And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.  21) And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead:  but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.  22) And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son.  And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son.  Thus they spake before the king.  23) Then said the king, the one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead:  and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.  24) And the king said, bring me a sword.  And they brought a sword before the King.  25) And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.  26) Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child and in no wise slay it.  But the other said, let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.  Jeremiah 31:20.  27) Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it:  she is the mother thereof.  28) And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king:  for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.      

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v16-25, The fact that harlots could appear before Solomon suggested that he made himself available to persons of all stations  of life who had a legitimate claim for justice.  v28, wisdom…justice:  These important qualities that marked Solomon’s reign from the beginning would characterize the rule of Israel’s Messiah in a far greater way (Isaiah 11:1-5).

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“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Who Was Solomon?

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Solomon, the tenth son of David and second by Bathsheba, and the third king of Israel.  Under his rule Jerusalem was embellished with several royal buildings and the Temple of God  (1Kings 9:15, 24; 11:27).  He had a great army and navy (1Kings 4:26; 10:26).  He, according to the Scriptures, had 700 wives and 300 concubines and reigned in luxury and extravagance (1Kings 11:3).  He was a man noted for his wisdom (1Kings 3:3-14).  He was the author of 3000 proverbs (a collection of moral sayings and counsels) and 1005 songs (1Kings 4:32).  Later he lapsed into idolatry, being influenced by his foreign wives (1Kings 11:4), and even built an alter to Chemosh, the Moabite god of child sacrifice.  He ruled for a forty year period and then was succeeded by his son Rehoboam (1Kings 11:42, 43). 

“Solomon Asks For Wisdom”, 1Kings 3:1) And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh King of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the House of The Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.  2) Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord, until those days.  3) And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father:  only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.  Deuteronomy 10:12; Luke 10:27.  4) And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there:  for that was the great high place:  a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.  1Chronicles 16:39.  5) In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night:  and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.  6) And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto Thy servant David my father great mercy (or bounty), according as he walked before Thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with Thee; and Thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that Thou has given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.  7) And now, O Lord my God, Thou hast made Thy servant king instead of David my father:  and I am but a little child:  I know not how to go out or come in.  8) And Thy servant is in the midst of Thy people which Thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.  Deuteronomy 7:6; Genesis 13:16.  9) Give therefore Thy servant an understanding (hearing) heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and bad:  for who is able to judge this Thy so great a people?  Hebrews 5:14.  10) And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.  11) And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;  12) Behold, I have done according to thy words:  lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.  1John 5;14; Ecclesiastes1:16.  13) And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour:  so that there shall not be any among kings like unto thee all thy days.  14) And if thou wilt walk in My Ways, to keep My Statutes and My Commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.  Proverbs 3:2.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, married, Political alliances were often ratified by the marriage of the son of one king to the daughter of another.  v2, 3, Such hilltop areas or high places provided a setting where Canaanite religious rites could be infiltrated into Israel’s worship (11:7; 2Kings 16:4)..  v4, 5, Gibeon is a hill about six miles north west of Jerusalem.  v6, 7, The term for child often refers to a servant or an inexperienced person. (19:21; 20:14-15; 2Kings 4:12).  v8, 9, An understanding heart:  The phrase suggested his willingness to listen to all sides of an issue, and the desire for the ability to reason.  v10-12, God answered Solomon’s request granting him not only an understanding heart, but one that was wise v13, 14, what you have not asked:  Because Solomon chose a greater gift than riches and honor, God promised everything else as well (Matthew 6:33).

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“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Proverbs of Solomon IX

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Reproof – Criticism

“Proverbs of Solomon” IX, Proverbs 15:1) A soft answer turneth away wrath:  but grievous words stir up anger.  2) The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright:  but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.  3) The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.  Jeremiah 16: 17.  4) A wholesome tongue is a tree of life:  but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.  5) A fool despiseth his father’s instruction:  but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.  6) In the house of the righteous is much treasure:  but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.  7) The lips of the wise disperse knowledge:  but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.  8) The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord:  but the prayer of the upright is his delight.  Jeremiah 6:20;  Amos 5:22.  9) The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord:  but He loveth him that followeth after righteousness.  1Timothy 6:11.  10) Correction (Instruction) is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way:  and he that hateth reproof shall die.  11) Hell and destruction are before the Lord:  how much more then the hearts of the children of men?  John 2:24.  12) A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him:  neither will he go unto the wise.   13) A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance:  but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.  14) The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge:  but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.  15) All the days of the afflicted are evil:  but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.  16) Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.  Ecclesiastes 4:6.  17) Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v3, Secret sins, services, and sorrows, are under God’s eye.  v11, There is nothing that can be hid from the eyes of God, not even man’s thoughts.  v16-17, Believers often have enough;  the Lord is with them.  

More to come and God Bless You. 

