Proverbs Chapter 23

Proverbs Chapter 23 #Relationships #Behavior  #Attitude #Parenting

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RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships With People

  • 9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. Matthew 7:6 (NKJV) explains to us why we should not speak words of wisdom into the ears of a fool.  “Do not give what is holy [wisdom comes only from YHWH and is precious] to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces’ [neither a dog nor a pig would know what to do with wisdom.] Gill’s exposition on this topic referred to  Proverbs 9:7 Proverbs 9:8 and clarified that this saying was a common saying within the Jewish culture. It is similar to the following saying ” “do not cast pearls before swine”, nor deliver wisdom to him, who knows not the excellency of it; for wisdom is better than pearls, and he that does not seek after it, is worse than a swine.”
  • 10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: 11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.  We know from the book of Ruth that a kinsman redeemer would come and rescue families who lost their property for whatever reason. But verses 11 seems to imply that this redeemer is actually “The Redeemer” of humanity Jesus Christ. He intercedes on behalf of His children all the time to the Father. He will also intercede on our behalf even in things of this world that impacts us.

Parenting and Children

13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. Correction is good for the soul. The Father will not allow us to remain in our sin without correcting us. Proverbs 15:32 (NKJV) proposes that “ He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.” Therefore, as parents, we should explain to our child why correction is important for their personage. 15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. Correction will lead children to make the right decisions and result in joyful parents.

The language usage of a child: 16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.  Intentional listening and application of that listening: 22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. They value truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding. WHY? Because they listen to and applied correction. 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. The Parental emotions because they have a child who listens to and applies correction to their lives24 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. 

Our Relationship With the Godhead

17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.  When we go back through the first 9 chapters of Proverbs we will ascertain that they focus on our attitude towards YHWH. Fear, admiration, reverence, awe, and submissiveness etc., As long as we focus on the fear of the Lord we are less likely to envy what sinners have.  This does not mean that we may not think “Well I would like to live in a house like that!” However, that is completely different from “Why can I have what they have? I deserve to have that. After all, I am a child of God.” With words like that, we are actually breaking the tenth commandment. Those shall not covet anything that belongs to thy neighbor. Exo 20:17 “17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”” Solomon continued to explain why envy is caustic and why his son should rely on the Lord.18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.  19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. Now we see specific behaviors that demonstrate an attitude that is not fearful of the Lord. 20 Be not among wine-bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.  Now he explains to his son why he should stay away from immoral behaviors. 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, and increaseth the transgressors among men.  This also describes the behavior of Satan. 1 Peter 5:7-9 (KJV) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? The Lord asks specific questions here with the intention of answering them for us. He does so to ensure that we understand what type of results one will received when they exhibit the specific behaviors. 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. So if we choose to be a drunkard who mixes their alcohol we will look very foolish.

Attitude

  • 1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. 3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat. The Father wants to ensure that we understand that we need to be aware of where we are and with whom we are socializing. Remember Daniel’s predicament? Daniel 1:8 (KJV)  But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.  He chose to not place himself in a situation where he could possibly break God’s law by eating at the king’s table. Sometimes we have to choose to be aware of where we are going and what is expected of us. Daniel never tried to become rich. He never sought after riches and or positions, but God gave him both. 4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. 5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
  • 6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:  7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.   8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.  Be careful who you associate with. Now that does not mean that we should only associate with Christians. It means that a greedy person regrets that they have invited you to eat with them and are envious of the fact that you are eating their food.

THE BENEFITS OF WISDOM

  • 12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. As before value wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
  • 17 “The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.  God will take care of the poor and needy if we refuse to take care of them!

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