PROVERBS
LESSON TWENTY

Proverbs 9:13-18
     13. A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
     14. For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
     15. To call passengers who go right on their ways:
     16. Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to
           him,
     17. Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
     18. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

Verse 13 - A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.

     [A] If you look back at verse one of this chapter, you will find the writer of Proverbs calling Wisdom
             a her.
           
  Proverbs 9:1-3
             1.  Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
             2.  She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.
             3.  She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,
             [1] This wisdom represents Christ, the source of all true wisdom
             [2] The she is used as we would us a she to talk about a storm, or some similar thing

     [B] The foolish woman here represents the opposite of wisdom, or in other words sinful things
             [1] Can you think of a better way to describe sin than as a foolish woman
                     [a] Both male and female loves to caress sin
                     [b] They take sin into their life and show their love for it
             [2] Sin becomes a part of their lives just as a mate becomes a part of someone’s life

     [C] The woman is clamorous
             [1] Clamorous is defined as
                     [a] Demanding attention loudly and insistently
                     [b] Loud and excited or angry
                     [c] Making a loud noise
             [2] For a moment, think of how the sinful thing of the world are
                     [a] The sinner and sinful things demand attention form us
                             [1-a] They are the commercials that show the prettiest scenery
                             [2-a] They are the ads in magazines and elsewhere which use sex and sex
                                     appeal to sell their products
                             [3-a] They are the ones that attract the most attention and if they do not get it
                                     that argue and fuss about it - for instance: Abortion, Homosexual
                                     activities, and so on.
                     [b] The sinner is usually the ones making the most noise and demanding the most
                             from us
                             [1-a] Why has so many sinful things got pass us and become laws - because the
                                     people representing the sins, have been those who yelled the loudest, and
                                     demanded the most
                             [2-a] Why has there been such an influx of homosexual behavior presented to
                                     us? After all it seems it is being forced down our throat and there is
                                     little we can do to stop it. It’s on the TV in the movies, and constantly
                                     on the news. The question is Why? Why? Because the homosexuals
                                     have yelled the loudest and demanded the most.
                     [c] Why is Christianity declining? Why? Because we have not been loud enough, nor                 
                             have we demanded our rights, instead we have set back and expected someone              
                             else to do everything for us when wisdom tells us it is our duty and
                             responsibility to do it ourselves

     [D] A foolish woman is simple and knoweth nothing
             [1] The sinner, so wrapped up in sin, knows nothing
             [2] Those who get involved in sin are simple, refusing to learn wisdom and falling into the
                     traps of Satan

Verse 14 - For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
     
     [A] What does this verse inply?
             [1] Sin is lurking everywhere
             [2] If you think your are safe at home, think again
                     [a] Sometimes in the privacy of your own home you are more venerable tp sin than
                             when you are in a crowded place
                     [b] Sin tells us no-one will see
                     [c] Sin tells us that no-one will know

     [B] There is no place one can go that they are free from the wiles of Satan, not even in church
             [1] Satan puts evil thoughts in one’s mind
             [2] He puts images and thoughts in our mind even when we are praying

Verse  15 - To call passengers who go right on their ways:

     [A] Sin is never satisfied
             [1] Satan wants to deceive as many as he can
             [2] He calls out to the very elect of God, trying to make them stumble
             [3] He sets his traps and lures everywhere trying to cause even the elect of God to trip and fall
                     and when they do, he torments them with guilt

     [B] Questions
             [1] What can we do as Christian men and women to keep ourselves on the right path?        
             [2] What can we do to resist the Devil and his demons?
             [3] If we fall, how can we be restored to our former place?
             [4] When we see someone else falling, what should we do?
     
Verse 16&17
     16. Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to
           him,
     17. Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
     
     [A] FOLLY or PLEASURE is personified here, with the same expression that as employed by
             Wisdom,
           
  Proverbs 9:4.
             4.  Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to
                   him,
             [1] Wisdom says, "Let the simple turn in to me."
             [2] No, says Folly, "Let the simple turn in to me."
                     [a] If the simple turns in to Wisdom, his folly will be taken away and he will  become
                             wise
                     [b] If the simple turns in to Folly, his darkness will be thickened, and his folly will
                             remain.

     [B] As for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten
             in secret is pleasant.
             [1] This is one of the best ploys Satan has going for himself
             [2] Stolen waters are sweet
                     [a] He convinces us that things we sneak around and do are much more pleasurable
                             than what we already have
                     [b] There is something about sneaking that brings a thrill to the sneaker making them
                             Excited
                             [1-a] There is the thrill of doing something you are not supposed to do
                             [2-a] There is the thrill of doing something you could get caught doing
             [3] Bread eaten in secret is pleasant
                     [a] This goes back to the sneaking around and the thrill that comes from it
                     [b] When one sneaks around, one of two thing will happen
                             [1-a] You will feel guilty for what you have done
                             [2-a] You will be emboldened when you are not caught and want to do it again

Verse 18. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

     [A] The simple who turns to sin
             [1] Does not know that the dead are there
                     [a] Who are the dead that is spoken of here?
                     [b] What is meant by this statement?
             [2] Her guest are in the depths of hell
                     [a] What is meant by this?
     
