February 25, 2019

More thoughts on Proverbs 22:

Proverbs 22:7 (NLT) — 7 Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.

Don’t put yourself under someone else’s power. Stay clear of debt. One of the best decisions that Cleo and I ever made came about in 1979. We had just paid off the loan we had taken out on our 1978 Ford F150 4wd pickup truck. We made the decision that we would never again buy anything that we didn’t have the cash to pay for. The only exception we made was for a house. We have lived by that principle ever since. What a wonderful, freeing decision that has been. It sure has saved a lot of arguments about money. It is better to serve the Lord who is the real Lender!
 “Too often the rich rule over the poor in a harsh way. Indeed, without submitting to God’s rule over us, we can hardly be trusted with power over our fellowmen.” (Bridges)
Proverbs 22:8 (NLT) — 8 Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end.
This is the Law of Sowing and Reaping. Because God is looking for someone to stand in the gap and rebuild the walls of righteousness (Ezekiel 22:30), I believe that prayer can bring about the end of the reign of terror sooner. Plus I also believe that the wicked will have no defense in place when they are reaping what they sowed meaning that their reign is about to come to an end. It is always well to remember that you will always harvest  more than what you plant.

Proverbs 22:9 (NLT) — 9 Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

True generosity occurs when it is given anonymously and  there is no chance of being repaid. Generosity is so freeing because then a person is not a prisoner of his own selfishness.

Generous = to be good of eye. Looking well to the needs of people. This is the opposite of an evil eye which is stingy. Every time you give generously you are also getting rid of huge amounts of stinginess. God looks out for the poor by blessing those He knows will provide for the poor.

Proverbs 22:10 (NLT) — 10 Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too. Quarrels and insults will disappear.

God practices what he preaches; he threw satan out of heaven and now heaven really is the place to be.

Proverbs 22:11 (NLT) — 11 Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend.

A person’s heart is only purified by the cleansing blood Jesus. So receiving Jesus is essential to having a pure heart. Honest intentions and gracious words are praised. Two marks of godly people is that they have pure hearts and gracious speech. God, the king of kings, certainly is their friend. You can tell the purity of ones heart by listening to the words that come out of their mouths.

Proverbs 22:12 (NLT) — 12 The Lord preserves those with knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the treacherous.

God has our backs! Because of God what faithless people say will not have its intended affect on the righteous.
 “God causes their distortions of the truth to be shown for what they are.” (Garrett)

Proverbs 22:13 (NLT) — 13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!”

There is no end to the excuses of a lazy person of why he can’t work. Kill one of those lions and the lazy person will come up with two more lions.
“Laziness is a great lion-maker. He who does little dreams much. His imagination could create not only a lion but a whole menagerie of wild beasts; and if some mighty hunter could hunt down all the lions that his imagination has let loose, he would soon distribute herds more of the terrible animals, with wolves and bears and tigers to match.” (Spurgeon)
His life and the community is not in danger from his phantom lion in the streets but from his lazy life-style.” (Waltke)

Proverbs 22:14 (NLT) — 14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap; those who make the Lord angry will fall into it.

Trap = once you travel down this road it is not an easy road to exit. The lion of the lazy person was just a phantom lion but here in this verse the immoral woman is a real lion to be feared lest she get her claws into you.
The proverb is saying that the LORD will use the seductive, deceptive words of the adulteress to bring about the downfall of one who is inclined to such folly.
Biblical Studies Press. (2006). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press.
May we all see the wisdom of the word of God and the blessings that come from obeying it.
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