- Proverbs 14:16-20
- Prov 14:16 (KJB)
- A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool
rageth, and is confident.
- Rageth - Pass on or pass through - moving from one location to another
- Confident - To trust or place confidence in
- The wise man will fear the Lord and that fear will bring about a
departure from doing anything evil. He knows that if others know him as a
Christian and he is caught doing evil things, then he will lose his
testimony and people will also start labeling Christianity as a fraud. He
departs from evil because he knows that the end of evil acts can cause him
much pain and he can lose his life if he persists but his proper fear of God
prevents him from crossing over any boundary. On the other hand, the fool
does not think or consider such things as consequences. He continues to go
on in his foolish ways and ventures. He may not be successful in one city so
he may go and try his evil ways in another city in hopes of capturing some
of the wealth. He may not even move to another location but may go from one
scheme to another. I remember years ago when I was caught up in the
Multilevel marketing schemes. I ran into people who went from one system to
another and always wound up on the short end. The companies which I was
involved in have all gone bankrupt except for one. I made nothing in these
schemes. This is why a foolish person feels confident in them because they
are always believing the advertising that they will become millionaires and
never work again. The ones I know are back at work.
- Prov 14:17 (KJV)
- He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked
devices is hated.
- Soon angry - Quick Tempered
- Devices - Plans
- Hated - An emotional attitude toward someone who is abhorred or
- The person who has a quick temper will definitely act in foolishness.
This person will make all kinds of mistakes which will affect himself and
others. Hasty words or actions are never based upon good planning methods.
If he sees that he is not getting his way, he is liable to sabotage those
who are. A quick temper will never accomplish anything nor will it ever gain
friends. Those with quick tempers are apt to commit violent acts against
others. Then a man who lives on wicked plans will be hated by all those he
comes in contact with. No one likes to work or associate with someone who
consistently concocts plans which are evil. This man too will never
accomplish anything and he will not gain any friends, in fact, he will be
hated and people will desire to get away from him.
- Prov 14:18 (KJB)
- The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with
- Inherit - To take possession of
- Crowned - Wear like a headdress
- Knowledge - Skill or perception
- Since the simple have probably come from parents who have trained them
by their own way of life, the simple seem to inherit foolishness. As soon as
they are old enough, they begin to make their own foolish decisions which
eventually will come back to them in the form of some type of consequences.
It seems in some family lines there is a perpetuity of foolishness. On the
contrary, those who are prudent or clever, are satiated with proper skill
through knowledge and their actions are so visible to others, that it is
like they are wearing their skill like a headdress.
- Prov 14:19 (KJB)
- The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the
- Bow - Brought low
- Sometimes it seems that the ways of the wicked are superior in this life
and it may seem like they are more beneficial than the way of the righteous.
Yet, when the end comes, the evil will be brought low and the wicked will be
brought low before the gates of the righteous. In ancient times, those who
ruled in the city would sit at the gates where they would observe all the
commerce going on from visitors from other cities and kingdoms. Our Proverbs
verse states that there is going to come a time when the believers will rule
and the unbelievers will bow before them, either in deference or in
principle. It may be at the Great White Judgment when the believer shares in
the final judgment in some manner. Nevertheless, even though worldly methods
seem more correct, the way of the righteous always yields the right fruit
and the right results.
- Prov 14:20 (KJB)
- The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath
- Here is a principle which is entrenched in the world. Those who are rich
will have many friends and the reason they have many friends is because they
are rich. They may be altruistic and give much to charities, of course,
receiving their name on a big plaque to be posted where they gave and that
they gave. If the rich were not rich, they would be in the same boat as the
poor person who is hated even of his own neighbor. The poor people cannot
give big chunks of money to causes nor can they dedicate much time because
they must make a living and raise their own families because they cannot
afford a butler or nanny. In every society, poor people are looked down on
and are treated as cattle by the wealthy. One principle is that if a poor
person has a friend, they are a friend for the right reason because the poor
person cannot give them things to buy their friendship. Many rich people
have to buy friendships and therefore, they are the truly lonely ones on
earth today. That is why many rich people turn an evil eye to the poor
because their lives are lived in reality and that raises the jealousy level
of the rich.