     [B] The road to sin leads to eternal destruction
             [1] Those who are on this road are headed to eternal death, which is not a physical death, but
                     what the bible calls the second death        
             [b] Second death is eternal separation from God, the exact opposite of eternal life where one
                     will be in God’s presence for ever.

     [C] Sin may look good, feel good and taste good - It may give you a thrill, or give you intense
             pleasure, but it leads you to an eternal hell, where there will no pleasure, not happiness or
             love, for ever and ever

   Here we begin the fun part of Proverbs the part where we will be looking at single verses and short burst of
several verses and get great meaning from them. It has been said that the first nine chapters of Proverbs are
introductory chapters, and beginning with chapter ten, we start looking at the actual Proverbs. To some extent
that is true although we found a lot of wonderful teaching in the first nine chapters. Yet beginning with chapter
ten we find Solomon teaching us as he would a child, so that we might practice the wisdom he taught us about
in the first nine chapters./0

Proverbs 10:1
     1.  The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of
           his mother.

     [A] The Proverbs begin by identifying who the writer is. It is Solomon - the wisest man who ever
             lived other than Jesus
             [1] Many of the proverbs we will be looking at are like the one we will be discussing tonight
             [2] The Proverb gives a statement, and then gives an other statement that is opposite of the
                     first
                     [a] This is to show us both sides of an issue
                     [b] It helps us determine which is the right path

     [B] A wise son maketh a glad father
             [1]  What is Solomon trying to tell us here?
             [2] When you think of wisdom, what can you tell me about a wise son
                     [a] We have been speaking for some time about wisdom, and how true wisdom comes
                             from God
                     [b] A wise son would be a son who is godly, a son who is in tune with God and
                             seeking to find truth and righteousness in him
                     [c] A wise son is going to be a son who does right and makes his parents proud
                     [d] He is not going to be a lawbreaker, of a heather, but instead he will be a good
                             person, trying to obey and do what God commanded him.
             [3] This is not to say that a mother is not proud of her wise son, but the Father looks at the son
                     as an extension of himself, and desires that the son is a goodly person        

     [C] A foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.         
             [1] On the other hand, when a son is foolish, the Mother is she who suffers the most.
             [2] Father writes the child off, but mother will go to her grave worrying and fretting over her
                     children.
             [3] It’s not that a Mother loves her child more than the father, but there is a connection
                     between them which is greater than it is between a father and the child.
             [4] No matter what the child does, the mother loves them and desires for them to come back
                     to her
             [5] A Child’s foolishness makes a mothers heart heavy

Proverbs 10:2-3
     2.  Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
     3.  The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of
          the wicked.

Verse 2 - Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.

     [A] Treasures of wickedness profit nothing
             [1] Property gained by wicked means
             [2] Property that has been gained through false methods

     [B] Ill begotten property profit nothing
             [1] Stolen property often cannot be used for fear that someone will see it
             [2] The conscious or the thief remains in a state of unrest, as they worry and fret over what
                     they have done
     
     [C] But righteousness delivers from death
             [1] Treasures gained by robbery often bring their possessors to an untimely death
                     [a] It could be from worry
                     [b] It could be that the person who is being robbed kills the thief
                     [c] It could be that they will be judged by God and cast into the lake of fire, which the
                             second death
             [2] Treasures gained by righteous dealing bring no such consequences.
                     [a] There is no need to worry
                     [b] There is no need to fear
                     [c] If the righteous remains righteous, they will be given their rewards in heaven and
                             have eternal life.

Verse 3 -  The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of
           the wicked.

     [A] The righteous have God to care for them
             [1] Because of God’s infinite bounty, they need not worry about want
             [2] God said he would supply all our needs according to his riches in glory
             [3] We may have things we want, but God will give us what we need, if we are not to proud,
                     or to high minded to accept It
                     [a] In other words, we nay have a box instead of a mansion
                     [b] We may have to gather what others call weeds to eat
                     [c] We may have to work very hard,
                     [d] But nevertheless, it is GOD who provides for us, and gives us the strength to get
                             what we need
     
     [B] On the contrary, the wicked are often, in the course of his providence, deprived of the property
             the received by ill gains.
             [1] They might loose what they gained
             [2] They have no happiness or contentment in their life
             [3] They certainly cannot take what they gained with them
             [4] Their treasures will remain behind, and they will suffer in hell