Bible Study Notes on Proverbs 22 – 20170510

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Proverbs 22:1  “A good name…Loving favor…”
Reminder that some things are more important than money.  This is mentioned several times in the Proverbs.

2  “…The LORD is the maker of them all”
Everyone is on equal footing with God.  He shows no partiality.  He’s the only one in the universe that can do so.

3  “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself…”
Easiest way to get out of trouble is to not get in it in the first place.

6  “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
This verse has been misunderstood and misapplied.  Has been used as a promise that a child who is taught right from wrong will return to it if he gets into trouble along the way.  Doesn’t say that.  In the way he should go has sometimes been rendered in the way he is bent.  According to that child’s particular path or character.  Teaching a child in that way ensures he will learn and understand what is being taught, and he will continue in that path.  Can be used to teach anything, vocation or morality.  But with reference to morality, is not a guarantee that a person won’t choose to abandon what has been taught.

10  “Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease.”
Remove the source of strife.  Remove the wood from the fire, and it will go out.  Works even if the source of strife is in the right.  Some battles aren’t worth fighting.  Sometimes the best course of action is to leave and allow peace to reign until God handles the situation as He sees fit.

13  “The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside!  I shall be slain in the streets!””
Threw me until I realized it was an excuse.  The lazy will use any excuse to avoid work, even make up something totally improbable.

15  “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him.”
More support for corporal punishment.

23  “For the LORD will plead their cause…”
He sees everything.  He will make all things right eventually.  And the punishment He can bring is far beyond anything that could happen on earth.

26  “…One of those who is surety for debts”
Not against making promises, just becoming surety or a guarantee.  Uncollateralized debt.

28  “Do not remove the ancient landmark Which your fathers have set.”
Not encroaching on others.  May refer to boundaries set when the land of Israel was divided among the tribes, but I’m sure can also refer to personal property boundaries which have been set.  From a philosophical standpoint, could remind us not to leave early teachings.  The US Constitution set by the Founding Fathers, for example.  To continue in the wisdom they instituted, don’t alter the boundaries they set.

29  “…He will stand before kings…”
Diligence will be rewarded.  Reminded it is not a promise, but an observation of occurrence.  Unfortunately, it is also true that sometimes diligence is taken advantage of, unrewarded, or even dismissed.

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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