As you read the comments the Lord laid on my heart, I encourage you to see what questions the Lord has for you. There is much more that could be written.
1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
Am I wise or foolish? Am I building my house or plucking it down?
2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
Do I fear the Lord? Is it evident?
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
Is my mouth foolish and full of pride, or do my lips preserve me?
4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
Sometimes messes get made, even during clean-up, but especially in the day to day runnin of the house. That’s just the way it is. Our house is not a storage silo that sees no activity. Things get messed. The is much increase by the strength of the family’s labours.
5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
Am I a faithful of false witness?
6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
Am I having a hard time finding wisdom?
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
Who do I hang around with? Is there knowledge in my mouth and the people I fellowship with? (See my lesson on Amnon had a Friend…)
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
Am I prudent or deceitful?
9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Do I mock sin or do I have favour?
10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
What bitterness am I hiding to others? Do I mind my own business?
11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
Have I tried to setup a house (permanent building) on earth, or have I forgotten that this is just my tabernacle (temporary dwelling place, usually a tent)?
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
How do I view my own ways: through my own eyes or the Lord’s? where is my path (way) leading?
13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
What sorrow am I hiding?
14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
Am I full of my own ways or the Lord’s? Am I satisfied with my ways?
15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
Am I prudent? Do I look well to my going?
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
Do I depart from evil? Do I rage and proud of it? How do I respond to others? To my husband? Our children?
17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
Do I get angry quickly? Am I hated for wickedness?
18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
What is my inheritance? What is my crown?
19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
Am I being bowed to (show of respect) or am I doing the bowing?
20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
Where do my riches come from? How did I get them? What are they? Spiritual? Carnal?
21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Do I despise my neighbour? In what way am I merciful to the poor in spirit and the materially poor? Am I happy?
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 1 John 3:15
It’s not a matter “if” I’ve been a murderer. The question is, “How often have I been guilty of being a murderer?”
22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
Am I in error? I have often fallen on my knees in prayer for those who have attacked me, but how often have I caught myself devising evil? Perhaps to get “revenge” on those who have wronged me. Will I get mercy and truth?
23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
Too often, I am lazy and just don’t want to work, or I’d rather gab. This too is sin…
24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
What kind of crown do I have? How is it decorated if at all?
25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
When is the last time I was a true witness for my Lord? Too often, I close my mouth when it should be speaking forth His Word, or I speak of things that have no profit.
26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
How confident am I? Do I really fear the Lord? Then why don’t I witness like I ought! What kind of place am I preparing for our children?
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
What kind of fountain do I have?
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalms 1:3
How many people have I justify in “the snares of death” because I have not witnessed to them.
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. Ezekiel 33:6
28 In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
When a soul is brought to the King, it brings Him honour. When His children do not witness, it brings the Lord shame. Do I bring my King honour or shame?
29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
Too often, I am not slow to wrath. To my shame, I have exalted folly.
30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
Is my heart sound? Do I focus on what is right or are my bones filled with the rottenness of envy.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
Do I have mercy on the poor or do I look down on them? How do I behave when the derelic comes to church? Do I turn away in repulsion at the dirt, smell of acohol?…..
32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
Yes! I have hope:
For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. Galatians 5:5
For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven…Colossians 1:5
…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Colossians 1:27
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:8
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:7
And so many more verses!
33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
What rests in my heart? What am I know for?
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
The only way for a nation to be righteous is for people to be saved. The only way for them to be saved is for God’s children to witness.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:14
35 The king’s favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.
Am I wise or do I shame my Saviour?
Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
December 17th 2007
1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
Do I hear the Father’s instructions or am I a scorner?
2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
What fruit does my mouth produce?
How do I eat? Do I eat violence?
3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Do I keep my mouth? My life?
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalms 19:14
Or do I open wide my lips unto my own destruction?
4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
Is my soul starving or fat?
5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
Do I hate lying, or am I full of shame?
6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
Does righteousness keep me, or have I been overthrown?
7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
Am I poor or rich?
8 The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
How rich am I?
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
Is my light rejoicing or put out?
10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Do I have contention or wisdom?
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
How do I get riches?
12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Is my heart sick for heaven? Do I long for it so badly that I’m heart sick?
13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
Do I fear God’s Word or despise it?
14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
What kind of fountain do I have? Life? Death? Law = Word of God.
15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
Do I have favour or is my way hard?
16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
Do I deal with knowledge or is m folly open to all?
17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
What kind of messenger am I? What tidings do I bring? What focus do I have? Do I bring health or disease to my hearers?
18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
Do I regard or refuse rebuke? Do I have poverty? Shame? Honour?
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
Is my soul sweet or rotten?
20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
What are my companions like?
21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
Who or what runs after me?
