Proverbs 31:2 What, My Son?

Proverbs 31:2 (KJV)
What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

Though I sure couldn’t prove it, I tend to believe Lemuel is a special name Solomon’s mother gave him. These words, all of them, are tender. 

What my son?
The phrase is something like, “What shall I say” 

What the son of my womb?
My flesh and my blood. A very part of my being. 

What the son of my vows?
As a promise to God. Solomon was no doubt a precious son. Born of Bathsheba to David after their initial sin. The first child dying, a second was conceived and God restored to them the joy of their salvation. 

What do you say to your son, as perhaps your parting words, or what you consider to be your most important lessons to that boy?

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Proverbs 28:24 The Companion of a Destroyer

Proverbs 28:24 (KJV)
Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

Exodus 20:12 (KJV)
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

It’s the first commandment with promise and, according to the Bible quite the significant one. 

The concept being taught here is that of taking parents for granted. That can be done in a number of ways:

  • Robbing them of attention
  • Robbing them of honor
  • Robbing them of valuables 
  • Robbing them of dignity 
  • Robbing them by assuming a loan from them does not have to be paid back

The family is the backbone of society. Without the family, neither governments nor churches (the three institutions created by God) can long prosper. To rob our parents is to teach our children to do the same, eventually teaching their children and children’s children, until the fabric of society is destroyed.

To rob our father and mother is to join with those who will eventually destroy our society.

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Proverbs 25:1 Copied Out

Proverbs 25:1 (KJV)
These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

Hezekiah ruled Judah some two hundred years after Solomon and still, as one of their best kings, was employed in copying and disseminating the Word of God, in this case, the Proverbs of Solomon. 

I am of the opinion that one of the best efforts any Christian might be involved in is the reproduction of Scripture and pieces of it for the benefit of others. I commend works like Bearing Precious Seed and Local Church Publishers. I commend those ministries that produce tracts and other publications of the Word of God. 

I am glad for the heritage of the Anabaptists who faithfully preserved for us a family of Bible manuscripts that are infallible and inerrant and that counter the damning doctrines of the Alexandrian family of texts. 

As a believer I want to “copy out” the Word of God[1], and motivate others to do the same, so that all may hear, from one voice or another, the promises, principles and truths of the Word. 

Psalms 1:1-2 (KJV)
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Revelation 1:3 (KJV)
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.


[1] This might be done in the form of a written tract passed out, writing out the Word of God in letters and other correspondence we send, reading the Word of God, in any means whereby we may publish the Word of God so that others might read it, see it and hear it.

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Proverbs 19:11 Social Skills

Proverbs 19:11 (KJV)
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

This is one of the most important lessons in social skills we have. 

Defer your anger
There is almost never a good reason to be angry. Anger almost never has a good outcome. Some great men were noted for having a terrible temper, George Washington for instance. But he was also noted for keeping it contained. That was one of his most respected qualities. 

Pass over a transgression 
Don’t dwell on it. If someone transgresses, sins in a way that impacts, involves, and hurts you, one of the most honorable things you can do is forgive it, forget it, and move on.

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Proverbs 11:24 Blood Continues

Proverbs 11:24 (KJV)
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

There is, by implication a certain withholding that is meet or appropriate. The Bible does not teach us to scatter indiscriminately or without some forethought. 

The word “meet” comes from a combination of ancient Hebrew words meaning something like “blood continues”. It is the concept of what is necessary to preserve and further the kind. Other meanings are:

  • What belongs to someone 
  • A set amount 
  • A part of

That tells me that what we give is:

  • Part of what we have
  • A set or budgeted amount
  • Appropriate without sacrificing the family’s needs

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Proverbs 10:3 Cover to Cover the Same

Proverbs 10:3 (KJV)
The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

I can see someone interpreting this verse something like, “The Lord will give plenty of food to the righteous, but the wicked will go hungry.” While the word, soul, can sometimes refer to the human body, or at least the energy thereof, I think it is better to understand this verse from the more incorporeal aspect. “The Lord sustains the eternal life of the righteous, but the wicked, no matter how much of this world they may possess, suffer eternal loss.”

The message of the Bible from cover to cover is just the same,
Matthew 6:19-20 (KJV)
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

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Proverbs 7:2 The Apple of Thine Eye

Proverbs 7:2 (KJV)
Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

The phrase “Apple of the eye” is found five times in the Old Testament. The apple of the eye is the pupil. It is the most vulnerable and most precious piece of us. Our body is designed to protect it at almost any cost. The Bible use of the phrase is first, that God views Israel as the apple of His eye. It is His first love, if you will, in regard to humanity. He set His love on Israel because He chose to. But He did it for a specific purpose; to be an instrument through which Christ would come and thereby He would love the world. 

