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

 

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A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“More Proverbs of Solomon,” XXVII, Proverbs 27:1) Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.  Luke 12:19.  2) Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.  3) A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.  4) Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy (or jealousy)?  5) Open rebuke is better than secret love.  Galatians 2:14.  6) Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.  7) The full soul (or stomach) loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.  8) As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.  9) Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart:  so doeth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel (from the counsel of the soul).  10) Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of calamity:  for better is a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.  11) My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me (treats me with contempt).  12) A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.  Isaiah 32:2.  13) Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.  14) He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.  Psalm 12:2. 

Quest Study Bible – v1, The Apostle James warned about the same problem:  arrogant presumption about the future with no regard for God.  What we need is to humbly acknowledge the shortness and uncertainty of life (James 4:13-16).  v2, If you deserve praise, someone else will notice and will praise you!  v6, These are rebukes or criticism intended to correct (25:12).  Even though they are painful, they are of more use than the flattery or insincerity of an enemy.  v10, This proverb speaks about the value of maintaining friendships.  Develop a network of friendships and you’ll have a base of support.  v13, This is equivalent to giving someone a secured loan–demanding security because he or she is a risk. 

John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible – v3, but a fool’s wrath [is] heavier than them both;  it cannot be removed, it rests in his bosom; he sinks and dies under the weight of it. ( Job 5:2 ).   v10, neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity; poverty and distress, to tell him thy case, expecting sympathy relief, and succour from him; but rather go to thy friend and father’s friend, who sticks closer than a brother; see ( Proverbs 18:24 ); v13, Because of the profuse praises bestowed upon him;  sometimes God himself curses such a man, who listen to the flatteries of wicked men. ( Acts 12:22 Acts 12:23 ) .

More to come and God Bless You.  

 

 

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

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“I Told the Storm”,” N Joyful Noise.

I am sinner saved by God’s Grace.  I was often the fool (lacking in moral qualities, not concerned with right and wrong).  I have done and said many wrong things in my life.  But thank God He did not leave me.  I felt the benefits of the sun, just like those that were good.  I had food, clothing, money (some), blessings (many), just like those that were good.  I know now, that I missed out on a lot of great things because of my sinfulness.  And then one day He Touched Me and I was godly sorrowful and prayed for His Forgiveness and now I strive (try hard) daily to be the Christian Christ would have me to be.  I can’t do it alone but because I Believe, He helps me.  “HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!”.

“More Proverbs of Solomon”, XXVI, Proverbs 26:17) He that passeth by, and meddleth (or is enraged) with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.  18) As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 19) So is the man that deceiveth his neighbor, and saith, Am not I in sport?  Ephesians 5:4.  20) Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out:  so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth (is silent).  21) As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious (quarrelsome) man to kindle strife.  22) The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.  23) Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.  Luke 22:48.  24) He that hateth dissembleth (hides his true feelings and is known) with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;  25) When he speaketh fair, believe him not:  for there are seven abominations in his heart.  26) Whose hatred is covered by deceit (or covered in secret), his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.  27) Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein:  and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.   28) A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v18-19, He that sins in jest, must repent in earnest. or his sin will be his ruin.  v20-22, Contention (anger) heats the spirit, and puts families and societies into a flame.  And that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning by whisperers and backbiters.   v24-26, Always distrust when a man speaks fair unless you know him well.  Satan, in his temptations, speaks fair, as he did to Eve; but it is madness to give credit to him.  v27, What pains men take to do mischief to others!  They prepare mischief to themselves.  v28, A slandering lie, the mischief of this every body sees.  A flattering lie, which secretly works ruin.  A wise man will be more afraid of a flatterer than of a slanderer. 

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

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Fool – Someone lacking common sense or judgment.  The term often refers to one who is not mentally retarded but one who is lacking in moral (good) qualities.

1dis·ci·pline noun \ˈdi-sə-plən\ – control that is gained by requiring that rules or orders be obeyed and punishing bad behavior:  a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders:  behavior that is judged by how well it follows a set of rules or orders.  Merriam Webster.

