Proverbs 30:1-3 Humble in Attitude and Application

Proverbs 30:1-3 (KJV)
The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,
Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.
I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

Sometimes the most interesting meditations upon Scripture come from those passages we only see through the darkest part of the glass. We then look at possibilities. While the possibilities ought not to be held too dogmatically, there are some good lessons.

Here is one of those passages. We have no solid information who Agur is. At least a few students believe this to be Solomon. That possibility has some very intriguing considerations. Consider Solomon claiming:

  • I am more Brutish than any man
  • I have not the understanding of man
  • I neither learned wisdom
  • I have not the knowledge of the holy

We know in fact that Solomon was wealthy, established, endowed with God-given wisdom, and had multiple answers to prayer. Of course, we also know of his sins, but I believe he finally repented of them.

Proverbs 30 has some of the most beautifully written truths in it. These, written by a man who claimed little understanding, wisdom, or knowledge.

Here is my observation. The most valuable people are those who have taken the time to learn, invested in their soul and spirit to know God, but then remain humble in attitude and application of their faith.

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Proverbs 30:1-3 Humble in Attitude and Application

Proverbs 29:2 SOTU

Proverbs 29:2 (KJV)
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

I am writing this the day after President Joe Biden’s first state of the union address. I did not see the entire speech, only about three-quarters of it. Since then, I have watched several of the many analyses and responses. There were responses from multiple interests, including several of the President’s own party. As much as he tried to present a front of unity, there is no unity today, even among his party.

Some of the responses were obviously biased. One of them, in my mind, was even petty. They put together a string of his stutters and stammers and made it a laughing issue. Then they tried to claim that the purpose of the sound clips was the more serious issue of his sounding weak. This is small minded and petty of them. Jefferson was noted as being a poor speaker. He was certainly not a weak leader.

I will say that what I heard in the SOTU was inconsistent with what we have witnessed the last year. Some called it lying. I think they are correct. He claimed we are going to build back better and buy American. This, while we are financing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine through purchasing their oil after he closed our own oil pipeline. Let’s not forget that they have foisted upon the American public this illusion that we have to be tested for COVID-19 every time we feel under the weather. The government will even give us the tests. Those tests were purchased by our government from China. 

As I said, I did not see the final quarter of the address, but I understand that he did not conclude by saying anything like, “God bless America.” That is telling to say the least. He doesn’t even feign to have faith in God.

Proverbs, chapters 28-29 make strong statements concerning the sort of leaders that give the people a reason to rejoice. Unfortunately, the current Administration, and those in his party, are not of that sort.

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Proverbs 29:2 SOTU

Proverbs 27:11 My Son

Proverbs 27:11 (KJV)
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

It is incredibly significant how much of the Proverbs reference how a child reflects the parents. Children, I am convinced, especially adult children, are either a reflection of blessing or shame upon their mom and dad.

It leads me to think that we likely don’t invest anywhere near enough of ourselves into our children. It seems like fathers especially tend to focus on providing for the family, finding success in their work, and realizing their satisfaction in their promotions while expecting that their kids will almost automatically grow up fine. And I think that’s in the best families. The worst ones are negligent of their children.

If we focus our attention on this verse and the spiritual significance, I see David as the godly man he was, challenged on so many sides.

  • He had spiritual enemies among the Gentile nations
  • He had spiritual enemies among the northern tribes
  • He had spiritual enemies among some of his officers
  • He even had spiritual enemies among his children

See him as he instructs Solomon, perhaps during those final days when they transitioned from David’s throne to Solomon’s. Or perhaps at an earlier time when David may have been sharing his thoughts for the Temple. At some point, David looks at his son and says, I’m asking you to be wise. It will cheer my heart. But it will do more than that; it will vindicate and reinforce my psalms and the faith I have declared to those around me.

Is this why Solomon prayed for wisdom?

I know that my sons cheer my heart so often as I see them walking wisely before the Lord. And I know that their wise faith, to this day, strengthens me to continue preaching and to walk with the Lord.

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Proverbs 27:11 My Son

Proverbs 24:19-24 Instead of Fretting

Proverbs 24:19-20 (KJV)
Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

The Bible promise is that men who do evil, or bad things, shall not be rewarded. The Bible goes on to say that their candle shall be put out.

  • They will not succeed
  • They will not survive and
  • They will not have any satisfaction due to their efforts.

Because of this promise the Bible gives these instructions to the believer:

  • Do no fret over them
  • Don’t spend your time or resources thinking about them, pondering whether they will be successful
  • Do not be envious of them

This implies that they may, for a moment, appear successful and appear as if they have a reward. It is not true. It is a façade. It certainly is not eternal.

If we are not to fret over them, I suggest that we ought instead to occupy our thoughts attention and energy on the Word of God, the promises of God and the efforts of good men.

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Proverbs 24:19-24 Instead of Fretting

Proverbs 21:2 The Battleground

Proverbs 21:2 (KJV)
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

Here is where the real spiritual battle resides. It is in fact such a battle that we will often ignore it, choosing rather to concentrate on skirmishes we believe we can win, or at least influence.

The great spiritual battle is between the flesh and the spirit, and the battleground is the heart.

We think we are right. We think we are right about everything. Even when we acknowledge that this cannot be true, when the contest involves our heart, we are convinced we are right about what we want. Woe to the one who suggests our heart, our want, is wrong!

