PROVERBS…. of  Wisdom


IN  THE  FIRST  NUMBER  OF  CHAPTERS  IT  IS  PRETTY  WELL  EASY  TO  UNDERSTAND,  NOTHING  TOO  HARD  OR  COMPLICATED  -  Keith Hunt


The Book of


PROVERBS

From  the  New  King  James  Study  Bible


The Book of Proverbs is a collection of short, pithy instructions on how to live in God's world. It is, in fact, a collection of collections of proverbs and wisdom literature. The outline divides the book into eight sections, each containing proverbs from various authors and dates.


Author. 


The first verse ties the entire book to Solomon, the most famous wise man in ancient Israel. Also, the first section (1:8—9:18) is closely connected with Solomon, although he is generally understood as the one who inspired the proverbs or the one to whom they were ascribed, rather than the author of them. The sections in 10:1—22:16
and 25:1—29:27 are titled "proverbs of Solomon." These titles are likely conventional names for pithy wisdom traditions preserved in Israel, although Solomon was probably the author of much of the material.

First Kings 1—11 narrates the renowned wisdom traditions about Solomon, and 1 Kings 4:30 records that "Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt." He delivered 3,000 proverbs, 1,005 songs, and spoke over a broad range of topics. People from many nations came to listen and to learn of his wisdom (1 Kin. 4:33, 34). Proverbs 25:1 indicates that some of Solomon's sayings were preserved for future generations by writing. They were later copied by others.

Wise men in addition to Solomon have contributed material in Proverbs. The section 22:17—24:34 identifies a block titled "words of the wise." The similarity of the proverbs in this section to those found in the Egyptian "Wisdom of Amen-em-ope" has long been noted. Wise sayings from other non-Israelites are clearly identified in the book, such as those attributed to Agur son of Jakeh (30:1) and to King Lemuel (31:1-9).

Solomon is probably the original composer of much of the material in Proverbs, although there were also contributions by other wise men who spoke in the wisdom tradition that Solomon had consolidated and crystalized.


Date. 


Some material in Proverbs is very early, having been partly recorded in Solomon's reign (10:1; 25:1). Other material cannot be dated with any certainty (such as chs. 1—9; 22:17—24:34; 30—31).

The date of the completion of the book is unknown. Proverbs 25:1 indicates that the material in 25:1—29:27 was put in place after Hezekiah's reign (715-686 B.C.). Thus, the final form of the book was not complete until at least two hundred years after Solomon. 

A reasonable date is sometime in the fifth century B.C.


Background. 


The backdrop of Israel's wisdom literature (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes) was international, encompassing the entire ancient Near East. Each nation claimed its own group of wise men and wise women (see 1 Kin. 4:29-34), and each tended to reflect its particular nationalistic wisdom.

Religion permeated the social life and structure of Israel. Thus wisdom was directly tied to monotheism and other emphases of her unique faith in God. The fear of the Lord (1:7) and a vision of justice making everyone responsible to Him motivated His people to live lives of righteousness.


In Israel the most important socializing group was the family. The father was charged with inculcating and demonstrating wisdom (4:3-6). The wife/mother also played a vital part (31:10-31).


Purpose. 


The purpose of Proverbs is stated in the introduction to the book (1:2-7). The goal is to emphasize acceptable moral and religious behavior based on Israel's religious faith. Wisdom is described as the most desirable possession of humankind. He who gets wisdom pleases both God and people, lives successfully in this life, and "obtains favor from the Lord" (8:35, 36). Ultimately the NT equates "the wisdom which comes down from above" with holiness (James.3:13-18). To learn the ways of the Creator and follow them by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit is to fulfill the commandments.


The nature of Israelite wisdom in Proverbs lies in both its form and content. The basic form is the sentence or saying. A proverb is a short statement based on experience gathered over a significant period of time.


The subject matter of Proverbs is broad, dealing with all of life under the sun. It is concerned that God's people should know "how to live life before God and man in a way that results in success before both God and man."


The proverbs are written in condensed language; therefore, special attention is sometimes needed to gain their full impact. This may be done by reading them aloud, reading them often, and meditating on them.



Outline of Proverbs



I. Introduction 1:1-7


A. Solomon's relationship to
Proverbs 1:1

B. Purposes: to teach wisdom 1:2-6

C. The fear of the Lord and the
disposition of fools 1:7


II. The value and appeal of

wisdom 1:8—9:18


A. Parental instructions: a

path to moral success        1:8-19

B. Wisdom's plea and

promise of life 1:20—4:27

C. Shun immoral women; be
faithful in marriage 5:1-23

D. Flee faults; pursue

wisdom 6:1-35

E. Pursue wisdom; shun

adultery 7:1-27

F. Wisdom personified; the

way to life 8:1-36

G. Wisdom's invitation 9:1-18


III. The value and practice

of wisdom 10:1—22:16


A. The righteous and

the wicked 10:1—15:33

B. The life and conduct

of the wise 16:1—22:16


IV. The words of the wise 22:17—24:34


A. Wise men's instruction

for their pupils        22:17—24:22

B. Instructions for moral

living 24:23-34


V. The wise words copied

by Hezekiah's men 25:1—29:27


VI. The wise words of Agur 30:1-33 


VII. The wise words of Lemuel 31:1-9 


VIII. The wise ways of a virtuous wife 31:10-31

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CHAPTER 1


The Beginning of Wisdom


The  proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:


2 To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding,

3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity;

4 To give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion—

5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.