Discipline to Discipleship 

Discipline Program “Building Discipleship” The words “discipline” and “disciple” both come from-the Latin word meaning “to learn.”  To learn the way of discipleship, to follow in Christ’s footsteps, we must be prepared to face the disciplines that make learning possible. Sometimes we need to be corrected, lest we go astray, knowing God’s corrections are always acts of love.  St Angela Merici Parish School.

“I Hear The Music In The Air”, Vickie Winans.

“More Proverbs of Solomon”, XXV, Proverbs 26:1) As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.  Psalm 12:8.  2) As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless (undeserved) shall not come.  3) A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.  4) Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.  Isaiah 36:21.  5) Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit (eyes).  6) He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.  7) The legs of the lame are not equal:  so is a parable in the mouth of fools.  8) As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.  9) As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.  10) The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors (sinners).  11) As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.  12) Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit?  there is more hope of a fool than of him.  13) The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.  14) As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.  15) The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him (or he is weary) to bring it again to his mouth.  16) The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason (answer discreetly). 

Quest Study Bible – v2, In ancient times many believed that words of blessing or cursing had mystical powers to accomplish their intentions.  This proverb dismantles this superstition, picturing the curse as a fluttering bird that doesn’t want to land.  vv4, 5, Some fools should be answered (v5), others should be ignored (v4).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-9, Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness.  v12, We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it.  This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad.  v13, The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour.  v15, It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot.  v16, He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master; and that his labour shall not be in vain. 

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

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

<p<strong>&gt;”More Proverbs of Solomon,” XXIV, Proverbs 25:16) Hast thou found honey?  eat so much as is sufficient for thee; lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.  17) Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.  18) A man that beareth false witness against his neighbor is a maul (club), and a sword, and a sharp arrow.  Psalm 140:3.  19) Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.  Job 6:14-20; 2Timothy 4:16.  20) As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre (soda), so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.  21) If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:  Matthew 5:44.  22) For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.  23) The north wind driveth away rain:  so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.  24) It is better to dwell in the corner of the house top, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.  25) As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.  26) A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.  Micah 7:8.  27) It is not good to eat much honey:  so for men to search their own glory is not glory.  Luke 14:11.  28) He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Quest Study Bible – v16, Too much of any good thing will bring negative side-effects.  v17, We can hinder relationships when we visit too frequently or for too long a time.  Even our best friends need space and privacy to care for their own affairs and families.  v20, People who are discouraged may benefit more if we weep with them (Romans 12:15).  v21-22, Jesus stressed the principle of this proverb and the Apostle Paul quoted it directly.  Both emphasized the need to love one’s enemy and to overcome evil with good (Matthew 5:44; Romans 12:20).  v26, A city with broken-down walls is defenseless against attacks by the enemy.  Likewise, a person with no self-control has no defenses against the attacks of temptation.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v19, Confidence in an unfaithful man Is painful and vexing (annoying), he not only fails *but disappoints (paraphrased).  v23, Sin, if it receives any check, becomes cowardly.   

More to come and God Bless You.             

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

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Respect and courtesy has taken a back seat to me, me, me, me.  Theses proverbs have helped me to realize how important God’s Wisdom and Understanding is in even the smallest detail and in every situation.  I’m waking up and I can see my sin of pride and selfishness and I pray the Lord forgive me and bless me to be the person He would have me to be.  Amen.

A Key Verse:  4) Take away the dross (impurities) from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. 

“More Proverbs of Solomon”, XXIII, Proverbs 25:1) These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out (copied). 2) It is the Glory of God to conceal a thing:  but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.  Romans 11:33; Job 29:16.  3) The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.  *4) Take away the dross (impurities)from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.  5) Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.  6) Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:  7) For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.  8) Go not forth hastily to strive (court), lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbor hath put thee to shame.  Mathew 5:25.  9) Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself; and discover (betray) not a secret to another.  Matthew 18:15.  10) Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away (never lose your bad reputation).  11) A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.  12) As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, and so is a wise reprover (corrector) upon an obedient ear.  13) As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him:  for he refresheth the soul of his masters.  14) Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.  Jude 12.  15) By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.  

