Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 14 – 20170421

Bible Study Notes

Proverbs 14:1  “…wise woman builds her house…foolish pulls it down with her hands”
So sad.  I have seen this happen many times.  Both in families and in business.  Women fight for power not realizing the great power they already have.

2  “…fears the LORD…”
In this instance, fears as in respects.

3  “In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride…”
Punished by his own words.

4  “Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.”
Had someone get on my case once because my actions were causing a disturbance to their well ordered existence.  I shared this verse with them.  They didn’t appreciate it.  We spend too much time worried about how messy the trough is and too little being amazed and appreciative at the amount of work accomplished.

9  “Fools mock at sin…”
Don’t take it seriously.  Sin becomes something of a sport.  They don’t realize how dangerous their actions are.

10  “The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.”
Why Jesus is the best friend.  He already knows the heart, but also wants to know.  And He cares.

12  “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”
Salvation is only through Christ, not by anything man can do.

13  “Even in laughter the heart may sorrow, And the end of mirth may be grief.”
Observation of Solomon in Ecclesiastes.  Joy and sorrow are intertwined in life on this fallen earth.

16  “A wise man fears and departs from evil…”
Avoiding evil or temptation is better than trying to fight it or work through it.

20  “…poor man is hated even by his own neighbor…”
Discrimination based on financial means has been around forever.  Sad that it even permeates close relations like family and friends.

23  “…all labor…idle chatter…”
Got to do it, not just talk about it.

28  “In a multitude of people is a king’s honor…”
Those who would follow him out of respect for his good leadership, not just a large number of people.  Ruler of slaves has no honor.

30  “…envy is rottenness to the bones”
Hurts no one but yourself.

31  “…he who honors Him has mercy on the needy”
Reflection of God.

32  “…the righteous has a refuge in his death”
For the followers of Christ, death is the ending only of our sinful existence.  It is the beginning of complete and eternal freedom in Him.

34  “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.”
If only America could realize this.  Our Founding Fathers did.

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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