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1MY SON, if you have become security for your neighbor, if you have given your pledge for a stranger or another,2You are snared with the words of your lips, you are caught by the speech of your mouth.
3Do this now [at once and earnestly], my son, and deliver yourself when you have put yourself into the [a]power of your neighbor; go, bestir and humble yourself, and beg your neighbor [to pay his debt and thereby release you].
4Give not [unnecessary] sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids;
5Deliver yourself, as a roe or gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise!–(A)
7Which, having no chief, overseer, or ruler,
8Provides her food in the summer and gathers her supplies in the harvest.
9How long will you sleep, O sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep?(B)
10Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to lie down and sleep–
11So will your poverty come like a robber or one who travels [with slowly but surely approaching steps] and your want like an armed man [making you helpless].(C)
12A worthless person, a wicked man, is he who goes about with a perverse (contrary, wayward) mouth.
13He winks with his eyes, he speaks by shuffling or tapping with his feet, he makes signs [to mislead and deceive] and teaches with his fingers.
14Willful and contrary in his heart, he devises trouble, vexation, and evil continually; he lets loose discord and sows it.
15Therefore upon him shall the crushing weight of calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken, and that without remedy.
16These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to Him:
17A proud look [the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,(D)
18A heart that manufactures wicked thoughts and plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,
19A false witness who breathes out lies [even under oath], and he who sows discord among his brethren.
20My son, keep your father’s [God-given] commandment and forsake not the law of [God] your mother [taught you].(E)
21Bind them continually upon your heart and tie them about your neck.(F)
22When you go, they [the words of your parents’ God] shall lead you; when you sleep, they shall keep you; and when you waken, they shall talk with you.
23For the commandment is a lamp, and the whole teaching [of the law] is light, and reproofs of discipline are the way of life,(G)
24To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a loose woman.
25Lust not after her beauty in your heart, neither let her capture you with her eyelids.
26For on account of a harlot a man is brought to a piece of bread, and the adulteress stalks and snares [as with a hook] the precious life [of a man].
27Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?
28Can one go upon hot coals and his feet not be burned?
29So he who cohabits with his neighbor’s wife [will be tortured with evil consequences and just retribution]; he who touches her shall not be innocent or go unpunished.
30Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry;
31But if he is found out, he must restore seven times [what he stole]; he must give the whole substance of his house [if necessary–to meet his fine].
32But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks heart and understanding (moral principle and prudence); he who does it is destroying his own life.
33Wounds and disgrace will he get, and his reproach will not be wiped away.
34For jealousy makes [the wronged] man furious; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance [upon the detected one].
35He will not consider any ransom [offered to buy him off from demanding full punishment]; neither will he be satisfied, though you offer him many gifts and bribes.
Proverb-A-Day: Chapter 6:16-19
Proverbs 6 Spiritual Checkup – thought this was a good one to include here.
The Fine Art Of Slander
God hates slanderers. They are scoundrels and villains with hidden hatred in their hearts and deceit in their mouths.
Some people have turned slander into a fine art. They would never use a meat cleaver to cut down another person. They are more subtle than that. They have learned to slander with a gesture, a wink, or an evil smile.
Jonathan Swift, an author who knew well the ugliness of slander, described a man who could “convey a libel in a frown, and wink a reputation down.” Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “The cruelest lies are often told in silence.” When someone is attacked in a conversation, the listeners can join the mugging with a nod.
The book of Proverbs describes people in the ancient world who used body language to destroy others (6:12-15). They winked, motioned, or gave a shrug to work their slander, and they felt safe in their attacks. After all, it is difficult to refute a gesture or to prove evil in a wink. Their actions were subtle, yet as deadly as bullets piercing the heart.
What are your gestures saying about others? Ask the Lord of love and truth to help you guard your speech and actions. For His sake, for your own sake, and for the sake of others, do it now! —Haddon W. Robinson Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 6
Most of the keywords have been covered in the studies of Chapters 1-4.
Proud – H7311 rûm – (v17) the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others (AMP) John Gill: “having an high opinion of their own worth and merit” … “the pride of the heart shows itself in the eyes, or by the looks of a man; Gersom says, the phrase denotes impudence and haughtiness” Impudence = Shamelessness; lack of modesty; assurance accompanied with a disregard of the opinions of others. Haughtiness = pride mingled with some degree of contempt for others; arrogance.
