Commentary by G L Jones
Proverbs 14:30-35 KJV
30- A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
31- He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
32- The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
33- Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
34- Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
35- The king’s favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.
Overview: Proverbs 14:30 – 35
In Proverbs, chapter 14:30 Solomon contrasts a SOUND HEART (which is the life of the flesh or one’s personal well being) with ENVY (which he sees as a CANCER!)
In verse 31, Solomon warns us not to OPPESS thePOOR! He also tells us that if we have MERCY on the POOR, then we truly HONOR God!
In verse 32, Solomon tells us that WICKEDNESS drives away the WICKED but the RIGHTEOUS have HOPE in the hereafter.
In verse 33, Solomon tells us that if we have UNDERSTANDING, then we will allow WISDOM to REST in our hearts.As a lawyer ends making appeal to the judge and a jury, he says, “YOUR HONOR, I REST MY CASE!” The FOOL always wants to give others a PIECE of their MIND!Pretty soon, there will be none left!
In verse 34, Solomon tells us that: “RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTETH A NATION; But SIN is a REPROACH to him that causeth SHAME!” God bless America.
And lastly in verse 35, Solomon tells us 2 things:
- We can obtain favor from God, rulers, and delegated authorities in our lives, -or-
- We can incur their WRATH , if we cause SHAME!
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