Proverbs 29:9-11 The Fool’s Big Trouble

Proverbs 29:9-11 (KJV)
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

There are a number of character problems with the fool. I believe the root of them all is that they reject instruction.
Proverbs 15:5
A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

Our passage today gives us two lessons in dealing with a fool:
Don’t contend with him
Whether he grows angry at you or laughs at you he isn’t going to listen to you. The only one whose spirit is injured by such a thing is the wise man that attempts to help him.

Therefore the best way to deal with them is silently
It can be helpful to rebuke them but never to argue, debate or discuss with them. The fool just keeps spilling out that which is in his head. His confidence, though wrongly placed, prevents him from either receiving new information or stopping his own tongue.

Just don’t allow him that engagement. Refuse the conversation. Either avoid his company or else refuse to respond to his words.

 

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Proverbs 29:9-11 The Fool’s Big Trouble

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Proverbs 26:1 Out Of Place

Proverbs 26:1 (KJV)
As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

The lesson of the passage seems obvious. To elevate or in any way honor a person who is foolish is not only out of place but often dangerous, to themselves and others.

  • To put a wicked man in an office of prominence might lead him to usurp unjust authority.
  • To praise a person who lacks humility will likely lead him to a puffed head.

Etc.

There are many things that are wonderful in their place. Snow and rain are both necessary, refreshing and beautiful. But they are inconvenient or worse when they are out of place.

  • Praise is a good thing
  • Humor can be a good thing
  • Compliments can be a good thing
  • Rebuke can be a good thing
  • Promotions can be a good thing
  • Levity can be a good thing
  • Seriousness can be a good thing
  • Laughter can be a good thing

Any of these is necessary and good and proper. Where would we be without them? But just like snow in summer or rain in harvest, put them in the wrong place and they are just, wrong.

 

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Proverbs 26:1 Out Of Place

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Proverbs 24:15-18 The Just and the Wicked

Proverbs 24:15-18 (KJV)
Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

It is common to view these verses as separate nuggets of truth:
A just man falleth seven times and riseth up again.
Rejoice not when things enemy falleth.”

It is key to view them as a complete thought.
To the wicked man
Leave the place of the just alone. Though you may spoil his goods, he will rise again. His fall is not one of failure but through attack. He may be defeated in a battle now and then but he will win the war.

To the just man
Rejoice not when your enemy falls. It seems apparent that this fall is through his own failure. At least that is the implication of the word, “stumbleth.” God cares for His people. We may be assured of His strength, help, grace and mercy. Everything we need for peace is provided. But if we choose to take vengeance into our own hands, or hold a grudge so that we are pleased with the misfortunes of our enemies, God may remove our peace.

We are to, Matthew 5:44-46 (KJV)
… Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

 

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Proverbs 24:15-18 The Just and the Wicked

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Proverbs 23:15 The Tale of Two Hearts

Proverbs 23:15 (KJV)
My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.

The proverbs are filled with passages that correlate a child’s behavior to their parents’ joy. In this one it is a tale of two hearts. The father’s plea is that his son gets wisdom.

Wisdom is not intellect. A person has little control over the power of his brain. Almost anyone can learn but some certainly have the capacity to grasp things easier and learn more than others. Opportunity for education can be elusive for some. Financial resources, proximity to educational programs and etc. might limit one person’s opportunities more than another. Wisdom, on the other hand, is almost universally available. With the exception of the most severely mentally handicapped anyone may:

  • Fear the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom
  • Apply themselves to do right which is wise
  • Avoid that which is wrong, again, very wise
  • Choose good company
  • Follow sound counsel

And so on

I noticed that the father rejoices not when his son rejoices, or is successful or is educated. The father’s heart rejoices when his son is wise.

Wisdom is the principle thing.

 

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Proverbs 23:15 The Tale of Two Hearts

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Proverbs 15:10-12 A Way Of Correction

Proverbs 15:10-12 (KJV)
Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

A person who has forsaken the way of the Lord:

  • Is grieved by
  • Hates
  • Avoids

correction. When one is away from God the reproofs of life are so contrary to their course that they cannot help but be hurt by those reproofs.

It occurred to me that there is another consideration in the text. When one is grieved by correction then that one has forsaken the way.

God’s way is a way of correction. His purpose is to mold us, to reshape is unto the image of Jesus Christ. If ever the child of God chooses to no longer submit to that molding process he has, at that moment, forsaken the way God planned for him to travel.

