Proverbs Chapter 10

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 The Chapter begins the Proverbs of Solomon the King. The “wisest man who has ever lived on the earth!”
  • 1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father I Kings 3: [David was Solomon’s father I am sure that he was very proud of him.] but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. [Solomon made some very foolish decisions in the during his reign as the King of Israel and it grieved his mother.]
  • 2Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.

 The parable of the rich man tells us a lot about why wickedness has not profited (Luke 12:16-21). That riches without God is foolish living (Luke 16:21).

I receive many requests from people all day long. People who are in need of shelter, food, clothing, comfort, prayer.  It is very important that we all remember that..

  • 3The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
  • 4He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

In this day and age, we will hear people stating that a person should plan for their retirement. It is not really feasible to plan for your retirement if you are a member of the middle class, a single person, who has no “permanent health insurance” etc., Society today is not the same as it was 30 years ago. Israel lived in an agrarian society.  Joseph understood this proverb and saved many lived (Genesis 41:46–57).

  • 5He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
  • 6Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. [The Mosiac Lord promised blessings to those who are just Deuteronomy 27-28]

The following Proverbs speak to the benefits of living a righteous and just life as opposed to a life that attacks the poor, the needy, or being a braggadocio person.

  • 7The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
  • 8The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
  • 9He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
  • 10He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
  • 11The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

In the current political climate – worldwide it is evident that hatred, a lack of understanding, foolish talking, poverty, sin, a lack of respect for correction, living by vocally slandering others, reaps rewards that are unpleasant for the person who chooses to live this way. In the end, the Justice of God will prevail. As we read this chapter in Proverbs we need to plant ourselves, our neighbors, communities, states, and countries into these verses and ascertain where do we stand with reference to the results of these behaviors. Where do our leaders stand? Where does our community stand? Then Pray, forgive, repent, and repeat the cycle until The  Lord returns. I am convinced that we are living in the latter days and the behaviors below will become the norm and not the exception.

  • 12Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
  • 13In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
  • 14Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
  • 15The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
  • 16The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
  • 17He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
  • 18He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

I am making bold the benefits of constraint or the blessing of living a life that chooses wisdom.

  • 19In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
  • 20The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
  • 21The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
  • 22The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
  • 23It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
  • 24The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
  • 25As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
  • 26As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
  • 27The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
  • 28The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
  • 29The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
  • 30The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
  • 31The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
  • 32The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

It is all about choice. Choice of words, choice of lifestyle, choice of beliefs, and choice of what we deem important enough to take a stance on. If all of those choices that we are making are not lining up with God’s words then maybe just maybe we are making the wrong choices. I know that those are strong words. But did you notice that each negative behavior has significantly strong negative consequences? We are so busy being politically, or sociologically correct that we are forgetting that God calls a spade a spade, not in a condemnatory manner. But He does not mince His words. He wants to be sure that we know where we stand. But for the grace that He has given us through the death and resurrection of His son, we would all be going to hell.

This chapter is a hallmark chapter because it speaks to what is happen right now in many people’s lives because of the actions and words of others. But God sees and knows all.

We have been blessed to be a blessing to others.  Think about how you personally can be a blessing to someone, your community, and our nation as it lines up with God’s word.

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