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Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 17 – 20170427

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Proverbs 17:1  “Better…quietness…than…strife”
Peace and the ability to enjoy what you have is better than great material gain.  Once you have that, then you can add the other.

3  “refining pot is for silver…furnace for gold…the LORD tests the hearts”
Nice comparison.  Breaks down and removes the dross or waste.  What is left is pure, the best of what it can be.

4  “…evildoer gives heed to false lips…”
Evil loves company.

13  “Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.”
Makes you wonder about some, especially in politics.  Even if they turn, have they already locked in consequences.

14  “…stop contention before a quarrel starts”
De-escalation.  The wise choice for thousands of years.

15  “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.”
Strong words.  I see many in this situation.  Some without even realizing it.  They don’t know the danger of their predicament.

17  “A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.”
Long time favorite.  A true friend.  Not sure I’ve ever had one other than Jesus.  Have tried to be one, but opportunities for reciprocity have been few.

22  “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.”
I know the feeling.

27-28  “He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.  Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.”
Excellent wisdom.  Keep reminding myself of this daily.  May not attain to a wise man of understanding, but could be a perceptive fool.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 16 – 20170426

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Proverbs 16:1  “…the answer of the tongue is from the LORD”
I believe this one is stated differently a few times.  Man makes his plans, but God is still in control.  Also reminds me of what Christ said regarding the Holy Spirit.  We need not worry about what to say in certain situations.  The Spirit would bring to mind what we should say when we should say it.  He always has the final say.

2  “…the LORD weighs the spirits”
He can see to the heart of the matter, the absolute truth.

3  “Commit your works to the LORD…”
Let all things be done for Him and His glory.  Work as unto the Lord.

4  “…even the wicked for the day of doom”
Nothing escapes Him.  Not sure if this is referring to doom for the wicked or that the wicked are used by Him as articles of punishment when He needs one, a rod of correction.  As He used the Assyrians and Babylonians.  Either way works.  It’s all for Him.

8  “Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice.”
Reminder that financial gain isn’t the most important.

9  “A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”
One of those mentioned like verse one.  I think it comes down to us deciding to move, planning our way then taking a step and being able to trust that God will direct those steps in the right direction.  Sometimes it’s hard to know what step to take.  Don’t have all the answers, but God is trustworthy.

18  “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Paraphrased contraction has become a common saying.  Pride goes before a fall.  Shows the danger of not reading the source.

25  “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”
Stated several times in the Proverbs.  We can’t see everything.  What may appear right to us can be completely wrong.  Shown clearly in salvation.  We want to use works, but that leads only to death.  We must trust in Him.

33  “The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.”
He is the ruler of chance.  Really no such thing as chance with God.  Odds are only seen from man’s point of view.  With God it is either so or not.  One chance in a billion is a sure thing if that is what He wants.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 15 – 20170424

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Proverbs 15:1  “…soft answer turns away wrath…harsh word stirs up anger”
Have experienced this myself.  And it doesn’t have to be an actual harsh word, only one that is perceived so.  It wasn’t so much what he said as how he said it.

3  “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.”
That bit of truth is well worth remembering.  Nothing escapes Him.  Not to mention He knows everything before it happens anyway.

6  “In the house of the righteous there is much treasure…”
Righteousness produces good.

8-9  “The sacrifice of the wicked…The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD…”
God isn’t blind.  He cannot be fooled by fake worship or acts thereof.  He is not some mindless beast of a god that must be appeased by our token actions.  He sees through us to the heart.  More importantly, He desires a true relationship with us.  He doesn’t want what we think we can do for Him or what we can give Him, He wants us.  To try to begin to comprehend that boggles the mind.

10  “…he who hates correction will die”
Not killed for punishment, but his undisciplined actions will one day lead to his demise.

11  “Hell and Destruction are before the LORD; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.”

13  “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”
Another great truth I have experienced.

15  “…he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast”
Joy makes every day bright.

19  “The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is a highway.”
Could be of his own making, but also for his instruction.  To give him opportunity to become diligent.

22  “Without counsel, plans go awry…”
Wish more folks could understand that.  Listening to advice doesn’t diminish control or admit weakness.

23  “…a word spoken in due season, how good it is!”
Power of encouragement.

