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

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God Bless all of You this Easter Season!                    

“Oh What Love”, Vickie Winans.  Chorus:  Oh what love He has for me, that He would give His Life.  Jesus went to Calvary to save a wretch like you and me.  That’s love, that’s love.  They hung Him high, they stretched Him wide.  He hung His head, for me He died, that’s love, that’s love.  That’s not how the story ends, for in three days He Rose again, that’s love, that’s love. 

“Sayings of the Wise,” III, Proverbs 23:20) Be not among winebibbers (drink too much); among riotous eaters of flesh:  Isaiah 5:22; Luke 21;34; Romans 13:13.   21) For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty:  and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.  22) Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.  23) Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.  Matthew 13:44.  24) The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice:  and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.  25) Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.  26) My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.  27) For a whore is a deep ditch, and a strange woman is a narrow pit.  28) She also lieth in wait as for a prey (robber), and increaseh the transgessors among men.  29) Who hath woe?  who hath sorrow?  who hath contentions?   who hath babbling?  who hath wounds without cause?  who hath redness of eyes?  Nahum 1:10; Ephesians 5:18.  30) They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.  31) Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.  32) At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder (viper).  33) Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.  34) Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast (rigging).  35) They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not:  when shall I awake?  I will seek it yet again (find another drink).  2Peter 2;22.

Quest Study Bible – v23, Who has truth for sale?  This proverb uses the imagery of commerce–buying and selling–to emphasize the priority of acquiring truth and its companions.  A wise person will work hard to get truth, wisdom, discipline and understanding.  v27, Deep ditch….narrow pit, In ancient times, people would bore holes into the ground–even into solid limestone rock–to catch rainwater.  Such pits or other wells could be used to trap animals or to keep people prisoners (Genesis 37:22; Jeremiah 18:20, 22).  Marital infidelity is often glamorized, but in reality, it’s a prison from which you can’t escape.  v28, Can unfaithful men blame prostitutes for their sins?  Absolutely not!  The cunning of prostitutes provides a reason for fleeing rather than an excuse for falling (5:8).  v29-35, Was alcoholism a problem in this culture?  Alcoholism is not only a modern phenomenon; it troubled people in the ancient Middle East as well.  The symptoms described here can be seen still today:  those under the influence of alcohol pick fights, ruin their health and lose control of their lives. (31:4-7).

John Gill’s Bible Exposition — v31, Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, Which was the only wine used in the land of Canaan, and looked bright and beautiful. It should not be looked upon with a greedy eye, so as vehemently to desire it, which will lead to an intemperate use of it; just as looking upon a woman, so as to lust after her, is forbidden, ( Matthew 5:28 )

More to come and God Bless You.   



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