Quest Study Bible – v1, Men of Hezekiah……scribes and scholars who served in king Hezekiah’s royal court; approximately 250 years after Solomon’s reign.  v2, What’s so glorious about God concealing matters?  A king must search out matters to be a good leader.  The mysteries of God, though, cannot be fully known.  v7, See Luke 25:7.  v11, Apples of gold in settings of silver…The emphasis is on an exquisite beauty, value and artistry which our speech should resemble.  v13, Was snow at harvest desired?  A source of coolness on a hot harvest day would be refreshing and welcomed–just like news from a trustworthy messenger.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-10, To be hasty in the beginning of strife will bring in difficulties.  Do all thou canst to settle the matter privately rather than in court (paraphrased).  v14, He who pretends to have received or given that which he never had, is like the morning cloud that disappoints those that look for rain.  v15, Be patient to bear a present hurt.  Persuasive language is the most effectual to prevail over a hardened mind.  Amen.

More to come and God Bless You.  

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Further Sayings of the Wise

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”, Dutchforward.  Chorus:  “Great is Thy Faithfulness, great is Thy Faithfulness, morning by morning, new mercies I see.  All I have needed, Thy Hand hath provided.  Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.”  Hallelujah!

“Further Sayings of the Wise,” Proverbs 24:23) 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 art 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.  27) Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.   28) Be not a witness against thy neighbor 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.  Matthew 5;39.  30) I went by the field of the slothful (lazy), 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.  Matthew 13:7, 22; Hebrews 6:8.  32) Then I saw, and considered it well (set my heart):  I looked upon it, and received instruction.  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 (in labor); and thy want as an armed man. 

Quest Study Bible – v26, How does an honest answer resemble a kiss on the lips?  Like a kiss an honest answer demonstrates affection and love, the marks of genuine friendship.  v27, Why plow your field before building a house?  The principle is to get your financial and vocational life in order before you undertake a project like building a house.  Many believe that building a house is a figure of speech for marriage.  Thus, make sure you’re able to provide for a family before you begin one.  v30-34, When are rest and sleep okay?  Some people tend to be lazy, but others are workaholics.  Both greed and the desire to escape work are wrong.  Yet rest has been a part of God’s design for work from the beginning.  After God worked on creation for six days, He stopped work on the seventh.  God designed the world with the cycle for work and rest.  He intended that the Sabbath would provide rest and refreshment for the workers (Exodus 23:12).

More to come and God Bless You. 

“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Sayings of the Wise, IV

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“The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” Metropolitan Baptist Church

I recently saw the movie, “The Good Earth”.  I had read the book by Pearl S. Buck, a wonderful author.  And I cried through the movie, it was beautiful. 

“Sayings of the Wise”, IV, Proverbs 24:1) Be not envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.  2) For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief (doing harm).  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.  5) A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.  6) For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war:  and in multitude of counselors there is safety.  7) Wisdom is too high for a fool:  he openeth not his mouth in the gate (assembly).  8) He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.  9) The thought of foolishness is sin:  and the scorner (mocker) is an abomination to men.  10) If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.  11) If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;  Isaiah 58:6; 7; 1John 3:16.  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?  Revelation 2:23.  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.  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 (evil).  Psalm 34:19; Micah 7:8.  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.  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.  21) My son, fear thou the Lord and the king:  and meddle not with them that are given to change (rebellion):  Romans 13:7.  22) For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-2, Envy not sinners.  And let not a desire (for their company) ever come into thy mind.  v4-5, Piety (Reverence for God) and prudence (foresight, discretion) in outward affairs, both go together to complete a wise man.  By knowledge the soul is filled by those precious and pleasant riches.  The spirit is strengthened by true wisdom.   v11-12, If a man knows that his neighbor is in danger by any unjust proceeding, he is bound to do all in his power to deliver him. 

Quest Study Bible – v13, Like honey, wisdom is desirable because of its life-giving properties and its sweetness. Just as honey satisfies a person’s taste, wisdom satisfies a person’s life.