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Proverbs 14

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Pov 14

— 1 The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.
This not about building a physical house but building up her household.
The woman of the family can be encouragers or great discouragers and they can build up or tear through gossip or refusing to gosseip about the family.
Also being the impartial member of disagreement seeking to mend bridges and not taking sides, standing for what is right.
— 2 Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his ways despises him.
Nothing takes us away from fellowship with God faster than sin, and further people hate God becouse they love there sin.
— 3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

This reminds me of David and Goliath (1 Sam. 17:41–49). “In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride.” This is a picture of Goliath. He did a lot of boasting as the champion of the Philistines. When David volunteered to fight him, Goliath reacted this way: “And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field” (1 Sam. 17:43–44).

“But the lips of the wise shall preserve them.” Now notice David’s answer: “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied” (1 Sam. 17:45).

— 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
We need to be careful how we clean up our problems, sometimes a mess is unavoidable and is just something you have to continually maintain. Becouse if you get rid of the Ox completely you dont benefit from the strength of the ox.

Now the ox was a strong animal. In fact, he was the tractor and the sedan of the families in that day. They used the ox to ride to market, and they used the ox to plow their fields. I suppose he was rather a dirty animal in the sense that his crib needed to be cleaned out, and that was an unpleasant task because he was a big animal. Of course, the way to get rid of cleaning the crib was to get rid of the ox. That would give them a clean crib, but they would be deprived of the “strength of the ox.”

This has a tremendous spiritual lesson for us. Sometimes we try to solve problems in the church and try to clean up divisions in the church by throwing out the ox. Often there is a group or clique in the church, busy as termites and with about the same result, who want to get rid of those people who insist on having Bible teaching in the church. They are going to clean the crib, they think, so they throw out the ox. I believe this has happened to church after church in our country. After a while it becomes evident that it was the oxen who pulled the plow. They were the ones who contributed financially; they were the ones who sent out the missionaries; they were the ones who paid the bills. So before one tries to do any cleaning, it is very important to find out who are the oxen in the Lord’s work.

I play golf with a wonderful Christian man. He gives to our Bible–teaching program because he believes in teaching the Bible. We have wonderful fellowship together, but we disagree on a lot of things. When we are playing golf, I like to concentrate on the game. He is always talking to me about my work, saying, “Why don’t you do this, and why don’t you do that?” Sometimes that is a little irritating. I could get rid of him—that would be getting the crib clean—but I would be throwing out the ox! I would lose a friend who is very right in much of the advice he gives me. And he pulls the plow with me in trying to get out the Word of God. How absolutely foolish it would be to clean the crib by throwing out the ox.

— 5 A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.
Just like a gossip is telling you about someone else, they are probably talking about you to someone. and if you catch someone in lie there are probably a liar.
— 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.
— 7 Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.
There is no point staying by a fool even for entertainment purposes, you wont learn a thing from him.
— 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.
The wise see the way they are going but fools are blind and self deceived.
— 9 Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance.
Sometimes people seam unreachable with the gospel, they dont just reject it they mock it. This is what the bible refers to as a fool.
— 10 The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy.
Some things we just have to experience with the Lord, we have private sorrows and joys that no one else will understand.
— 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
— 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
The gospel is contrary to human nature and logic, thats why every religous system outside of christianity makes sense to man and appeals to the flesh. But those systems lead to death.
The gospel wiser than the wisest of men.
— 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.
You cant aleays tell whats going on on the inside by looking at the outside.
— 14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.
Its goods it says at heart, its the intent or the inward desire of the individual God sees and cares about, not the perfect performance.
The next three verses all pertain to being thoughtful and cautious to are actions.
15 The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
There is nothing wrong thinking things through, dont just carelessly take action
— 16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.
— 17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.
— 18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends.
How many celebrities have these onterouges that hang with them and spend their money, they have all the friends in the world when you rich and famous.
When you are poor and have a real friend you likely can be confident they are not your friend becouse what you can do for them. Same thing with a spouse Connie loved me when I was poor and a nobody, Now that I am rich and famous I know she is not here for the money.
As christians we are told not to be like that we should not respect a person becouse of their status.
— 21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called? 8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
— 22 Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.
— 23 In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.
Is it nice to know that in any form of work, no matter what it pays their is a profit.
— 24 The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the folly of fools brings folly.
Most people who have aquired some kind of wealth or prosperity did it thru wise choices, their may be som exceptions
— 25 A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.
— 26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
— 28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king, but without people a prince is ruined.
Probably the only thing keeping Trump going is that the mojority of people in the US still dont care about the russian narative and the media attacks against trump. As long as he is popular they dare not try to take him out.
— 29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.
— 30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.
— 31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
— 32 The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death.
Meaning een in his death the rightous finds refuge
— 33 Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools.
— 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.
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