Proverbs – Chapter 20

proverbs chapter 20

Verse 1 – Wine is a mocker, intoxicating drink arouses brawling, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

Any time I have a discussion with someone that sees nothing wrong with drinking, they want to remind me, “Jesus drank wine.”

First of all, there are two kinds of wine referred to in scripture; fermented and unfermented. Jesus never created fermented wine at the wedding feast or any other time. Read Leviticus 10:9, 10. Grape juice is holy, grapes of the vine, unfermented; fermented is unholy and unclean.

Anyone who uses the excuse “Jesus drank wine” so therefore I can too, is lacking in understanding of scripture.

When the word wine is used in both Old and New Testament, look it up in the original form of the word: Old Testament is in Hebrew; New Testament is in Greek.

So when you became born-again and were delivered from alcohol, if you drank, why would you ever consider drinking again? Don’t ever go back to what God has delivered you from. Ask anyone who has drunk for a while, destruction will come to your life.

Verse 2 – The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.

Verse 3 – It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel.

Verse 4 – The sluggard will not plow because of winter; therefore he will beg during the harvest and have nothing.

Verse 5 – Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Sometimes people don’t want to talk about their problems, but if you are a good friend, be patient and gently encourage them to talk about it.

Verse 6 – Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man.

Most people will proclaim they are honest, but are they trustworthy; will they act in time of need?

Verse 7 – The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.

Verse 8 – A king who sits on the throne of judgment, scatters all evil with his eyes.

In Solomon’s day, the king was also judge. The judge allows no lies or evil in his court.

Verse 9 – Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?”

Verse 10 – Diverse weights and diverse measures, they are both alike, an abomination to the Lord.

Verse 11 – Even a child is known by his deeds, by whether what he does is pure and right.

Verse 12 – The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made both of them.

God can open the ear and the eye to His wisdom.

Verse 13 – Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.

Verse 14 – “It is good for nothing,” cries the buyer; but when he has gone his way, then he boasts.

Verse 15 – There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

God  and precious stones have value, but how do you use them? Knowledge is useful and can lead to life.

Verse 16 – Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger and hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress.

Verse 17 – Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

Evil actions are like this at first, but after a while comes shame and guilt.

Verse 18 – Every purpose is established by counsel; by wise counsel wage war.

Be cautious when making important decisions, count the cost.

Verse 19 – He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.

Verse 20 – Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in deep darkness.

Verse 21 – An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.

This verse is proved true in the parable of the periodical son (Luke 15:11-13).

Verse 22 – Do not say, “I will recompense evil”‘ wait for the Lord, and He will save you.

It’s not our job to punish those who have hurt us. Romans 12:17 – Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. Romans 12:19 – Beloved do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

Verse 23 – Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord, and a false balance is not good.

Verse 24 – A man’s steps are of the Lord; how then can a man understand his own way?

We don’t always understand what is happening in our lives. We are often confused until we look back and things seem to have fallen into place. But we are to never stop trusting God in ordering out steps. He knows what He’s doing.

Verse 25 – It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, and afterwards to reconsider his vows.

Have you ever promised, “Lord if you get me out of this, I’ll never…? Have you taken wedding vows, and broken them? Vows are like a promise that we make to another. The Bible says it’s better not to make them in the first place, then to make them and break them.

Verse 26 – A wise king sifts out the wicked, and brings the threshing wheel over them.

The threshing wheel is what separates the chaff from the grain.

Verse 27 – The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.

God knows our thoughts. He even knows the motives behind our actions.

Verse 28 – Mercy and truth preserve the king, and by loving kindness he upholds his throne.

Verse 29 – The glory of young men is their strength , and the splendor of old men is their gray head.

Verse 30 – Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, as do stripes the inner depths of the heart.

Punishment is meant to remove bad behavior. That’s why we have prisons set up to incarcerate those who break the law. It’s supposed to deter someone from ever doing whatever again.

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