Proverbs 15 Commentary

Proverbs 15 Commentary

This chapter is highlighted by verse 3. “The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.”

This may suggest that the LORD is constantly evaluating human works. Bad works are isolated from good works and consequently punished. Probably yes. However, the more likely application would be to look at these teachings as guide rails. In them, we hear the master telling us which way to take.

Clearly, the way of wickedness is all trouble and loss.

Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise. It is an observed human reality that men and women generally avoid counsel completely when intent on evil. This is true but we are missing the point when we reduce scripture to human activities.

The scripture is making the point that wicked men and women love sin, so they avoid Wisdom lest He shows up and stops them from enjoying sin. Men often look at the things they have to lose before they commit to living under the lordship of the LORD Jesus Christ.

The Book of Proverbs is written to awaken reason. There is nothing to lose when you walk the talk of Wisdom. In fact, even in moments of extreme lack, saints are still okay. Of what use is great wealth with turmoil? Or indeed a great meal with hatred?

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Verse 22. Replace the word advisors with the word Jesus and you have the correct application of this verse. It explains the folly of wanting to achieve greatness without the Wisdom of God – Christ.

A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother. Verse 20. It would be a nice verse to quote when talking to youths about the importance of honor and godly conduct. But the meat of Proverbs is this: Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD. Verse 33.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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