|Proverbs 15 |
1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge correctly, but the mouth of fools pour out foolishness.
3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.1
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it is a breach in the spirit.
5 A fool despises his father's instruction, but he who accepts correction is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure, but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but not so with the heart of the foolish.
8 The sacrifice [or prayer] of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.2
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but he loves him who follows after righteousness.
10 Correction is grievous to him that forsakes the way: and he that hates reproof shall die.
11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD, how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
12 A scorner does not love the one who reproves him, neither will he seek out the wise.
13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fattened ox served with hatred.
18 A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.
19 The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns, but the way of the righteous is made plain.
20 A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Foolishness is joy to him who is destitute of wisdom, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.
22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth; and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from Hell beneath.
25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud, but he will establish the border of the widow.
26 The thoughts of the unrighteous are detestable (foul, disgusting), to the LORD, but the words of the pure are pleasant words.3 [No one is righteous before being purified, for we, through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness. Gal 5:5. We persistently and patiently wait in humble silence for the Spirit by grace to teach us how to live righteously, Tit 2:11-12, and for the Spirit to destroy of sinful nature, including our carnal mind. ]
27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house; but he who hates gifts shall live.4
28 The heart of the righteous weighs before answering, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things.
29 The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and a good report makes the bones fat.
31 The ear that hears the reproof of life abides among the wise.
32 He who refuses instruction despises his own soul, but he who hears reproof gets understanding.
33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.5
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1 The Lord God sees and hears every thought, word, and deed of all men and women on the earth. There is nowhere to go to hide; everything is seen and known. How can this be? 'He has made from one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the allotted times and the boundaries of their habitation; So that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from every one of us. For in him we live and move, and have our being. Acts 17:26-28. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Eph 4:6. God is a parallel dimension of everything you see. There is a Kingdom of Hell that is a higher dimension than our physical dimension; there is the Kingdom of Heaven that is stretched over top of the Kingdom of Hell; and there is God in all, over all, and through all. As Jesus said: The kingdom of God does not come with outward signs to be observed. Neither shall they say, Look here! or, look over there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you and around you. Luke 17:20-21.
2The sacrifice [or prayer] of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is his delight. But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit, and those who worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24. All worship and prayers from the carnal mind, which is enmity with God, is an abomination; for we do not know what we should pray for, as we should, but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us. To properly worship, words must be supplied by the Holy Spirit. Until you have reached spiritual maturity, through the death of the sinful, carnal nature, you should silently listen for the teachings and commands of God, which when obeyed lead to spiritual maturity. See Why Silence for more.
3 The thoughts of the unrighteous are detestable [foul, disgusting] to the LORD, but the words of the pure are pleasant words. This verse is typically translated as the thoughts of the"wicked," rather than the thoughts of the "unrighteous." The translators had a choice, but could not imagine people giving up their thoughts, yet we have many scriptures, including this one, that strongly speak to every sincere seeker's need to give us his thoughts:
Your fathers have forsaken me, says the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law. And you have done worse than your fathers; for behold, every one of you walks after the imagination of his evil heart, and therefore you do not listen to and obey me. Jer 16:11-12.
For the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth. Gen 8:21.
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9.
Therefore, this I say and testify in the Lord, that from this time forward you must not walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Eph 4:17
Let the ungodly forsake his way, and the unrighteous man [forsake] his thoughts; Isa 55:7
Everyone is ungodly and unrighteous until the Spirit has destroyed their sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial, which destroys the selfish, vain, carnal mind with its thoughts. The basic operation of grace is teaching us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and how to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Tit 2:11-12.
The thoughts of the unrighteous are detestable (foul, disgusting) to the LORD, but the words of the pure are pleasant words. Pro 15:26
No one is righteous before being purified, for we, through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness. Gal 5:5. We persistently and patiently wait in humble silence for the Spirit by grace to teach us how to live righteously, Tit 2:11-12, and for the Spirit to destroy of sinful nature, including our carnal mind.
The LORD knows the thoughts of man, and that they are vanity. Psa 94:11
let your 'yes' be 'yes,' and your 'no,' 'no;' for whatever is more than these comes from the evil one [the Spirit of Satan within you]. Mat 5:37.
Paul, addressing crucified believers, wrote: "we also all had our conduct in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of our mind." Eph 2:3.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God. For it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be. Rom 8:7
To give up your thoughts is not an exercise of will-power, but occurs by God destroying the mind, giving the righteous a new mind; and we have scriptures to support that very occurrence:
Cast away from you all your transgressions, by which you have transgressed; and get a new heart, a new mind, and a new spirit. For why will you die1, O house of Israel? Eze 18:31
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts. Heb 8:10
And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God for they shall return to me with their whole heart. Jer 24:7
And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me forever, for the good of them, and of their children after them. Jer 32:39
Strip yourselves of your former nature that controlled your conduct, which corrupts itself through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
And put on the newly created nature [of Christ], which is created in God's image of true righteousness and holiness. Eph 4:22-24
And do not be conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God. For it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be. Rom 12:2,8:6-7
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; Phil 2:5
For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Cor 2:16
Most people and the translators have read the wicked should give up their thoughts, instead of the unrighteous, assuming wicked only applied to really bad people: like the thief to stop planning his next heist, or the murderer to stop thinking about killing people; and this causes most people to read right past it, assuming they are not wicked. However, notice this verse contrasts two types of people, and only two types, of people: the unrighteous and the pure; there is no in between. We are not righteous until we have become pure; we don't even have imputed righteousness, until we have received the fruit of the Spirit, (See Footnote 2 to Roman 3:22 for more detail on imputation.) Until your carnal mind, which is enmity to God, has been destroyed, to be replaced with the mind of Christ, to have become pure, you are unrighteous; and your thoughts are an abomination to the Lord.
So in humble silence we persistently and patiently wait on God, so that by his grace received, our evil mind is replaced by the mind of Christ.
4 He who hates gifts shall live. Why should one hate and refuse gifts? Because gifts are given to obligate a person to choices in the giver's favor, sacrificing his integrity of decisions for obligation to repay the gift.
5 Before honor is humility. The Lord will never honor a man until he has broken him. Religion is about a change of heart. Your heart and spirit must be broken by God, before you can receive his powerful change by grace to a new heart, and then to honor.
The LORD is near to those who are of a broken heart and saves those who are of a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18
(Contrite means: feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses.)
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17
For thus says the High and Lofty One, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 57:15
I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. Ezek 36:26
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