 

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Proverbs 13:3 Pray For Your Preacher

Proverbs 13:3 (KJV)
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

I want to couple this passage with James 3:1-2
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

The preacher, in surrendering to his call from God, accepts the consequences of his call. The one who remains quiet is, generally speaking, the one who is the less judged. The Bible teaches us to be sparing with our words. But there are exceptions. Every Christian should freely witness the Word of God and especially the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There will be a price to pay for that. The world will not appreciate the witness and, as they did to Peter and John, insist that we cease on pain of punishment. Like Peter and John our answer must be, “We cannot but speak…”[1]

But what is true of the believer is doubly true of the preacher. His call to teach and preach the Word of God places him in full conflict. Furthermore this conflict is with those within and without the local church. He faces the wrath of the lost world, who hates Christ. He often also faces the criticism of Christians whose flesh is opposed to the meatier applications of the Bible.

Pray for your preacher and be a blessing to him.

[1]Acts 4:20 (KJV)
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

 

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Proverbs 8:35-36 The Heavenly or the Earthly

Proverbs 8:35-36 (KJV)
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

There is this duel effect that is found so often in the Christian Faith:

  • Its heavenly effect
  • Its earthly effect

Very often people get the two out of sorts. We either become so fed up with the earthly that we retreat into our own little monasteries, or else we become so focused on the earth that we forget all about eternity.

I notice this duel effect in the passage before us.

Concerning wisdom God said that if we find it we obtain favor with the Lord.
Finding wisdom is more about pleasing God than benefiting ourselves. Yes, there are benefits. Life and favor are benefits. But more importantly is that God is pleased. The reason to grow as a Christian is to glorify God. It is not about what we get as it is about making the Lord manifest.

On the other hand, to turn from wisdom is to wrong our own soul.
We do not hurt God or the cause of Christ when we reject the lessons of God’s Word. We do, however damage self.

 

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Proverbs 4:10-12 Hear, My Son

Proverbs 4:10-12 (KJV)
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

I am reminded of the first commandment with promise. Notice here that the son’s life is not lengthened because He obeys his father but because he receives his father’s instruction. To honor our father is not necessarily to obey him. It is however always to hear him.

I notice a number of benefits to receiving the father’s instructions:
Longer life
It isn’t always God’s will we live a long life. Just ask King Josiah. It is almost certain that, if a young man heeds the things his father teaches, he will be less likely to die of foolish behavior. Certainly this is true of heeding God the Father’s instructions.

Life will be less stressed
The word straitened means narrow, difficult, or stressful. Life has stress. A father’s instructions might ease those stresses immeasurably. God the Father leads us on a strait path. It is not often easy but He walks it with us to make the load light.

Our steps will bear more confidence
The unstable man is the man who is unsure of his convictions. While I do not believe our earthly father can impart conviction he can provide the foundation upon which conviction is based. God the Father’s instructions are the very members of which conviction is built.

 

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Proverbs 3:8 Health and Marrow

Proverbs 3:8 (KJV)
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

The Bible is a precise book and, at the same time, beautiful. No word is used accidentally or carelessly. These are the very words of God and not merely the word (or thought) of God.

To fear the Lord and to depart from evil is said first of all to be:
Health to thy navel
The word health means, a cure. It was considered the central place of our organs and would refer to the bowels, the seat of our person. The cure for the soul is the fear of the Lord.

Marrow to thy bones
Of course the marrow is the living part of our bones. The Hebrew word means, moisture or refreshment. Our bones frame our body. This could be a reference to our character, the measure of a man.

When we get saved two things happen. First, we are justified. Our spirit is quickened and or soul is cured. Second we begin a process of being sanctified. God separates us from the world and molds us into the image of the Lord. These two are, to my understanding, implied in our Proverb.

 

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Proverbs 1:14 Communism Is Sin

Proverbs 1:14 (KJV)
Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

Albert Barnes calls this verse “a wild communism.” Those of the world have always had their hopes of peace through community.

  • Nimrod attempted it through his tower
  • The believers attempted it in the early church at Jerusalem
  • The Puritans tried it again at Plymouth
  • Socialist/Communist governments have killed for it
  • The hippies of the sixties lived it and
  • The liberals politic for it

But this Proverb warms us to avoid it, classifies it as a temptation of sin and provides for us at least one reason it will never work, greed.

The corrupted human nature can never really avoid this condition. We will forever wish to better ourselves over others. The “one purse” pattern breeds either:

  • Laziness in people who do nothing or the bare minimum and cause the economy to fail or else
  • Cheat the system to have an unfair share of the purse

Communism then devolves into what we have seen it become over and over, a small group of people ruling as despots over masses of impoverished people.

There are always people pushing a communist agenda. The Proverbs calls them sinners and warns us not to consent to them.

 

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