6 To understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles.

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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WE  ARE  GIVEN  THE  KEY  IMMEDIATELY….. TO  FEAR  GOD  IS  THE  BEGINNING  OF  KNOWLEDGE  AND  WISDOM  AND  INSTRUCTION.  TRUE  WISDOM  AND  KNOWLEDGE  AND  INSTRUCTION  ON  HOW  TO  USE  THAT  WISDOM  AND  KNOWLEDGE,  DOES  NOT  COME  FROM  THE  UNIVERSITIES  OF  THIS  WORLD.  THAT  DOES  NOT  MEAN  YOU  CAN  NOT  SEEK  A  SKILL  AND  BE  EXCEEDINGLY  GOOD  WITH  IT,  FROM  UNIVERSITIES  AND  COLLEGES.  THE  WORLD  NEEDS  ALL  KINDS  OF  SKILLS,  EVEN  THOSE  WITH  PhD.  GOD  IS  HEAR  TALKING  ABOUT  THE  TRUE  KNOWLEDGE,  WISDOM,  UNDERSTANDING,  THAT  MAKES  FOR  THE  RIGHT  WAY  TO  LIVE  TOWARDS  GOD  AND  YOUR  FELLOW  MAN.  IT  IS  THE  WISDOM  AND  KNOWLEDGE  AND  UNDERSTANDING  THAT  WILL  LEAD  TO  LIFE  ETERNAL.  NOTICE  THE  LORD  SAYS  IT  IS  FOOLS  THAT  DESPISE  WISDOM  AND  INSTRUCTION.  SO  THE  CHILD  OF  GOD  WILL  ALWAYS  BE  READY  TO  BE  INSTRUCTED  -  THEY  WILL  ALWAYS  BE  HUNGERING  AND  THIRSTING  AFTER  RIGHTEOUSNESS [PS. 119:172  -  DEFINITION  OF  RIGHTEOUSNESS].  THE  CHILD  OF  GOD  WILL  WANT  TO  BE  GUIDED  AND  INSTRUCTED  BY  THE  SPIRIT  OF  GOD.  IT  WILL  TRULY  ONLY  FOOLS  THAT  WILL  NOT  BE  INSTRUCTED  IN  SALVATION  AND  THE  WAY  TO  LIFE  ETERNAL.  THESE  VERSES  HERE  ARE  ALSO  SAYING  WHAT  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  SAYS;  WE  ARE  TO  GROW  IN  GRACE  AND  KNOWLEDGE  OF  OUR  LORD  AND  SAVIOR.  WE  ARE  EVER  TO  BE  LEARNING;  WILLING  TO  BE  TAUGHT  AND  CORRECTED.  IT  ALSO  TEACHES  HERE  THAT  OTHERS  CAN  HAVE  WISE  COUNSEL  TO  GIVE,  THEY  CAN  BE  EXPERTS  IN  A  CERTAIN  FIELD  THAT  YOU  ARE  NOT;  YOU  TAKE  YOUR  CAR  TO  THE  EXPERT  MECHANIC  TO  FIX  A  PROBLEM;  YOU  SEEK  COUNSEL  FOR  THE  INVESTMENT  MONIES;  YOU  SEEK  COUNSEL  WHEN  BUYING  A  NEW  HOME  AND  ETC.  SOME  THINGS  YOU  ARE  “SIMPLE”  IN  -  YOU  DO  NOT  HAVE  THE  EXPERTISE  SO  PRUDENCE  YOU  MUST  ATTAIN  FROM  OUTSIDE  YOURSELF.  THE  YOUNG  ARE  STILL  YOUNG  IN  LIFE  AND  SO  MUST  STILL  OBTAIN  KNOWLEDGE  AND  DISCRETION.  THE  BEST  WAY  TO  ATTAIN  ALL  THIS  IS  TO  FIRST  FEAR  [DEEPLY  RESPECT]  THE  LORD.

Keith Hunt  

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A Path to Success


8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother;

9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice you, "Do not consent. 

11 If they say, "Come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; let us lurk secretly for the

12 innocent without cause; Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 

13 We shall find all kinds of possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil;

14 Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse"— 

15 My son, do not walk in the way | with them, keep your foot from their path;

16 For their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood

17 Surely, in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird; 

18 But they lie in wait for their own blood, they lurk secretly for their own lives. 

19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; it takes away the life of its owners.

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The  following  is  from  the  commentary  in  this  New  King  James  Study  Bible:


1:1-7.These verses form an introduction to the entire Book of Proverbs. The rest of the book is designed to fulfill the purposes set but here. It is offered to provide its readers with wisdom and instruction (v. 2). Similar words emphasize this purpose: judgment and equity (v. 3), prudence, knowledge, and discretion (v. 4), learning and wise counsel (v. 5). All these are related to knowing how to live well and deciding to live that way. proverbs of Solomon: See Introduction: Author. The great wisdom of this king made a deep impression on the visiting queen of Sheba (see 2 Chr. 9:1-12).

1:6 The proverb was a short statement of truth concerning some aspect of human life. The enigma, as well as riddles, presented a principle of truth through a puzzle or problem to be solved.

1:7 Fear of the Lord is reverence and obedience to Him (see Ps. 111:10; see also "The Fear of the Lord" at Gen. 20:11). Knowledge in the moral and religious sense of Proverbs is possible only if one has a proper regard for God (see Job 28:28 and note). Fools are contrasted to the wise man throughout the book.

1:8—9:18 A picture of the value of wisdom. Wisdom is personified as a woman pleading with men and women to pursue her. A strong contrast is developed between the fruits of pursuing wisdom and the corruption of following folly.

1:8-19 These verses encourage the son to obey his parents' instructions, and warn of the dangers of rejecting their guidance.

1:9 chains: Probably golden, a sign of honor and splendor (see Dan. 5:7).

1:12 In the OT Sheol is the realm of the dead. Pit indicates the same idea. See "Sheol" at 2 Sam. 22:6.

1:14 Fallen human nature makes it impractical and unwise for all humans to share one purse.

1:17 Even a bird is smart enough to avoid an obvious snare. Sinners are not as smart in the face of temptation.

1:18,19 The wicked actually destroy themselves because of their greed. They do not realize that the trap they set for others is a trap that will actually ensnare them. See 28:10 1:20—4:19 Wisdom's plea is important. The one who rejects that call perishes (1:32), but he who responds finds life and security (1:33).

