Proverbs 22 Commentary

Proverbs 22 Commentary

It says volumes about our world today that riches are more desirable than a good name. The perversity of humanity. On the other hand is the fear of the LORD, described as humility. Both perversity and humility exist under the sovereign rule of the Creator God.

Shouldn’t the perverse see danger and act?

The thought that an equally powerful but evil and parallel world exists is a lie. Everything falls under the rule of the LORD Jesus Christ. Acknowledge this reality and bring yourself under the lordship of the Christ, this seems to be the message of this volume. Otherwise, snares and pitfalls await the obstinate.

Plant humility in the infant; it stays. The fear of the LORD is a seed that bears fruit. Verse 6 also points to the need to invest in the fear of the LORD as it continues to bear fruit even when times toughen up. Don’t plant an apple tree until you have starved, it won’t produce for you in time to resolve your hunger.

A perverse generation may yet point to another perverse generation of parents that never saw the need to instill the fear of the LORD in their children. But one individual can see danger and recoil.

Verse 12 is yet another celebration of God’s strict rule. His eyes keep watch over His word. It won’t fail.

Verse 15 can be interesting. What happens when folly is found in the fully grown man, married and well-to-do? The rod is a must. The man must apply it to himself. It is referring to decisions that may involve pain and loss of freedom, income, fame, status, or even relationships – all in the name of godliness. Yes, the loss of something in the name of godliness is an obvious result of the rod of discipline on self.

Then we have the first set of sayings from the thirty sayings of the wise. The scripture has simply repackaged Wisdom differently. The sayings are direct and written in a language that we all can understand. Enjoy them!

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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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