PROVERBS
LESSON TWENTY-SEVEN

Proverbs 12:1
1.  Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

     [A] Whoso loveth instruction
             [1] A person who loves discipline or correction, loves knowledge
             [2] Correction and discipline is the way to knowledge.
                     [a] Unless someone is willing to be corrected they will never learn
                     [b] To learn someone must have lots of personal discipline, and must be willing to
                             suffer in order to learn.

     [B] But he that hateth reproof is brutish
             [1] He that hates reproof is the same as a brute,
             [2] He expects no more benefit from correction than the ox does from the goad

Proverbs 12:2
     2.   A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

     [A] A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD
             [1]  First, it is God who makes a man good
                     [a] Every child of Adam is bad untill the grace of God changes his heart
             [2] Secondly, while he walks in the path of obedience he increases in goodness, and
                     consequently in the favour of the Lord.
             [3] A good man has favor with God, for he treats his fellow man like he himself desires to be
                     Treated
                     [a] He loves his neighbor
                     [b] He goes out of his way to help others
                     [c] He is at peace with God and man

     [B] A man of wicked devices will he condemn
             [1] A wicked man loves only himself and the things of the world
             [2] He has no time for God or his fellowman
             [3] He does not find favor with God, instead God will condemn him.

Proverbs 12:3
     3.  A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

     [A] A man shall not be established by wickedness
             [1] A wicked man may become rich
             [2] A wicked man may own property
             [3] A wicked man may have many servants and many working for him
             [4] On earth he may seem to be well established,
             [5] Yet his whole life and everything it is built on shifting sand
                     [a] When trouble comes, he has nothing to see him through - unless it is something
                             money can buy
                     [b] When he is lying on his deathbed, he has nothing
                     [c] When he closed his eyes in death, everything he has gained in his wickedness will
                             be left for others to fight over

     [B] The root of the righteous shall not be moved
             [1] The wise man builds his house on the rock
                     [a] He is concerned about laying up treasures in heaven
                     [b] He is concerned about being assured that his house in all in order and he is ready to
                             meet Jesus when he comes
             [2] When the storms of life come against the wise righteous man,
                     [a] He will call out to Jesus for help
                     [b] He will stand firm in faith
             [3] When he is on his deathbed
                     [a] He can smile knowing he has done all he needs to do
                     [b] He can be satisfied knowing he is secure in God’s love
             [4] When he closed his eyes in death
                     [a] He receives his ticket to heaven
                     [b] He receives his reward - eternal live
                     [c] He leaves nothing behind, because his treasure is waiting for him in heaven
             [5] The righteous is anchored to Jesus Christ

Proverbs 12:4
     4.  A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his
          bones.

     [A] A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband
             [1] For a righteous man, there is nothing more special than having a virtuous woman
             [2] Because of her virtue, and her righteousness, he is assured of having a faithful spouse who
                     will be his helpmate as God intended her to be
                     [a] She will be a good wife
                     [b] She will teach their children well
                     [c] She will be a model to other women
                     [d] She will honor her husband
             [3] Her character and virtue are like a crown, the husband is proud and pleased

     [B] She that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones
             [1] On the other hand, imagine a righteous man, married to an unrighteous woman
             [2] Her lack of virtue is a pain to him
             [3] Her lack of virtue is like rottenness to his bones
                     [a] He is ashamed to be seen with her
                     [b] He is ashamed to be around her
                     [c] He does not want her to influence his children
                     [d] He feels he is a failure

Proverbs 12:5
     5.  The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

     [A] The thoughts of the righteous are right
             [1] The righteous may not have as much education, might not have all the titles the wicked
                     hold, but they have something the wicked does not have.
                     [a] They have the Holy Spirit directing their paths
                     [b] They have the knowledge of God in their heart
                     [c] They have truth flowing through them
                     [d] If they don’t know they will tell you, than they will search the answer for you
             [2] When a righteous person is asked, he or she will try to use the word of God to answer you
                     [a] There is no other knowledge we need to here than this
                     [b] The word of God has answers for all of life’s problems.
             [3] The righteous seeks the help of God, and gives godly advice

     [B] The counsels of the wicked are deceit
             [1] It is the wicked who are so often asked for advice
             [2] So many of the people working as counselors and advisors are not righteous or even
                     Christian
                     [a] Their advice comes for what others teach them
                     [b] It is often based on Men of old, but rarely on what the bible says
                     [c] They usually discredit the bible and those who believe it.
                     [d] The counsel of the wicked is based on the world instead of God

Proverbs 12:6
     6.   The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver
           them.

     [A] The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver
           them.
             [1] The wicked tell you many things much of which is useless
             [2] They counsel to gain money, make you come back often for more
             [3] They are not out to help you, they are out to help themselves

     [B] The mouth of the upright shall deliver them
             [1] There is two types of counseling
                     [a] Regular counseling
                     [b] Biblical counseling
             [2] There are two types of people doing regular counseling
                     [a] Non-Christians
                     [b] Christians         
             [3] Non-Christian counselors are going to tell you what Froyd and the great Psychologist of                 
                     the past had to say
                     [a] Likely all your problems come from your mom and dad
                     [b] You were supposed to be a man but were born a woman
                     [c] God does not exist, only man can help
             [4] Christian Counselors, use the same methods, they just go to church and profess
                     Christianity when it suits them
             [5] Biblical counseling is what a righteous man wants.
                     [a] A biblical counselor used the bible to counsel
                     [b] Hr or she understands that sin is the underlying problem in ones life
                     [c] Get rid of sin, the problem gets better
                     [d] Retain the sin, and the problem gets worse
                     [e] Sin is the culprit behind many mental problems
                     [f] The consoler has to get the person to accept their sin, confess it and change their life

Proverbs 12:7
     7.  The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

     [A] The wicked are overthrown, and are not
             [1] When one’s house is built on sand it is apt to fall
             [2] If the wicked does not fall here on earth, they will fall when they leave

     [B] The house of the righteous shall stand
             [1] The righteous build their house on Jesus Christ
             [2] It will stand regardless

Proverbs 12:8
     8.   A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be
           despised.

     [A]  The best reputation is that which attends virtue and serious piety, and the prudent conduct of life
             [1] A man shall be commended by all that are wise and good, in conformity to the judgment
                     of God himself, which is according
             [2] The wise man shall be loved, for the wisdom he gives others is good

     [B] He that is of a perverse heart shall be despised
             [1] The worst reproach is that which follows wickedness and an opposition to that which is
                     good:
                     [a] He that is of a perverse heart, that turns aside to crooked ways, and goes on                                 
                             on in them, shall be despised.
                     [b] Providence will bring him to poverty and contempt, and all that have a true sense
                             of honour will despise him as unworthy to be dealt with and unfit to be trusted,
                             as a blemish and scandal to mankind.

Proverbs 12:9
     9.  He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

     [A] The Vulgate is translated as such
             [1] "Better is the poor man who provides for himself, than the proud who is destitute of
                     bread."

     [B] There are some who, through pride of birth, &c., would rather starve, than put their hands to
             menial labor.
             [1] Though they may be lords, how much to be preferred is the simple peasant, who supports
                     himself and family by the drudgery of life!

Proverbs 12:10
     10.  A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

     [A] A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast
             [1] A righteous man looks after his animals
             [2] He respects life, all life because God made the beast as well as man

     [B] The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel
             [1] The wicked care not for nothing
             [2] There beast is just that a beast, a tool nothing to be respected or cared for