“PROVERBS”
LESSON EIGHT

Proverbs 3:29
     29.Devise not evil against thy neighbor, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

     [A] Devise not evil against thy neighbor
             [1] It is biblical to love your neighbor
             [2] Staying friends and keeping the peace with your neighbor makes for a good relationship

     [B] One never knows when they might need the help of a neighbor – therefore one should live in peace with them
             and do them no harm

Proverbs 3:30
     30. Strive not with a man without cause, if he has done thee no harm.

     [A] We are to
             [1] Love our neighbor
             [2] Do good to those who treat is bad
             [3] Pray for our enemies
             [4] Forgive
             [5] Turn the other cheek

     [B] It would certainly be ungodly to strive with someone without cause, especially if is has done us no harm

Proverbs 3:31-35
     31. Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
     32. For the forward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous.
     33. The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
     34. Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
     35. The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

     [A] These verses go along with those things we have been talking about previously – In many ways they are repeats
             of what we have already studied – for this reason we will move on to chapter four

Proverbs 4:1-2
     1.   Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
     2.   For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

     [A] Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father – the instructions of God  
             [1] The things of God are to be taught precept upon precept, line upon line
      
               Isaiah 28:9-10
                     9.   Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?
                           them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
                     10. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon
                           line; here a little, and there a little:
                     [a] What do these verses mean?
                     [b] What does this say about the person who is leaning, if they do this?
             [2] We must be diligent in our studies
               
      1 Timothy 2:15-16
                     15. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
                           rightly dividing the word of truth.
                     16. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
                     [a] Great care should be given to the study of the word
                     [b] There are many who are trying to profane the word of God, and destroy its truth and its meaning for
                             us.

     [B] We are to attend to know understanding
             [1] There should be a desire in our heart to know the truth of God’s word.
             [2] We should be diligently seeking to learn from him so we can follow his teaching
                     [a] This should be our highest goal in learning
                     [b] What can we possibly learn that is more important than God’s word and will for us?
                     [c] What can we possibly obtain that will benefit us more than the knowledge and wisdom we find in God’s
                             word?
     
     [C] For I give you good doctrine
             [1] This is Solomon speaking to his son, and us, but it also applies to the doctrine of God
                     [a] God’s doctrine is good
                     [b] God’s doctrine is solid
                     [c] God’s doctrine is unchanging
                     [d] God’s doctrine is eternal

     [D] Forsake ye not my law
             [1] Again this is very good advice
                     [a] If one wants to go to heaven – they should not forsake the doctrine and laws of God
             [2] This is one of the biggest problems in the world today
                     [a] Men do not want to heed the laws of God
                     [b] Men want to soften the laws and make it easier
                     [c] Men do not want to follow God; instead they want to follow their own will

     [E] The bottom line is, man does not study God’s law precept upon precept, line upon line, nor do they study to
             show themselves approved unto God
             [1] Why is this?
             [2] Why is it so hard for man to follow God’s law?
             [3] Why does man believe they can do as they please and God will not care?

Proverbs 4:3-4
     3.   For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
     4.   He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

     [A] Here we find Solomon talking about being his father’s son and what he taught him
             [1] Does not the same hold true for us and our Heavenly Father?
             [2] Are we not our his sons and daughters

     [B] Like David taught Solomon, we are to keep the commandments or our father in Heaven

Proverbs 4:5-6
     5.   Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
     6.   Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

     [A] I cannot think of better advice to anyone than this.
             [1] Get wisdom
                     [a] In times past we determined that true wisdom comes only from God
                     [b] To get wisdom one must study and learn God’s Holy Word
             [2] Get understanding
                     [a] Studying wisdom does one no good unless they understand it.
                     [b] Unless the Holy Spirit is teaching you, bible reading and bible study will fall on deft Ears
                     [c] True understanding comes only from God
             [3] Forget it not
                     [a] What good is understanding if one does not remember it?
                             [1-a] How can one remember if one refused to practice what they learn?
                             [2-a] What good is wisdom if one refuses to adhere to the wisdom they have learned?
             [4] Decline not from the words of my mouth
                     [a] I believe this is the hope of every parent, they their children will do the things they taught them
                     [b] In this case, Solomon is speaking of his teaching about wisdom, and God, as he instructs his child not
                             to depart from his teaching
     
