|Proverbs 13 |
1 A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scorner does not hear rebuke.
2 A man shall eat good from the fruit of his mouth, but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
3 He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens his lips wide shall have destruction.
4 The soul of the sluggard desires and has nothing, but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
5 A righteous man hates lying, but a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
6 Righteousness keeps him who is upright in the way, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
7 There are those who make themselves rich, yet have nothing; there are those who make themselves poor, yet have great riches.
8 A rich man can ransom his life by his wealth, but the poor does not hear threats.
9 The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10 From pride comes contention, but with those who take advice is wisdom.
11 Wealth gotten suddenly or for vain purposes shall be diminished, but he who gathers by steady labor shall increase.1
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.2
13 Whoever despises the word [of God heard within] shall be destroyed, but he who fears [and obeys] the commands shall be rewarded.3
14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
15 Good understanding yields [God's] favor, but the way of sinners is hard.
16 Every prudent man deals with knowledge [discretely], but a fool lays open his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into troubles, but a faithful ambassador has health.
18 Poverty and shame shall be to him who refuses instruction, but he who welcomes reproof shall be honored.4 [Every man and woman has their day of visitation from the Lord, when He anonymously reasons with us to turn from evil and do right; but we typically ignore His counsel, reproof, and reasonings because we are stubborn and insistent on our own selfish ends.]
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, but it is unthinkable for fools to depart from evil.
20 He that walks with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
21 Evil pursues sinners, but to the righteous good shall be repaid.
22 A good man left an inheritance to his children's children, but the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
23 Much food is in the tilled fields of the poor, but there are some destroyed for lack of justice.
24 He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him when he is young.5
25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the stomach of the wicked shall want.
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1 Wealth gotten suddenly or for vain purposes shall be diminished, but he who gathers by steady labor shall increase. We all have heard how those who have sudden wealth, like from the lottery, are usually broke in a very short time. The way to wealth is to steadily labor and save, reinvesting wealth to grow one's business if applicable.
2 Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. The kingdom is one of patient endurance. For those who are seeking as their first priority in life, waiting on God in increasing frequency and duration, you will be subjected to many lies about when certain events in your spiritual life and/or physical life will change. These lies from Satan, when realized as lies, dash our hopes and make our hearts sick. The Lord has to break our hearts before He can create the new heart; the Lord has to destroy our self love, subjecting us to shame and loss before He roots and grounds true love in our heart; He turns the lies of Satan into the means of breaking our heart and self-love. This is very distressing to say the least, but as time goes on, the distress becomes less and less. When the desire comes, particularly the kingdom, then we forget the pain of childbirth and celebrate the child. In this way we learn patience, and our faith is increased, which the Word of the Lord within said: "that is what it is all about." Despite the severe pain of the journey, all is well that ends well. As the Word of the Lord within has told me: "Be like the early Church, who for inexpressible joy endured to the end."
3 Whoever despises the word [of God heard within] shall be destroyed. See The Consequences of not Obeying the Voice of the Lord; a hundred scriptures showing destruction to those who do not listen to and obey the voice of the Lord. Perhaps the most significant is this one, where Moses is speaking of Jesus:
"The Lord God will raise up for you a Prophet from among your brethren as [He raised up] me;
Him you shall listen to and understand by hearing and heed in all things whatever He tells you.
And it shall be that every soul that does not listen to and understand by hearing
and heed that Prophet shall be utterly exterminated from among the people."
(This applies to Gentiles as well — we must hear Christ's voice within and obey what he commands to save our souls from destruction.
Christ is the Word of God, not the Bible. We must go to him, listen for his voice, hear Christ speaking to us, and then obey him to live. Luke 6:46-49)
but he who fears [and obeys] the commands shall be rewarded. And being made perfect, he [Jesus] became the author and founder of eternal salvation to all those who heed and obey him; Heb 5:9. Listen to and obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk completely in the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well to you. Jer 7:23.
4 Poverty and shame shall be to him who refuses instruction, but he who welcomes reproof shall be honored. The Holy Spirit reproves the world [every man in the world] of sin. The light is given to every man so that they might believe it; that light is Christ, and if you believe what he attempts to teach you, then you will be taught more and eventually be saved and honored. Every man and woman has their day of visitation from the Lord, when He anonymously reasons with us to turn from evil and do right. He clearly reasons with irrefutable logic, but we typically ignore His counsel, reproof, and reasonings because we are stubborn and insistent on our own selfish ends. If we ignore him, he then ignores us until we sincerely and humbly turn to him, (if we ever do), seeking His guidance in life. He stands with open arms to love and guide us, but we pass by him without even noticing. Although at the time of his visitation, we quickly forget the Lord's reproofs, we will remember them at judgment and be deeply ashamed that we ignored the pleadings of our loving creator; the words we heard will be our judge. John 12:47-48
5 He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him when he is young. BUT (From William Penn's Advice to Children):
If God gives you children, love them with wisdom, correct them with affection. Never strike in anger, and suit the correction to their age as well as their fault. Convince them of their error, before you chastise them; and try them, if they show remorse, before severity; never use that, except in case of obstinacy or impenitency. Punish them more by their understandings than the rod, and show them the folly, shame, and lack of duty of their faults rather with a grieved than an angry countenance, and you will sooner affect their natures, and with a nobler sense, than a servile and rude chastisement can produce. I know the methods of some are severe corrections for faults, and artificial praises when they do well, and sometimes rewards; but this course awakens passion worse than their faults. For the former creates base fear, if not hatred; the later creates pride and vain glory; both which should be avoided in a religious education of youth; for they equally vary from it, and deprave nature. There should be the greatest care imaginable what impressions are given to children; that method, which earliest awakens their understandings to love, duty, sobriety, just and honorable things, is to be preferred.
A very young child does not respond to logic, shame, lack of duty, etc,; but they will immediately understand the word NO accompanied a thump on the hand that reaches to the stove or an electrical cord to put in their mouth, (or even a light whack on the bottom). If you teach them to obey you when they are young with the light rod, you will be more able to reason with them when older, hopefully never having to wield the heavy rod.
All of you who wish to be saved must endure a very heavy rod from the Lord God:
My son, do not despise the chastening [correction and discipline] of the Lord, nor faint when you are disciplined [reproved and/or tested in trials] by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and scourges every son whom he accepts.
Endure your trials; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom the father does not chasten?
But if you are without chastisement [correction and discipline], of which all [true sons of God] must share,
then are you illegitimate, and not sons. Hebrews 12:6-8
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 1 Pet 4:1-2. Until one has suffered in the body through supernatural tribulation, he is unable to live according to the will of God; a man must be broken before God renews his heart and mind to be capable of serving the Lord. The LORD is near to those who are of a broken heart and saves those who are of a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18.
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