Proverbs 29-31

Proverbs 29-31

Chapter 29: A Fool Utters His Mind

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2)

                Anytime someone who is granted power (i.e. through an election) and then misuses his or her power, the people they represent will always suffer. This is why it is important to get involved in what your government (local, state and federal) so that bad people don’t get into power.

                “A fool uttereth his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.” (Proverbs 29:11)

                Don’t be so quick to respond or retaliate… the world would be a much better place if that was the case.

                “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18)

                You need to have a vision or a plan or you will not succeed.

                “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)

                Don’t fear man and trust in God alone.

Chapter 30: Every “word” of God is Pure

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6)

                We don’t need poverty or riches. We only need the basics. Respect what you have and don’t think of yourself as better because you have money.

“The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.” (Proverbs 30:25)

                1 ant alone is not strong; a group of ants however can do amazing things. Strength in numbers, join a worthy cause, make friends and build strong relationships and you too will be strong.

Chapter 31: Don’t Drink

These are the words of King Lemuel, and these are things his mother taught him:

“It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.” (Proverbs 31:4-7)

                The Bible makes it clear that we should not participate in drinking. We need to avoid alcohol so our minds can stay sober and clear always.

Proverbs 31 finally ends with what a TRUE woman should do, and her duties as mother, and wife:

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her… She will do him good… She seeketh wool… and worketh willingly with her hands…She riseth also whileit is yet night, and giveth meat to her household… She layeth out her hands to the spindle… She stretched out her hand to the poor… She maketh fine linen, and selleth it…. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her…” (Proverbs 31:10-31)

                Some would say that this is sexist, and portrays a woman in her “traditional role”, maybe they would argue that it is the 21st Century and that she needs to not be doing those things. There is some truth to that… but I love what it says here! Is that because I am a man? NO.

What is said here is more than just putting the woman in her “place”, this is about family, and the relationship of marriage. The heart of her husband must trust her… and her husband praises her. What is so bad about that? As a mother, she does have the genetic makeup to be the “care taker”, isn’t the woman the one that can have children? YEP! So it makes sense that she would be there to take care of her children, and it only makes sense that the FATHER is putting his share in… these verses are more about equality than anything else… these tasks are to be equally shared.

 

Proverbs 11-12

Proverbs 11-12

Chapter 11: We Need to Save Souls

The works of good vs. the works of evil and their respective rewards are contrasted in this chapter.

“An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbor: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.” (Proverbs 11:9)

                Those who have no knowledge or very little knowledge will easily become a hypocrite. However, the righteous will overcome the hypocrite with knowledge.

“He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor; but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.” (Proverbs 11:12)

Someone who is uneducated and completely lacking any class or wisdom will hate his neighbor, but the man who is righteous, with knowledge and class will just hold it inside.

“…he that winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30) When it really comes down to everything in this life, the most important thing is to save your soul and the souls of those around you. Spread good will and be GOOD to everyone around you. Do as Jesus would.

Chapter 12: The Way of the Fool is Right… in his OWN EYES.

This chapter opens up with the simple “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge, but he that hateth reproof is brutish.” (Proverbs 12:1) Essentially this is saying that those who love knowledge and instruction love criticism, because they know it will make them better. Those however who hate criticism and don’t want to be corrected are like savages and beasts.

“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is a rottenness in his bones” (Proverbs 12:4) I think this is a great verse, first we learn that women and men should be “virtuous, which is defined as: 1. with moral integrity: having or showing moral goodness or righteousness and 2. chaste: not having sexual intercourse with anyone except a partner in marriage, especially a husband.

So we learn that we need to be morally clean and have sex only in the bounds of marriage. If a woman is morally clean and generally a good person, a man should seek her out and desire those traits. When found, that man should hold his wife to high esteem and consider her precious and of great worth. However if a woman (or man for the ladies) comes a long and is not one of those things, then it really is like a rotten cancer that has no place in that person’s life.

In this chapter we also learn of the value of animal life; “A righteous man regardeth the life of the beast…” (Proverbs 12:10) Does that mean that we can’t kill animals? No, we most certainly can… if it is for food. In modern scriptures we read; “For behold the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which cometh of the earth, is ordained for the use of man for food and for raiment , and that he might have in abundance.” (Doctrine and Covenants  49:19) So like this Proverb states, we should regard the life of the animal and only kill when it is necessary.

Finally this Proverbs ends nicely with a great reminder to those who like to hear their own voice… “A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness” (Proverbs 12:23) Those who claim to know it all and keep talking like they know it all will eventually (if not immediately) spew foolishness from their mouths.

Proverbs 9-10

Proverbs 9-10

Chapter 9: Walk in Intelligence

“Forsake the foolish, and live; and in the way of understanding.” (Proverbs 9:6)

This is essentially the theme for this Proverb. It goes on to say; “…rebuke [criticize] a wise man, and he will love thee.” (Proverbs 9:8)

                Essentially if you criticize a wise man, he will love you. Why? Because if a wise man is wrong, he will love the fact that he has the opportunity to correct himself. A wise man, who is wrong and accepts it (swallowing his pride) is truly a WISE MAN.

Finally we end this Proverb by reminding us that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” (Proverbs 9:10)

Chapter 10: Slanders are Fools

This Chapter is presumably written by Solomon. His words of wisdom are below:

“…A wise son maketh a glad father…” (Proverbs 10:1)

 

                “The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.” (Proverbs 10:8)

 

                “The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life…” (Proverbs 10:11)

 

                “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” (Proverbs 10:12)

 

                “Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction”

(Proverbs 10:14)

 

                “…he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.” (Proverbs 10:18)

 

“The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.” (Proverbs 10:27)