1:20, 21 Wisdom is pictured as a woman who calls to everyone passing by the gates—major public gathering spots in ancient Near Eastern cities. This is in contrast to the prostitutes who frequented those spots, luring people to destruction. Wisdom is further personified in 3:16-18; 4:5-9; 8:1-21, 32-36; 9:1-6.

1:22 The simple ones lack discernment and are easily led astray. Moreover, they are often obstinate in their lack of discernment (v. 25). Fools are those who consciously desert God's way (Ps. 14:1).

1:23 my spirit: The spirit of wisdom given to impart understanding (see Ex. 31:2, 3 and note).

1:24-27 you refused: Evil consequences (vv. 26, 27) follow wrong decisions of those who reject wisdom's invitation (w. 24;25).

1:24-26 stretched out my hand: As the Lord reaches out to a rebellious people, so wisdom does to these fools (see Is. 65:2 and note). Similarly, both the Lord and wisdom laugh at the foolishness of those who imagine that their way is better than the divine option offered to them (see note on Ps.2:4-6).

1:28 God's call must be heeded when given, not merely at one's convenience (see Heb. 3:12-15).

1:30-32 See vv. 24-28 and note. The complacency (v. 32) of the fools blinds them to the reality that they will eventually face the consequences of their own way and fancies (v. 31). See vv. 18, 19 and note.

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HERE  WE  START  TO  SEE  THE  MANY  “GENERAL  STATEMENTS”  IN  THIS  BOOK  OF  PROVERBS.  IN  FACT  GENERAL  STATEMENTS  ARE  USED  THROUGHOUT  MANY  PARTS  OF  THE  BIBLE.  IT  IS  ONE  OF  THE  KEYS  TO  CORRECT  BIBLE  READING.  WE  SEE  A  GENERAL  STATEMENT  AS  USED  IN  VERSES  8  AND  9.  IT  HAS  TO  BE  UNDERSTOOD  IN  THE  CONTEXT  OF  A  FATHER  AND  MOTHER  FOLLOWING  THE  LORD  -  IT  IS  SILLY  TO  THINK  EVERY  FATHER  AND  MOTHER  MUST  BE  OBEYED,  THAT  THEY  ALL  HAVE  GOOD  INSTRUCTION  AND  THE  RIGHT  LAW.  LIFE  FOR  THOUSANDS  OF  YEARS  HAS  SHOWN  US  THAT  IS  NOT  TRUE  OF  EVERY  FATHER  AND  MOTHER.  THIS  IS  A  GENERAL  STATEMENT  -  THOSE  PARENTS  WHO  HAVE  TRUE  INSTRUCTIONS  AND  LAWS,  SHOULD  BE  LISTENED  TO  -  BE  WISE  AND  TAKE  THE  GOOD  THEY  HAVE,  IT  WILL  BE  LIKE  A  FINE  PIECE  OF  JEWELRY  FOR  YOU  

Keith Hunt

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Wisdom's Call


20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. 

21 She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city. 

22 She speaks her words; How long, you simple ones, will you love Simplicity? 

For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge. 

23 Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words  known to you. 

24 Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, 

25 Because you disdained all my counsel, and would have none of my rebuke, 

26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes,

27 When your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind,  when distress and anguish come upon you.

28 Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. 

29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, 

30 They would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. 

31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, and be filled to the full with their own fancies. 

32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 

33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.

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CHAPTER 2


The Value of Wisdom


My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, 

2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; 

3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, 

4 if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures;

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Notes  from  the  New  KJV  Study  Bible



2:1-9 To one who earnestly seeks the truth (vv. 1-5) God holds out the promise of a fruitful search (vv. 5-9).

2:3 Discernment is a mark of wisdom. The simple lack this virtue of insight into what is right.

2:4, 5- Diligence is needed to receive the gift of wisdom (see Deut. 4:29, 30 and note). Wisdom is far more valuable than silver (see 3:14; Job 28:12,15).

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THE  WORD  “SIMPLE”  CAN  BE  USED  IN  DIFFERENT  WAYS,  SO  THE  CONTEXT  MUST  BE  TAKEN  INTO  ACCOUNT.  PAUL  WROTE,  “THE  SIMPLICITY  THAT  IS  IN  CHRIST  JESUS.”  USED  AS  REFERRING  TO  THE  GOSPEL  AND  JESUS  IN  HIS  MINISTRY  DID  NOT  MAKE  IT  COMPLICATED.  THE  FOUR  GOSPELS  ARE  RELATIVELY  EASY  TO  UNDERSTAND.  HERE  IT  IS  USED  AS  BEING  “SIMPLE  MINDED”  -  SILLY,  STUPID,  A  MIND  THAT  DOES  NOT  HAVE  COMMON  SENSE  EVEN.  NOTICE  WISDOM  IS  PERSONIFIED,  MADE  INTO  A  WOMAN  WHO  CRIES  OUT  FOR  PEOPLE  TO  TAKE  WHAT  SHE  CAN  OFFER.  THE  WISDOM  THAT  COMES  FROM  GOD  IS  HERE  PERSONIFIED.  SOMETIMES  IN  THIS  LIFE,  AS  DAVID  SAID  IN  THE  PSALMS,  THE  FOOLISH  AND  SIMPLE  MINDED  WHO  DO  NOT  TAKE  WHAT  GOD  CAN  OFFER,  ARE  NOT  ALWAYS  PUNISHED  WITH  DISASTERS  IN  THIS  LIFE  -  SOMETIMES  THEY  PROSPER  IN  THIS  PHYSICAL  WORLD.  BUT  EVENTUALLY  IF  THEY  NEVER  TURN  TO  THE  WAYS  OF  THE  LORD,  THEY  WILL  FACE  DESTRUCTION  IN  THE  SECOND  DEATH [REVELATION 20].  THEN  IT  TROUBLES  AND  RIUN  AND  DESTRUCTION  CAN  COME  ON  THEM  IN  THIS  LIFE.  THIS  CAN  BE  APPLIED  TO  INDIVIDUALS  AND/OR  NATIONS.  THE  LORD  WILL  USUALLY  SEND  A  PERSON  OR  PEOPLE  TO  WARN  NATIONS  OF  THEIR  EVIL  AND  UNWISE  WAYS;  AND  IF  THEY  DO  NOT  LISTEN  AND  SEEK  TO  HAVE  GOD’S  WISDOM  IN  THEIR  WAYS,  HE  WILL  LAUGH  AT  THEM  WHEN  THEY  FINALLY  REAP  WHAT  THEY  HAVE  SOWN.  THEN  FOR  WHATEVER  TIME  SPAN,  GOD  WILL  TURN  HIS  BACK  ON  THEM;  THEY  WILL  SEEK  HIM  BUT  WILL  NOT  FIND  HIM.  

