Proverbs 29:21-27

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Proverbs 29

21 He that delicately bringeth up [i.e. pampers] his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.

If you pamper and spoil a servant, he will soon forget his proper place and expect you to treat him like a son. Failure to discipline a servant and to require him to carry out his responsibilities will eventually bring grief to the master. Likewise, undue familiarity in an employer-employee relationship often breeds contempt. In the same way, teacher's pets, favorite children, and others who are given special treatment will result in grief later on.

22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

An angry, hot-tempered, furious man stirs up one trouble after another. In the process, he commits plenty of sin.

23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

A proud person will be humbled by his pride. His seeking to exalt himself will eventually result in his being humbled. A proud person does not give God His proper place; so, God hates pride. By contrast, the humble person will retain honor or will obtain honor, i.e. he will be elevated to a place of honor.

24 Whoso is partner [i.e. an accomplice] with a thief hateth his own soul [i.e. his own life]: he heareth cursing [i.e. he is put under oath or he swears to tell the truth], and bewrayeth it not [i.e. but tells nothing or but reveals nothing].

An accomplice of a thief acts as if he hates his own life. Why? His own involvement in crime works against him. He heareth cursing does not mean that he hears people using bad language. It means that he is put under oath, that he is made to swear to tell the truth. Bewrayeth means to be conspicuous, to tell, or to make known. So, when, in court, an accomplice to a thief swears to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth before a judge, he does not do it; instead, he reveals nothing because, if he reveals anything, he will implicate himself. He knows the truth but refuses to reveal it.

Leviticus 5:1 indicates that if he says nothing, he is assumed to be guilty.

Leviticus 5:1 - And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity.

25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD [i.e. whoever trusts in the LORD] shall be safe.

The word for fear means trembling. It is not the word for reverence before God. The fear of man (i.e. trembling before man) traps people into yielding to human pressure to do wrong or to refrain from doing right. People fear what their friends (or even their enemies) might say; so, they don't do what they know they ought to do; or they do what they know they shouldn't do.

The one who trusts the Lord is safe. The problem is that people fear man more than they fear God. Security in the Lord removes intimidation by man.

26 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.

People seek to please the ruler or to be on his good side because of the benefits it may bring. Although they seek his favor or influence, there is no guarantee that justice will be done. It is the Lord they need to be seeking to please. He is the One Who is ultimately going to judge them and give them justice. Trusting the Lord is more important than any fear or dread of man.

I Corinthians 4:1-5 - 1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

Abomination means to be regarded as abominable, to be detestable, or to be abhorred. It is used of God's attitude toward idolatry and toward the sacrifice of children and toward other abominable and unclean acts. The righteous are so concerned for honesty that they, like God, hate what is dishonest; and the distaste of the wicked for the upright reveals their perverse values.

The way an ungodly person lives is disgusting to a saved person. Likewise, the way a saved person lives is disgusting to an unsaved person. There is a contrast between the way they live. The saved person has no interest in the way the unsaved live, and the unsaved despise the saved because the lives of the saved are in such contrast to the lives of the unsaved.