Thursday, January 23, 2014

Showcase: D. August: Proverbs 10

I had no idea what kind of article to expect from August until about two days ago, actually. When he told me he was writing a "commentary of sorts" on Proverbs 10, it was hard to contain my excitement. I've never had the honor of hosting a commentary here before, so ecstatic is an understatement. I trust August's judgement, and I'm really happy with the way this turned. Welcome, friend! 

There are certain Proverbs that I love. Proverbs 10 is definitely one of them. Recently I have been studying what the Bible calls “The Righteous Man.” This is speaking of men and women who “fear the Lord and find great delight in his commands,” as spoken in Psalm 112. I believe that the Proverbs are full of the actions of those that God calls righteous. I would like to comment on a few verses from Proverbs 10.

"A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.”

How does a son bring his father joy? By obeying him.

Ephesians 6:2-3 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” The blessing for honoring your parents.

Children that disobey their parents are included in the list of the wicked generation in Romans 1.

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
but righteousness delivers from death.

The righteousness of the Son, Jesus, is the only thing that can save us.

The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

The Lord watches over the righteous even down to making sure that they are fed. In fact, “wealth and riches are in his house.” Psalm 112:3a

Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.

He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Consider that the righteous man has a work ethic. He is not afraid of work because he knows that it is a gift from the Lord. The righteous man is diligent! How this generation is full of young adults who are only diligent in beating the next level on their video game, or finishing the next fantasy novel in a series. The righteous man is diligent to provide for his family, not waste away, asleep in worthless pleasures.

Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

The name of the righteous is used in blessings,
but the name of the wicked will rot.

The righteous will be blessed, the wicked will not.

The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,
and a chattering fool comes to ruin.

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Hatred stirs up conflict,
but love covers over all wrongs.

Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.

The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

The righteous accept commands with a good attitude, their mouth is a fountain that springs forth words of encouragement, they cover over all ways that they were wronged with love instead of hatred. Those who are discerning are wise. Discernment is to be strived for as a trait of the righteous. The wise are excited to add to their knowledge. Who goes throughout their day actively looking to add to their wisdom? This person will become wise.

In contrast, a chattering fool comes to ruin. He who speaks without thinking is playing the part of a chattering fool. Instead, ask the Lord to help you have a mouth that is a blessing to others.

The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

It is not a sin to be rich. Psalm 112:9 “He has freely scattered his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be lifted high in honor.” Also, Ecclesiastes 3:13 "Moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labors--it is the gift of God."

The Lord heaps blessings on the righteous and they in turn freely share their wealth. How counter-cultural! Yet, the righteous man honors the Lord with his wealth by being a steward who blesses others.

The wages of the righteous is life,
but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.

Righteousness though Christ earns life. Galatians 5:5 “By faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.”

Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

Listening to instruction brings life! The world has never agreed with this statement. The most important time to learn how to take correction is when you live with your parents. Do not waste this short time that you have.

Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
and spreads slander is a fool.

Gossips and liars are acting as fools. Therefore, everyone can be accused of being a fool at one time or another.

Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
but the prudent hold their tongues.

Ever wonder where the statement, “Sticking your foot in your mouth” came from? Those who are wise can reduce the possibilities of this happening.

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

Why is there a contrast between the tongue and the heart? It is because the tongue speaks what is in the heart. Matthew 12:34b “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

How sad that someone could be said to have “little value” because of their wicked, unrepentant heart. Therefore, turn your heart to the Lord so that you will be like the righteous.

The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of sense.
Again, the mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life.

The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,
without painful toil for it.

This is an interesting verse. Genesis 26:12 “Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him.” Isaac toiled a little, but not as much as if he had planted the hundredfold from the start. The Lord made what was little into much.

A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,
but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.

What the wicked dread will overtake them;
what the righteous desire will be granted.

Do you delight in wicked things, or in wisdom and understanding? A righteous man delights in wisdom. The Lord grants the desires of a righteous man.

When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
but the righteous stand firm forever.

The righteous stand firm forever. How amazing is this? Because we have adoption as sons we are counted as righteous. This makes us eternally able to stand before God as forgiven children. Galatians 4:4-7 “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full right of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir." Other translations omit “son” in this verse and replace it with “God’s child.”

As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so are sluggards to those who send them.

A sluggard cannot be counted on. If he can bring himself to do any work, it is still close to worthless.

The fear of the Lord adds length to life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.

Another verse on long life. Fearing the Lord and honoring your parents are two things that the Lord says he will bless by giving long life.

The prospect of the righteous is joy,
but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

Without God we are wicked, we amount to nothing. Because of his saving work we have joy. Be encouraged to “delight yourself in the Lord,” as King David did. (Psalm 37:4)
(1 Samuel 30:6)

Our hope is in Him! He will never fail.

The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,
but it is the ruin of those who do evil.

The Lord makes his children joyful, while the wicked cower in fear in his presence.

The righteous will never be uprooted,
but the wicked will not remain in the land. (Italics, mine)
I like this contrast. Both words are firm and absolute. You can be sure that they will happen.
From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
but a perverse tongue will be silenced.

The fruit of wisdom comes from the righteous mouth. The fruit could be a sound teaching, good counsel, or an apt word.

The lips of the righteous know what is fitting,
but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

The righteous know how to give a good word at the right time. This is a skill that can be cultivated, but it is up to God to bring the words. My dad is especially good at this and I have learned from his example though out my life.

In conclusion,

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Some translations say, “fully equipped.”

The Lord is able to make us into a righteous people prepared for Him. Learn to trust Him and to hear his voice through His Word, guiding you towards righteousness.

For further study check out  Blue Letter Bible. They have a huge list of commentaries on the entire Word of God. They are also great to use for cross-referencing and word defining.

D. August is a nineteen-year-old son of the King currently living in the oilfields of North Dakota. His goal in life it to honor his Heavenly Father, currently by honoring his earthly parents, preparing his heart to lead a family, and by modeling true biblical manhood. August’s hobbies include reading about biblical patriarchy, playing basketball, and building snow caves with his brother. He enjoys writing passionate articles, but is still in the process of shaping his skills enough to publish his thoughts online.

Thanks for much for spending some time with us, August! Be sure to leave this young man a fist pump and some encouragement in the comments section below. Also, there are only three days left in the giveaway I'm hosting, so don't forget to enter before it's too late.    

- Scripture references taken from both NIV and NASB translations of the Holy Bible - 

1 comment

  1. Thanks for the good commentary! It is always amazing to me to see how much more meaning we can glean from Gods Word when we just take a few moments to dig deeper into the text... BTW, I really enjoy the Blue Letter Bible as well!