Proverbs 28:5-13

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Proverbs 28

5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

Judgment is justice. Those who do not practice justice, lose the ability to understand it. Those who seek the Lord are enabled to understand justice and other things.

6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

A poor man who lives a righteous life is better than a rich man who lives a perverse or twisted life. It is better to be poor and honest than rich and wicked.

7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

A wise son keeps the law and brings honor and joy to his father. A man is adversely influenced by others, and one who associates with gluttons and drunkards will bring embarrassment to his father. Birds of a feather flock together. If he associates with these people, he is like them and will end up like them.

8 He that by usury [i.e. interest] and unjust [i.e. extortion, usury] gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

Those who enrich themselves by usury or other forms of illicit revenue will lose their wealth. It will be taken from them and given to someone else who knows how to use it better and who also knows how to treat the poor with consideration. His wealth will eventually be distributed to the poor.

9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

God will not hear the prayer of one who will not hear and obey God's law, In fact his prayer is hateful, detestable, or abominable to God. These prayers are hypocritical and are not answered.

10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.

Whoever tempts a righteous person to get involved in sin will fall into a pit which has been prepared to punish him and he will die. By contrast the righteous will have good things because they will refuse to get involved with someone who seeks to lead others into sin and will not yield to him or to his solicitations. They will live on and receive their parents' inheritance.

11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

A rich man who glories or boasts in his riches may think he is very clever. If he prides himself on his rare financial insight, he is wise in his own conceit, i.e. in his own mind. Riches do not necessarily imply wisdom. He is confusing wealth and wisdom. A poor man who has understanding or wisdom, i.e. a poor man who is saved, will see right through him.

12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

When the righteous rise to power, there is great and glorious rejoicing. The people are happy. When the wicked rise to power, however, good people go into hiding because of the fear of oppression.

13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

When we trust Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive forgiveness for the penalty of sin. However, when we as believers sin, we break our fellowship with God. Confessing and forsaking sin restores this fellowship. The forsaking of sin or the turning away from sin, i.e. the attitude that I will never commit this sin again, indicates that the individual is genuinely repentant for having committed this sin.

I John 1:9 - 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I Corinthians 11:29-32 - 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation [i.e. judgment] to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

David experienced both the guilt when he attempted to conceal his sin and the forgiveness of sin when he confessed and forsook it.

Psalms 32:1-5 - 1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Psalms 51:1-12 - 1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.