WE  SEE  HERE,  SHALL  WE  SAY,  THE  HUMANIST  OF  GOD.  HE  CAN  AND  WILL  AT  TIMES  LAUGH  AT  PEOPLE  AND  NATIONS  WHEN  THEY  REAP  WHAT  THEY  HAVE  SOWN,  BY  NOT  LISTENING  TO  THE  WAYS  OF  THE  LORD  AS  CRIED  OUT  BY  RIGHTEOUS  WISDOM.  AND  GOD  CAN  BE  LIKE  A  PHYSICAL  FATHER  WHO  AFTER  TRYING  TO  GUIDE  A  SON  OR  DAUGHTER  IN  THE  RIGHT  PATH,  AND  THEY  REFUSE,  THE  FATHER  MAY  THROW  HIS  HANDS  UP  AND  SAY,  “OKAY  I  TRIED  TO  HELP  YOU,  SO  NOW  I  WILL  WALK  AWAY  AND  LET  THE  TROUBLES  COME  UPON  YOU.  I  HAVE  TO  GIVE  YOU  SPACE  AND  TIME  AND  NOT  HELP  EVEN  WHEN  YOU  CRY  OUT  TO  ME.  YOU  NOW  HAVE  TO  LEARN  THE  HARD  WAY  BY  THE  CHOICES  YOU  HAVE  MADE.”

THE  LORD  FINISHES  CHAPTER  ONE  WITH  THE  ADMONITION  TO  LISTEN  TO  HIM,  SO  YOU  CAN  DWELL  SAFELY  AND  BE  SECURE  IN  NOT  FEARING  EVIL.  THIS  DOES  NOT  MEAN  THERE  WILL  BE  NO  TRIALS,  AND  TROUBLES  TO  FACE  IN  LIFE.  MOST  OF  US  HAVE  UPS  AND  DOWNS  DURING  A  FULL  LIFE.  BUT  GENERALLY [THERE  IS  THAT  WORD  AGAIN]  MOST  CHRISTIANS  WILL  NOT  FEAR  THAT  EVIL  IS  AROUND  THE  CORNER,  THEY  WILL  FOR  THE  MOST  PART  HAVE  A  GOOD  NIGHTS  SLEEP.  FOR  THOSE  WHO  DO  GET  PERSECUTION  AND  MAY  HAVE  TO  GIVE  UP  THEIR  LIFE  FOR  GOD  AND  CHRIST,  THEY  UNDERSTAND  THAT  THIS  CAN  BE  SO,  AND  THEY  COUNT  IT  A  BLESSING  TO  JOIN  THE  SAINTS  OF  HEBREWS  11.

MANY  OF  THE  PROVERBS  AND  WORDS  IN  THESE  CHAPTERS  MUST  BE  TAKEN  IN  THE  SETTING  OF  THE  ENTIRE  BIBLE.

Keith Hunt

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5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;

8 He guards the paths of justice, and preserves the way of His saints.

9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path:

10 When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, 

11 Discretion will preserve you; understanding will keep you,

12 To deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things, 

13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness; 

14 Who rejoice in doing evil, and delight in the perversity of the wicked;

15 Whose ways are crooked, and who are devious in their paths;

16 To deliver you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words,


17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God. 

18 For her house leads down to death, and her paths to the dead; 

19 None who go to her return, nor do they regain the paths of life— 

20 So you may walk in the way of goodness, and keep to the paths of righteousness. 

21 For the upright will dwell in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; 

22 But the wicked will be cut off, from the earth, and the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.

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From  the  New  KJV  Study  Bible


2:6-9 The Lord is the source of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. However, His resources are for His saints, those who seek to please Him by living uprightly (see Ps. 18:20-24 and note).

2:10-22 When wisdom enters: All of the benefits described in these verses come from wisdom's presence in the hearer's life.

2:16-19 As wisdom is symbolized by a woman (1:20, 21), so is folly. But these are not merely symbols. A woman who embodies wisdom can make a man (31:10-31), while one who embodies folly will destroy him (7:6-23).

2:17 companion of her youth: Her husband (see 5:18). The covenant probably refers to the marital promises made before God in a marriage ceremony (see Mai. 2:13-16 and note).

2:21,22 Obedience to God was always the determining factor as to whether Israel would dwell in the land God had given them, or be cut off (see note on Deut. 28:15-68).

Ultimately those who follow God will inherit the earth with His promised blessings (see Matt. 5:5 and note);

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CHAPTER 3


Trust God for Direction


My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; 

2 For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck,  write them on the tablet of your heart, 

4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.

5   Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;

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From  The  New  KJV  Study  Bible


3:1-12 My son: The form of address regularly used in Proverbs to designate instructions for the young.

3:1, 2 The connection between keeping God's commands and enjoying long life is supported by the fifth

commandment (see Ex. 20:12).

3:3 tablet of your heart: Make God's ways internal, not merely external (see Deut. 6:4-9; Ezek. 36:26, 27);

3:5, 6 Verses, worthy of being memorized, which sum up the biblical approach to life. Wisdom is not the result of  mere human insight, but of learning God's unchanging ways.

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6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.

8 It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.

9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase;

10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.

