- Proverbs 27:11-15
- Prov 27:11 (KJB)
- My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that
- Reproacheth - To taunt or abuse
- Here the father is commanding his son to be wise. “Be wise” is in the
imperative which means it is a command from the father that his children be
wise so when someone makes an accusation against the child, they can be
proven to be wrong by the way the child behaves himself in wisdom. A foolish
child may bring heartache to his father but when the wise child is accused
and is proven innocent by his lifestyle, then the father is glad because the
accusations are false and it reflects upon him and his wife and the way that
they raised the child. (Prov 22:6 KJV)
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not
depart from it. This is why we train up a child
both spiritually and physically, so they will not be part of any foolishness
which could bring hurt upon them and the family.
- Prov 27:12 (KJV)
- A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth
himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
- Prudent - Clever or crafty (in a positive sense)
- This verse teaches that wise or clever man will not make a decision in
favor of something if he has pondered the situation and determined that
there will be negative consequences. In fact, he shuns these kind of
situations. However, those who are simple or naïve, do not study nor do they
take precautions which will result in them facing serious consequences. This
verse also contains a spiritual lesson. Those who are saved can foresee the
evil, especially the day of evil, which is judgment day. Since they know
that Judgment Day is coming, those who are saved are hidden in Christ.
(Col 3:3 KJV) For ye are dead, and your
life is hid with Christ in God. Therefore, the
wise, that is, the saved, have the foresight of the impending day of
Judgment. However, the unsaved person does not care for spiritual things and
only concern themselves with the things of this world. They do not see
themselves as sinners and as a result, they go through life unconcerned
about eternity and this attitude will cause them to face the Judgment on the
- Prov 27:13 (KJB)
- Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him
for a strange woman.
- Strange woman - Foreigner
- Here this verse speaks of a person, that if he is not careful, can come
to ruin. If a stranger come to this man and asks him to be surety for him,
and if the man foolishly agrees, he is to take his garment as a pledge or
surety that the stranger will not default on his financial dealing. However,
in the second half of this verse, the same man is to take a pledge from the
stranger if he chooses to become surety for another stranger. In other
words, this is a chain of events. The first man takes a pledge of the
stranger who in turn takes a pledge of the one who is dealing with
foreigners. If the second man loses money in his dealing, then the original
man who became surety will also lose because under the law he is not to keep
the garment after sundown. (Exo 22:26
KJV) If thou at all take thy neighbour's raiment to pledge, thou shalt
deliver it unto him by that the sun goeth down: If
the man does not pay what has been given to him, then he will get his
raiment back and the original man will be out his money. This verse
basically speaks about the warning of becoming surety. It is unwise to
become surety for someone we know, never mind for someone we do not. Wisdom
must be applied to all earthly transactions and if we lack wisdom in that
area, then we should not delve into it.
- Prov 27:14 (KJB)
- He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the
morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
- While this verse may be used as a cudgel for us to be quiet in the
morning, it goes much deeper than that. We must be very careful how much
praise we heap on anyone, including our friends, simply because it may be
considered a method of flattery to gain some kind of advantage. It states
early in the morning. The earlier that one gets up, the earlier they begin
their flattery and that may also be seen as some type of evil methodology.
In the last part of the verse it speaks of being “counted” as a curse to
him. It is not saying that he is cursed but it would be considered a curse
if he continues to flatter or make all kinds of adulation and sweet talk on
his friend because to others it would look like he had ulterior motives.
- Prov 27:15 (KJB)
- A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious
woman are alike.
- Dropping - A leaky roof
- Contentious - Disputer
- Just as a man cannot move around inside his house because of the steady
rain that is coming in from the roof, he cannot escape the continual
disputings of his wife. They both bring much consternation into the life.
This contentious woman may also have a great spiritual meaning. The
contentious wife may be compared to those Christians who live to debate
other Christians. They may teach only the judgment and never teach the
blessings and joys of being saved. They are never satisfied and they always
bring others down to their level of contention. It seems the joy of their
salvation has eluded them and they have taken on a more miserable form of
religion. Religion is always going to be argumentative against Christianity
and it is a shame that many Christians mix religion with true Christianity
and therein lies the great contention. Those churches which have these kind
of Christians make it hard to get away from them which is like the steady
rain coming in through the roof.