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Proverbs of Solomon VIII

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Already Been To The Water”, Vickie Winans 

“Proverbs of Solomon” VIII, Proverbs 14:16) A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil:  but the fool rageth, and is confident.  Proverbs 22:3.  17) He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly:  and a man of wicked devices is hated.  18) The simple inherit folly:  but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.  19) The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.  20) The poor is hated even of his own neighbor:  but the rich hath many friends.  Proverbs 19:7.  21) He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth:  but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.  Psalm 41:1.  22) Do they not err that devise evil?  but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.  23) In all labour there is profit:  but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury (poverty).  24) The crown of the wise is their riches:  but the foolishness of fools is folly.  25) A true witness delivereth souls:  but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.  26) In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence:  and His children shall have a place of refuge.  27) The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.  Proverbs 13:14.  28) In the multitude of people is the king’s honour:  but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.  29) He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding:  but he that is hasty of spirit (short of spirit) exalteth folly.  30) A sound heart is the life of the flesh:  but envy the rottenness of the bones.  Romans 1:29; James 4:5.  31) He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker:  but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.  Job 31:15.  32) The wicked is driven away in his wickedness:  but the righteous hath hope in his death.  33) Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding:  but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.  34) Righteousness exalteth a nation:  but sin is a reproach to any people.  35) The king’s favour is toward a wise servant:  but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.  Matthew 24:45; 47.   

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v28, Let all that wish well to the Kingdom of Christ, do what they can, that many may be added to His Church.  v34, Piety and holiness always promote industry, sobriety, and honesty.

Quest Bible Study – v29, Should I bottle up my feelings?  Not necessarily.  Emotions are neither good nor bad.  But depending on how emotions are used, they can either help or harm us in life.  Proverbs makes the case for handling our emotions properly–they should not be denied or buried, but they should be governed by reason and an even temper (17:27).  The ability to give a gentle answer in the face of an angry confrontation is a sign of deep character.    A heart of peace gives life to the body (v30).   Amen.

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Proverbs of Solomon VII

A Christ Filled Life-Getting To Know Jesus

I just looked at my Dashboard and saw that I have a lot more comments than my “Statistics” report.  I am sorry if I have not replied to your comments; but I want you to know from now on I will do my best to keep up.  God Blesses everyone that Believes and shares His Word. 

I recently saw an Oatmeal Commercial where a 30 to 40 something woman, not old, was riding up on an escalator and looked down at her feet and saw she had on two different shoes.  I immediately felt better about all of my “senior moments” that I was slow to pick up on.   I also fear that the older I get the more “socially awkward” I am.  Meaning I was always awkward, only more so now.  But as a Believer in Christ Jesus I feel strong and sure as long as I am close to Him.  Thank God for Hebrews 13:5, Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:  for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  Genesis 28:15; Psalms 37:25; Isaiah 41:10, 17.   

“Safe In His Arms,” Vickie Winans. Hallelujah!      

“Proverbs Of Solomon” VII, Proverbs 14:1) Every wise woman buildeth her house:  but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.  Ruth 4:11.   2) He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord:  but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.  Job 12:4.  3) In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride:  but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.  4) Where no oxen are, the crib is clean:  but much increase is by the strength of the ox.  5) A faithful witness will not lie:  but a false witness will utter lies.  Exodus 20:16.  6) A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not:  but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.  7) Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.  8) The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way:  but the folly of fools is deceit.  Luke 12:20.  9) Fools make a mock at sin:  but among the righteous there is favour.  Proverbs 1:22.  10) The heart knoweth his own bitterness (the bitterness of his soul); and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.  11) The house of the wicked shall be overthrown:  but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.  Job 8:15.  12) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.  Proverbs 16:25; Romans 6:21.  13) Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.  Ecclesiastes 2:2.  14) The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways:  and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.  2Corinthians 1:12.  15) The simple believeth every word:  but the prudent man looketh well to his going.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1, A woman who has no fear of God, will ruin her family, as if she plucked her house down.  v4, There can be no advantage without something which will affright (frighten) the indolent (lazy).  v10, We do not know what stings the conscience, or consuming passions of the prosperous sinner.  Nor does the world know the peace of mind a (serious) Christian enjoys, even in poverty and sickness. 

  

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Proverbs of Solomon VI

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Proverbs of Solomon” cont’d, Proverbs 13:1) A wise son heareth his father’s instruction:  but a scorner heareth not rebuke.  1Samuel 2:25.  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.  Psalm 30:1.  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.  8) The 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 (with the hand) shall increase.  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.  2Chronicles 36:16.  14) The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.  Psalm 116:3.  15) Good understanding giveth favour:  but the way of transgressors is hard.  16) Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge:  but a fool layeth (spreadeth) 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.  Proverbs 15:5.  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 pusueth sinners:  but to the righteous good shall be repayed.  Psalm 32:10.  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.  25) The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul:  but the belly of the wicked shall want.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v2, By our words we must be justified or condemned, Matthew 12:37.  v7, Some who are really poor trade and spend as if they were rich:  this is sin.  Some that are really rich, would be thought to be poor:  in this there is want of gratitude to God.  There are many fearing Christians, who are spiritually rich, yet think themselves poor; by their doubts and complaints.  v12, The delay of what is anxiously hoped for, is very painful to the mind.  But spiritual blessings are chiefly intended.