(#154) The Proverbs of Solomon 21:6-7-Scram, Scam!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 21:6-7: “Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death. The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice.”

To those who can’t “be successful” by gambling (Lesson #154, Proverbs 21:5), this proverbial truth is against those who will steal by “a lying tongue!” Scam artists, politicians, swindlers, con-men are all ways to describe those who will say anything to trick, deceive, or extort someone else’s “treasures” and who are opening themselves up to their victims’ payback, which could create a violent end! Other proverbs give warnings about this conduct: “He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail” (Proverbs 22:8); “One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion Gathers it for him who will pity the poor” (Proverbs 28:8). When the victim(s) discover the lies, retaliation and retribution are the result. The capital of corruption, Jerusalem, was condemned by God because: “’In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take usury and increase; you have made profit from your neighbors by extortion, and have forgotten Me,’ says the Lord GOD. ‘Behold, therefore, I beat My fists at the dishonest profit which you have made, and at the bloodshed which has been in your midst’” (Ezekiel 22:12-13). Those who are “unjust” will “speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage” (2 Peter 2:18-19). Don’t believe empty promises by people: (1) you don’t know (telephone solicitations, “junk mail” offers, campaigning politicians); (2) whose promises must be repeated because they haven’t honored them the first time they offered; (3) whose promises contradict facts or Scripture; (4) who are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The Law of Jesus Christ, if obeyed, will stop predators: “For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:9-10).

Should “the wicked” resort to “violence,” then, as Jesus said, “all who take the sword will perish by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). “Bullying” is any intimidation by words or actions along with the threat of danger, whether by means of: Facebook, Internet, late-night knock on the door, taxation without representation, ridicule, gossip, whispering, ad nauseum. Solomon later will say, “He who digs a pit will fall into it, And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent” (Ecclesiastes 10:8). All bullies should expect to be brought down. The giant Goliath was an intimidator. “Then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel, and said to them, ‘Why have you come out to line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.’ And the Philistine said, ‘I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together’” (1 Samuel 17:8-10). The lad, David, prevailed with a sling and a stone because his faith in God’s help would bring down any bully (1 Samuel 17:45-52).

A properly informed citizenry, with faith in God, can stop bullying in its tracks.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #bullying, #empty-promises, #extortion, #lying-tongue, #proverbs, #scams

(#86) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:23-No “Communism” Here!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 14:23: “In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty.”

Since God established the “work ethic,” where there is no “labor,” there is no “profit” (capital, benefit, earnings). In the Garden of Eden, God gave man a job, “to tend and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). After Adam sinned, God expelled him with a job: “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread” (Genesis 3:19).

God’s endorsement of this principle, through Solomon, was: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10); “The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, Whether he eats little or much; But the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep” (Ecclesiastes 5:12). A communistic welfare state, which takes from the workers and re-distributes to non-workers, promotes slothfulness: “The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare” (Proverbs 21:25-26). This proverb is added to Christ’s Law: “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28). Another proverb of Solomon is taught in the New Testament: “The person who labors, labors for himself, For his hungry mouth drives him on” (Proverbs 16:26); “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). God’s damnation is upon all efforts to by-pass His “work ethic” principle: covetousness, stealing, extortion, excessive or punitive taxes, scams, schemes, gambling and lotteries (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Solomon also showed the “vanity” of giving workers’ profits to non-workers: “Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me. And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will rule over all my labor in which I toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also is vanity. Therefore I turned my heart and despaired of all the labor in which I had toiled under the sun. For there is a man whose labor is with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; yet he must leave his heritage to a man who has not labored for it. This also is vanity and a great evil” (Ecclesiastes 2:18-21). Whatever “profit” that comes from honest “labor” belongs to the “laborer,” and no one else! Losing control of what one has worked for kills any incentive for working. Since God charged men with “work,” Marxism/socialism is a direct attack on manhood, and an enslaving of womanhood who must do man’s work!

“Idle chatter” (empty talk) profits nothing, and destroys people who believe it. All who talk about work instead of working are leading to “poverty” and NOT “profit!” Marxism, and all who follow it, is rebellion against God that impoverishes nations. It has never been a success, and never will! Jesus shows a spiritual application when He said: “’Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.’ Then they said to Him, ‘What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent’” (John 6:26-29). Neither physical nor spiritual “profits” are for those who “will not work!” America was rich as long as it was not a “welfare state” that “re-distributed” the wealth of its workers! All economies bankrupt when workers’ profits are used by non-workers!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #communism, #covetousness, #extortion, #jesus-christ, #job, #labor, #laboring, #lazy, #marxism, #non-worker, #practical-lessons, #profit, #proverbs, #re-distribute-wealth, #stealing, #truth, #welfare-state, #wisdom, #work, #worker