Proverbs 29:22-27
Prov 29:22 (KJB)
An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
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 spirit.
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.