- Proverbs 19:11-15
- Prov 19:11 (KJB)
- The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is
his glory to pass over a transgression.
- Discretion - Insight
- Deferreth - Prolong
- Transgression - Offense
- A person who is saved will have self-discipline.
(Gal 5:22 KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
The word “longsuffering” carries with it the idea of
patience. Many times there will be accusations or people may just make sport
of the Christian but because we have longsuffering, it is not necessary to
always answer every accusation or that is what we would be doing for the
rest of our lives, thus consuming our time on earth. However, there are
times when we must make a defense because if they call into question all
Christians, then it is good to defend against those accusations. It is also
wise that if we are being denounced by a fool, then we must never respond in
the way the fool is making his accusations.
(Prov 26:4 KJV) Answer not a fool according to
his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. We
must be careful to be discreet since we could wind up being just like the
fool and then we would have to face more accusations. It is better to walk
away from a fool, than to be like him. Eventually, we will be vindicated,
whether here on earth or at the White Throne Judgment where the accuser will
have to give account for his words.
- Prov 19:12 (KJB)
- The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour
is as dew upon the grass.
- Here the King’s wrath is compared to the roaring of a lion. When one
comes in contact with a lion, and he is roaring, the person will not know
whether they are going to live or die, for if the lion attacks, then they
could die but if the lion goes its way, then they have been spared. It is
like the King’s wrath, it may lead to the execution of a person or it may
lead to them being freed. However, when the King favors someone, it is like
the dew which settles on the grass in the early morning. It nourishes the
grass with moisture. The King’s favor is likened to it as dew because his
favor will bestow good upon somebody. This verse also speaks of those who
are saved. On Judgment day, those who are unsaved will face the Lion of the
Tribe of Judah and will be judged according to their sins.
(Psa 133:3 KJV) As the dew of Hermon, and as
the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD
commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
The dew of Hermon was a blessing of the Lord, because it
represented eternal life and the Lord’s favor rests upon those whom He has
- Prov 19:13 (KJB)
- A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the
contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
- Calamity - Destruction or Wickedness
- Contentions - One who brings quarrels and disputes
- Once again we read about a foolish son whose foolishness brings calamity
to his father. This foolish son does not just bring a foolish act but it is
so bad it could actually bring destruction upon the family. Today we could
liken it to a son getting arrested for a major crime and the parents having
to mortgage their house to pay for bail or a defense attorney. Either way,
it brings a destructive element into the family. Then the wife here is
portrayed as one who brings a lot of disputes into the family which may have
contributed to the fact that the child turned out the way they did. The
family which has God as the ruler in it, will have peace and destruction may
be averted. It is a well-known fact that fighting parents will raise
children who will be disobedient.
- Prov 19:14 (KJB)
- House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent
wife is from the LORD.
- Prudent - To understand or to succeed
- Here we have a question of inheritance. Normally the children grow up in
the house and they will know what their parents are worth and when they
pass, all that the father has amassed in his lifetime will be given to the
children as an inheritance. So they pass these material goods down to their
children. However, on the other hand, the sons must trust the Lord that they
will bring the right wife into their life. If a person marries to hastily,
they may not realize that they are marrying trouble. When one waits upon the
Lord and trusts Him that He will bring a wise and understanding wife, then
there will be a strong family and the children will be of good stock and not
from rebellious parents always arguing with each other. The sons may know
what their earthly inheritance is but they must trust the Lord for their
- Prov 19:15 (KJB)
- Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall
- Deep sleep - Stupor, trance, or to be numbed
- Laziness stupefies one to the world around him, especially concerning
the lost souls of our generation. Idleness is laziness under a different
name. These people will also be hungry for the things of the world. They
will crave and never be satisfied. They will not even bring pen and paper to
Bible study, just their physical appetites. Their soul will suffer the
desire for spiritual food but because they do not want to study and find it
a cumbersome chore, they will never grow in the spiritual life.
Unfortunately, there are many Christians who fit that description. They
leave it up to others to do the studies and they just latch on to them and
accept them, whether they are right or wrong. Laziness does not allow them
to check things out in the Scriptures and that is why many Christians hold
to false doctrines. It seems many are walking around today, wide awake
physically, but numbed spiritually.