22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
What kind of inheritance am I leaving my children or grandchildren? (See my lesson on Heirlooms of a Christian Home)
23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
I wasn’t 100% sure about the first half of the verse, so I looked up Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
23a How a small estate may be improved by industry, so that a man, by making the best of every thing, may live comfortably upon it: Much food is in the tillage of the poor, the poor farmers, that have but a little, but take pains with that little and husband it well. Many make it an excuse for their idleness that they have but a little to work on, a very little to be doing with; but the less compass the field is of the more let the skill and labour of the owner be employed about it, and it will turn to a very good account. Let him dig, and he needs not beg.
What are my farming practices for life?
23b How a great estate may be ruined by indiscretion: There is that has a great deal, but it is destroyed and brought to nothing for want of judgment, that is, prudence in the management of it. Men over-build themselves or over-buy themselves, keep greater company, or a better table, or more servants, than they can afford, suffer what they have to go to decay and do not make the most of it; by taking up money themselves, or being bound for others, their estates are sunk, their families reduced, and all for want of judgment.
What have I destroyed for lack (want) of jugement?
24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Do I love or hate my children? Am I slack in discipline or do I apply it as often as needed (betimes)?
25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
Is my soul satisfied or spiritually starved?
As I read through this Proverb, I was struck by the contrast between the wise and the foolish/wicked. I wanted to see it better so I decided to break the verses down into columns. What a treasure trove to glean from!
For reduncency sake, the conjunction “but” has been removed.
Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon.
|1||A wise son maketh a glad father:|
|2||righteousness delivereth from death.|
|3||The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish:|
|4||the hand of the diligent maketh rich.|
|5||He that gathereth in summer is a wise son:|
|6||Blessings are upon the head of the just:|
|7||The memory of the just is blessed:|
|8||The wise in heart will receive commandments:|
|9||He that walketh uprightly walketh surely:|
|11||The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life:|
|12||love covereth all sins.|
|13||In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found:|
|14||Wise men lay up knowledge:|
|15||The rich man’s wealth is his strong city:|
|16||The labour of the righteous tendeth to life:|
|17||He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction:|
|19||he that refraineth his lips is wise.|
|20||The tongue of the just is as choice silver:|
|21||The lips of the righteous feed many:|
|22||The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.|
|23||a man of understanding hath wisdom.|
|24||the desire of the righteous shall be granted.|
|25||the righteous is an everlasting foundation.|
|27||The fear of the LORD prolongeth days:|
|28||The hope of the righteous shall be gladness:|
|29||The way of the LORD is strength to the upright:|
|30||The righteous shall never be removed:|
|31||The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom:|
|32||The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable:|
|1||a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.|
|2||Treasures of wickedness profit nothing:|
|3||he (the LORD) casteth away the substance of the wicked.|
|4||He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand:|
|5||he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.|
|6||violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.|
|7||the name of the wicked shall rot.|
|8||a prating fool shall fall.|
|9||he that perverteth his ways shall be known.|
|10||He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: a prating fool shall fall.|
|11||violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.|
|12||Hatred stirreth up strifes:|
|13||a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.|
|14||the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.|
|15||the destruction of the poor is their poverty.|
|16||the fruit of the wicked to sin.|
|17||he that refuseth reproof erreth.|
|18||He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.|
|19||In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin:|
|20||the heart of the wicked is little worth.|
|21||fools die for want of wisdom.|
|23||It is as sport to a fool to do mischief:|
|24||The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him:|
|25||As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more:|
|26||As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.|
|27||the years of the wicked shall be shortened.|
|28||the expectation of the wicked shall perish.|
|29||destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.|
|30||the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.|
|31||the froward tongue shall be cut out.|
|32||the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.|
This is from a larger study on Proverbs 7, but this part has really been weighing on me.
â…Write them upon the table of thine heart.â? Proverbs 7:3
A table is flat and open for all to see. It doesn’t speak, but what is on it is evident for all who look.
The first work God performs on this table is salvation. When God comes to that table, it has been abused by misuse and left to weather without protection and is now stained and marred by sin. When we accept God’s refinishing plan of salvation, He instantly removes the stains and marring and gives it a new finish that gives it a brand new nature. It is no longer a battered table fit only for the junk pile. It is a table whose finish makes it now worthy for kings’ palaces.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Because the finish has been applied by the Lord, it cannot be removed. It cannot be damaged or stripped away.
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:28-29
In order for a table to be of proper use to put things on, it should be clean. We don’t leave it dirty from the previous meal to place the new meal on it. There may be some clutter now and then, but it should be kept clean. That can take some work, but the Lord promised to assist there too:
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21
As we continue in the Christian walk and the Lord provides us the strength we need, we are able to live for Him. Our goal should be to bring honour and glory to Him.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11
Let us now consider how we set the table of our heart for a banquet in honour of our Lord. Every action we do or word we speak determines the quality of the place setting, drinks, appetizer, salad, main meal and desert. Do my words and actions speak of quality to be looked up to, or rottenness that is to be thrown out to the hogs?
“Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 1:7-8
What the world sees will either bring my Lord honour or dishonour.
Is it evident that the Word of God is bound on my finger and written upon the table of my heart?