Proverbs 23:1-3-Do not compromise yourself because you are with someone of authority, or significance…or allow yourself to influenced by those who might entice you with a gift. The phrase, “put a knife to your throat” means for you to use the same restraint to keep yourself under control…as someone else would by putting a knife to your throat in order to control you.
Proverbs 23:4-5-Don't allow yourself to become consumed with gaining wealth. It is easier to lose, than to gain.
Proverbs 23:6-8-Be careful to not be deceived by a man who has a hidden agenda, or motive...he will use you for his own benefit.
Proverbs 23:9-Don’t waste your time trying to teach a person who refuses to listen.
Proverbs 23:10-12-Don’t try to take what belongs to people who cannot defend themselves. They have a family member who is strong and will come to their rescue. Listen closely to the wisdom of this teaching. The word “Redeemer” is actually “near kinsman” and refers to a person who will protect the family interests. This person is referred to as the “kinsman redeemer”.
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Proverbs 23:13-14-Corporeal discipline is necessary to train some children. This is in no way speaking of child abuse…but of physical discipline done in such a manner that a child becomes aware that there are consequences for misbehavior. If the child learns this lesson early on…it may keep them from misbehaving later in life to such a degree that the punishment would cost him his life.
Proverbs 23:15-16-Parents are blessed when their children live well (:24-25).
Proverbs 23:17-21-Be careful of the company you keep, because they will have an influence in your life.
Proverbs 23:22-24-Listen to the advice and teaching of your parents. Learn their lessons and don’t forget them.
Proverbs 23:25-28-Solomon tells his son to take his words to heart…to listen intently to what he has to say. Then he warns him against having sex with a “harlot”, or an “adulterous woman”. When a robber steals from you, you lose faith in your security. And when you have sex with a woman that you’re not married to…you begin to lose faith. Because of that sin, you begin to doubt your relationship with God.
Proverbs 23:29-35-The devastating effects of alcohol. They include emotional and physical troubles (:29). In order to stay away from these troubles don’t even look at wine (:30-31). If you become intoxicated you will imagine strange things (:33a), think things that you have no business thinking about (:33b), and pass out without being able to take care of yourself (:34-35). The phrase “like one who lies down on the top of the mast” is a verbal picture of a drunken sailor who passes out in the crow’s nest. Sadly, this man has become an alcoholic…looking for another drink.
Proverbs 24:1-2-Don’t desire to be like evil men, or to spend time with them. You cannot spend time with them…without being influenced by them.
Proverbs 24:3-4-Give careful thought to our life…what you want it to be like and what you want it to produce.
Proverbs 24:5-6-It is one thing to have power. But is even better to have power that is controlled by wisdom. Listen to the wise advice of trusted people and you will have victory.
Proverbs 24:7-A foolish person will not take the time to sit down and learn from other people. The phrase, “will not open his mouth in the gate” is a reference to the city “gate”…a place where people would gather to discuss and debate ideas. A foolish person doesn’t have time to spend trying to learn. He thinks that he already knows everything, so he will not “open his mouth” in dialogue for that purpose.
Proverbs 24:8-9-Men have no respect for the person who intends to hurt other people, or who ridicules the moral values of society.
Proverbs 24:10-If you have not planned ahead for difficult times, when they come you may not survive.
Proverbs 24:11-12-If you see someone who is overwhelmed by their situation…give them help. Don’t pretend that you were unaware of what was going on. God knows the truth and He will hold you accountable for your failure to help.
Proverbs 24:13-14-In the same way that honey is good to your taste, wisdom is good to your soul. It will help you to have a secure future.
Proverbs 24:15-16-The wicked are warned against trying to harm the righteous…because when the righteous fall, they will get up, over and over. But when the wicked fall, they have no future.
Proverbs 24:17-18-God does not want us to rejoice when the wicked falls. If we do rejoice, God will see it and punish us by allowing the wicked to go unpunished.
Proverbs 24:19-20-Don’t worry over the actions of evil people. They may appear to get away with it for now, and, they may even appear to prosper. But, there will come a time when all of that will come to an end and they will have no future, only an existence among the dead…those separated from God for all of eternity.
Proverbs 24:21-22-Have respect for God and those that He appoints to positions of national leadership. Don’t associate with those who want to change the civil authority that God has established. Their punishment will happen quickly and no one knows its extent.
Proverbs 24:23-26-Do not give a wicked person special treatment because you might get something out of it. People will turn on you for doing so. Those who uphold the law in an impartial manner will be blessed. The phrase, “He kisses the lips who gives a right answer” alludes to the practice of exchanging a kiss on the cheek as a sign of agreement, or confirmation of an arrangement. Like saying, “Let’s kiss on it.” Today we might say, “Let’s shake on it.”
Proverbs 24:27-There are certain preparations that should be made in order to be ready to marry and raise a family.
Proverbs 24:28-Don’t use deceptive practices in order to try to get ahead of other people.
Proverbs 24:29-And don’t try to take advantage of a situation so that you can get even with them for some way that they had previously mistreated you.
Proverbs 24:30-34-Solomon says that he passed by the field of a lazy man and it was totally unmaintained. It caused him to thin about life in general and to conclude: Don't be lazy and shirk your responsibilities. If you do, it will result in poverty and you will have no one to blame, but yourself.
Prayer: Father, I pray for our national leaders. Please speak to their hearts and draw them to you. I pray that they will become followers of Christ. More than anything else, our country needs to turn to You. There are so many dangers in our world today…they seem to be more devastating than ever, there seems to be more of them than ever, they seem to happen faster than ever, and they seem to be more insidious than ever. Lord, I pray for a sweeping movement of Your Spirit in the hearts of our leaders. A movement that will begin there and extend to every citizen of this country. Father, if that doesn’t happen…I fear for our future…I fear for my grandchildren. I pray for You to move in others…but I pray that You will begin with me. I know Your truth. Help me to be the man You want me to be…so that I can be used by You. I pray for a true movement of God in our country.