Proverbs Chapter 29

Proverbs Chapter 29 #Relationships #Behavior #Attitude #Wisdom #Integrity

 

RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships With People

16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. 21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length. Loving and caring for others always has positive end results. 22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.  23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. Pride comes before the fall. 24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not. Sin is at the door. When sin remains at the door it separates us from God. That is why being a partner with a thief hurts our soul. Similarly, when cursing is accepted by us it becomes a part of our mental DNA and will flow out of our mouths too. Our relationships with others can be determined by their behavior or it can be determined by the very power and Spirit of God Only we can make that choice. We will have to deploy grace, and forgiveness when people have hurt us but isn’t it worth the peace that we receive when we are willing to forgive. Anger only leads us to become even angrier and isolates us from others.

  Our Relationship with God

  •  10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright but the just seek his soul. The just wants to know the gospel. They know that life, peace, joy, and eternal glory are encased in knowing Jesus.

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Knowing Jesus changes our perspective on life. 25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. When we trust in the name of the Lord our God we are not doing so in vain. 26 Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD. 

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked. Remember that the battle we are fighting belongs to the Lord. We are surrounded by abominations against the just because as stated in Ephesians 6:12  (KJV) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. But we don’t fight dirty we fight our battles clad with the armor of God.

Correction and Reproof

  • 1 He, that being often reproved hardenethhis neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. The best remedy for a stiff neck is obedience and “yes Lord!” A stiff neck person is usually a person who disobeys God’s word and His will for their lives. ” Acts 7:51-52 (KJV) Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.” Instead of repentance, they were so angry that they were ready to physically bite him “and they gnashed on him with their teeth] More literally, gnashed their teeth at him..” Cambridge Bible school explain this incident.
  • Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges “Acts 7:54 to Acts 8:1. Effect of the Speech. Death of Stephen 54When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart] There is a conjunction in the original which is not expressed in the English. Read, Now when, &c. On the last verb, which is only found here and in Acts 7:33, see note there. t expresses the sort of cutting that would be made by a saw, and its effect is always one of irritation, and at last, it came to be synonymous with gnashing the teeth for rage, with which expression it is here combined.
  • 15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Proverbs 13:24  (KJV) states He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. This is the same premise!
  • 17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. When we raise our children to grow closer to God and learn how to love and respect ALL people better they will remain in that frame of reference. Our children will learn from the example that we set. Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
    That is why there are certain conversations that children should never be involved in.  Occasionally, adults will have a problem with each other. Never ever include your children in that “attitudinal” conflict. It places the children in a bad situation. They will always repeat the negative things that you are saying about the other person and it will impact their relationship with the person. What happens to the child if the situation changes between the two adults?
  • 19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer. An employee who is undisciplined and does not want to work for their wages will not listen to guidance from their employer. Remember the parable of the talents? The servant who did nothing with the talent he was given made excuses? Luke 12: 45 -48 KJV) But the servant who would not listen to his masters directive reaped the reward of his behavior. “But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

 Governance/Rulers

  • 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn1 Timothy 5 talks about our responsibility towards the poor and the widows.  These are God’s expectations of those who are in positions of authority
  • 3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendethhis substance. The prodigal son  would not listen to the wisdom of His Father.. this is a snippet of what happened to him ” Luke 15:11-32 n (KJV)1 And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; he sent him into his fields to feed swine.” It was against all that is holy for a Jewish man/woman to be in the presence of “pigs.”  They were unclean – spiritually unclean if they touched them. But this young chap did not listen to the wisdom of his father. He decided to “hang out with the other young men of his time and lived a riotous life. Read the rest of the story here. 
  • 4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it. Bribery is a sin. A ruler cannot ruler effectively when he owes too many powerful people favors. It clouds his judgment and will cause him to make decisions that are not in the best interest of the people whom he leads. This can and will happen in any corporation, school district, state, or even nation. On the other hands, a just king enables the nation to be established and is on a solid financial footing!
  • 5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet. Psalm 12:2 (KJV) “They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.” Inconsistent behavior and a tongue that flatters are huge red flags in any relationship. 
  • 6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice. Habitual sin has its just reward. It becomes a moral hallmark for that person, they live in fear of what will happen to them. The will be eternally separated from God. But the righteous will.  . .

