Hello! Flip to chapter 14 and we’ll get started.
Look in verse 5: “An honest witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.” Who can be trusted these days? We will see this subject three times in this chapter later on.
Verse 7: “Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.” Most verses in Proverbs talk about the wicked, and then the righteous, or vise versa. Well, here, it finds the need of the whole verse as a warning. What happens if you go to a fool for wisdom? They’ll catch you in a snare.
Verse 11: “The house of the wicked shall be destroyed, but the tent of the righteous shall flourish.” I know what I think when I read verses like this and what you might be thinking right now: “Well, when’s it gonna happen?!” The word “shall” implies that it will happen. So, as you may not see the downfall first-hand, it will happen.
I love this verse (12): “There’s a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Here’s an illustration: You’re walking through the woods, and there’s a fork in the road. One way goes up, then the other way goes straight, then suddenly drops. You’d take the first, right? Well, you go up, up, then suddenly, there’s a slight descent. You start to go down, but look, and see that the path hangs over a cliff with a dead-end smack dab over it. You see? It looked safer, but it’s really deadly.
This verse is amazing, summing up a lot of what I’ve talked about here. Verse 15: “The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.” Wowza! I think this verse is just indescribable. This is so true! Everyone is supposed to have a “filter” in their mind, if you will, that enables them to discern truth from falsities. Many have let their guards down, though. Nobody questions teaching anymore! You need to raise your shield, block the false teaching. There’s a respected touring pastor you might say who visited our church a few weeks ago. The first part of his sermon was great, and really convicting. But later on, he went so far as to say: “If someone calls you a legalist, hallelujah!” Half the congregation burst out in “amens” and applause. Now, you know for a fact that this is false! My friend Ray (whom I had been sitting by) and I started talking about that after the service. There were a few other things we disagreed with, too.
All that to say, you can’t hear the teachings of even those who have the highest theology degrees that exist or are the most famous according to pop culture without running it against God’s word. They will make mistakes, as they are human. I’m not tearing them down, I’m just warning you to beware. Now, again, I don’t think he was trying to deceive the congregation. But, he did mention and disregard two verses: Galatians 3:25, and Galatians 5:18.
Verse 19: “Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.” Why do you think that is? Because the wicked are overthrown (Proverbs 12:7 a) and fall at the feet of the righteous.
Verse 23: “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” This is self-explanatory: You get nothing done if you just sit around talking about what you’re going to do.
Verse 25: “A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful.” I could talk about this all day, but I won’t for your sake. This is pretty much the same as verse 5.
Verse 28: “A large population is a king’s glory, but without subjects a king is ruined.” What is this talking about? Well, I know when I am leading a witnessing meeting (see About Page) I love it when a good amount of young people show up. But if I was running this blog and I had 0 visitors, what’d be the point?
Verse 32: “When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.” I was reading about the Christians in the Russian prisons. The guards would often say, “If you confess to Christianity being false, then you can go free.” Not only did the prisoners not “confess” to the lies, they often converted their guards to Christianity! The wicked were brought down, and the prisoners sought refuge in God.
Verse 34: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” Do some journal work on this verse. Now for those of you who don’t keep a journal for this blog, please start. I have something in mind to do with your journal, and I’d hate for you to miss out. Also, if there’s something you disagree with me on or any questions, just drop a comment and I’d be happy to answer any questions!