- Proverbs 14:26-30
- Prov 14:26 (KJB)
- In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his
children shall have a place of refuge.
- Strong Confidence - Security of strength
- Place of Refuge - A hiding place
- Those saved who continue to live in the fear of the Lord will have a
strong confidence as they see the Lord continually protect them and guide
them through the hard situations of life. The strength of the LORD is the
security of the believer, knowing that God will never forsake us and that
all the powers of Heaven are used for the benefit of the believer. In the
second half of this verse, we read a very comforting passage that the
children of God will have a great place of refuge and that will be hiding in
the Lord Himself. When we surrender every situation to the Lord, we will
find a calming peace that the world will never know.
(Psa 91:2 KJV) I will say of the LORD, He is
my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
If there is one thing the believer can be, knowing that
the Lord is his security of strength, and that is, the boldness to be the
type of witness that god intends His children to be. When we fear God more
than man, we can do great things for the Lord because retreat will not be in
- Prov 14:27 (KJB)
- The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from
the snares of death.
- To depart - To turn aside
- When one is walking in the fear of the LORD, it is like a fountain of
life which belches forth the sweet waters of life. The waters which come
forth from that fountain bring the believer much discernment and
understanding. (Psa 36:9 KJV) For with
thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
Psalm 36:9 teaches that the fountain of life will be in
the light of the Lord. This light guides the believer from becoming
entangled in the ways of the world which allows them to turn aside from the
snares of death. The evil ways of the world have the light of God shining on
them so the believer’s pathway is made clear.
(Psa 119:105 KJV) NUN. Thy word is a
lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. When
one opens the fountain of God’s word, they will have the knowledge to
protect themselves from being snared by the world. The word “depart” does
not mean a casual turning away or a simple neglect. It carries with the idea
of an intentional rejection of whatever is in view. It means the believer
turns his or her back on it.
- Prov 14:28 (KJB)
- In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the
want of people is the destruction of the prince.
- The want - The end
- Whether a king has a kingdom or not, in the multitude of people under
his authority, he will be honored as the king. This king is a kind king
because in comparing the second half of this verse, it seems that this king
takes care of his people and concerns himself with their well-being. The
second half of this verse seems to be stating that the lack of people will
lead to the destruction of the prince. If a prince is always making war or
treating his people cruelly leading to many deaths, then he is losing
numbers of people and soon his kingdom will have very few people and will be
vulnerable to attack and to be conquered. This is a lesson in kindness
because the king that seeks the welfare of his people will definitely
maintain a strong kingdom but the cruel prince will not only lose many lives
but will subject himself to an uprising and possibly lose his own life. It
is like those in business management, if they are nasty to the employees,
then they will suffer a big turnover and that means employees will not be
growing or progressing in their vocations at that company. It will be an
incessant task to keep training new people just so they could use their
talents elsewhere. There is a spiritual lesson here also. When God keeps
saving people, the kingdom of the prince of the power of the air becomes
smaller and on the last day, he will lose every follower and he too will be
destroyed, thus putting an end to the kingdom of Satan forever.
- Prov 14:29 (KJB)
- He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding:
but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
- Slow - Patient or long
- Hasty - Short tempered
- Folly - Foolishness
- (Nahum 1:3 KJV) The LORD is slow to
anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the
LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are
the dust of his feet. In
Nahum 1:3 we read the same word “slow” in reference to
the LORD who is slow to anger. Those who have become saved will be able to
exhibit this same characteristic. (Gal
5:22 KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, Galatians 5:22 speaks
of one of the fruits of the Spirit as “longsuffering.” Patience is one of
the fruits of the Christian walk and in Proverbs 14:29, it adds that those
who are “slow to wrath” have great understanding. This is because the
believer understands that those who are unsaved do not possess a calm spirit
and they see everything in the present as urgent. The believer understands
that the unbeliever, if they do not become saved, will suffer eternally in
hell and it creates a level of compassion for the unbeliever. Herein lies
the great understanding of the believer. The second part of this verse
teaches that those with a quick temper will continually exhibit foolishness.
They have foolish hearts and will be quick to speak and not so quick to
listen and this will normally get them into trouble.
(Prov 29:20 KJV) Seest thou a man that is
hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
A person who thinks with his mouth and not with his
brain, shows that a fool has more hope than him. Words are not the only
thing which people use in haste but also actions. Many people are in such a
hurry, they do not assess the situation and with only partial knowledge they
begin a project and it utterly fails because of lack of complete planning. I
am sure we have all run into people who go ahead without total assessment
and have ultimately regretted it.
- Prov 14:30 (KJB)
- A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the
rottenness of the bones.
- Sound - Calm - carries with it the idea of healing
- Rottenness - Decay
- One of the tenets of having a healthy body is to have a calm heart.
Those in the world do not possess calmness as anxiety is the way of the
unsaved. The calm heart comes with a person’s salvation.
(Isa 26:3 KJV) Thou wilt keep him in
perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he
trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3 teaches that we will
be in perfect peace if we continue to focus our lives upon the Lord. If we
transfer all our problems to Him, we will retain peace in our lives and in
our bodies. Many years ago before I became Christian, I too was a person of
anxiety to the point that I had to go on tranquilizers. When a person has a
calm body and is not riddled with anxiety, they do not realize what a great
gift that is. This is why God wants us to focus on Him because He knows this
removes the anxiety from us and leaves us as calm witnesses in this world.
- On the other hand is the person who is living with much envy, actually
it is speaking of jealousy, this person always exudes a competitive spirit
and will desire to win in any fashion he can. Jealousy will eat at a person
just as an animal eats his prey. It will not stop eating until it has
completely devoured its prey. This verse describes envy as being rottenness
to the bones. If the bones decay, then the person can no longer stand up
because the skeletal system has been compromised. If the skeletal system has
been compromised, they will be unable to walk or perform their duties. This
means a person who lives with a jealous nature, will never really amount to
much more than a jealous person who always comes in second, plus jealousy
can lead to violence against the person who is being envied.