- Proverbs 18:1-5
- Prov 18:1 (KJB)
- Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and
intermeddleth with all wisdom.
- Desire - Longing, appetite, or lust
- It is not clear in this verse as to whether the subject has willingly
separated himself or was driven out of the assembly. The chief message here
is that those who separate themselves from others will only be left to their
own wisdom and will not take advantage of the wisdom and insights of others.
The book of Proverbs is big on family and friends and those who separate
themselves are only looking for trouble in their own life. It goes against
all wisdom to separate ones self from others because we were not designed to
live in this life alone. This is especially true for Christians. No
Christian should separate themselves from other believers because we are a
body and there is not one part of the human body which can exist on its own.
The old saying, “no man is an island” is a very true statement for even an
island cannot exist without contact from others.
- Prov 18:2 (KJB)
- A fool hath no delight in understanding, but
that his heart may discover itself.
- Hath delight - To be pleased
- Understanding - Insight or skill
- But that - Because
- A fool will never delight in understanding because his ways are all of
foolishness and his path is always opposite of true wisdom. Another main
reason that he despises wisdom is because if he begins to live his life
according to wisdom, he will discover that he has been a fool and this is
something he does not want to find out. Fools think they have all knowledge
and whatever they do, it is right in their sight even if it leads them into
- Prov 18:3 (KJB)
- When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with
- Ignominy - Dishonor
- Reproach - Disgrace
- When the wicked man is present, he brings with him contempt or despising
with dishonor and disgrace. Since the wicked is in view, his despising must
be of the true Gospel. His hatred of the Gospel does not only include
himself but he begins to spew his poison out to others and the mindset
against the Gospel would grow. The presence of wicked people is never
without spewing venom about something. They despise everything that is good
and they oppose true wisdom. The wicked are never satisfied unless they have
destroyed somebody’s reputation or done harm to something good.
- Prov 18:4 (KJB)
- The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the
wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
- Wellspring - Fountain
- Flowing - Gushing
- Here is a verse which discerns between words and true wisdom. The words
of a man are as deep waters which means you can only look at the surface
because if you look into deep water, you will not see the bottom and you
will only see darkness. Darkness is always associated with mystery and some
people speak with words that tend to take a subject or situation and mire it
down in mystery. Instead of helping the situation, it adds more problems. On
the contrary, true wisdom is like a fountain which is gushing clean and
clear water. You can see the bottom of the creek which means that you can
see the wisdom of the statements being given and the solution to the
problems in the words. There is no dark mystery about true wisdom as it
always brings a solution along with stability to any situation.
- Prov 18:5 (KJB)
- It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to
overthrow the righteous in judgment.
- Good - Useful or proper
- Accept - Lift up
- In judgment - With justice
- There is one thing we find throughout the book of Proverbs and that is
disdain of injustice done to the innocent. In society, we find too many
times that those who are wicked always seem to somehow come out without
penalty for their actions. It may be that they have the resources to bribe
or they may be in league with the one who is overseeing their case. This
verse tells us that it is improper to not only vindicate the wicked but to
lift them up to a position they do not deserve. If there is one thing the
Great White Throne Judgment will correct, it will be the injustices done to
those who did not deserve it.