"Proverbs Against Stubbornness and Insubordination."
Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
Proverbs 29:1 "He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, Shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."
This should read as follows; "He [who] is often reproved and then hardens his neck." Not everybody does harden themselves to the reproof or advice that is given to them. However this is addressing that person that will not listen to advice, and because of their unwillingness, they are destroyed or are in trouble. You just cannot reason with insubordination.
Proverbs 29:2 "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: But when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn."
When the righteous are in authority, the needs of the community are taken care of. The needy are fed the handicapped are provided for, and each person looks out for each other.
Proverbs 29:3 "Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: But he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance."
This verse is talking about your inheritance, that which is of value that is left to you by your father. Esau's inheritance meant nothing to him, and he become a harlot by selling it to his brother. Your heritage is just as important as your personal name, and both have value in your community. But it is up to you to protect both your inheritance and your personal name in your community, and this is done by living up to your personal commitments. You do this by facing reality and using common sense.
Proverbs 29:4 "The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it."
The king that judges right establishes his land, otherwise their would be disorder and confusion thought his land. However he that overtaxes and takes bribes will bring down his kingdom. He then looses the trust of the community, and chaos follows. When the king turns corrupt, then all those that are under him follow his lead.
Proverbs 29:5 "A man that flattereth his neighbour Spreadeth a net for his feet."
Flatter recognizes something that is nice, and in turn uses it to bring on pride. Then when the pride comes, so does the fall. If you flatter someone don't over do it.
Proverbs 29:6 "In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: But the righteous doth sing and rejoice."
This verse deals with a person hoping to the point of lying to themselves: Then that lie becomes a snare to that person. Their actions become build on false hopes and they will fail. This is a trap that people set for themselves and the only person that will be caught in the trap is yourself. Of course if you do that which is right, you will sing and rejoice in your happiness, why? God is going to see to it.
Proverbs 29:7 "The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: But the wicked regardeth not to know it."
The righteous will consider the handicapped and provide for their needs. However the wicked just doesn't care about the needs of the poor.
Proverbs 29:8 "Scornful men bring a city into a snare: But wise men turn away wrath."
These scoffers or scornful men will bring a city down because they set prices for the services that is their duty to render. In other words they take bribes, and when one at the top takes bribes, those under him will usually do likewise.
Proverbs 29:9 "If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, Whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest."
You can't resolve anything with a fool, the fool just can not understand or reason. It is just a waste of time to even try to talk with fool. Remember the fool is one with no common sense and can't be reasoned with so don't waste your time.
Proverbs 29:10 "The bloodthirsty hate the upright: But the just seek his soul."
The "bloodthirsty" is a murderer. A murderer hates those that seek to do right, for they are looking for excuses for their actions. However the just will seek the soul of the murderer. One that is just will always follow God's law, and God's law demands the execution of the one that murders another. So without capital punishment, the people are an unjust people.
Proverbs 29:11 "A fool uttereth all his mind: But a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards."
A fool may spout out for a long time, but from all those words there is nothing of value. However the wise man will not speak until all the facts are in, and a right judgment can be made. Don't be to quick to judge someone or something at first glance.
Proverbs 29:12 "If a ruler hearken to lies, All his servants are wicked."
The servants of a ruler will do just their their leader does. If the rule takes bribes and listens to only one side, so will the servants. The point is that all the servants are seeking favors from the ruler. The biggest liar gets the biggest favor.
Proverbs 29:13 "The poor and the deceitful man meet together: The Lord lighteneth both their eyes."
So what this is saying, is that when the poor and the deceitful persons meet together, in the end, both parties are going away from the meeting learning something. the poor man is going to learn a lesson on trusting strangers, and the deceitful man is going to learn that his crimes don't pay. The soul of each person will learn and will gain from the meeting.
Proverbs 29:14 "The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, His throne shall be established for ever."
There is only one throne that is established for ever, and that is the throne of Jesus Christ. So the king that faithfully and fairly judges the poor is a throne that is established on Jesus Christ, and the Word of God.
Proverbs 29:15 "The rod and reproof give wisdom: But a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."
Not only discipline with the rod, but reproof through teaching gives a child wisdom. Children that are well established relay the the good advice of their parents. The point is that there are standards kept within the family, and those morals gave a basis for the child to build upon. Discipline is love; but never punish a child in anger and without explaining to their why the discipline.
Proverbs 29:16 "When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: But the righteous shall see their fall."
The more the wickedness the greater the fall: To what ever transgression you sow, that is the degree that you will reap. We know on judgment day, all of the wicked will fall for their actions.
Proverbs 29:17 "Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; Yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul."
When you correct, and teach and reprove your child will give them a stable life to live by.
Proverbs 29:18 "Where there is no vision, the people perish: But he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
The "law" as spoken of here is God's Word. You simply cannot take in these proverbs without gaining vision for your life. You will see what tomorrow brings by looking at what is going on around you. Anytime the people stand still and with out vision, they will perish.
Proverbs 29:19 "A servant will not be corrected by words: For though he understand he will not answer."
The servant will not be corrected by words only: for there must be an explanation with experience and direction.
Proverbs 29:20 "Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is no more hope of a fool than of him."
Again, until all the facts are in, the wise person will not act in hast until all sides are presented. A quick judgment will make you a fool.
Proverbs 29:21 "He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length."
The way you treat your servant is the way that the servant look upon his master. It becomes mutual respect for each other.
Proverbs 29:22 "An angry man stirreth up strife, And a furious man aboundeth in transgression."
the angry man will stir up trouble, but is lasts but a short while. At the same time a furious man, a man of passions will act on his anger because there is a cause behind his motives.
Proverbs 29:23 "A man's pride shall bring him low: But honour shall uphold the humble in spirit."
A man's self pride will bring him down; But honesty with yourself will cause you to have a humble spirit. It causes you to be fair with yourself. Keep in mind that no matter what you do, you should always strive to do better.
Proverbs 29:24 "Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: He heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not."
Anytime you witness something that was not right, and you hide that truth, you become a partner in that wicked act or deed. When you know what God's Word says about something, and keep quiet when it happens, you share in those sins. Though you would never steal anything, if you know someone that is stealing, you are a partner with him.
Proverbs 29:25 "The fear of man bringeth a snare: But whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe."
If you follow the words of the Lord as in His Word, you will be advanced by following those ways and instruction. However, if you are looking to some man to set the standard for you, you have set a snare in front of you. Our only standard is Christ and His Word.
Proverbs 29:26 "Many seek the ruler's favor; But every man's judgment cometh from the Lord."
No matter what an earthly Judge may say, God has the final say.
Proverbs 29:27 "An unjust man is an abomination to the just: And he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked."
To be an abomination to the wicked is one of the best compliments that you can have. However you do not want to be praised by the wicked for that indicates that you are following the wrong crowd.
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