PROVERBS
LESSON TWENTY-EIGHT

Proverbs 12:11
     11. He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of
           understanding.

     [A] He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread
             [1] What does this say to you?
                     [a] When someone tries and does their part God will bless them with a harvest
                     [b] A person who works hard will have peace in their heart for doing a job to the best
                             of their ability        
             [2] There is an old saying - “God helps those who help themselves”
                     [a] Do you agree with this statement?
     
     [B] He that followeth vain persons is void of understanding
             [1] What does this mean to you?
                     [a] He who should be tilling his ground and planting but instead goes out with his
                             friends, or spends his time with vain people, will not receive the blessing of
                            God, nor will he have a harvest.

Proverbs 12:12
     12. The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

     [A] The wicked desires to do evil like other men do it.
             [1] Their heart is on evil instead of on good
             [2] Their desire it to harm instead of help
             [3] They see evil as enjoyment and fun
             [4] To their family and to society they are worthless

     [B] The root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
             [1] The righteous desire to please God
             [2] They see evil as it really is
             [3] The righteous helps their fellowman and desires to be a blessing instead of a hinderance
             [4] Because they are rooted in Christ, they yield good fruit.

Proverbs 12:13
     13. The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

     [A] The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips
             [1] A man who deals in lies and false oaths will sooner or later be found out to his own ruin.               
             [2] There is another proverb as true as this:
                     [a] A liar had need of a good memory; for as the truth is not in him, he says and
                             unsays, and often contradicts himself.
             [3] Eventually the wicked will be made known -
             [4] Even if the wicked makes it to the end without anyone knowing about him, God still
                     knows and he will have to answer to him

     [B] The just shall come out of trouble
             [1] By their honest and uprightness, the just shall prevail
             [2] When on is honest and just, others know it and will stand up for them
             [3] This does not mean that the just will not have to suffer while here on this earth for indeed
                     they may
                     [a] If a just man has to suffer, he does so knowing that God is aware of his truthfulness
                             and his salvation has not been corrupted in any way
                     [b] The wicked may hurt you, but God will bless you

Proverbs 12:14
     14. A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands
           shall be rendered unto him.

     [A] A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth
             [1] By the words we speak and teach others, we can obtain a present comfort and inward
                     pleasure which is truly satisfying
             [2] While we are teaching others we ourselves learn, and fast on the bread of life that we are
                     breaking to others.

     [B] The recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.
             [1] God works will be abundantly rewarded
             [2] The recompence of a man's hands for all his work and labor of love, all he has done for
                     the glory of God and the good of his generation, shall be rendered unto him, and he
                     shall reap as he has sown.
             [3] As a general rule, we can understand that “God will render to every man according to his
                     works,” Romans 2:6
                     [a] Look back again at verse eleven “He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with
                             bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
                     [b] We have been given work to do by Christ, that work is to “go ye therefore into all
                             the world and preach the gospel.” The wise man or woman tills the land God
                             has given them or in other words does the work they have been called to do. As
                             a result they are blessed by God  

Proverbs 12:15
     15. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

     [A] The way of a fool is right in his own eyes
             [1] The fool cannot be considered wise, and will never become wise
             [2] He refuses to seek counsel from others but instead seeks his own counsel
             [3] He is a know-it-all a person who thinks he is better than others and believes he has all the
                     answers.
             [4] He has no desire to follow anyone but himself.

     [B] He that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
             [1] A wise man or woman, will seek counsel to determine how to best do something
             [2] Their desire is to do things properly, the way God intended
             [3] The wise is willing to be corrected, because they desire to do good

Proverbs 12:16
     16. A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

     [A] A fool's wrath is presently known
             [1] A fool is quick to anger, and is quick to shout out his differences regardless who or what it
                     Hurts
             [2] When corrected he gets angry and defensive

     [B] A prudent man covereth shame
             [1] He is slow to anger and when he does get angry is careful with the words he says and the
                     way he says them
             [2] He accepts correction with dignity
             [3] He would rather not say anything than to hurt others

Proverbs 12:17
     17.  He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

     [A] This proverb is pretty straight forward.
             [1] A righteous person tells the truth
             [2] A false witness tells lies

Proverbs 12:18
     18. There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

     [A] There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword
             [1] Words spoken can be like a sword piercing the soul
             [2] Words can heal or kill
             [3] A word spoken by a parent to a child, can cause the child to have bad thoughts of
                     themselves the rest of their life.