Here we are told to see God’s law, the Word of God, as the apple of our eye. We are to choose to love it. We are to guard and protect it at all costs. But the reason we do so is not that we may hoard it to ourselves, but so we can give it to the world and thereby shed the love of God abroad. 

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Proverbs 5:14 Bow Thine Ear

Proverbs 5:14 (KJV)
I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

This is the culmination of refusing the wisdom instruction and understanding of his father. The warning goes that, should one depart from the words to this teaching, he may end up in all evil while still in the midst of the congregation. 

This warning is too often unheeded, especially but not exclusively among the young. Hearing the Word of God so frequently, being so used to the preaching, and having learned the expectations of those who spend so much of their time in church or around the people of the church, yet being lost, they learn to sin in the midst of the congregation. 

The unrepentant soul can sin in any setting. The heart that is defiled can adapt to its surroundings so that it survives well there. For a time. 

This chapter ends with them being caught by the strange woman. Often that sinful soul finds attraction in another soul of similar nature and their folly is exposed. 

The solution is to “bow thine ear” (vs 1). Don’t merely hear the Word of God and the instruction of the godly parent, surrender to it. 

In this surrender is victory. 

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Proverbs 1:32 The Prosperity of Fools

Proverbs 1:32 (KJV)
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

We have seen numerous examples of worldly prosperity, for they could possess no other, in the hands of foolish men. It may be they inherited it. I am not sure we can issue enough of a warning to parents passing on wealth to children of low character 

I can think right now of a number of people who grew their own wealth, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg come to mind. These men happened upon concepts that grabbed hold in society. The personal computer, and social media. But the wealth they have come to possess has led them in a direction away from God. I understand that it appears they are successful and enjoying it. Their use of their resources, viewed through the lens of God’s Word, tells me they are in a course of destruction. 

More concerning to me, and that which I believe is addressed in this passage, is the destruction of those who, though not having that prosperity, follow the path or the counsel of those that have it. The influence of the Gates’s and Zuckerberg’s in the world seems bent toward the destruction of decent society.  

Our hope is to call people to hearken to the wisdom of God. 

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Proverbs 27:17 Victim Mentality

Proverbs 27:17 (KJV)
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

I saw a phrase the other day that went something like this, “Nobody knows the pain others are going through, so be nice. It’s that simple.”

At first glance that sounds profound. It has so much meaning and sentiment and it is so easy to understand. But I think it is evidence of the victim mentality of the millennial generation. 

The reason it resonates is because so many see themselves in it. Almost everyone has some sort of pain. Most of them have pain that is hidden from the eyes of others. They embrace this phrase because they only wish they could let others know of their pain. 

Here we have the first fallacy – “No one knows my pain.” 
This can’t be true if most people know some pain of their own. It is selfish, self-centered and arrogant to think we are the only ones with pain. But pain does that. Pain, if given place, will rule is, draw us in and make us to fixate on self. Pain, if given rule, will make us see ourselves as victims. 

Our first response to pain must be to reject the very idea that no one knows, no one identifies, no one cares. We must no yield to the victim roll. We must force our eyes outward and see that we are all in this same boat. Our circumstances may not be identical, but we are not alone. 

Then we must see that the people who do best in life are the ones who move forward despite pain. 

  • George Washington 
  • George Patton 
  • George Bush

Name whomever you wish who has succeeded in whichever field you wish and realize they got where they are despite their pain. They refused to let pain rule them. 

“So be nice.” Here we have the second fallacy. 
Of course we ought to be nice. It’s a simple concept that simply ought to be practiced. The problem is that the millennial defines “be nice” as “agree with me.”

  • Is it nice for a doctor, who knows his patient is ill, to tell him otherwise? 
  • Is it nice for a teacher, who knows his student has not mastered the subject to graduate him anyway? 
  • Is it nice for the Christian, who knows that one cannot go to heaven without Jesus, to keep back the gospel? 
  • Is it nice for a friend, who sees the damage someone’s selfishness is doing them to smile and say nothing?

Sometimes the nicest thing we can do is be truthful. We don’t have to be mean spirited or angry. But out of genuine kindness, we really must be blunt. 

Nothing good will come from letting pain rule us. Yield to God’s Spirit and bring the pain into submission.

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