Lying/False – H8267 sheqer (v17,19) lie, deception, disappointment, falsehood; deception (what deceives or disappoints or betrays one); deceit, fraud, wrong; falsehood (injurious in testimony); falsity (of false or self-deceived prophets); lie, falsehood (in general); in vain (empty; worthless; having no substance, value or importance, proud of petty things; unreal);.
I think sometimes we read “through” the scriptures. Literally – through them. We don’t see what it really says. We word, by word, by word, always moving forward. We don’t look at the meanings, what is being said to us. How can we read chapters like Chapter 6 and not make some life changes. The thing about Proverbs is that it addressed things that we will all struggle with at one time or another. It talks about human nature type stuff. We also tend to add stuff to the scriptures or misunderstand meanings because we have words today that meant something totally different both when the text was translated and in the time it was written. Or sometimes, our concept of what a word means doesn’t fully encompass what the original text was trying to convey.
There is a lot of instruction and advice just in this one chapter. Things we need to stop and say, “What was God trying to tell me here.” For example, let’s look at the things God hates and is an abomination. A proud look – is this saying that when a parent looks at a child who has just accomplished something that God hates it? No, nothing like that. He’s saying that if someone looks at themself with an overestimation of his value, accomplishment, skill, etc, then he is proud. There is nothing wrong with being proud of an accomplishment. The difference between being humble and proud lies in our weaknesses. A humble person is confident in their strengths, they know what they CAN do and what the SHOULD do. BUT, they are also aware of their weaknesses, they know when to step back and let someone else handle it. They know that there are things that others are better at than them and are willing to admit it.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve had wicked thoughts and plans. Remember, wicked means bad. Someone cuts you off on the road and you think, “I’d like to share a thing or two with them!” Your brother breaks your favorite toy, “I’ll go get one of his and break it too! See how he likes it!” The boss tells you to do something you don’t agree with, “He’s so stupid, I wish they’d fire him and make me boss!” Ohhh lala … yep, had one of those a time or two – how about you? That is why we are to take every thought and word captive and put it in it’s place. Those thoughts come from our carnal nature, we may not be able to help them, but we can throw them right back where they came from.
A false witness, I wrote a whole blog on that. Here is what we miss when we just read “through” the words. The word used in verse 6:17 translated as ‘lying’ is the exact same Hebrew word used in v 19 and translated ‘false’. So if you were reading it in the original language – you would see this word repeated – not changed to a new word. That means this must bear some significance. Here is how John Gill defines both words: “a tongue speaking falsehood, knowingly and willingly, with an intention to deceive others; to hurt the character of a neighbour, or to flatter a friend.” OUCH! So if my friend says to me, “Does this look good on me?” And I look at it and see that it adds about 50 pounds and I struggle with the fact that she really likes it and answer, “Sure, it look great on you.” I’ve just had a lying tongue and been a false witness. Scroll back up and re-read the definition of the word sheqer again. Yeah, ummm … moving on?
Discord among brothers (and sisters). Well, I don’t think I have to even look at this one because we all know that we NEVER do this one, right? ………… NOT! Facebook …. twitter …. need I say any thing more? What about talking about the latest person promoted and whether they deserve it or not? How about political candidates? Oh, here’s one that gets many churches going …. Hymns or Contemporary music? *bites knuckles* Ah, yes, and another good one, who’s going to which church and why or how one church is growing more than another? *covers mouth with hand, looks around* Uh – huh – see what happens when we just read ‘through’ the scriptures.
Lord, thank you so much for the valuable words you give us. Thank you for making each one an instruction within it’s self. For helping us to know how to live and how to handle almost any situation. Father, forgive me for the times that I have failed at capturing my thoughts, my words, and even sometimes my actions and bringing them to you. Father help me to walk in your ways more fully and submissively to avoid these evil and wicked ways. Thank you for giving me the Holy Spirit to guide, counsel and many times to convict. You have given me everything I need to succeed on the path that You have set before me. I thank you for your wisdom, understanding, and knowledge.
I pray for those who will continue to read ‘through’ your word Lord and ignore the convictions of the Spirit inside. Show them in other ways what the meaning is behind the treasures you have placed in the Bible. Let them hear it from a preacher, teacher, mentor, friend. Let them see it in a movie, a book, a magazine. Father, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever! Amen!