Proverbs 15:8-15 KJV
8- The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9-The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
10-Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die
11- Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
12- A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
13- A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14-The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15-All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
Overview: Proverbs 15:8-15
In the first 15 verses of this chapter 15, Solomon makes many contrasts.In Part II, we will start in vs 8)
- In verse 8, Solomon contrasts the SACRIFICE of the wicked which is an ABOMINATION vs the prayer of the upright which is always God’s DELIGHT!
- In verse 9, he contrasts the WAY of the wicked as also being an ABOMINATION vs those who follow after RIGHTEOUSNESS as loving God.
- In verse 10, Solomon tells us that the backslider hates CORRECTION and that anyone that hates REPROOF shall DIE!
- In verse 11, Solomon asks, If hell and destruction is before the LORD, then how much more are people?(the book of Job tells us that God created EVIL as a whiplash for people to bring them back into the WAY of Holiness, when they stray or he allows Lucifer to test us with EVIL to see how much we really love God!)
- Verse 12 tells us: that a SCORNER hates REPROOF!, and will not go to a wise man!
- Verse 13 tells us : that if a person who has a merry heart will also have a cheery countenance but by sorrow in one’s heart, the spirit is broken.
- Verse 14, tells us that a understanding person will seek KNOWLEDGE (both being related in the stature of PRUDENCE) but FOOLS only want to feed on FOOLISHNESS!
- Verse 15 seems hard to interpret but it means that while we are going through an affliction or punishment as the children of God, the days seem EVIL! Job spoke of refinement during his period of testing and said: ” Though he slay me, yet will I trust him!” So we have a choice to give thanks and keep a merry heart so that we can always have a continual feast!
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