NEW RELEASE: Proverbs Study Guide

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We are excited to announce our new workbook on the book of Proverbs. This study guide contains 14 lessons with questions to aid in personal and group Bible studies. You can read more about it here: Proverbs Study Guide.

Proverbs Study GuideThis is also the first of our Plain Bible Study Guides we are developing. We hope to add at least two more next year. Stay tuned!

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Do Not Let Your Heart Envy Sinners (Notes on Proverbs)

My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs

The following is an excerpt from the book, My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs.

Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the Lord always” (23:17). There will be times when it seems as though sinners are better off than we are. During these times, we may be tempted to envy them. But we must not do this. As noted in the previous verse, one who fears the Lord is better off than one who does not, regardless of the earthly peace and prosperity enjoyed by the godless person (15:16). The future of the one who fears God is better than the future of the wicked man. Therefore, we must continually live in the fear of God so that we can please Him in all things.

You can read more comments on the book of Proverbs in My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

It Is Not Good to Fine the Righteous (Notes on Proverbs)

My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs

The following is an excerpt from the book, My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs.

It is also not good to fine the righteous, nor to strike the noble for their uprightness” (17:26). We have already noticed the responsibility of rulers to punish evildoers (20:8, 26). However, they must take care not to punish the righteous along with the wicked. Peter would later explain the primary responsibility of civil authorities: “For the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right” (1 Peter 2:14). A sloppy execution of punishment that affects the righteous is not good. Those who are righteous and upright should not be fined, struck down, or otherwise harmed by those in power.

You can read more comments on the book of Proverbs in My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Let Your Foot Rarely Be In Your Neighbor’s House (Notes on Proverbs)

My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs

The following is an excerpt from the book, My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs.

Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house, or he will become weary of you and hate you” (25:17). In trying to be good neighbors, some will take it upon themselves to visit and spend time with them to show their neighbors that they value their relationship. Often this is done with the best of intentions, but Solomon offers a word of caution in this verse. What is often done with good intentions can be interpreted much differently by one’s neighbor. While it is good to be friendly, we also need to respect the privacy of others and not impose when we are unwelcome. If a neighbor invites us into his home, we must be careful not to overstay our welcome, lest the good feelings he has for us become exhausted and he learns to resent us.

You can read more comments on the book of Proverbs in My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Those Who Are Given To Change (Notes on Proverbs)

My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs

The following is an excerpt from the book, My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs.

My son, fear the Lord and the king; do not associate with those who are given to change, for their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?” (24:21-22). In choosing one’s companions, it is important to do so in the fear of God. Solomon couples this with the fear one ought to have for the king. Because of this connection, we must understand this ruler to be one who is ruling according to the will of God. This is why he says, “Do not associate with those who are given to change.” Change can be good, particularly if sin and corruption need to be corrected. If rulers are acting contrary to the will of God, we ought to desire change in this regard. But change for the sake of change – which is what Solomon is referring to here – is not good. It reflects an attitude of rebellion and discontent. Seeking change for these reasons, rather than for principles of righteousness, will lead one not only to resist civil leaders, but God as well. Those who have such a rebellious and discontented heart will face calamity “suddenly.” Therefore, one who is following the path of wisdom will avoid “those who are given to change.

You can read more comments on the book of Proverbs in My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!