Proverbs 24:1-14

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Proverbs 24

1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.

2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

Their minds are always planning destruction or violence, and their conversation centers on troublemaking, the trouble they will bring on others.

What is in their hearts comes out in their lips, i.e. their talk.

3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:

A house may refer to a man's household, to his own life, or to some other enterprise in which he participates. Wickedness wrecks a life and leaves it empty. Wisdom or understanding gives a house solidity.

4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

True knowledge furnishes a home with precious and pleasant things, i.e. with true riches.

5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

People today are overly concerned with physical strength. Wisdom makes a man stronger than someone who is only strong physically.

6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Seeking wise advice is always the best policy. The man who does not listen to good advice is going to make many mistakes, some of which may prove fatal. The best spiritual advice or counsel should come from the Bible and from godly men who are well acquainted with the Bible. People who seek counsel from unsaved people may be looking in the wrong place.

At the same time, get advice from people who know what they are talking about. Don't get advice from me about cooking or cleaning. Don't get advice from my wife about repairing your car. Don't seek marriage counseling from a secular counselor or psychologist. Don't seek help in English grammar from a typical redneck or hillbilly.

Isn't it amazing how many children typically think they know more than their parents, or how many students typically think they know more than their teachers, or how many typical church members know more about pastoring churches than their pastors. Unfortunately, some children may know more than their parents, or some students may know more than their teachers, or some church members know more about pastoring than their pastors; but this should not be the case.

7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Wisdom is beyond the grasp of a fool. He can never speak with authority as the elders of a city can do.

8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

One who thinks, plans, plots, or schemes to invent new forms of evil is a mischievous person or a master schemer.

9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

The thought, i.e. the devising, wicked planning, mischievous plotting, of foolishness is sin. The scorner, i.e. the scoffer, mocker, arrogant person. People hold him in contempt, view him with contempt, or detest him.

10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

One test of a person's worth is observing how he behaves under pressure.

11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;

Believer's Bible Commentary says, When innocent people are being led off to gas chambers, ovens, and other modes of execution - when unborn babies are destroyed in abortion clinics - it is inexcusable to stand by and not seek to rescue them. It is also useless to plead ignorance. . . .

Does this have a voice for those of us who are believers and who are entrusted with the good news of salvation? Men and women are dying without Christ. Jesus said, "Lift up your eyes and look at the fields: for they are already white for harvest? (???) Dare we remain neutral?

12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

It is useless to plead ignorance.

13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:

Honey is used as a symbol of wisdom. Both honey and wisdom are sweet to the taste.

14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

The man who finds wisdom is assured of a bright future and the realization of all his hopes.