- Proverbs 12:21-25
- Prov 12:21 (KJB)
- There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be
filled with mischief.
- Evil - Trouble or sorrow
- Mischief - Evil
- Here we have a passage which contrasts the lifestyles of the saved and
unsaved. The saved will not experience trouble or sorrow because of the
upright life which they live. Now this is not speaking of the circumstances
which can befall even the righteous, such as the loss of a loved one or even
loss of a business. What is in view here is the righteous will not suffer as
one who commits evil. (1 Pet 4:15 KJV)
But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as
an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
Christians will suffer as a result of their testimony or
the bringing forth of the Gospel in a hostile world. On the other hand, the
wicked will suffer because their lives are based upon their own wicked
schemes. They suffer because they choose to live a life contrary to the word
and wisdom of God. (Mat 26:52 KJV) Then
said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they
that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
They bring their own troubles upon themselves.
- Prov 12:22 (KJB)
- Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal
truly are his delight.
- Lying Lips - Lips of Deceit
- Delight - Favor or pleasure
- The Lord detests lying lips as well as other types of evil.
(Prov 18:21 KJV) Death and life are in
the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Since many people possess the ability to be persuasive
when it comes to words, if they are evil, then they become dangerous to all
because they have the ability to sway someone. We see this especially in the
false preachers of today. They seem to have a silver tongue and say all the
right things, but under their tongues is deceit and lies as they are in the
false ministry for money. The Lord detests lying in any situation because it
always leads the person being spoken to, in deceit. On the other hand, when
truth is spoken it delights the Lord. Again, just as lying is reprehensible
in any situation, truth telling is always welcomed in any situation. When
someone is bringing the true Gospel with the full counsel of God, it is a
delight to the Lord to have all of His word proclaimed to the people. God
saves through the teachings of His word.
- Prov 12:23 (KJB)
- A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools
- Prudent - Clever or crafty
- The wise man knows the values of words and when he has information which
is of no concern to others, he will conceal that knowledge so whatever he
knows is still held in confidence and will not become a subject of gossip.
The prudent man is known by his ability to keep confidence, on the other
hand, the fool cannot wait to blab everything he knows to everyone and
anyone thus breaking a confidence and possibly hurting another person who
may have told him something in private. The fool also proclaims his own
ideas and thoughts which may amount to nothing but foolishness in the ears
of a wise person. A fool is one who lets his mind just pour out foolish
thoughts like a river flowing over a broken dam.
- Prov 12:24 (KJV)
- The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall
be under tribute.
- Diligent - Industrious
- Tribute - Carries with it the meaning of a government enforced taxation
of goods and labor
- Here is the difference in results between those who choose to invest
their lives and those who choose to just exist in laziness. First, those who
are industrious are the ones who will excel in their chosen careers to the
point that they will become managers and maybe executives. Secondly, this
also has a spiritual application that those who choose to invest their lives
in the studying of the True Gospel will become teachers of the Gospel with
authority over those to whom they teach and over those who do not want to
study. Diligence, in no matter what vocation, is always preferred because it
advances a person and causes them to gain knowledge which makes them
important. Those who know the Bible well are also important to Christians
who may have serious questions or even unbelievers who may be seeking the
Lord if they are being called.
- It is interesting to note that those who are lazy will be forced to
labor. They may become delinquent on their bills and will be forced to get a
job and the one they get may be very irritating but for the lazy, that is
good. Those who refuse to work will still have to meet their tax burden plus
they will have to meet their monthly bills or else they will find themselves
out on the street and if that happens in winter, then they are really in
trouble. A bad job is better than a cold park bench but to the lazy both are
- Prov 12:25 (KJB)
- Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good
word maketh it glad.
- Heaviness - Fearful anxiety or worry
- Stoop - Weighs it down
- Good - Pleasant, useful, or proper
- Sometimes a Christian may have taken on the unwanted burden of anxiety
by means of a situation coming into their life. This anxiety or worry is
like a heart which is stooping or bowing down to it. Worry, if in a
prolonged state, can lead to serious doubts in our faith because we may
adopt the belief that God may have abandoned us and thoughts like that can
lead to more worry. Even though deep down, the Christian knows that God
would never abandon His redeemed children. Sometimes when we see a Christian
who is weighed down with worry or anxiety, we may say to them, “Keep a stiff
upper lip” or “Keep smiling” or “Don’t worry.” These are all trite sayings
which are as about as useful as a squirt gun on a forest fire. If we come
across a brother or sister who is down, the verse tells us we must give a
proper or useful word. Those words must not strike the symptoms but the
root. For example, If they are worrying about a child who is in college
1,000 miles away, what can they do to protect them? That is when we would
come along with verses about God protecting our own family and how we are to
strategically pray for them. Once the worrying person begins to regain their
spiritual composure back, the worry will wane and faith will grow stronger
to the point that the worry will be gone. This is the same in any situation
where there is worry. We never attack the symptom but the root of the
anxiety with the word of God. As we do, God brings peace into that life.
(Isa 26:3 KJV) Thou wilt keep him
in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because
he trusteth in thee. If we turn them from focusing
on the problem to focusing on the Lord, they will have victory and the next
time worry tries to rear its ugly head, it will disappear much faster.