     [B] The tongue of the wise is health
             [1] Words spoken in love are as health
             [2] Words of encouragement make a person feel good about themselves

Proverbs 12:19
     19. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

     [A] The lip of truth shall be established for ever
             [1] Words spoken in truth will remain forever
             [2] There is no need to embellish the words, or try to make them better, the truth is all that’s
                     Necessary
             [3] When one has been established as a truthful person, they do not have to prove anything

     [B] A lying tongue is but for a moment
             [1] A liar tries to embellish his words, and make them sound more believable
             [2] His words and his stories last for only a short while, and soon everyone knows that he is a
                     Liar


Proverbs 12:20
     20. Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.

     [A] Jesus said that out of the heart comes all manor of evils, 0

     [B] Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil
             [1] The evil person has deceit in his or her heart
             [2] They are not only deceiving others, they are deceiving themselves
             [3] They think they can get by with their evil, but eventually they will be punished

     [C] On the other hand, counselors of peace, is joy
`               [1] Those who consult the good of their neighbors, who study the things that make for peace
                     and give peaceable advice, promotes healing
             [2] They are concerned about the publics welfare
             [3] They will have joy and success, beyond their expectation.  
             [4] Blessed are the peace makers.

Proverbs 12:21
     21. There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

     [A] No evil shall happen to the just
             [1] All things work together for good to them that love God.
             [2] Whatever occurs to a righteous man God turns to his advantage.

     [B] The wicked are filled with mischief
             [1] They are hurt, grieved, and wounded, by every occurrence
             [2] Nothing turns to their profit.        

Proverbs 12:22
     22. Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.

     [A] A Liar is an abomination to God,
             [1] Revelation 21:8 lists a liar among those who will be cast into the lake of fire

     [B] They that deal truly are his delight.
             [1] When on is honest and upright, God is delighted in them

Proverbs 12:23
     23. A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness

     [A] A prudent man concealeth knowledge
             [1] A prudent man does not put himself on display
             [2] He does not boast of his knowledge
             [3] He waits until someone asks him for his wisdom

     [B] The heart of fools proclaimeth foolish
             [1] The fool tries to make people think he is wise
             [2] He boast and rambles about things that he knows nothing of
             [3] If he was wise he would remain quiet

Proverbs 12:24
     24. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.        

     [A] The diligent will get ahead in life
             [1] It is they who will own the businesses and have others working for them

     [B] The slothful will never have anything,
             [1] It is they who will have to depend on others for word so they can earn their keep
             [2] He will also have to borrow in order to have anything, therefore he shall be under tribute
                     to others

Proverbs 12:25
     25. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad

     [A] Sorrow of heart, hopeless love, or a sense of God's displeasure-these make a man’s heart heavy

     [B] A single or favourable word will remove that heaviness from someone
             [1] The words of Christ, "Be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee," will instantly remove
                     despair.
             [2] As Christians we should be trying to sow words of comfort and cheer in the world

Proverbs 12:26
     26. The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

     [A] Good men do well for themselves; for they have in themselves an excellent character, and they
             secure to themselves an excellent portion, and in both they excel other people
             [1] Because he has peace with God, he has joy in his heart
             [2] Because he has the promise of eternal life, he has much to look forward too.

     [B] The way of the wicked seduceth them
             [1]  That wicked men do ill for themselves5
                     [a] They walk in a way which seduces them.
                     [b] It seems to them to be not only a pleasant way, but the right way
                     [c] It is so agreeable to flesh and blood that they flatter themselves with an opinion that
                             it cannot be amiss, but they will not gain the point they aim at, nor enjoy the                          
                             good they hope for

Proverbs 12:27
     27. The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is
           precious.

     [A]  Because he is a slothful man, he does not hunt for prey; therefore gets none, and cannot roast,
             that he may eat.  

     [B] One who by honest industry acquires all his property-is precious, because it has the blessing of
             God in it.


Proverbs 12:28
     28. In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

     [A] This is obviously referring to eternal life, and the fact that the righteous man will never die.
             [1] The body dies, but the soul lives forever