Proverbs 28:22-28

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Proverbs 28

22 He that hasteth [i.e. hurries] to be rich [i.e. He who hastens after wealth] hath an evil eye [i.e. he is envious, jealous, or covetous], and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

Someone who is out to get rich quickly has an evil eye. He is envious, jealous, or covetous. He will do absolutely anything, legitimate or illegitimate, to accomplish his goal of getting rich quickly. He will end up in poverty, which is the opposite of his goal in life. This poverty may not come in this life, but it will certainly be his reward in the life to come.

I Timothy 6:3-10 - 3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about [i.e. obsessed with] questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich [i.e. wish to be rich or will to be rich] fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

No one enjoys being told that he is wrong. Although being rebuked by a friend may hurt at the time, when you realize that the person who rebuked you loved you and cared enough about you to help you see and straighten out some fault he perceived to be in your life, even if he is mistaken, you realize what a good friend he was to you and you come to appreciate him. His real motive is how he can help you in your life. He tries to help you at the risk of being misunderstood and rejected, but this is love for you.

By contrast, everyone enjoys being told how good he is, even though he knows he is not really that good. You know that a flatterer is lying to you, and he is not really helping you.

There is a difference between a genuine compliment and flattery. A compliment is a true statement, but flattery is not true and has an ulterior motive. You begin to realize that the flatterer is probably flattering everyone just as he is flattering you in order to gain some favor from them or from you. His real motive is what benefit he can derive for himself from the one he is flattering. This is love for himself. In the long run, if you are wise, you will respect him less than the one who loved you enough to try to help you by pointing out some flaw in your life.

School teachers, pastors, and parents face this all the time. Even though gaining respect is not your motive, the respect you deserve for trying to help the individual will eventually come, but it may take a while. As a young teenager, I did not really respect my father nearly as much as I should have. My problem was that he would not let me do some of the stupid things I wanted to do. However, as I matured, I began to realize that he was right. He was an outstanding father. He gave me very good advice and set a very good example for me to follow. The older I got, the more I respected him.

24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

It is wrong to steal from parents, while claiming that it is not sin because it will eventually be yours anyhow. A person is known by the company he keeps, and the company he keeps will be just like himself. He is just as bad as a robber or murderer. Whether he realizes it or not, he is destroying his parents.

25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

In this verse someone with a proud heart is contrasted with someone who puts his trust in the Lord. This suggests that the one with the proud heart is trusting in himself rather than in the Lord. He is a fool for trusting in himself. He will not prosper. By contrast the one who trusts in the Lord rather than in himself will be made fat, which suggests that he will prosper or benefit greatly. The result of a proud heart is a life filled with strife. Do you have a lot of strife in your life? Perhaps, you also have a lot of pride in your heart that you need to deal with.

26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

The one who trusts in his own heart is a fool.

Jeremiah 17:9 - 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Walking, living, or conducting your life wisely will result in your ultimate deliverance. It may be in your deliverance from earth to heaven, or it may be in your deliverance out of some situation in life or from a life of sin. Always live your life according to the Bible, and you will be all right in the end. In contrast, trusting in yourself will not deliver you.

27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

God will reward those who show mercy to the poor. He will not have to do without because he gives to the poor because God will bless him. In contrast the man who turns himself away from genuine cases of need will have many a curse. The curses apparently come from the desperately poor people.

28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.

When the wicked rise suggests that they are rising to power or authority. Out of fear of what these wicked rulers might do, people keep a very low profile. They seek to do nothing that will call attention to themselves in a bad way. They do not want to be noticed. Even the righteous may go into hiding. In contrast, when the wicked rulers die or are overthrown, the righteous come out of hiding and do not worry about keeping such a low profile.

I Timothy 2:1-5 - 1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.