11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction;

12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.

13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding;

14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. 

15 She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. 

16 Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her.

19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens;

20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, and clouds drop down the dew.

21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes— Keep sound wisdom and discretion; 

22 So they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck. 

23 Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble. 

24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. 

25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 

26 For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. 

28 Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it," When you have it with you. 

29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he dwells by you for safety's sake.

30 Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.

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Notes  from  the  New  KJV  Study  Bible


NN3:7 Fear the Lord ... depart from evil: See Job 1.1 and note.

3:9 Honoring the Lord meant giving Him the portion of material goods that He required (Deut. 26:1, 2, 9-13).

Firstfruits were the first items harvested, and often the best.

3:11,12 If God did not love us, He would not bother to correct us. See Heb. 12:5-11 and note.

3:13 Happy also means blessed. In Proverbs such a person is satisfied and content; v. 17 explains why.

3:16 Wisdom, gives long life because in Proverbs wisdom means living as God commands us (see vv. 1,2).

3:19, 20 Wisdom was the "master craftsman" (see 8:30) through whom God did His creative work (see 8:22-31 and notes).

3:24-26 Serving God saves us from many fears.

3:27-30 The wise person promotes good relations.

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VARIOUS  POINTS  OF  GENERALLY  LIVING  A  GOOD  AND  PLEASING  LIFE  TO  GOD  AND  TO  MANKIND.

SOME  OF  THIS  MUST  BE  PUT  IN  THE  ORDER  OF  “GENERAL  STATEMENTS.”  CERTAINLY  WISDOM  CAN  KEEP  YOU  AWAY  FROM  PHYSICAL  HARM  AND  DANGER,  AND  SO  GRANT  YOU  MORE  DAYS  OF  LIFE,  BUT  THIS  DOES  NOT  TEACH  HAVING  GOD’S  WISDOM  WILL  GUARANTEE  YOU  WILL  LIVE  TO  BE  90  OR  100.  OVERALL  SERVING  THE  LORD  WILL  GIVE  YOU  A  WHOLESOME,  PLEASANT,  AND  SAFE  LIFE.  BEING  A  GOOD  STEWARD  OF  YOUR  PHYSICAL  THINGS  WILL  BE  PLEASING  TO  GOD,  AND  HE  WILL  NOT  FORGET  TO  REWARD  YOU  ACCORDINGLY  AS  YOU  USE  THOSE  PHYSICAL  THINGS  TOWARD  GOD  AND  YOUR  FELLOW  HUMAN.  IF  YOU  HIRE  SOMEONE  TO  DO  A  DAYS  WORK,  OR  A  WEEKS  WORK,  PAY  THEM  RIGHT  AWAY  AFTER  THE  WORK  IS  FINISHED  AND  INSPECTED.  DO  NOT  BE  A  PERSON  WHO  LIKES  TO  GET  ONE  OVER  ON  HIS  NEIGHBOUR.  YOU  ARE  ONLY  TO  STIVE  WITH  OTHERS  IF  YOU  HAVE  A  GENUINE  CAUSE,  AND  IMPORTANT  ENOUGH;  OFTEN  WE  SHOULD  JUST  LET  IT  GO  BY.  IN  OTHER  WORDS  DON’T  NIT-PICK  WITH  OTHERS.  A  LOT  OF  THINGS  IN  LIFE  ARE  NOT  IMPORTANT  ENOUGH  TO  MAKE  A  BIG  DEAL  ABOUT  IT.  YET  A  CHRISTIAN  SHOULD  NOT  BE  A  MAT  FOR  PEOPLE  TO  WALK  ALL  OTHER…… WISDOM  IS  NEEDED  TO  DECIDE  WHEN  A  THING  IS  LARGE  ENOUGH  TO  HAVE  CAUSE  TO  STRIVE  OVER.

WISDOM  FROM  GOD  IS  IMPORTANT  IN  HAVING  A  GENERALLY  CALM,  PEACEFUL,  SMOOTH,  LIFE  IN  ALL  YOUR  UNDERTAKINGS  AND  WORKINGS  WITH  OTHER  PEOPLE.  LACKING  WISDOM  CAN  AND  DOES  GET  US  INTO  A  WRONG  MIND-SET,  AND  MANY  TROUBLES  OF  THE  FLESH  AS  WE  WALK  OUR  PHYSICAL  LIFE.  IT  SEEMS  TO  ME  TODAY  EVEN  “COMMON  LOGIC”  AS  WE  CALL  IT,  IS  LACKING  IN  SO  MANY.  WISDOM  FROM  GOD  ALSO  MEANS  WE  SEEK  OUT  OTHERS  WHO  HAVE  WALKED  THE  SAME  PATH  WE  ARE  FIGURING  TO  TAKE,  AND  FIND  OUT  WHAT  THEY  HAVE  TO  SAY  NOW  THAT  THEY  CAN  LOOK  BACK  ON  IT  ALL.

Keith Hunt

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31 Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways;

32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord,  But His secret counsel is with the upright.

33 The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just.

34 Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble.

35 The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.

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Notes  from  the  New  KJV  Study  Bible


3:31-33 The oppressor has God's curse upon him. His material success becomes ultimate moral and religious failure.

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IT  MAY  NOT  ALL  HAPPEN  IN  THIS  LIFE  TIME,  GENERAL  STATEMENTS  AGAIN.  BUT  THE  END  RESULT  WILL  BE  GOOD  FOR  THE  GODLY  AND  BAD  FOR  THE  UNGODLY.  IN  THIS  LIFETIME  SOME  OF  THE  UNGODLY  PROSPER  AND  SEEM  TO  HAVE  LITTLE  TROUBLES;  SOMETIMES  IN  THIS  LIFE  THE  GODLY  DO  NOT  ALL  HAVE  IT  AS  A  BED  OF  ROSES…… SO  THE  GODLY  HAVE  TO  LOOK  AT  THE  END  OF  IT,  AT  THE  INHERITANCE.

