- Proverbs 14:1-5
- Prov 14:1 (KJB)
- Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh
it down with her hands.
- Buildeth - Establish or construct
- Plucketh it down - Tear it down
- Here in contrast to the foolish woman we saw in previous chapters, a
wise woman builds her house through the wisdom God has given her. She takes
care of her family and she raises the children wisely. She watches over them
to make sure they do not get into trouble. She counsels them to grow them in
wisdom and knowledge of the Lord. On the other hand, the foolish woman does
not take care of the house but looks only on the things of her own. She does
not discipline the children nor does she counsel them wisely and normally
children of this type of home will see a life of trouble ahead of them,
simply because they have been trained to be in trouble. There is a spiritual
lesson here also. The woman in Scripture normally represents the church.
(Rev 21:9 KJV) And there came unto me
one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last
plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the
bride, the Lamb's wife. The Christian who is
walking in the way of the Lord will lead other people to Him plus they will
have the ability to counsel and nurture them in the way of righteousness. On
the other hand, the foolish woman, the unsaved, will not be able to counsel
anyone in the way of the Lord especially since they do not know the way.
Those in false churches who think they are Christians fall way short of the
truth and will be unable to counsel anyone with the Scriptures but they will
counsel them only according to church dogma, which is normally in opposition
to the true Gospel.
- Prov 14:2 (KJB)
- He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is
perverse in his ways despiseth him.
- Perverse - Deviate or depart
- The reason that the saved person fears the Lord is because his eyes are
wide open to the truths in Scripture and takes them by faith. He knows that
a Judgment day is coming and the day of the Lord is terrible. He knows that
God is a holy God and will not tolerate sin. Those who know the Scriptures
will have a picture of what is to come and how God judges those who walk in
opposition to Him, even before Judgment Day. Those who deviate or depart
from the truth are the unsaved and they have a hatred for God and will not
walk in His ways. Probably the most tragic tenet of unbelief is the enmity
which is between God and the person. Since they are spiritually dead, they
do not realize they are one heartbeat away from the full wrath of God.
- Prov 14:3 (KJB)
- In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of
the wise shall preserve them.
- The foolish have a rod of pride in their mouth. That rod may also be
understood as a small branch. It is representative of a tree which is small
but continues to grow. As the person becomes more proud, the rod of pride
continues to grow in their mouth. It represents the unsaved heart within
them. The foolish are always boasting and normally their boasting is just
empty words covered with pride which sometimes can get them into real
trouble. The lips of the wise bring forth wise words and it too represents
what is in their heart. They will speak with wisdom and their words will
preserve them, that is, they will speak truth without great words of pride
and this will prevent them from getting into trouble. Since their words are
coming from a saved heart, they will show that transformation has taken
place and will be readied for Heaven.
- Prov 14:4 (KJB)
- Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase
is by the strength of the ox.
- If there are no oxen, then there will be no wheat to thresh which means
there will be no food. The absence of oxen may also mean that the person who
owns this farm has not invested in any oxen to help on the farm. They are
very strong animals and can do a number of tasks around the farm. If there
are no oxen, the farm and the farmer will never increase their goods.
However, on the other hand if a person invests in oxen for farm work, their
strength will add to the increase of the goods produced by the farm. There
is also a spiritual message here. The oxen can represent the true believer
and if there are none getting out into the world to evangelize, the crib
will be clean, that is, there will be no souls coming into the kingdom.
However, on the other hand, when the oxen, the true believers, are working
in the kingdom, they will see a great increase in the number of souls coming
into the kingdom plus they will disciple and counsel the new Christians.
- Prov 14:5 (KJB)
- A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
- Here is a proverb dealing with the character of a person. A person who
is of a faithful or trustworthy character will always be a witness who
speaks the truth. Normally, their lifestyle shows that they are not just
words but faithful in substance. One who is a false witness will utter lies
without hesitation. That personís character must also be looked at as to how
they live. If they have a dishonest reputation, then their testimony will
represent their life. There is also a spiritual application to this verse. A
person who is a true believer, will bring the whole counsel of God and will
not hold back on any part of the Gospel. The false witness will tailor their
message to allure the one who is listening, to appeal to their vanity and
will not care for their eternal soul. We see this today as so many TV
preachers and cults trim the true message of the Gospel to appeal to a
personís vanity and pride. In other words, to keep them comfortable while
they are on their way to hell.