Proverbs 20:1-10

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Proverbs 20

2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. (Compare Romans 13:4 , For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.)

3 It is an honour (i.e. it is honorable) for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling (i.e. quarreling). (Stevenson = His lack of self-control leads him to focus on matters that would be best forgotten.) (Believer's Bible Commentary - A fool isn't happy unless he's quarreling with someone.)

4 The sluggard (lazy person) will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

5 Counsel (i.e. a plan, a purpose) in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. (Bible Knowledge Commentary = A person's plans are like deep waters which a wise person can draw out. A discerning person can help another bring to the surface his true thoughts, intentions, or motives. Often a wise counselor can help a person examine his true motives - thoughts he may not fully understand otherwise.

6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. (His children benefit from his example of integrity and are encouraged to be the same kind of people.)

8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth (i.e. disperses) away all evil with his eyes. (Scattereth means winnows or disperses. He will see through pretense and sift all evidence.

9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? (No one can say this.)

10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD. (The Lord wants honesty in business transactions.)