Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 10 – 20170412

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Bible Study Notes

Proverbs 10:2  “Treasures of wickedness profit nothing…”
Ill-gotten gain never satisfies.  As Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 13, without love or Christ by implication, having or doing anything profits you nothing.  The universe is God’s.  Why would we think that doing anything contrary to Him could stand or even matter?

3  “…the righteous soul…”
Righteousness from Christ.  We have no righteousness of our own.  That is not mean spirited or unjust.  God loves the human race so much He created us in the first place, then came and died for us after we separated ourselves from Him.  He could demand our love, but He asks for it instead.

4  “…the hand of the diligent makes rich”
Have to remember the Proverbs are truths, not promises.  Diligence is only one aspect of gaining.  Teaching wisdom, diligence, and a good work ethic.

7  “The memory of the righteous is blessed…”
The legacy we leave behind.  I’ve heard that people may not remember what you say or do, but they will remember how you made them feel.

10  “…But a prating fool will fall”
Same phrase used in verse 8.  Prating, babbling, to utter useless speech.  Makes me wonder what was on the mind of the writer when he used the phrase since verses 8 and 10 are different.  Eight contrasts good and bad while 10 contrasts bad and bad.

11  “…mouth of the righteous is a well of life…”
Reminiscent of James’s teaching on the tongue, issuing both good and bad.

12  “Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.”
Actions speak louder than words.  To know someone’s true intentions or feelings watch their actions.  Do they seek to build up or tear down.

15  “The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; The destruction of the poor is their poverty.”
Commentary brought some clarity on this one.  Was hung up on the device of parallels and contrasts.  Both lines show the error of depending on man’s riches instead of God.  The rich believes his wealth is his strength and protection.  The poor believes his lack of wealth is his destruction.  Both are wrong.  Only God can provide true strength and protection and salvation.  Of the two, Christ said the rich have a harder time realizing the truth.  Guess it’s easier to accept something when you have little to nothing.

18  “Whoever hides hatred…spreads slander…”
Some will be your friend to your face, but stab you in the back when you turn away.

19  “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking…”
Much of my troubles could be stopped before they start just by keeping my mouth shut.  Not only the bad, but sometimes the irrelevant.  Just don’t say it.

22  “The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.”
What we get from God has no strings attached, no hidden surprises.  He is totally trustworthy.

25  “When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more…”
No anchor.  Nothing on which to have a solid hold.

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

28  “The hope of the righteous will be gladness…”
Those who trust in Christ have hope.  Not that we are unsure of what is coming, but a true and faithful promise of what will be.  We know it is there, we just can’t see it yet.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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