Keith Hunt

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CHAPTER 4 


Wisdom Brings a Satisfying Life


Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, and give attention to know understanding;

2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.

3 When I was my father's son, tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,

4 He also taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live.

5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you.

7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she will promote you;  she will bring you honor, when you embrace her.

9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace; a crown of glory she will deliver to you.

10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life will be many. 

11 I have Taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. 

12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run; you will not stumble.

13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her, for she is your life.

14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil.

15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass on.

16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; and their sleep, is taken away unless they make someone fall. 

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is like darkness;

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From  the  New  KJV  Study  Bible



4:1-13 Wisdom is the principal thing (v. 7) because it is not merely an intellectual activity; wisdom leads to a full life (v. 13; see Deut. 32:46, 47).

4:5-7 Learning without the gain of wisdom is a waste.

4:10,13 your life: See 3:1,2 and note.

4:14-17 The path of the wicked is lined with evil deeds (w. 16, 17).

4:18 Walking with God becomes better as we travel farther on. The thought is well worth remembering as we encounter the circumstances of life, the perfect day: Noon. The time when the light of day is at its fullest.

4:19 like darkness: Evil blinds and frustrates all who indulge in it. They do not know what makes them stumble.

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THIS  IS  GOD  SPEAKING  AND  ONCE  MORE  WISDOM  IS  PERSONIFIED.  COULD  BE  ALSO  INSTRUCTION  FROM  A  RIGHTEOUS  FATHER  AND  MOTHER.  EITHER  WAY  MANY  TRUTHS  OF  LIFE  ARE  GIVEN.  GOING  THE  WRONG  WAY  WILL  BRING  WRONG  FRUITS.  THE  RIGHT  WAY  IS  LIKE  THE  SUN  SHINING  IN  FULL  STRENGTH.

Keith Hunt

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Be Faithful in Marriage


20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 

21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 

22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. 

23 Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. 

24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. 

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. 

Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. 

26 Do not turn to the right or the left, remove your foot from evil.


OBVIOUSLY  THE  FATHER  HERE  IS  THE  LORD  OR  THE  PHYSICAL  FATHER  WALKING  DOWN  THE  CORRECT  PATHWAY  WITH  GOD.

Keith Hunt

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CHAPTER 5


My son, pay attention to my wisdom; lend your ear to my understanding, 

2 That you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge. 

3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; 

4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. 

5 Her feet go down to death, her steps lay hold of hell. 

6 Lest you ponder her path of life— her ways are unstable; You do not know them.

7 Therefore hear me now, my children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth. 

8 Remove your way far from her, and do not go near the door of her house,   

9 Lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel one; 

10 Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, and your labors go to the house of a foreigner; 

11 And you mourn at last, when your flesh and your body are consumed, 

12 And say: "How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised correction! 

13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me! 

14 I was on the verge of total ruin, in the midst of the assembly and congregation.

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From  the  New  KJV  Study  Bible



4:20—9:18 Wisdom ancffolly are described in terms of a good woman, who can be a constructive factor in a man's life (5:15-20; 8:1—9:6) or an adventuress who will destroy him (5:1-14; 6:20—7:27). The book ends (31:10-31) with the figure of the good woman, thus tying the whole picture together.

4:20-22 my words... my sayings: The commands of the Lord. They lead to life and fulfillment (see John 10:10). 4:23 For all its concerns with conduct, Proverbs is sensitive to the heart as the motive-spring of life. From the heart one loves or hates the Lord and others (see Gen. 6:5; Deut; 6:4,5).

4:24 Perverse lips utter cursing instead of blessing, disdain instead of praise to God. 4:25-27 The way of the righteous is pictured as a straight path. We stay on it by keeping our eyes on the goal, and by refusing to turn to any evil.

5:1-23 A comparison of wisdom (v. 1) to a good wife and folly to an adventuress.

5:1-14 An immoral woman (v. 3) promises much but delivers little. Evil is never as satisfying as it appears.

5:4 Wormwood, a shrub that has a bitter taste, is a symbol for sorrow and pain.

5:5-10 Associating with an immoral woman brings loss of honor (v. 9) and often loss of wealth (v. 10; see 6:26).

5:12,13 Obeying instruction from wise teachers will keep us from sexual folly.

5:14 In ... the assembly: He was about to make a public fool of himself.

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15 Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well. 

16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, streams of water in the streets? 

17 Let them be only your own, and not for strangers with you. 

18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth.

19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; and always be enraptured with her love.


YES  THE  FEMALE  BREASTS  ARE  PART  OF  SEXUALITY;  THE  PRUDENT  GODLY  WOMAN  KNOWS  THIS  AND  WILL  NEVER  EXPOSE  THEM  IN  PUBLIC.  A  MAN  IS  SEXUALLY  ATTRACTED  TO  FEMALE  BREASTS.  A  WOMAN  ENJOYS  HER  MAN’S  FOREPLAY  WITH  HER  BREASTS;  THEY  ARE  SEXUAL  FOR  THEM  BOTH.  GOD  HAS  DESIGNED  SEX  TO  HAVE  MUCH  FOREPLAY  BEFORE  THE  PENIS  ENTERS  THE  VAGINA.  A  MAN  SHOULD  LEARN  NOT  TO  HURRY  SEX…..LONG  FOREPLAY  IS  USUALLY  DESIRED  BY  THE  WOMAN;  IT  IS  WONDERFUL  FOR  BOTH  THE  MALE  AND  FEMALE.  GOD  DESIGNED  SEX  TO  BE  ONE  OF  THE  GREATEST  PHYSICAL  PLEASURES  BETWEEN  A  MAN  AND  WOMAN.  HIS  WORD  DOES  TEACH  SEX  IS  FOR  MARRIAGE  AND  IN  MARRIAGE;  ADULTERY  AND  FORNICATION [sex  before  marriage]  ARE  DECLARED  SINS  BY  THE  HOLY  BIBLE.

