Proverbs 6:1-23

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Proverbs 6

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

K. The value of wisdom in preserving from poverty (6:1-11)

1 My son, if thou be surety (i.e. guarantor or cosigner- someone liable for the financial obligations of someone else) for thy friend, if thou hast stricken (i.e. struck) thy hand (i.e. pledged yourself) with a stranger (i.e. the borrower, He is someone who is not among his normal associations. The use of stranger suggests that he is not a close associate.),

2 Thou art snared (i.e. ensnared, literally trapped with bait) with the words of thy mouth (sort of like drawing red lines you don't want to enforce!), thou art taken (i.e. have been caught) with the words of thy mouth.

3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when (i.e. since) thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. (Lit., pester: i.e., strongly urge your neighbor, plead with him either to pay off the obligation or find someone else to secure his debt)

4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. (Don't delay.)

5 Deliver thyself as a roe (i.e. a gazelle) from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler (Don't delay. Get out of this situation as quickly as you can).

6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: (It has no physically-present leader, yet it works with initiative, diligence, and foresight {in contrast to the sluggard}. Much can be learned by observing the diligence of the ant.).

7 Which (i.e. the ant) having no guide (i.e. captain), overseer, or ruler,

8 Provideth her (i.e. the ant's) meat (i.e. food) in the summer, and gathereth her (i.e. the ant's) food in the harvest.

9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard (i.e. someone who is lazy)? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep (i.e. to rest, relax):

11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth (Like a vagabond or hobo; Procrastination will bring unexpected disaster.), and thy want (i.e. need) (will come) as an armed man (His need will keep him from being prosperous).

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

L. The value of wisdom in preserving from dissension (6:12-19)

12 A naughty (i.e. worthless) person, a wicked man, walketh (i.e. goes about, lives) with a froward (i.e. perverse) mouth.

13 He (i.e. the naughty, worthless, or wicked man) winketh with his (i.e. the naughty, worthless, or wicked man's) eyes, he (i.e. the naughty, worthless, or wicked man) speaketh with his (i.e. the naughty, worthless, or wicked man's) feet, he (i.e. the naughty, worthless, or wicked man) teacheth with his fingers; - He gives signals without speaking or saying anything. He is communicating with body language.

14 Frowardness (i.e. perversity) is in his (i.e. the naughty, worthless, or wicked man's) heart (mind), he (i.e. the naughty, worthless, or wicked man) deviseth mischief (i.e. evil) continually; he (i.e. the naughty, worthless, or wicked man) soweth discord (i.e. strife or contention).

15 Therefore shall his (i.e. the naughty, worthless, or wicked man's) calamity (i.e. disaster) come suddenly (i.e. all of a sudden, instantly); suddenly (i.e. in an instant) shall he (i.e. the naughty, worthless, or wicked man) be broken (i.e. crushed) without remedy (i.e. healing - he won't be able to do anything to avoid it or stop it).

16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination (i.e. a disgusting or detestable thing) unto him: (six ... seven. The list, though specific, is not exhaustive - Ryrie Study Bible).

17 A proud look (haughty eyes), a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood (someone who murders an innocent victim),

18 An heart (mind) that deviseth wicked imaginations (i.e. plans), feet that be swift (make haste, are quick) in running to mischief (i.e. to evil - they can't wait to do something they know is wrong),

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord (i.e. he that spreads strife or contention) among brethren.

II. The Words of Solomon on Wisdom's Values (1:8 - 9:18)

M. The value of wisdom in preserving from sexual immorality (6:20 - 7:27)

20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law (i.e. instruction) of thy mother:

21 Bind them (i.e. your father's commandment and your mother's instruction) continually upon thine heart, and tie them (i.e. your father's commandment and your mother's instruction) about thy neck (make them a part of your life, keep them with you at all times).

22 When thou goest, it (i.e. thy father's commandment and mother's instruction) shall lead (i.e. guide or direct) thee; when thou sleepest, it (i.e. thy father's commandment and mother's instruction) shall keep (guard) thee; and when thou awakest, it (i.e. thy father's commandment and mother's instruction) shall talk with thee (i.e. come to your mind).

23 For the commandment (of the father) is a lamp; and the law (i.e. the instruction of the mother) is light (they will guard you through dark places); and reproofs of instruction (i.e. the corrections of discipline) are the way of life (The parents' instruction will guide the young man throughout his life.):