26  “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD…”
So much evidence that what God wants is the truth, the real heart attitude.  We cannot fool Him.  Never let God’s seeming lack of action make you think He doesn’t know and care.  In His time all will be accounted, all will be made right.

28  “…heart of the righteous studies how to answer…”
Desire to do what is right.

29  “…He hears the prayer of the righteous”
What a joy and comfort to know He hears us.

33  “…before honor is humility”
Not to be beaten down, but to fully understand our position.  We are children of God because He loves us.  Once we understand that it’s all Him and nothing of us, He can lift us to heights we could never imagine.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 14 – 20170421

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Proverbs 14:1  “…wise woman builds her house…foolish pulls it down with her hands”
So sad.  I have seen this happen many times.  Both in families and in business.  Women fight for power not realizing the great power they already have.

2  “…fears the LORD…”
In this instance, fears as in respects.

3  “In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride…”
Punished by his own words.

4  “Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.”
Had someone get on my case once because my actions were causing a disturbance to their well ordered existence.  I shared this verse with them.  They didn’t appreciate it.  We spend too much time worried about how messy the trough is and too little being amazed and appreciative at the amount of work accomplished.

9  “Fools mock at sin…”
Don’t take it seriously.  Sin becomes something of a sport.  They don’t realize how dangerous their actions are.

10  “The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.”
Why Jesus is the best friend.  He already knows the heart, but also wants to know.  And He cares.

12  “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”
Salvation is only through Christ, not by anything man can do.

13  “Even in laughter the heart may sorrow, And the end of mirth may be grief.”
Observation of Solomon in Ecclesiastes.  Joy and sorrow are intertwined in life on this fallen earth.

16  “A wise man fears and departs from evil…”
Avoiding evil or temptation is better than trying to fight it or work through it.

20  “…poor man is hated even by his own neighbor…”
Discrimination based on financial means has been around forever.  Sad that it even permeates close relations like family and friends.

23  “…all labor…idle chatter…”
Got to do it, not just talk about it.

28  “In a multitude of people is a king’s honor…”
Those who would follow him out of respect for his good leadership, not just a large number of people.  Ruler of slaves has no honor.

30  “…envy is rottenness to the bones”
Hurts no one but yourself.

31  “…he who honors Him has mercy on the needy”
Reflection of God.

32  “…the righteous has a refuge in his death”
For the followers of Christ, death is the ending only of our sinful existence.  It is the beginning of complete and eternal freedom in Him.

34  “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.”
If only America could realize this.  Our Founding Fathers did.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 13 – 20170419

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Proverbs 13:1  “A wise son…a scoffer…”
Wonder if the writer was referring to a son who scoffs or just one in general.  Doesn’t really matter.  One who thinks he knows more than anyone enough to scoff won’t listen to advice.  A wise son, not a usual teenager who thinks he knows more than his parents.

2  “…soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence”
Not a direct action, but what one obtains.  Results of unfaithfulness.  Commentary suggests violence could also be mischief.  Evil brings bad results.

4  “…soul of a lazy man desires…soul of the diligent…”
Not enough just to want it, you must put action to desire.

5  “A righteous man hates lying…”
Should be our attitude.  Idea of being truthful, not false.  Being open, not hiding anything.  The difference shown in the garden of Eden.  Once they had sinned, they tried to hide from God.  Lying is an attempt to hide something.  Proverbs 6 says God hates it, we should also.

7  “There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.”
Interesting.  Viewed this as dealing with financial verses true or spiritual riches.  Commentaries suggest that view and one showing two sides of hypocrisy.  In that view, a man who merely pretends to be wealthy for evil means is compared to one who pretends to be poor also for evil means.  Both would be deceitful in order to obtain something by dishonesty.  I’ve always seen the first view.  One who hoards his wealth selfishly has no love for his neighbor and thus may be poor spiritually.  One who is generous to the point of poverty, if he does it out of love for God and his neighbor, is rich spiritually.  Having money or giving money away isn’t evil or noble by themselves.  The condition of the heart that acts in either way is what matters.

8  “The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor does not hear rebuke.”
Another one with different opinions.  Most suggest it contrasts a rich person who has money to take care of any problems or troubles with a poor man who doesn’t have to deal with such problems or troubles due to his lack of wealth or sense of insignificance.  I can see this view.  The other seems odd to me.  In it the wealthy who can use riches to resolve problems is compared to the poor who remains poor because he won’t listen to rebuke or correction over his slothfulness.  Seems to me to be more strength in a contrast than a comparison.

