PROVERBS

Are you of a humble spirit?

Are you of a humble spirit?


Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. Proverbs 16:19

This is a paradox which the children of this world cannot understand and will not subscribe to, that it is better to be poor and humble than to be rich and proud. 1. Those that divide the spoil are commonly proud…

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What’s more valuable than wisdom?

What’s more valuable than wisdom?


Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold. Proverbs 8:10

The will of God is made known by the works of creation, and by the consciences of men, but more clearly by Moses and the prophets. The chief difficulty is to get men to attend to instruction.

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Do you speak for the voiceless?

Do you speak for the voiceless?


Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die. Proverbs 31:8

Open thy mouth, which denotes the liberty of speech that princes and judges ought to use in passing sentence. Some observe that only wise men open their mouths, for fools have their mouths always open, are full of words.

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How should we deal with angry men?

How should we deal with angry men?


Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly. Proverbs 17:12

1. A passionate man is a brutish man. However at other times he may have some wisdom, take him in his passion ungoverned, and he is a fool in his folly; those are fools in whose bosom anger rests and in whose countenance anger rages.

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What do our words say about us?

What do our words say about us?


Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23

Attentive hearing the word of God, is a good sign of a work of grace begun in the heart, and a good means of carrying it on. There is in the word of God a proper remedy for all diseases of the soul. Keep thy heart with all diligence.

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What is a true friend?

What is a true friend?


A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

Solomon here recommends friendship to us, and shows, 1. What we must do that we may contract and cultivate friendship; we must show ourselves friendly. Would we have friends and keep them, we must not only not affront them…

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How can parents find happiness?

How can parents find happiness?


Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul. Proverbs 29:17

1. It is a very happy thing when children prove the comfort of their parents. Good children are so; they give them rest, make them easy, and free from the many cares they have had concerning them; yea, they give delight unto their souls.

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What can we learn from the ants?

What can we learn from the ants?


The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer. Proverbs 30:25

The ants, minute animals and very weak, and yet they are very industrious in gathering proper food, and have a strange sagacity to do it in the summer, the proper time. This is so great a piece of wisdom…

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What is more important than prosperity?

What is more important than prosperity?


Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, Than great treasure with trouble. Proverbs 15:16

Believers often have enough when worldly eyes see little; the Lord is with them, without the cares, troubles, and temptations which are with the wealth of the wicked.

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Is God’s law given for our good?

Is God’s law given for our good?


The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death. Proverbs 13:14

The rule by which the wise regulate their conduct, is a fountain yielding life and happiness.

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How important are your friends?

How important are your friends?


He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20

Multitudes are brought to ruin by bad company. And all that make themselves wicked will be destroyed.

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Why does man reject wisdom?

Why does man reject wisdom?


Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, Since he has no heart for it? Proverbs 17:16

Two things are here spoken of with astonishment: 1. God’s great goodness to foolish man, in putting a price into his hand to get wisdom, to get knowledge and grace to fit him for both worlds. We have rational souls, the means of grace…

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What good is wisdom?

What good is wisdom?


Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding. Proverbs 3:13

No precious jewels or earthly treasures are worthy to be compared with true wisdom, whether the concerns of time or eternity be considered. We must make wisdom our business; we must venture all in it, and be willing to part with all for it.

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What is God’s way?

What is God’s way?


But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18

The path of the just, which they have chosen, and in which they walk, is as light; the light shines on their ways (Job. 22:28 ) and makes them both safe and pleasant. Christ is their way and he is the light.

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Should a believer continue in sin?

Should a believer continue in sin?


As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly. Proverbs 26:11

See here, 1. What an abominable thing sin is, and how hateful sometimes it is made to appear, even to the sinner himself. When his conscience is convinced, or he feels smart from his sin, he is sick of it, and vomits it up…

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How can we become wiser?

How can we become wiser?


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10

The lessons here given are plain, and likely to benefit those who feel their own ignorance, and their need to be taught. If young people take heed to their ways, according to Solomon’s Proverbs, they will gain knowledge and discretion.

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What should we do when tempted?

What should we do when tempted?


My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. Proverbs 1:10

Wicked people are zealous in seducing others into the paths of the destroyer: sinners love company in sin. But they have so much the more to answer for. How cautious young people should be! “Consent thou not.” Do not say as they say, nor do as they do, or would have thee to do; have no fellowship with them.

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How can we honor God with our finances?

How can we honor God with our finances?


Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase. Proverbs 3:9

Here is,1. A precept which makes it our duty to serve God with our estates: Honour the Lord with thy substance. It is the end of our creation and redemption to honour God, to be to him for a name and a praise…

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What if we won’t listen to God?

What if we won’t listen to God?


Cease listening to instruction, my son, And you will stray from the words of knowledge. Proverbs 19:27

This is a good caution to those that have had a good education to take heed of hearkening to those who, under pretence of instructing them, draw them off from those good principles under the influence of which they were trained up.

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Why should we be happy?

Why should we be happy?


A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22

1. It is healthful to be cheerful. The Lord is for the body, and has provided for it, not only meat, but medicine, and has here told us that the best medicine is a merry heart, not a heart addicted to vain, carnal, sensual mirth.

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How should we receive instruction?

How should we receive instruction?


To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity. Proverbs 1:3

The lessons here given are plain, and likely to benefit those who feel their own ignorance, and their need to be taught. If young people take heed to their ways, according to Solomon’s Proverbs, they will gain knowledge and discretion.

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Do you obey God?

Do you obey God?


My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands. Proverbs 3:1

In the way of believing obedience to God’s commandments health and peace may commonly be enjoyed; and though our days may not be long upon earth, we shall live for ever in heaven. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee…

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Should we avoid evil?

Should we avoid evil?


The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul. Proverbs 16:17

1. It is the way of the upright to avoid sin, and every thing that looks like it and leads towards it; and this is a highway marked out by authority, tracked by many that have gone before us, and in which we meet with many that keep company with us…

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Is the Bible true and factual?

Is the Bible true and factual?


Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Proverbs 30:5

The whole word of God. “All Scripture”, given by inspiration of God, to which Agur directs, as giving the best account of God, of his name, nature, and perfections; of his Son, person, offices, and grace; being pure, very pure, “purified” like silver…

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What is the worth of a virtuous wife?

What is the worth of a virtuous wife?


Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10

This is the description of a virtuous woman of those days, but the general outlines equally suit every age and nation. She is very careful to recommend herself to her husband’s esteem and affection, to know his mind…

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