By GL Jones
22-Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
23- A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
24- The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
25-The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
26-The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
27-He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
Overview: Proverbs 15:22-27
In Proverbs, chapter 15, Solomon makes many contrasts.In Part IV, we will start in vs 22:
In verse 22, Solomon tells us that without proper advice, purposes or use will fail.
In verse 23, Solomon tells us that a man will have joy by what comes out of his mouth, reinforcing the power of the tongue and the spoken word, and lets us see that TIMING of the word spoken is of EQUAL IMPORTANCE!
In verse 24, Solomon tells us that a WISE MAN will choose to walk in the WAY of LIFE which is ABOVE rather the HELL that is beneath themselves! Some people can only associate with people beneath them or that have less than they have in (education,wealth,etc.)
In verse 25, Solomon says that he will DESTROY the house of the PROUD but ESTABLISH the border of the WIDOW ( the Have-nots).
In verse 26, Solomon tells us that the THOUGHTS of the wicked are an ABOMINATION to God but the words of the PURE are PLEASANT words.
So far in Proverbs 15 , we have seen 3 things that are ABOMINATIONS to God:
- The SACRIFICE of the Wicked
- The WAY of the Wicked
- The THOUGHTS of the Wicked
Lastly, in verse 27, Solomon tell us if we are greedy or materialistic, we trouble our own house.But if we hate gifts we shall live!
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