WORDS OF WISDOM

“By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.  The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.  If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.” – Proverbs 29:4, 7 & 12  

INTRODUCTION

The book of proverbs makes very interesting reading.  It is filled with alphabet letters, vowels, and consonants formed into words, sentences, paragraphs, and books – spoken, signed, whispered, written, and printed.  From friendly advice to impassioned speeches and from dusty volumes to daily tabloids, messages are sent and received, with each sender trying to impart knowledge….. and wisdom.  Woven into human fabric is the desire to learn and understand. 

Knowledge is good, but a vast difference stands between “knowledge” (having the facts) and “wisdom” (applying those facts to life.)  We may amass knowledge, but without wisdom our knowledge is useless.  We must learn how to live out what we know.

The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, left us a legacy of written wisdom under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  Solomon gives practical insights and guidelines for life.

The main theme of Proverbs, as we might expect, is the nature of true wisdom.  Solomon writes, “Fear of the Lord is the Foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline” – 1:7.  He then proceeds to give hundreds of practical examples of how to live according to godly wisdom.

The word proverb comes from a Hebrew word that means “to rule or to govern”, and these sayings, reminders, and admonitions provide profound advice for governing our lives.

We have chosen PROVERBS chapter 29 because the couplets speak volumes about our everyday life.  Don’t just read these verses; act on them!   

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  • “A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed–without remedy. When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. – Proverbs 29:1-2
  • A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. By justice a king gives a country stability, but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down. – Proverbs 29:3-4
  • Whoever flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet. An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad. – Proverbs 29:5-6
  • The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. – Proverbs 29:7
  • Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger. – Proverbs 29:8
  • If a wise man goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace. Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity and seek to kill the upright. – Proverbs 29:9-10
  • A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. – Proverbs 29:11
  • If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked. The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The LORD gives sight to the eyes of both.  If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will always be secure.  – Proverbs 29:12-14
  • The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.  When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall. – Proverbs 29:15-16
  • Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul. Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law. – Proverbs 29:17-18
  • A servant cannot be corrected by mere words; though he understands, he will not respond. -Proverbs 29:19
  • Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him. – Proverbs 29:20
  • If a man pampers his servant from youth, he will bring grief in the end. An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. – Proverbs 29:21-22
  • A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor. The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy; he is put under oath and dare not testify. – Proverbs 29:23-24
  • Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.  Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that man gets justice. The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.” – Proverbs 29:25-27

THIS IS THE WORD OF GOD

Stay Blessed!