- Proverbs 12:1-5
- Prov 12:1 (KJB)
- Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth
reproof is brutish.
- Instruction - Discipline or warning
- Reproof - Correction
- Brutish - Stupid, showing little intelligence
- One who loves instruction proves they love knowledge. What is in view
here is the person who has a teachable spirit and that teachable spirit
opens the door for increased instruction, making that person a much wiser
person. This knowledge, coming from instruction, which is based in the fear
of God, will help keep a person from becoming entangled in the sinful ways
of the world. The second half of this verse is extremely straightforward.
Those who hate correction are just stupid, not ignorant but stupid. The
difference is that ignorance means that a person does not know owing to the
lack of instruction or information but stupid means a person has the
instruction or information but intentionally rejects it. If a person refuses
to be corrected, they will continue to slide down a path of sin until they
finally get into a position which cannot be reversed. This can happen on
earth or it can be the final situation they face which is Judgment Day. We
must never reject proper correction because it is for our benefit.
- Prov 12:2 (KJB)
- A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of
wicked devices will he condemn.
- Good - Useful, proper, or pleasant
- Wicked devices - Evil schemes
- Condemn - To be guilty
- Now we must define a good man according to the Scriptures simply because
the world has its own definition of good. First of all, the Bible tells us
that there are none that doeth good.
(Rom 3:12 KJV) They are all gone out of the way, they are together become
unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
This person is one who is unsaved because everything they
do is in opposition to God. (Luke 23:50
KJV) And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and
he was a good man, and a just: Joseph of
Arimathaea was a believer and therefore God speaks of him as being good and
just. For one to be good in Godís sight, they must be born again by the Lord
Jesus Christ. So the good man in view in Proverbs 12:2 is one who is saved.
This man being in Christ will obtain favor from the Lord and we read that
the greatest favor is that we will be taken to Heaven where we will live
with the Lord Jesus Christ for eternity. On the other hand, the wicked man,
who is unsaved, will be condemned to eternal hell because he will be found
guilty at the Great White Throne Judgment and the only punishment will be
eternity in hell. The person who hatches wicked schemes may even face
consequences for their actions here on earth before Judgment Day.
- Prov 12:3 (KJB)
- A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the
righteous shall not be moved.
- Established - To bring something into order with an expectation of
permanency and certainty
- Moved - Totter or Falter
- There are many in this world who have taken up the method of making a
living by means of criminal activity. They believe that if they have reached
the pinnacle of their evil profession that they will have a permanent
position and be established. God states that those who attempt to establish
themselves by a sinful method will never be established and will eventually
be removed from their position by another who will try to take it. The
kingdom of Satan is not permanent as it will be destroyed on the last day in
hell and those who thought they were established will find out that they
never were and that they were deceived.
- On the other hand the root of the righteous will never be moved. We see
the same word used in Proverbs 10:30. This verse reminds me of Psalm 92:12
where it speaks of the believer like a palm tree.
(Psa 92:12 KJV) The righteous shall flourish
like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
The palm trees roots go down and can spread out over 100
feet, and further, in all directions. That is why we see pictures of palm
trees almost horizontal in hurricanes but not broken. The root of the
Christian is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and He will never be removed or
moved. (Rev 22:16 KJV) I Jesus have sent
mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root
and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
As long as the Christian is rooted in Christ, they shall
never be moved. This is why Heaven is guaranteed to the believer because
from the time that they are saved to the time of their home going, they can
never be moved.
- Prov 12:4 (KJB)
- A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that
maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
- Virtuous woman - Wife of valor or strength
- Crown - Represents honor and dignity
- A wife of strength complements her husband and does not bring any shame
to him. She is like the crown in his marriage bringing in honor and dignity
to both of them. On the other hand, the foolish woman brings shame to the
husband and to their marriage. It makes him feel like a disease is rotting
his bones. The bones are needed in the body to allow a person to stand
erect. If the bones are rotted, then they become weak and unable to support
the body. If the wife is foolish, she no longer supports her husband and the
marriage grows weak. There is also a spiritual meaning to this verse. The
body of Christ is a great crown to her husband the Lord Jesus Christ because
He has endued it with great power through the indwelling Holy Spirit. It
will remain strong as long as there is no compromise with the world or
worldly religions which is something that can cause weakness to the church.
If a body of believers choose to hold hands with an unbelieving group over
an issue, they weaken themselves simply because they have relinquished the
power of God in lieu of a social standing.
- Prov 12:5 (KJB)
- The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the
counsels of the wicked are deceit.
- Thoughts - Plan or purpose
- Counsels - Steering or Guidance
- The plans which the righteous conceive will be in accord with the wisdom
of God and the Scriptures. This is because they have been regenerated and
indwelled with the Holy Spirit. The saved always want to do what is right in
the purposes of God which stands and will stand for eternity. Whenever
someone approaches an unsaved person for counsel, they must remember they
are being guided by someone with a darkened heart. The wicked man lives in a
constant state of deception thinking that their wisdom and counsel will
stand. The problem is that their counsel stands in opposition to the word of
God and will never be useful to the believer. The unbeliever finds solace in
things like psychology, sociology, or even New Age and these things stand in
opposition to the right teachings of Scripture.