10  “…pride…well-advised…”
Pride which gets in the way of hearing advice.

11  “…dishonesty will be diminished…by labor will increase”
Commentary agrees the idea is that God will bless honest gain by labor and not that obtained dishonestly.  While I agree with the sentiment that God is pleased with honesty rather than dishonesty, I wonder if the idea puts God in a box.  I don’t see that honest labor necessarily guarantees financial increase or the financial blessings of God.  This doesn’t diminish God’s faithfulness or goodness, just our concept that He must do such and such in order to show it.  He may choose to bless our honest actions, but He is under no obligation to do so.

12  “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”
Very true.

13  “…word…commandment…”
That of God.  What is right.

Topics19  “A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.”
Another difficult one.  Commentaries differ.  Depends on whether the conjunction is but to set up a contrast or and/therefore to show a result.  As a contrast, the idea is that a good desire accomplished is sweet, but a fool refuses to depart from his evil to accomplish good.  As a result, the idea is that because any accomplished desires are sweet, a sinful person won’t depart from his evil desires.  Checked other translations.  They all use but as the conjunction which leads to a contrast in my opinion.

22  “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.”
Must recognize that all wealth belongs to God.  He will determine its final or continuing disposition.

23  “Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, And for lack of justice there is waste.”
No clear distinction on this one.  Commentaries are all over the place on it.  Most of the translations render the term fallow ground or uncultivated ground, yet the commentaries appear to ignore that point and go with the much food statement.  They see it as another contrast between good diligence and foolish squandering.  Some translations use and for the conjunction, some use but.  To me, straight reading of the English says there is the potential for much food in the ground of the poor, but because of injustice that potential is wasted.  Reminds me of the areas of the world that have sufficient resources to grow food, yet the people starve because evil governments won’t allow the resources to be used.  The King James Version uses the word tillage which could refer to the plowing of the ground or the tilled ground.  Using that term I can see the contrast.  But why say of the poor?  The same could be said for anyone who plows and be contrasted with the result of injustice.  To me, using the term poor says there is a lack of ability or resources to prevent the injustice.  Guess it could also mean that, although there is sufficient food in the smallest sections of ground of the poor, it can still be wasted if those working it aren’t diligent or don’t exercise wise judgment.

24  “He who spares his rod hates his son…”
Those who are against spanking or corporal punishment hate this verse.  But it is true.  If you care about your children, you want them to grow up happy and able to function in society.  They are born with a sinful nature which must be trained to guard against totally selfish behavior.  Society today is reaping the consequences of people who were not disciplined as children.  They believe they are more important than anyone else and that the world owes them everything.  When life shows them differently, they either self destruct or become destructive.  To allow a person to grow into that condition sounds like hatred or extreme indifference to me.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 12 – 20170417

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Proverbs 12:1  “…he who hates correction is stupid” Pulled no punches on that one.  Foolishness of not recognizing you don’t know it all and the great gain of assistance in finding the correct path.  Pride is a contributing factor.

2  “A good man…man of wicked intentions…” Bible tells us there is . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 12 – 20170417

Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 11 – 20170414

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Proverbs 11:1  “Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD…” Scales for weighing products for which a person paid or received money.  Would have also been for weighing out payment when coins weren’t used.  Even today in some markets where people buy meat or vegetables based on weight.  Don’t cheat your . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 11 – 20170414

Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 10 – 20170412

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Proverbs 10:2  “Treasures of wickedness profit nothing…” Ill-gotten gain never satisfies.  As Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 13, without love or Christ by implication, having or doing anything profits you nothing.  The universe is God’s.  Why would we think that doing anything contrary to Him could stand or even matter?

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Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 9 – 20170410

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Proverbs 9:1  “Wisdom has built her house…” Seems to me to be a continuation of chapter 8.  Description and narrative of wisdom.  Will also contrast Godly wisdom with earthly foolishness.

2  “…seven pillars” I get the number seven being referenced as whole or complete, but I wondered about the pillars, was . . . → Read More: Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 9 – 20170410

Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 8 – 20170407

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Proverbs 8:1  “Does not wisdom cry out…” Voice of wisdom.  Calling to us.  God gives us a way out of temptation, a warning of bad choices.  It’s up to us to listen and heed what He says.

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