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great The great ones of the earth, the kings and princes of the earth: these are the words of God the Father, promising Christ that he shall have as great a part or portion assigned him as any of the mighty monarchs of the world, nay, one much more large and ample; that he would make him higher than the kings of the earth, and give him a name above every name in this world, or that to come; and all this in consequence of his sufferings, and as a reward of them; see ( Philippians 2:8Philippians 2:9 ) and whereas the Lord’s people are his portion, and with which Christ is well pleased, and greatly delighted, ( Deuteronomy 32:9 ) ( Psalms 16:6 ) , they may be intended here, at least as a part of the portion which Christ has assigned him. For the words may be rendered F5, “therefore will I divide, assign, or give many to him”: so the Vulgate Latin version; and which is favoured by the Targum therefore will I divide to him the prey of many people;”and by the Septuagint version, therefore he shall inherit many, or possess many as his inheritance; so the Arabic version. The elect of God were given to Christ, previous to his sufferings and death, in the everlasting council of peace and covenant of grace, to be redeemed and saved by him; and they are given to him, in consequence of them, to believe in him, to be subject to him, and serve him; and so it denotes a great multitude of persons, both among Jews and Gentiles, that should be converted to Christ, embrace him, profess his Gospel, and submit to his ordinances; and which has been true in fact, and took place quickly after his resurrection and ascension. IMPERFECT: THAT IS WHAT WE ARE. But we are also forgiven!!

8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath. The wise are peacemakers. They will resolve conflict in a manner that will bless others instead of inciting a riot!

12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.  2 Peter 2:19 (KJV) While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” Corruption of any kind will only lead to spiritual, emotional, and financial bondage.

“The Fool, Foolishness, Ignoring Correction”

If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.  What does contendeth mean? Webster’s 1828 Dictionary CONTEND, verb intransitive [Latin, to stretch. Gr., See Tend, Tenet.]

  • 1. To strive, or to strive against; to struggle in opposition.
  • Distress not the Moabites, nor contend with them in battle. Deuteronomy 2:9.
  • 2. To strive; to use earnest efforts to obtain, or to defend and preserve.
  • You sit above, and see vain men below contend for what you only can bestow.
  • Ye should earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3.
  • 3. To dispute earnestly; to strive in debate.
  • They that were of the circumcision contended with him. Acts 11:2Job 9:3.
  • 4. To reprove sharply; to chide; to strive to convince and reclaim.
  • Then contended I with the rulers. Nehemiah 13:11.
  • 5.To strive in opposition; to punish.
  • The Lord God called to contend by fire. Amos 7:4.
  • 6. To quarrel; to dispute fiercely; to wrangle. The parties contend about trifles.
  • To contend for, to strive to obtain; as, two competitors contend for the prize.
  • CONTENDverb transitive To dispute; to contest.
  • When Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.
  • This transitive use of contend is not strictly legitimate. The phrase is elliptical, for being understood after contend; but it is admissible in poetry.

Now we can recognize that a cantankerous person has no peace and their state of mind will ensure that no one around them has peace.

11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise mankeepeth it in till afterwards. 20Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. A fool does not know what “intentional listening looks like. They never stop talking long enough to really hear what a person is saying to them!”

The Poor

 13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes. God has a plan for both the oppressed poor and their deceptive leader. He will share His truth with both persons. It is his will that both persons come to the knowledge of His saving grace.

14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established forever. When a ruler is fair and unbiased his throne is established forever. There is only one King of Kings and Lord of Lords whose throne will be established forever. WHho will consistently rule and judge fairly. Psalm 93 (KJV) “The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is established, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.  The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, forever. “ We cannot expect this type of leadership from human beings. They WILL fail.

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