(#96) The Proverbs of Solomon 15:19-A Thorny Issue

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 15:19: “The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is a highway.”

If this refers to real thorns, “the lazy” will refuse to struggle through difficulties and work. If this refers to imaginary thorns, “the lazy” will imagine too much difficulty to overcome and refuse to work. Either way, “the lazy” is an expression denoting those who are wasting their lives. Jesus Christ described a man giving three servants “talents” “each according to his own ability,” five, two and one. After the others produced profit equal to their talents, the one-talent man returned his one with the sorry excuse: “Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours” (Matthew 25:24-25). Jesus was hard on such a lazy person when he was condemned as a “wicked and lazy servant” (Matthew 25:26). “Wicked” for blaming someone else for expecting him to produce, “lazy” for producing nothing with what he had! God will save no lazy person from himself/herself, or from eternal punishment for such laziness! Jesus’ invitation is for “all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). After Jesus miraculously fed 5000 men not counting the women and children with 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish (John 6:1-14), they followed Him for another “free meal” the next day. Jesus told them: “’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). Those who call the church only when their laziness has dug them a hole, need repentance, not repeated assistance! Helping those who are searching for the Truth of God’s Word is benevolence, helping those who don’t care about Truth but only “freebies” is malevolence. Gospel Truth includes the Holy Spirit-inspired rule: “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). The “lazy” have not “will” to work, and therefore crowd government lines for: commodities, food stamps, reduced-price school lunches and Internet, free cell phones, health insurance, and whatever else the government is willing to re-distribute among them. They are stealing from any who have a deserving need for such temporary aid; are empowering laziness in government who no longer has to work at meeting their constitutional obligations because of built-in votes; and are clogging up the “highway” of “the upright” by forcing them to support wastrels whom not even God will have without changing! Another proverb God has given says: “Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread” (Proverbs 20:13).

Becoming a Christian requires willful obedience (Acts 2:38, 40-41), and the souls of new Christians were to be strengthened when exhorted “to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God’” (Acts 14:22). Those who are sleeping through their lives, expecting to return to God their one-talent lives, will hear their Judgment: “Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:28-30).

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

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(#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.

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(#62) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:24-Who Deserves Slavery?

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 12:24: “The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.”

“Diligence” means to never give up, or to be persistent. The “diligent” have an objective, work toward their objective, and achieve their objective, hence they “will rule,” always! Solomon wisely appointed Jeroboam, who was “industrious,” over his workers (1 Kings 11:28). Any government, society, or corporation populated by those who haven’t worked their way up will fail, falter, and fall! Workers who are more concerned about their own benefits than benefitting the company are accomplishing little. While Karl Marx was writing his book of class conflict wherein workers coveted the profits of companies, Frederic Bastiat’s writings were defending Libertarian principles of individual freedom and limited government, which included: “Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.”

The grand fallacy that profits are created at the expense of workers has become a rallying cry of the increasingly lazy souls who desire more tyranny and dictatorship in order to share in profits they have done little or nothing to create! “He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer” (Proverbs 18:9). The lazy destroy productivity by attaching themselves to those who are diligent!

Other proverbs describe characteristics of the “lazy” one: (1) “The lazy man says, ‘There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!’” (Proverbs 22:13). The lazy imagine fear of failure to justify their lack of effort. (2) “I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man” (Proverbs 24:30-34 ). Laziness spreads incrementally with “a little” sleep, slumber, folding of the hands. This creeping “poverty” attacks by stealth, very much like the creeping socialism which has very slowly consumed Constitutional protections of “rugged individualism.”  Every country, state, or city that has implemented Karl Marx’s socialism ended in depression, dereliction, and destruction, because it gave to the lazy by taking from the productive. (3) “The lazy man says, ‘There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!’ As a door turns on its hinges, So does the lazy man on his bed. The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth. The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can answer sensibly” (Proverbs 26:13-16). The lazy man gives up personal independence because of “a lion;” has no personal progress, like a door; has no personal responsibility to even feed himself; and common sense is crowded out of his mind! The lazy support bigger government to provide all the things they are too lazy to do for themselves. And plantation politicians love to have it so! The lazy may think they have won their “free existence,” when they actually have only produced “forced labor.” There is nothing “free” for being lazy!