Keith Hunt

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20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, and be embraced in the arms of a seductress?

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths. 

22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin. 

23 He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

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From  the  New  KJV  Study  Bible


5:15-23 The blessings of true love with one's wife (v. 18).

5:15 your own cistern: Your own wife.

5:19 A wife's love will fully satisfy you. Goodness is always more satisfying than it appears it will be.

5:21 "You . . .. are acquainted with all my ways" (Ps. 139:3).

5:22, 23 His own iniquities entrap: Sin is self-destructive. See 1:18, 19 and note.

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CHAPTER 6 


Pursue Wisdom


My son, if you become surety for your friend, you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,

2 You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth. 

3 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; For you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; Plead with your friend. 

4 Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids. 

5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 

7 Which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, 

8 Provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. 

9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? 

10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep—

11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man.

12 A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth;

13 He winks with his eyes, he shuffles his feet, he points with his fingers;

14 Perversity is in his heart, he devises evil continually, he sows discord.

15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.

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From  the  New  KJV  Study  Bible


6:1-5 Do not hastily commit yourself to another's debt for fear of appearing unkind. Appearances count for little when the creditors of your friend come to the door.

6:9-5 Do not worry about saving face, but make every effort to get out of the arrangement.

6:6-11 The dangers of laziness.

6:6-8 The ant, a diligent worker and provider, is a model for the sluggard to observe.

6:9-11 Poverty is not avoided by chance. It must be diligently guarded against, as against a prowler or an armed man.

6:12-15 worthless person: A troublemaker who uses all kinds of subtle, deceitful methods to sow discord. In God's providence such a person is certain to face calamity, winks:

See note on 10:10.

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SURETY….SIGNING  FOR  A  PERSON’S  DEBT  IS  NOT  RECOMMENDED  BY  GOD’S  WORD.  THERE  MAYBE  SITUATIONS  WHERE  IT  MAY  WORK  IF  DRAWN  UP  IN  SPECIFIC  WAYS,  WHERE  YOU  WILL  NOT  BE  TIED  TO  THE  DOCK  IF  THE  TIDE  COMES  TO  COVER  YOU  OVER….. WHAT  WAY  THAT  WOULD  BE  IN  BLACK  AND  WHITE  I  HAVE  NO  IDEA.  LAZINESS  IS  NOT  THE  WAY  TO  LIVE  IF  YOU  ARE  A  CHILD  OF  GOD.  THOUGH  I  AM  75  COME  SEPTEMBER  11 - 2017,  I  STILL  HAVE  2  PART  TIME  JOBS,  AND  CONTINUE  TO  BE  BUSY  DOING  THE  LORD’S  WORK  ON  THIS  WEBSITE  AND  MY  BLOG,  AND  IN  EMAILS.  THE  SUBTLE  DECEITFUL  PERSON  WHO  SOWS  DISCORD,  WILL  REAP  WHAT  THEY  SOW,  AS  WE  ALL  SHALL  IN  THE  END.

Keith Hunt

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16 These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

17 A proud look, and a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,

19 A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.

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THERE  ARE  OTHER  THINGS  ALSO  THAT  ARE  AN  ABOMINATION  TO  GOD,  NOT  JUST  7;  HERE  WE  HAVE  SEVEN,  BUT  IT  DOES  NOT  SAY  "THESE  ONLY  ARE  AN  ABOMINATION  TO  GOD."  USING  SAY  STRONG'S  CONCORDANCE  OF  THE  BIBLE,  YOU  CAN  SOON  FIND  WHAT  OTHER  EVILS  GOD  HATES.

Keith Hunt

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From  the  New  KJV  Study  Bible


6:16-19 These seven ... abominations expand upon the description of the troublemaker of vv. 12-15. They are sins of both action and attitude (v. 12); they involve private life and public evil (v. 18).

6:16 six ... seven: See Job 5:19 and note.

6:19 A second warning against one who sows discord (see v. 14).

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INDEED  SERMONS  COULD  BE  BROUGHT  ON  ALL  7  OF  THESE  ABOMINATIONS  THAT  GOD  HATES.

PROUDNESS  HAVE  BROUGHT  MANY  TO  THEIR  DEMISE  AND  IN  THE  CONTEXT  OF  CHRISTIANITY,  IT  HAS  AT  TIMES  PERVERTED  THE  MIND  OF  MANY  CHRISTIAN  LEADERS,  INTO  FANATICISM,  WRONG  TEACHINGS,  AND  OFTEN  TURNING  THEIR  CHURCH  INTO  A  CULT.  THE  OTHER  6,  IF  MEDITATING  UPON  THEM,  YOU  WILL  SEE  THE  CONSEQUENCES  THEY  WOULD  BRING  TO  A  NATION.  THE  7TH,  SOWING  DISCORD  AMONG  BRETHREN;  MANY  MAY  BE  SURPRISED  GOD  THINKS  THIS  AN  ABOMINATION,  BUT  BEING  A  "BUSY-BODY"  -  "TALE-BEARER"  AND  ONE  THAT  CAUSES  CONTINUAL  STRIFE  AMONG  BRETHREN  DISTURBS  WITH  FRICTION,  MANY  PEOPLE  WITH  NO  GOOD  REASON;  SOMETIMES  BRETHREN  HAVE  TO  BE  DISTURB  BUT  ONLY  FOR  A  VERY  GOOD  REASON,  IF  IT  IS  NOT,  GOD  HATES  PEOPLE  WHO  BRING  DISCORD  -  

Keith Hunt

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20 My son, keep your father's command, and do not forsake the law of your mother.

