Proverbs 23 Commentary
We continue with the 30 sayings of the wise. Saying number 13 easily catches the eye. When man sinned in the Garden of peace and tranquility, the LORD God was grieved and He regretted having created humanity.
Verse 15 announces the good news. Wisdom can once again put a happy face on the LORD. It is referring to the salvation of the soul by the very Wisdom of God – the LORD Jesus Christ. We want to read the rest within the context of salvation.
Watch your appetite! Desires of the flesh can easily ruin your destiny.
Riches are never permanent; don’t wear yourself out.
Evil is sugar-coated.
The LORD will pass judgment in favor of the orphans. Treat them well.
Love God’s word!
Don’t be envious of sinful people. Check your ambitions, hopes, and aspirations. What preoccupies your prayer list? Is it not to have a life like them, the wicked? Indeed, there is a life that we must begin to hate.
Watch your friend list, even the ones on FaceBook. Who is your hero? Don’t be surprised if you begin to dry up spiritually because of the people you associate with.
Without your father, you would not exist. Respect him. Think about it.
We have a perfect example in the LORD Jesus Christ. Sexual purity can be had. The deeper meaning draws our attention to lady Wisdom while altogether rejecting lady Wickedness.
Saying 18 hits the nail on the head! TV adverts show men and women happy and laughing while getting drunk. Maybe that is true because that is what they are when drunk; they are never happy without drunkenness. But the scripture wants men and women to be loving, joyful, and peaceful, among many other qualities on account of the Holy Spirit within. Joy is simply the fruit of the Spirit of God within a person.
Saying 18 actually puts it straight for us. Drunkenness is a decoy for sadness and emptiness. Don’t be fooled by the fake laughs and happy faces on TV!
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