- Proverbs 18:6-10
- Prov 18:6 (KJB)
- A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for
- Contention - Strife or controversy
- Strokes - Blows or beatings
- Here is a verse which teaches plainly what the words of the fool can
gain him. First, his words will get him into trouble, it will cause some
type of controversy between people and this will result in the fool
suffering some type of beating. This beating may be administered by the
civil authorities or he may get beaten up in a private fight. Wherever the
fool goes, he brings his mouth with him and there is always a guarantee that
there will be some type of discord sown. This is why we read that it is
better to use a small amount of words instead of incessant talking because
in those great amount of words, something will definitely be said which will
provoke a response.
- Prov 18:7 (KJB)
- A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the
snare of his soul.
- Snare - Trap or bait
- Soul - Life
- This verse is connected in principle to verse 6 because it contains
warnings to the fool about his use of words. This verse gives the
consequences of living the life of a fool and always speaking and not
listening. The fool, with all the talking he does, all the self-justifying
he does will not help him because the basis of his message is always some
type of folly. This foolishness will never lead him higher in this life but
will lead him to destruction and paralleling that principle in the second
half of this verse, it speaks of his lips being a snare of his soul. The
snare is a trap and the word “soul” can mean “life.” So here we read that
his words can lead to him losing his life. Then let us look at the word as
they originally translated it. The fool who lives his entire life as a fool,
his words always seem to try and justify what he is doing and he tries to
justify his standing with the Lord. Unfortunately, he creates his own
mindset about his own life and that self-justification will be a snare to
him because on Judgment Day, he will be judged for his sins since he never
sought the Lord for salvation, and that is the snare, thinking you are right
with the Lord when you are not.
- Prov 18:8 (KJB)
- The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down
into the innermost parts of the belly.
- Talebearer - Slanderer
- Innermost Part - Inner chamber
- Not only is the fool revealing their foolishness when they speak but
here we have a verse which teaches that those who gossip or slander about
others are just as foolish. Slander is just like a deep wound which goes
into a person’s heart. The word “innermost part” also speaks of an inner
chamber in a home and normally that inner chamber is hidden from the outside
world. One who slanders, especially a friend, is like wounding you deep
within the inner recesses of your heart, a place that only you can
experience. Usually a slanderer uses gossip and slander to build themselves
up by comparing themselves to the one they are slandering. The great
deception about being a slanderer, is that you never win the approval of
people and you will be labeled as a slanderer and it will be almost
impossible to make any close friends. It will affect every part of their
life and eventually the words they used against someone else, will become a
wound in their own life.
- Prov 18:9 (KJB)
- He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that
is a great waster.
- He is slothful - One who is slack
- Waster - To ruin, spoil, or destroy
- Here we read that a person who slacks in their work is akin to one who
destroys. If a person is called upon to do a job and cuts corners which
causes a problem with the outcome, then he is no better than one who would
destroy the outcome if it was done correctly in the first place.
Indifference toward any work is as if the destruction is taking place from
the outset. This is why lazy people never progress in life because they are
too dangerous to be trusted. Laziness is a disorder which is easily learned
in life but not easily corrected. Lazy people are those who think that they
are owed something in this life but that mindset will be their destruction.
- Prov 18:10 (KJB)
- The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth
into it, and is safe.
- (Nahum 1:7 KJV) The LORD is good, a
strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Nahum understood very well what Solomon had penned. Nahum
spoke about the day of trouble and those that God knows personally through
the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ. The fool is satisfied as his own
tower and believes that he is safe in his own schemes. In his mind, he sees
nothing wrong with the way he is living. His security may come from wealth,
from his position, or something else but these are all tied to the world and
the world is going to end someday and these things will fail. The saved go
to the Lord as one goes to a strong tower for safety. The saved of the Lord
are eternally secure and nothing the fool can do can rip the saved from the
Lord. (John 6:39 KJV) And this is the
Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I
should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
The word “safe” can also be understood as “inaccessible”
which is a very new Testament concept.
(Col 3:3 KJV) For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
We are hidden in Christ and Satan can never touch us nor
cause us to lose salvation because we are safe in the arms of Jesus. There
is nothing on this earth which can ever separate the Christian from God.