Proverbs 16

Contents

Proverbs Chapter 16. 1

RELATIONSHIPS. 1

Relationships With People. 1

Relationships With The Godhead. 1

INTEGRITY.. 3

RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships With People

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  • 11 A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.
  • 12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
  • 14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
  • 15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.
  • Relationship With The Godhead

Our Thoughts and Actions must be governed by The Holy Spirit, that is the expectation of our Heavenly Father.

  • 1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. Luke 12:11-12 tells us that we do not have to worry about how we will be answering anyone because God provides the answers for us. All we have to do is ask Him. When we ask Him we are acknowledging his sovereignty over every area of our lives. Verse 10  extends this thought to a higher level A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment. Verse 13 applies the use of “the tongue to a rule and how that affects his subjects.
  • 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.  Verse 24  Speaks about the sweetness of using one’s tongue in a godly manner.
  • 24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. Verse 32 is referencing the effects of the tongue on one’s position.
  • 32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Words Lead Actions

Verses 27, 28, 29, and 30 describe the process of engaged in by an ungodly man and how words will lead to actions that end with unpleasant consequences. Gossip destroys relationships and leads to violent actions. Pretending that one is not surrounded by and or is not participating in gossip will bring about outcomes that are synonymous with gossip.

  • 27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
  • 28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
  • 29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
  • 30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

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    All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. I Cor 16:9 tells us that our bodies are the temple of God. Only God knows why act, think and are saying the things that we speak. We can fool ourselves but we can never fool God. He knows our spirit. Verses 6, 7 and 9 says the say thing just differently:
  • 6. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORDmen depart from evil.
  • 7. When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
  • 9. A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
  • 3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Scripture tells us to commit our total being to the will of The Lord. It is not within us to want to include The Lord in our plans, purposes, desires, and professional decisions. But it is in our best interest to do so.
  • 4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. The Lord created all things and does not expect us to commit evil. It has always existed. In Romans 9:17-23 The Lord provides an example of our right to free will and the fact that we can choose between “good and evil.” Deuteronomy 30 tells us to choose life that we may live. However, it does not say that we will be forced to choose life.
  • 5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. One is reminded in Isaiah 14 about the downfall of the most beautiful angelic being ever created by God. He was created perfect. He was given the gift of music and created worship for all of the angelic realms. But, price and arrogance change the perfect to Lucifer into sinful Lucifer. He was created perfect let alone us who were “born in sin and shaped in iniquity!” Pride is our immediate, not eventual downfall. Verses 18, 19 and 26 all address the pitfalls of pride and arrogance.
  • 18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
  • 19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
  • 26 He that laboureth, laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
  • 8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
  • 16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold, and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! Matthew 6:19-21 Tells us that it is better for us to store up heavenly treasures rather than silver or gold. They are useless to us on judgment day.
  • 17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.  We previously discussed the advantages of staying on the straight and narrow path that is laid out for us by the Lord. This ver reiterates the same adage from Matthew 7:14. Have you noticed the pattern of teaching in the Book of Proverbs? Say it and say it again until we “get it!” That is the methodology of a great teacher.
  • 20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he. A Christian who lives by the wisdom principles of God’s word will not make decisions that cause their employees or their own life to be unhappy. Luke 11:28 states that the obedient children of God are blessed and Psalm 112:1 declares that they are blessed and happy.

The benefits of wisdom are once again iterated by Solomon

  • 21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
  • 22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
  • 23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
  • 31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. Today it is almost impossible to get young people to respect their elders.
  • 33The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

The Proud Heart.

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The ways of man.

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