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

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(#31) The Proverbs of Solomon 10:26-30-Being Lazy or Wicked Ends Badly

Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 10:26:

“As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him.”

Sending a “lazy man” on a mission is offensive like “vinegar to the teeth” and “smoke to the eyes.” Vinegar is unpleasant to teeth and causes them to be “set on edge.” Sins were never completely forgiven under Moses’ Law, hence there was a sense in which the children paid for their parents’ sins. The proverb, “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children’s teeth are set on edge” (Ezekiel 18:2-3) was no longer to be used in Israel, once God chose a new people with a new covenant (Jeremiah 31:29-34), which He has chosen by the Gospel of Jesus Christ   (Hebrews 8:6-13; 1 Peter 2:1-5). Anyone who has ever grilled over an open fire knows what smoke does to the eyes. That irritation causes watering, similar to crying. The “lazy man” offends in both ways because he/she cannot be depended upon for any useful work.

Proverbs 10:27-28:

“The fear of the LORD prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened. 28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish.”

Honoring both “father and mother” was the first commandment in Moses’ Law “with promise” (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16) as pointed out in the New Testament (Ephesians 6:1-3). Learning from parental experience and instruction has beneficial physical effects on children. The stability of respect and reverence for parents never diminishes throughout one’s life. On the other hand, those who disdain, disregard, or disparage their parents walk through life on a rocky road with many pitfalls. “The righteous” always have positive blessing to look forward to, but “the wicked” have nothing but a great destruction.

Proverbs 10:29-30:

“The way of the LORD is strength for the upright, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. 30 The righteous will never be removed, But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.”

“Strength,” stability, and boldness to approach God in prayers (Hebrews 4:16) and other worship (Psalm 100:1-2) is for “the upright” (those who obey the “Upright” God, Deuteronomy 32:4). “Workers of iniquity” (dedicated sinners) are always under God’s condemnation (Psalm 6:8; Luke 13:23-28; Matthew 7:21-23).   Proverbs 21:15: “It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.”

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

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(#25) The Proverbs of Solomon: Proverbs 10:1-12

While the first 9 chapters have been “the proverbs of Solomon” (Proverbs 1:1), they were stated as a father instructing his son. Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

10:1: Too many modern “fathers” don’t seem to care about their son’s “wisdom;” and too many modern “mothers” carry their burden of “grief” because of it.

10:2-3: “Treasures” gained by “wickedness” are empty of all that is meaningful (example, Judas Iscariot, Matthew 27:1-5); while a person may ride “righteousness” into eternity (1 Timothy 6:6-11). Meanwhile, on earth, God looks after, provides for, the “righteous,” and, at the same time, often overturns the wicked’s advantage.

10:4-5: The “slack hand” wants shortcuts to prosperity, but the “diligent” hand prospers, or gets the work done. NO society lasts when there are more “slack hands” than “diligent” ones! Other Proverbs on this subject say: (1 some are too lazy to get their own food, Proverbs 12:27; (2 the lazy have desires without efforts (a lot of Lottery tickets, Vegas trips, frivolous lawsuits fall into this category) Proverbs 13:4;21:25-26; (3 fails to feed even him/herself (and should starve, 2 Thessalonians 3:10) Proverbs 19:24; 26:15; (4 the lazy passes off plowing season because it’s “too cold,” and then begs for food during harvest (this is “living off the dole, or the goodness of other people”) Proverbs 19:15; 20:4.

10:6-7: Just as God “blesses” the “righteous,” “violence” stops the “wicked’s” boasting (Proverbs 10:11). Just as it is pleasant to remember someone who was “righteous,” it is disgusting to remember someone who was “wicked.”