But God studies our hearts. He ponders the things that we think and feel in ways we cannot imagine. He sees the corruption that sin has developed there. He knows our blind spots. And He offers a path to light.

And so, the battle, the real spiritual battle, is to surrender to Him.

I think this has to happen every day.

I think it has to happen in every situation.

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Proverbs 21:2 The Battleground

Proverbs 19:12 Lion Tough but Lamb Tender

Proverbs 19:12 (KJV)
The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

As I read this I cannot help but be reminded of Romans 13:2-4 (KJV)
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
For he is the minister of God[1] to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to executewrath upon him that doeth evil.

What I think we find in each of these texts is an ideal for those in leadership.

On the one hand, they must be lionlike
The only way for evil to prevail is for good to do nothing. This is especially true in the realm of leadership. Let our leaders be good men. And then give them the heart of a Lion.

On the other hand, let them be good men
Oh, for a leader who is tender, kindhearted, who can spot those who do right and who are inclined to reach out in favor toward them.

That balance of strength and compassion can be hard to find. But it is certainly refreshing when we find it in our authorities.[2]


[1] I am always fascinated by how people can change their understanding of simple Bible truths to fit current circumstances. At one time most would say the Christian ought to be a good citizen. Suddenly, when governments turn evil, we reinvent these passages to mean something entirely different.

[2] I think we had it in President Trump. He was often criticized but he had an uncanny ability to recognize when to be crazy strong and when to be ultra-compassionate.

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Proverbs 19:12 Lion Tough but Lamb Tender

Proverbs 18:13 Old Fashioned Wisdom

Proverbs 18:13 (KJV)
He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

No doubt we’ve all heard that axiom, “God gave us two ears but only one mouth.”  The inference is that we ought to listen twice as much as we speak.

We do not have to rely upon axioms of human wisdom. The Bible says,
James 1:19 (KJV) 
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

Note the correlation between good listening and less wrath.

The lesson of our passage is in line with James. 

  • It is a very good idea to listen to a matter quietly, patiently, and attentively before we give our response. 
  • It would be wise to be slow, even hesitant to speak on some matters. 
  • Some subjects, in fact, would be better heard and then left with response.

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Proverbs 18:13 Old Fashioned Wisdom

Proverbs 15:11 How Much More?

Proverbs 15:11 (KJV)
Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

The interpretation of this passage is incredibly simple. God is so keenly aware of hell; He is so fully aware of the destruction that awaits the lost that He cannot get the need of the lost off His heart.

No one ever goes to hell, no one ever suffers loss, death, pain, hardship without God knowing and God longing that it was not the case. God sentences no man to eternal hell; God’s wrath is poured out upon no one because He wishes it to be so. When it happens, it happens at great pain in the heart of God.

Proof text? John 3:16 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Paul said of the Jews that they had judged themselves unworthy.[1] It was not God who did that.

An application would simply be this, if we could become more aware of the consequences of death and destruction, we would be much more compassionate and much more likely to give of ourselves to attempt to rescue “the children of men.”


[1] Acts 13:46 (KJV)
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

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Proverbs 15:11 How Much More?

Proverbs 11:10 Listening for the Shout

Proverbs 11:10 (KJV)
When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

I have read that, when Herod the Great was on his deathbed, he arranged to have some of the national heroes of Israel executed at the very moment of his death. He didn’t want to people to celebrate but rather mourn when he died.

I’m attempting to recognize the difference between rejoicing and shouting as they are found in this verse. Joseph Benson wrote, “The citizens, or subjects, of that government, rejoice, because they confidently expect justice and tranquility, … When the wicked perish, there is shouting … partly for the just vengeance of God upon them, who had been the instruments of so much mischief…”

  • In the one there is a confident celebration because good men are in authority.
  • In the other there is a release of pent-up anxiety because God has dealt with the oppressors.

I am looking forward to another day coming, I think, sooner than any of us expect, when a shout from heaven signals all the believers off this planet and God pours out almighty wrath upon those who have done so wickedly.

For any who think this to be cruel of me consider, any, even the most wicked, have the glorious opportunity right now to repent, receive Christ as Saviour and be delivered from that wrath.

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Proverbs 11:10 Listening for the Shout

Proverbs 10:28 Happy and Sad

Proverbs 10:28 (KJV)
The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

There would be, I am sure, some practical applications of this passage today. But the key words, hope and perish, lead me to believe that this passage is meant to put eternity in mind.

The Bible says that the Christian has hope but the one who is without Christ is also without hope.

Jesus promised that those who believe in him have everlasting life but that those who do not believe are condemned to perish.

Now consider the expectation of the wicked concerning eternity. It might take one of three forms:

  • It does not matter
  • We just die and turn to dust
  • God will not send anyone to hell

I want to say it does matter.
Death and hell are serious matters. Eternity lasts forever. This brief life is over in a breath. What happens beyond that grace is forever.

I want to say that there is something after death
The Bible assures it to be so. The resurrection of Christ proves it to be so. Every fiber of human being demands it to be so.

I want to say that soul will be and are now in hell.
Jesus’ account of the rich man and Lazarus informs us that souls do go to eternal hell.

The wicked man’s expectations about his future will perish. They will be dashed to pieces in the rocks of eternal reality. But that same wicked man can be made righteous by coming to Jesus. What gladness awaits him at the foot of the cross of Jesus!

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Proverbs 10:28 Happy and Sad