21 Bind them continually upon your heart; tie them around your neck.

22 When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you.

23 For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; 

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WE  ARE  NATURALLY  DEDUCING  HERE  THAT  BOTH  PARENTS  ARE  FOLLOWING  THE  RIGHT  GODLY  PATH;  HENCE  CHILDREN  SHOULD  LISTEN  TO  THEM.  FOR  IT  WILL  BE  YOUR  SAFE-GUARD  IN  YOUR  LIFE,  A  LIGHT  TO  LIVING  GOOD  AND  SAFE  FROM  SINS  THAT  CAN  DESTROY  A  PERSON.  I  WAS  BLESSED  INDEED  THAT  MY  PARENTS  SENT  ME  TO  A  CHURCH  OF  ENGLAND  SCHOOL,  THE  THE  BIBLE  WAS  THE  FIRST  1/2  HOUR  CLASS  OF  EACH  SCHOOL  DAY;  THE  WAY  OF  THE  LORD  KEPT  ME  FROM  MANY  EVILS  AS  A  TEENAGER  -  Keith Hunt

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reproofs of instruction are the way of life,

24 To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress. 

25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids. 

26 For by means of a harlot a man is reduced to a crust of bread; and an adulteress will prey

upon his precious life. 

27 Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? 

28 Can one walk on hot coals, and his feet not be seared? 

29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; whoever touches her shall not be innocent.

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HERE  WE  GO  BACK  TO  THE  END  RESULT  THAT  ADULTERY  AND  SLEEPING  AROUND  WITH  PROSTITUTES,  AND/OR  LOOSE  SEXUALITY  CAN  BRING.  FEW  THAT  LIVE  THAT  WAY  ARE  FREE  FROM  THE  SCARS  IT  CAN  BRING.

Keith Hunt

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30 People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. 

31 Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; he may have to give up all the substance of his house.

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FOR  WHATEVER  REASON  WE  ARE   GIVEN  A  FEW  VERSES  IN  THE  MIDDLE  OF  VERSES  TO  DO  WITH  SEXUALITY.  I  LEAVE  THE  READER  TO  PONDER  IF  THERE  IS  A  LESSON.

STARVATION  AND  TAKING  THINGS  TO  EAT  IS  ACCEPTED  BY  MOST  COUNTRIES  AND  PEOPLE; BUT  STEALING  FOR  ANY  OTHER  REASON  IS  NOT  TOLERATED  BY  MOST  NATIONS,  AND  THERE  IS  A  PENALTY  TO  PAY...... SO  STEALING,  EMBEZZLEMENT,  FRAUD,  GOD  DECLARES  A  STRONG  PENALTY.....EVEN  A  REPAYMENT  OF  7  FOLD,  WHICH  COULD  COST  THE  PERPETRATOR  ALL  THAT  HE  HAS.

Keith Hunt

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32 Whoever commits adultery with woman lacks understanding; he who does so destroys his own soul. 

33 Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away. 

34 For jealousy is a husband's fury; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 

35 He will accept no recompense, nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.

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A  YOUNG  WORLD  ACE  GOLF  PLAYER,  FAMOUS,  TOP  OF  THE  PACK  IN  HIS  YOUTHFUL  DAY,  WENT  SECRETLY  TO  LOS  VAGUS,  TO  GAMBLE  AND  HAVE  SEX  WITH  LOOSE  WOMEN  AND  PROSTITUTES.  HIS  SECRET  FINALLY  CAME  OUT;  HE  HAD  TO  ADMIT  TO  HIS  WIFE,   HIS  PARENTS,  AND  THE  WORLD,  HIS  SEXUAL  SINS.  HIS  WIFE  DIVORCED HIM,  HIS  PARENTS  WERE  ASHAMED  OF  HIM,  THE  WORLD  WAS  STUNNED  BY  HIS  DECEPTION [THE  WORLD  THOUGHT  HE  WAS  A  ROLE  MODEL  FOR  CHILDREN  AND  TEENAGERS].  HE  LOST  HIS  SKILL  AS  THE  NUMBER  ONE  PRO  GOLF  PLAYER,  AND  WENT  DOWN  HILL  IN  THE  SPORT.

COMMITTING  ADULTERY  CAN  ALSO  HAVE  AT  TIMES  DIRE  CONSEQUENCES..... SOME  WILL  NEVER  FORGET;  SOME  HUSBANDS  WILL  KILL  THE  OFFENDER  -  CALLED  "CRIMES  OF  PASSION."  THERE  WAS  A  TIME  WHEN  BEING  A  HORSE  STEALER  GOT  YOU  HUNG.  I'M  NOT  SAYING  THAT  SHOULD  HAVE  BEEN  SO,  BUT  IT  WAS  OFTEN  SO  WHEN  STEALING  A  MAN'S  HORSE  WAS  LIKE  TAKING  AWAY  HIS  LEGS  OR  ARMS.

THIS  IS  A  SECTION  OF  PROVERBS  ABOUT  SEXUALITY,  AND  THE  TROUBLES  IT  CAN  BRING  YOU. 

TO  THE  MODERN  WORLD  OF  "THROW  GOD  AND  THE  BIBLE  OUT  THE  WINDOW"  THIS  SECTION  ON  SEXUALITY  WILL  SEEM  LIKE  A  LOST  BY-GONE  AGE,  AND  NOT  MUCH  RELEVANT  TO  A  21ST  CENTURY  SOCIETY.  BUT  AS  THAT  YOUNG  FAMOUS  PRO  GOLFER  FOUND  OUT,  IT  DID  COST  HIM  A  GREAT  DEAL.

Keith Hunt


From  the  New  KJV  Study  Bible


6:20-23 Observing both a good father's command and the law of a loving mother will keep us from many an evil. Proverbs recognizes a parent's command and law as the command and law of God.

6:24-29 The inescapable results of adultery.

6:25 eyelids: Seductive glances.

6:26 The contrast emphasizes the utter devastation an adulteress brings into a man's life. Compared to the

confusion a harlot creates, an adulteress consumes the very life of her victim.

6:30-35 A thief will have to pay dearly to assuage the anger of the householder he has robbed. But who can satisfy the one; who has been robbed of a spouse through adultery?

6:32 A person who commits adultery lacks understanding about the inevitable personal, spiritual, psychological, social, and physical results.

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TO  BE  CONTINUED