"Words of the Wise, Against Unscrupulous Dealings."
Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
Proverbs 28:1 "The wicked flee when no man pursueth: But the righteous are bold as a lion."
The godless will flee when no man pursues them, yet they will continue to look over their shoulder in guilt. There is never a moment of peace in their life. It just isn't worth whatever gain you make having stay in defense of your every action. The righteous person does not have to worry, but can life with a clear conscience.
Proverbs 28:2 "For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: But by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged."
This is saying that if there is a great deal of corruption going on in a nation, its leaders will change rapidly. However by bringing in a man of understanding and knowledge then order and stability will be brought into the community, and the system will be extended. This righteous man follows the instructions laid out in God's Word, which is that which brings order and stability.
Proverbs 28:3 "A poor man that oppresseth the poor Is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food."
The first "poor" man is a needy person, however the second time "poor" is used, it addresses the "weak and handicapped". This then is talking about one poor person taking advantage of his own people, he looses a sense of justice and goes after everything.
Proverbs 28:4 "They that forsake the law praise the wicked: But such as keep the law contend with them."
Boy this verse is so true. Listen to what a man says about other, and it tells you much about that person. When they praise the wicked person, they are showing the intent of their own heart, and when the support the law and try to keep it, that also shows the intend of their heart. The righteous person will get angry when he sees someone breaking the law, taking advantage of the poor, and then trying to get away with it. It is called "righteous indignation".
Proverbs 28:5 "Evil men understand not judgment: But they that seek the Lord understand all things."
Evil men that have no morals simply do not understand right from wrong. Those that seek the Lord do understand all things because all wisdom comes from God. When we ask Father for wisdom and understanding, He gives it to us. God has warned us of everything that shall happen in advance, and that is why we study the Word, to prepare ourselves for those events.
Proverbs 28:6 "Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, Than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich."
"Perverse" as used here applies to those that are double dealing. The poor man that walketh in the ways of the Lord has peace of mind. How ever the person that is double dealing with other, is always conscience of his wickedness, even though he made a lot of money doing so. Money and riches just will not buy happiness. Only God can give peace of mind.
Proverbs 28:7 "Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: But he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father."
The law spoken of here is God's Law. When you follow and strive to keep God's law you are a wise son of our Father for following God's instruction. However those that seek to run with wicked men will shame not only their earthly father, but our Heavenly Father. You will become like those that you run around with. It's your choice. You can gain a good name or a bad name strictly by the people that you hang around.
Proverbs 28:8 "He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, He shall gather it for him that will pity the poor."
This verse is sort of a twist, for many times if a son watches how the money is obtained for his inheritance, and see that it is on the backs of the poor; and in turn, he takes that wealth and turns it right around to bless the same poor that it came from. This is quite common today. The old miser gives his wealth and ill-gotten gains to his offspring, and the offspring gives it right back to the poor.
Proverbs 28:9 "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer shall be abomination."
You know the type, he doesn't have one minute in the day to give to the Word, and the things of the Lord. Then when the trouble comes in his life, even his prayer will be an abomination to Father. Then the joker whines and wonders why God doesn't answer his prayers. He simply did not meet any of the condition of the requirement for God to answer his prayers, and Father simply turned off his ear from listening to this petition. Stop and think of what this is saying, God is saying that this person's prayer to Him is an abomination to his ear.
Proverbs 28:10 "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."
If you case a righteous person to go astray, God is not pleased with you, and you will answer for each of those you case to fall. There is a time of accounting for your actions.
Proverbs 28:11 "The rich man is wise in his own conceit; But the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out."
The rich man that is all wrapped up in himself is full of conceit, but the poor man that has understanding can see right through the rich man. Wisdom is a gift from God and does not depend on your earthly wealth.
Proverbs 28:12 "When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: But when the wicked rise, and a man is hidden."
If a wicked man wins by his underhanded methods, there is no glory to share, for they have to hid their wealth because of the way it was obtained. In the back of there mind is the fear that they will be caught in their ways. Remember this chapter is dealing with scrupulous people, they run in their gilt when no one is chasing them.
Proverbs 28:13 "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."
