Proverbs 24:1 “Do not be envious of evil men…”
Sometimes it seems like the wicked have everything they want even though they are ungodly. Writer of Psalm 73 wondered about that. It is possible to acquire what you desire in this world without concern for truth or godliness. But you will have missed the point of being here, to have a relationship with Almighty God. This life won’t last forever, then everything you think you have will be gone. As God’s children, we may not get everything we want on this earth, but He will have used our time here to establish a relationship with us and to make us more like Him. And when this life ends, we’ll have everything.
7 “…He does not open his mouth in the gate”
Interesting. Would expect a fool to open his mouth to show himself a fool. Keeping silent because he doesn’t know what is going on shows some wisdom. Perhaps the writer speaks of intimidation.
10 “If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.”
That’s pretty straight. Obvious and somewhat insulting. Rubbing it in so to speak, though I doubt that is the intention.
11-12 “Deliver those who are drawn toward death…He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?…will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”
Excellent verses on standing against abortion. Not referring directly to that abomination, but the principle is sound. We are our brothers’ keepers. If we see those who are in danger, we’re responsible for saying and/or doing something about it. And God, who sees everything, including our own hearts, will deal with us accordingly.
13-14 “…eat honey because it is good…So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul…”
Good analogy. Honey is an excellent energy food. As good for the body as wisdom is for the soul.
14 “…And your hope will not be cut off”
Repeated phrase. Those of the Old Testament were concerned if they weren’t able to marry and have children. No one to pass on the family name. No one to remember them. Like being erased from history. But with Christ, we will live forever. Our hope will not be cut off, for even if we die without wealth or descendants here, we will be alive there for eternity.
16 “For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again…”
Never kick a man when he is down. He might get up. As long as we stay with God, He will keep picking us up when we fall. And one day we’ll rise to fall no more.
17-18 “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls…Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him…”
Not talking about winning a battle in war, but in daily life. One who is usually against you in whatever endeavor, such as political enemies. Our attitude toward others is to be love, always. To seek their well-being so that they will come to Christ. God is more concerned with instructing and chastening His children than in punishing the unrighteous.
20 “…there will be no prospect for the evil man…”
Those who remain evil have no hope after death contrasted with the righteous whose hope will not be cut off.
24 “He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous”…”
People throw this around so much today. They have no idea how dangerous it is. They think they are getting away with it, but the day of accounting is coming.
27 “Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.”
First things first. Have an income then see to your other needs. Commentary says provide necessities then comforts.
29 “Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me…””
Man’s response. Jesus taught this also. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
33-34 Basically the same as Proverbs 6:10-11. May have been a common saying.
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