Proverbs 29:6-10
Prov 29:6 (KJB)
In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
Snare - Trap or lure
One of the greatest snares of transgression is that a person may think that every time they transgress the law of God, they seem to be successful. This is why they continue on but continual transgression is a circular snare which eventually causes a person to become destroyed. The circle is vicious. They sin, they do not get caught, they are deceived into believing they have been successful, and they do it again. This gets them deeper into sin and into a mindset where they are blinded to the reality of their sinful cycle. That blindness is the snare until one day they are confronted with their evil ways, either in a court of law on earth or at the Judgment Seat of Christ. On the other hand the righteous are joyful because they are not involved in any vicious sin cycles. They rely on the wisdom of God in their lives and do not rely on manís wisdom. They sing because their souls and their consciences are clean by reason of salvation. The righteous know that the Lord is their supplier and not the evil schemes of the world.
Prov 29:7 (KJB)
The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
Considereth - To know or understand
Cause - Rights or Judgment
Those who are saved will know and understand the rights of the poor people. In a country which is run by the righteous, they know the poor people will make up the majority of the population and the wise in office will want to know and consider the situation the poor are in and will want to help them as best as they can. When the wicked come to power, they only see the poor people as cannon fodder to fight their wars. They do not care about the situation the poor people are in, they are there to feed their own coffers. In fact, the wicked do not even want to know the rights and plight of the poor people of the country, especially since the wicked oppress them, they could not care about any rights which were given them by previous administrations. They see them as serfs and that is it.
Prov 29:8 (KJB)
Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
Scornful - Mockery
Turn away - Turn back
Men who are mockers will bring a city to its knees before their enemies. Those in charge of the city, if they are arrogant, will believe that they are in no danger and will mock at the enemy outside the gate. They are comfortable in their arrogance believing that their city cannot be attacked and taken but as the enemy outside gets stronger, the leaders become more arrogant in their deceptions until one day the enemy is ready and they attack and the city is taken. When wise men are in charge of the city, they will use their wisdom to turn back any enemies which may come against the city. They will know how to negotiate to prevent any bloodshed. This verse can also speak to the churches of today. Many times a pastor has an arrogant attitude that his church is doing fine when it is not and the deception of that belief is like an animal getting caught in a trap. When a local church goes apostate, then the Lord Jesus Christ removes them from among the other candlesticks. When there is wise leadership in the church, they will always amend any wrong teaching and reject any other false teachings from coming into the church and in this way, they are turning away any wrath from the Lamb and will continue in His blessing.
Prov 29:9 (KJB)
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.]
Contendeth - To enter into a dispute
Rest - Calmness or quietness
Fools continually resist the words of wisdom. They do not want to listen to reason nor do they ever see any wise solution as being profitable. Whenever anyone gets into a dispute with a fool it is basically a lost cause because of their mindset which is not programmed to civility or reality. They live in a fantasy world that they have all wisdom and are right in their own eyes. This is why it is never wise to get into a dispute with a fool. (Eccl 9:17 KJV) The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools. A wise man will desire to negotiate or work out things in private but a fool thinks he is wise and therefore wants to be heard by others even though secretly he is being mocked for his foolish ways. (Prov 29:11 KJV) A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. A fool wants to utter his mind so others will hear but what is being said is only being heeded by other fools. Wisdom is despised by fools and it is unwise to try and teach them.
Prov 29:10 (KJB)
The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
Bloodthirsty - Men of bloodshed
This verse shows that there are unbelievers who hate the Christians so much that they are wiling to shed their blood. This has been attested to throughout the entire Bible beginning with Cain and Abel. Even after the Bible was completed and up to our day, Christians have been suffering persecution and death for their testimony in Christ. In the Middle Ages the Roman Catholic Institution hated true believers and the true Bible and made an attempt to exterminate both. The Romans tried to exterminate Christianity. Today Christianity is under attack from philosophies which attempt to neutralize it, thus removing the sting of the Gospel. In the second half of this verse, the just are seeking the soul of the bloodthirsty which shows the true nature of Christianity. They are willing to die to see their persecutors saved. In Islamic countries, many Christians risk their lives to see the Muslims come to Christ. In reality, all unbelievers are enemies of Christ and Christianity, so Christians who reveal themselves by witnessing are placing themselves in danger, even in civilized countries, they may be fired from their job or lose status in the community. Unbelievers hate the truth of the Gospel and that is a fact the must be faced.