He that has sinned and continues to deny those sins. This is the foundation of the Christian teaching. I John 1:9; "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." That is the freedom that we have in Christ, for we do not have to carry our sins with us, for Father takes those confessed sins and blots them off our record. A man is a fool that does not confess his sins to Almighty God. God can read your mind, so why would you ever try to hide anything from God; the only one that you are fooling is yourself. Christ paid the price on the cross for your sins, and by asking forgiveness, God gives you grace, unmerited favor and blessings.
Proverbs 28:14 "Happy is the man that feareth alway: But he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief."
Happy is the man that loves and revereth always. He reveres the Father and respects righteous people. However those that harden their heart to forgiveness will cause that person to fall into trouble. The mess up their life and the lives of those around them.
Proverbs 28:15 "As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; So is a wicked ruler over the poor people."
This roaring lion has no conscience toward the person that it is ripping up, and that is the same attitude that this wicked person has that is ruling over these poor people. Thank God for good governmental rulers.
Proverbs 28:16 "The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: But he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days."
This prince or governmental leader has no common sense whatsoever. He is completely void of all understanding and wisdom. In the verse just prior to this, the ruler took pride in his wickedness, however here, he is just plain stupid and lacks any wisdom to run his office. However he does try to get along with the people and please them, and they want him around for a long time. He just doesn't know how to run his office efficiently.
Proverbs 28:17 "A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person Shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him."
This verse is telling us to never help a murderer. "violence to the blood of any person" is one that took another person's life in homicide. Don't help that person escape for any reason. If you sit on a jury and the evidence proves his guilt, and you set this man free, then you share in the guilt of the murder. It makes you an accomplice and you will end up exactly where the murderer is going and giving account for that same murder. Our Heavenly Father Judge know you and why you did what you did, and you will give answer to the throne of God for this complete disregard of justice.
Proverbs 28:18 "Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: But he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once."
If you seek to follow God's ways and walk according to God's Word you shall be saved. However those that are perverse in their ways shall fall. There is forgiveness if there is true repentance and turning from but without repentance there is the great white throne judgment. Following that judgment, he shall perish instantly in the lake of fire. This death is the second death and it is the death of the soul. It is recorded in Revelation 20:11-15.
Proverbs 28:19 "He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: But he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough."
This is just good old common sense, for if you till the soil and plant the seed you will have the grains to make the bread. It is called work, and by work you earn the money to buy the provisions to live on. If you are to lazy to work, poverty is all you are going to have.
Proverbs 28:20 "A faithful man shall abound with blessings: But he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent."
A man that is faithful to his duties, God is going to see to it that he has blessings. However those that try their get rich quick schemes will not be innocent for there is no quick way or substitute to be successful. Be patient and do your planning for the future.
Proverbs 28:21 "To have respect of persons is not good: For for a piece of bread that man will transgress."
When you are in a position over people, don't play favorites with people. Make sure that the same deal goes for everybody. So what this is saying is that if a man can play favorites amongst people, then he can be bought for a piece of bread, a sandwich at the corner cafe.
Proverbs 28:22 "He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him."
Any body that has an evil eye to get rich quickly, he soon will lose everything that he has.
Proverbs 28:23 "He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour Than he that flattereth with the tongue."
He that loves someone enough to warn someone before the fact will be appreciated more later, than the person with a flattering tongue.
Proverbs 28:24 "Whoso robbeth his father or mother, and saith, "It is no transgression;" the same is the companion of a destroyer."
the "destroyer" is Satan, and those that would take his father and mother's wealth without permission is a companion of Satan. Doesn't matter what the reason, if the permission is not there, it is a sin.
Proverbs 28:25 "He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strive: But he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat."
He that is of a greedy spirit stirreth up strive and causes trouble. the second part of this is a promise from God. "But he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be well blessed."
Proverbs 28:26 "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered."
The person that puts his trust in his own mind is a fool. However those that walk wisely with the Father He shall be delivered. Those that put their trust in Father will always come out ahead. God blesses those that trust him and follows the wisdom from His Word.
Proverbs 28:27 "He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: But he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse."
He that giveth to the destitute shall not lack because God will bless them for their gifts. However those that refuse to help others, God will curse.
Proverbs 28:28 "When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: But when they perish, the righteous increase."
Wickedness will prevent righteousness from increasing for a while. However when the wicked are put down, then the righteous will increase.
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