Proverbs – Chapter 23

Proverbs 23

Verse 1 – When you sit down with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you;

Verse 2 – And put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite.

Verse 3 – Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.

A ruler could have ulterior motives for wanting someone to take a meal with them, so watch what you eat.

Verse 4 – Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease!

Verse 5 – Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven.

Fast gains in money will sometimes make you wonder, “Where did it all go?” If you haven’t learned to be a good steward over a little, you won’t handle a lot any better.

Verse 6 – Do not eat the bread of a miser, nor desire his delicacies;

Verse 7 – For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

For as he thinks in his heart, so he is, says a lot. What do you think about yourself? Do you know you need to see yourself well in your spirit before you become well? You have to see yourself succeeding in a situation before you will see it on the outside.

This is not boasting when you speak it out-loud. It’s believing and saying what God says. For instance, “By His stripes, I am healed.” Change your thinking and start believing in Christ, who died to give us all things pertaining to life: It is His will for us to be overcomers in this world!”

Verse 8 – The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up, and waste your pleasant words.

Don’t envy those who have more than you.

Verse 9 – Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Solomon uses the “fool” to describe a person who hates God, evil person. Therefore, they don’t want to hear any wisdom from you.

Matthew 7:6 – “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”

Verse 10 – Do not remove the ancient landmark, nor enter the fields of the fatherless;

Verse 11 – For their Redeemer is mighty; He will plead their cause against you.

Have you had property that was deceitfully stolen from you? If you have, then pray for the person who did it, because God is your Redeemer and He is mighty in passing judgment.

Verse 12 – Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge.

People who are eager to listen continue to learn and grow throughout their lives.

Verse 13 – Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.

Verse 14 – You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell.

Beat is a little strong word used here. In other words, “Don’t neglect to discipline your children and you just might save them from going to hell.

Verse 15 – My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice – indeed, I myself;

Verse 16 – Yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things.

Verse 17 – Do not let your heart envy sinners, but in the fear of the Lord continue all day long;

Verse 18 – For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.

Those who have put their faith and trust in Christ, have a future in the hereafter. Those who don’t put their trust in Christ, eternity is total darkness without hope.

Verse 19 – Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way.

Verse 20 – Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat;

Verse 21 – For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.

Some people live to eat instead of eating to live and the drunkard only wants more to drink. An over consumption of both will lead to poverty.

Verse 22 – Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Verse 23 – Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.

Verse 24 – The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise child will delight in him.

Verse 25 – Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice.

Verse 26 – My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

Verse 27 – For a harlot is a deep pit, and a seductress is a narrow well.

Verse 28 – She also lies in wait as for a victim, and increases the unfaithful among men.

The wrong woman can be as dangerous as a robber, they lay in wait. Some women only chase after married men.

Verse 29 – Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contention? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?

Solomon is talking about someone who finds comfort in a bottle.

Verse 30 – Those who linger at the wine, those who go in search of mixed wine.

Verse 31 – Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly,

Verse 32 – At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper.

Verse 33 – Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things.

Verse 34 – Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:

Verse 35 – “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; they have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?”

Some people drink to drown their sorrow, but that’s not what happens. That soothing comfort is only temporary. Wine dulls the senses; it clouds the judgment; it lowers the ability for self-control; it will eventually destroy your life.

Wisdom: If God has delivered you from alcohol, don’t ever go back to it, ever. Don’t try to convince yourself, “I can handle it!” It will be harder to stop, if you start-up again.

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