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

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

A Key Verse:  6) Train up a child in the way he should go:  and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 

“Proverbs of Solomon”, XXII, Proverbs 22:1) A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.  2) The rich and poor meet together:  the Lord is the maker of them all.  Psalm 49:1, 2.  3) A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself:  but the simple pass on, and are punished.  4) By humility (or the reward of humility) and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.  5) Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward (disobedient):  he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.  1John 5:18.   6) Train up a child in the way he should go:  and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  7) The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.  8) He that soweth iniquity (wickedness) shall reap vanity (trouble):  and the rod of his anger shall fail.  Hosea 10:13.  9) He that hath a bountiful (generous) eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.  10) Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.  11) He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips (gracious speech) the king shall be his friend.  12) The Eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and He overthroweth the words (or matters) of the transgressor (unfaithful).  13) The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, (or) I shall be slain in the streets.  14) The mouth of strange women is a deep pit:  he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.  Ecclesiastes 7:26.  15) Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.  16) He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.  Isaiah 3:14, 15.   

Quest Study Bible – v4, What is the explanation for God-fearing people who are poor or unhealthy?  Like other proverbs, this one makes a general observation about life which is usually true.  Occasionally, though, God allows God-fearing people to suffer so that He might display mighty works through them (John 9:1-3).  God may also use poverty or poor health to test our loyalties (Deuteronomy 8:2), to keep us dependent on His Grace (2Corinthians 12:7-10) or to develop character in us (James 1:2-4). 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v13, The slothful man talks of a lion without, but considers not his real danger from the devil, that roaring lion within, and from his own slothfulness, which kills him.  v14, The vile sin of licentiousness (disregard for the laws of morality) commonly besots (dulls) the mind beyond recovery.

More to come and God Bless You.      



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