- Proverbs 29:22-27
- Prov 29:22 (KJB)
- An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in
- Furious man - Owner of wrath
- A person who becomes angry for a moment may stir up strife among others.
Sometimes anger is something which is contagious and may be passed on to
others. The second part of this verse speaks about a man who is furious, one
who is an owner of wrath. If someone owns something, that means they will
always have it with them and it is a part of their life. Those people who
have furious demeanors are always looking to cause some trouble and that
results in many transgressions or sins. The Bible warns that we should not
become companions or even friends with those who hold much anger because
their attitudes will eventually become our attitudes. If we know someone who
is prone to be angry and then hold that anger till it becomes like a
volcano, it is better to stay a long distance away from them, because if we
don’t, they may cause some type of tragedy and by our friendship with them
can become implicated in their sin.
- Prov 29:23 (KJB)
- A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in
- A person who has much pride, may exalt themselves for a moment but their
exalted position, in whatever, will not be maintained by pride. Those who
live in pride do not accept help, opinions, or advice because they think
they know it all and that eventually brings a person down to nothing.
Prideful people even mock at those who try to give them advice and by the
time these people realize they are going down the wrong path, it is too
late. Humble people hold on to honor because they have a very teachable
spirit and what they learn, they can use to help themselves and others. They
do not have a mask of pride but they are real, and have no problem accepting
help or good advice from others. Humble people are those who are also open
to correction because of their desire to do right.
- Prov 29:24 (KJB)
- Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth
cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
- Partner - Divides
- Bewrayeth - Report or tell
- The one who partners with a thief is showing their spiritual condition.
This is why the verse states that they hate their own soul. This is because
those who steal have no regard for the law because they are unsaved. This
person actually goes as far as dividing the spoils with the thief which
means he is fully involved and enjoying the temporary benefits of sin. If he
hears the thief deriding someone which he plans to rob from, the other
person does not say a thing or report it, probably because he is going to
share in the spoils of the theft. If someone had a saved soul, they would
not only refuse to partner with a thief, they would expose their plans and
save the other people possible bodily harm.
(Eph 5:11 KJV) And have no fellowship with the
unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove
them. We are told
to reprove or expose them rather than to join in.
- Prov 29:25 (KJB)
- The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in
the LORD shall be safe.
- Snare - Trap
- Shall be safe - He will be inaccessible
- This verse is not speaking about the fear of man in the way of fearing
another. It is speaking about the fear that is within man. He may fear to do
what is right because he will receive scorn from those around him. If
someone is exceedingly concerned about what others think, then a person
might become stifled in their walk. That fear which is inside of a person
can become a trap in the way that a person will fear to make right or even
any moves. There are many Christians today who are afraid to engage in
ministry for fear of what others might think. Some have cloaked their
Christianity at work in fear of not getting a promotion. Fear in the life of
a person can be a life stopping problem. The second half of this verse
speaks about placing our trust in the Lord. Those who do will be safe and it
carries with it the idea of being “inaccessible.” Those who are saved make
many decisions concerning their Christian walk and they care not that the
world knows who they are. They choose to be obedient to the Lord and not
hide who they are. The world can do nothing to the Christian beyond taking
their physical life. Those who are saved should be bold in the Lord and
bring the Gospel to all those the Lord brings across their path. The Lord is
the shield and buckler for the Christian.
(Psa 118:6 KJV) The LORD is on my side;
I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
- Prov 29:26 (KJB)
- Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh
from the LORD.
- When a person has committed a crime and they are brought before the
ruler, they try as best as they can to elicit the favor of the ruler so they
will not face extreme penalties for their crime. However, this verse states
plainly that even though the ruler is on earth, every real judgment comes
from the Lord. It is God who direst the outcomes according to the word of
God which the ruler obeys in dispensing judgment. Ultimately on the last day
if a person is unsaved, they will have judgment dispensed directly from the
Lord. There will be no intermediaries on that day.
- Prov 29:27 (KJB)
- An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he
that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
- Abomination - Detestable
- Here we have two distinct groups of people, namely the saved and
unsaved. Each is built upon different foundations The saved are built upon
the foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ and the unsaved are built upon
Satan. Each group conducts their lives in different ways. The unbelievers
focus upon gathering as much of this world’s goods as they possibly can and
they care nothing for the things of the Lord. Salvation to them is nothing
but a religious fantasy. The believers focus upon being obedient to the Lord
Jesus Christ and the Scriptures. They want to do things which please the
Lord and their minds are not taken up with the desire for this world’s goods
because they know that earthly goods are fleeting. The unsaved focus all
their energy on this world and the believers seek the world to come. The
philosophies of both groups are as night and day, darkness and light and
that is why each groups sees each other as detestable.