10:8,11: The “wise” will accept responsibility, but “a prating fool”  (boastful words but no obedience to God) “will fall” (not amount to anything).

10:9-10: To “walk with integrity” is to be true to God’s principles as one’s core beliefs, regardless of circumstance, opportunity, or associations. Those who “perverts his ways” cannot be trusted to be honest, forthright, or true to his/her stated principles, which becomes obvious. To “wink with the eye” (would say something, “wink, wink”) is someone who cannot be trusted to be telling the truth.

10:12: Only the “hateful” will “stir up strife.” “He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends” (Proverbs 17:9). Everyone who exploits, spreads, campaigns against, creates demonstrations about, someone’s weaknesses is motivated by “hatred,” not “love!” Hatred is behind many racial, religious, social, and political campaigns of destruction. “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins’” (1 Peter 4:8). Sins are not to be ignored, covered over without repentance, or excused, but brought to God for forgiveness. “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20). “Strife” is generated by: “pride” (Proverbs 13:10); hotheadedness (Proverbs 15:18); perversity (Proverbs 16:28); lovers of transgression (Proverbs 17:19). A society will not long stand when torn apart by “strife” which has been generated by the “hateful.”

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

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Studies in the Book of Proverbs #16

(#16) Six Hasty Misjudgments of Youth: 6:1-7-27 – ONE AT A TIME.

6:6-11: (2) Don’t Be Lazy!

Verses 6-8: After pointing out the danger of being too hasty in co-signing and participating in agreements without proper thoughtfulness, Solomon now turns to those who make no plans at all! “Sluggard” is the term for a person who moves like a “slug,” or shell-less snail. This is not meant to be complimentary! The “sluggard” doesn’t like to move, so the verse urges “go to” and “consider” the “ant.” This parallel is instructive to anyone who will put out effort to learn it. The “ant” is a very small, but effective teacher of God’s Wisdom, which is seen in the Creation (Proverbs 3:19-20). The ant colony has no “captain” (leader), “Overseer” (superintendent), or “ruler” (authority figure). Who has given ants such knowledge, but God? Ants are industrious, organized, adventurous, and efficient. Ants show that an organized society is possible as long as its’ members follow God’s Wisdom. Ants are orderly and opportunistic, because they take advantage of the seasons, gaining “supplies” in the summertime when plentiful, and “gathering food” in “harvest” when ready.

Verses 9-10: “How long” is a question that puts emphasis upon ending the practice, in this case, of sleeping. “When” puts emphasis upon a time limit of “sleeping.” The point is, that sluggards must make a choice to end their slothfulness. The lazy person’s response to these questions is to plan more of what is already being done: “sleep,” “slumber,” “folding of the hands to sleep.” A lazy person takes “little” steps, and thereby feels no twinge of conscience at being lazy. The sluggard rationalizes him/herself into further laziness, which is a by-product of being lazy!

Verse 11: Laziness overcomes a person subtlety, as a “prowler,” and creates “need” (steals) like “an armed man” (robber). Laziness robs one of opportunity, passion, determination, progress, individual strength, and family. God worked six days in creating the world and then rested (Genesis 2:1-2); God ordered Israelites to work six days and then rest (Exodus 20:9-11); the Apostle Paul worked to support himself so that the Thessalonians would not be burdened (2 Thessalonians 3:7-9). Then Paul said: “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 solution in exterminating “sluggards” is to let them starve to death! Every society whose “takers” outnumbers and outvotes the “earners” is doomed to crumble. Politicians who cater to “sluggards” and penalize the “workers” are in direct contradiction to the Wisdom of God. “Go to the ants” and see what we once were and could be again.

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

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Why Do Folks Quickly Look At The Outside?

Today’s nudge, “Why do people look at the outside and judge so quickly?”

One answer is that a lot of folks are simply lazy and impatient. This is why they quickly jump to conclusions. It takes time to get to know and understand an individual – their background, the way they think, etc.

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