     [B] He continues in verse six
             [1] Forsake her not
                     [a] If only a child would remember the godly values they have been taught.
                             [1-a] Why is it so much easier for a child to learn the bad things their parents do, instead of the good
                                     things they try to instill in them?
                     [b] Speaking not forsaking wisdom,
                             [1-a] How much better off would the world be today, if the people would have remembered the
                                     wisdom God taught us?        
                             [2-a] How much strength would the church have if they would have remained faithful to the teaching
                                     of God?
                             [3-a] If our leaders were faithful to the teaching of God, what would our country be like?
             [2] If you forsake her not, she will preserve you
                     [a] Here are the answers to the questions I just asked.
                             [1-a] What scares me, is what will happen to our nation since we have forsaken the wisdom of God?
                             [2-a] What will happen to the church if it keeps going down the path it is heading, and dishonoring
                                     God, and failing to keep his wisdom in front of the people at all times?
             [3] If you love her, she shall keep you
                     [a] If you love the wisdom you get from God, it stands to reason that you will love God as well
                     [b] If you love God, you will accept his rebuke and chastisement, because you will know he is wiser than
                             you and knows what is best for you

Proverbs 4:7
     7.   Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.        

     [A] What better thing are they than having wisdom, not just any wisdom, but godly wisdom?
             [1] Godly wisdom comes from God
             [2] Godly wisdom is God
             [3] Godly wisdom teaches us the way to go, and how to get there
             [4] Godly wisdom surpasses all other wisdom

     [B] Get wisdom
             [1] Our main objective should be to gain wisdom from God
             [2] How do we gain wisdom?
                     [a] Through the Holy Spirit
                     [b] By studying God’s word
                     [c] By spending time with God and listening to his voice
     
     [C] With thy getting, get understanding
             [1] It’s easy to ready someone’s wise statements, but unless you understand what you read, what good is it?
             [2] It’s easy to ready the bible, but if you are reading it just to be reading, and are not seeking understanding
                     as you read, what good will it be too you?
             [3] As one studies the bible, they must pray over the scripture, and seek the wisdom of God through the Holy
                     Spirit, and he will deliver to you understanding

Proverbs 4:8
     8.  Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.

     [A] Exalt her
             [1] What does the word exalt mean?
                     [a] To raise up
                     [b] To glorify
             [2] If we exalt wisdom, what do we do?
                     [a] We use what God gave us, to honor him
                     [b] We share our knowledge with others being careful not to take the credit for what we do, or know, but
                             instead give the credit to God
                     [c] Offer praise to God for the understanding we have been given         `
     
     [B] She shall promote you
             [1] If you give god the praise, and exalt him for the wisdom and understanding you have received.
                     [a] He will promote you
                     [b] He will lift you up
                     [c] He will place you in a position of respect before others.
     
     [C] She shall bring you honor when you embrace her
             [1] When you embrace the wisdom, you embrace God
             [2] When you used that wisdom in a Godly manor, you will be lifted up and God will bless you in a special way.
                     [a] To those who have, more will be given to them
                     [b] To those who use the wisdom God gives them, more wisdom will be given to them

Proverbs 4:9
9.   She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
     
     [A] Wisdom will give to thine head a ornament of grace
             [1] What is Solomon speaking of?
                     [a] When on practices Godly wisdom, they will do what God has instructed
                     [b] They will love their neighbor; therefore they will be loved in return
                     [c] They will be kind to others; therefore others will be kind in return
                     [d] They will give to help others, so God will give them more
                     [e] The list goes on and on
     
     [B] A crown of glory she shall deliver to thee’
             [1] This is in the future,
                     [a] When one gets to heaven they will be given a crown of righteousness
                     [b] Those who follow the wisdom of God will receive eternal life

Proverbs 4:10-14
     10. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
     11. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
     12. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
     13. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
     14. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.

     [A] What’s Solomon saying?
             [1] My Son, if you do as I have instructed, everything will be all right.
             [2] If you follow my teaching, there will be no need for you to repent and try to get things straightened out

     [B] Questions
             [1] Isn’t this the same for the teaching of God?
             [2] If we were to follow the wisdom of God, and have understanding of his word and ways, would we not be right
                      where he want us to be?
             [3] Why is it so hard for man to grab hold of the teaching the wisdom of God, and make it their own?
             [4] Why is it so hard for man to follow the truth, when God explosively tells us what will happen when we
                     disobey?
             [5] Why do we put so much emphases on certain sins and not on others?
             [6] What will it take for man to return to the wisdom of God and follow him?