|Proverbs 3 |
1 My son, do not forget my law; but let your heart keep my commandments.1
2 For they shall add to you length of days, and long life, and peace.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you. Bind them about your neck; write them upon the table of your heart.2
4 So you shall find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and do not depend on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and depart from evil. [The beginning of the fear of God is to depart from evil.]
8 It shall be health to your body, and marrow to your bones.
9 Honor the LORD from your wealth, with the first fruits of all your increase (crops): [This verse and the verse 10 below refers to tithing, which was part of the Mosaic Law requiring those to tithe the increase of their planted seed. See the footnote 3 below for detail. Note, if the harvest did not produce more than the original planted seed, then there was no increase in that crop, requiring no tithing of that crop for all that seed would be needed to plant the next crop. The Mosaic Law and its priesthood of Aaron by the Levities were eliminated by the everlasting sacrifice of Christ — thus tithing was eliminated.]
10 So shall your barns be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst out with new wine.3
11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction.
12 For whom the LORD loves, he corrects; even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding.
14 For to possess it is more valuable than to own silver, and the profit from it is greater than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies; and all the things you can desire, are not to be compared to her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold upon her: and happy is everyone that retains her.
19 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding has he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, do not let not these depart from your eyes: sound wisdom and discretion.
22 So shall they be life to your soul, and grace to your neck.
23 Then shall you walk in your way safely, and your foot shall not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes.
26 For the LORD shall be your confidence, and shall keep your foot from being taken.
27 Do not withhold good from those in need, (particularly the necessities of life), when it is in the power of your hand to do it.
28 Do not say your neighbor, "Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give;" when you have it with you.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely next to you.
30 Do not strive with a man without cause, or if he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
32 For the devious is abomination to the LORD, but his secret is with the righteous.
33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked, but he blesses the habitation of the just.
34 Surely he scorns the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit glory,4 but shame shall be the inheritance of fools.
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1 Until you can hear and follow the commands from the Word of the Lord from within your heart, the outward moral law is your schoolmaster. Obey the moral laws as much as you possibly can: don't steal, don't covet [want], don't commit adultery, don't murder, don't lie, love your neighbor as your self, love God with all you heart and strength, honor your father and mother — and do for others as you would have them do for you. And when you see your shortcomings in being able to obey these laws, let them motivate you toward seeking the Lord's powerful grace to remove even the desire to sin from your heart. For more on this subject, see Obedience to the Law is Still Required.
2 Let not mercy and truth forsake you. Bind them about your neck; write them upon the table of your heart. Why so important? Because through mercy and truth, iniquity is purged from the heart. Prov 16:6.
3 Honor the LORD from your wealth, with the first fruits of all your increase (crops): So shall your barns be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst out with new wine. This verse and the verse 10 below refers to tithing, which was part of the Mosaic Law requiring those to tithe the increase of their planted seed. George Fox wrote extensively on tithing's obsolescence, as the below small extract from his Volume 5 of his Doctrinal Books explains:
And in Deut 14, ‘You shall truly tithe all the increase of your seed year by year, and you shall eat it before the Lord your God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of your corn, of your wine, of your oil, and the firstlings of your herds, and of your flocks, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.—And if the way be too long for thee, so that you are not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the Lord your God shall choose, and set his name there; when the Lord your God has blessed thee. Then you shall turn it into money, and bind up the money in your hand, and shall go unto the place which the Lord your God shall choose.—And you shall bestow that money for whatsoever your soul desires after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever your soul desires; and you shall eat it before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household. And the Levite that is within your gates, you shall not forsake him, for he has no part nor inheritance with thee.*—At the end of three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase, the same year you shall lay it up within your gates.—And the Levite, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within your gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied, that the Lord your God may bless thee, in all the works of your hands which you do.’ Deut 14:22, to the end.
*All Jewish tribes except the Levites were given land in Israel as their inheritance after they had conquered the land; the inheritance of the Levites was the priesthood of the Lord.
The below is a summary of the web page, Why Tithing is Wrong.
Tithes, a tenth of the land's crops production, were property of the Lord, to be used for the widows, the fatherless, and the stranger in the land — not just for the priests' sole usage. Tithes were supposed to be stored in a place commanded by God, to relieve those in need as well as to rejoice, when the families and servants of the contributors were to eat in celebration from the tithed foods, together with the priests, the poor, and the stranger. The priesthood of Aaron and the sons of Levi, which had commandments to take tithes from the people, died with Christ's sacrifice of himself, establishing Christ as the everlasting priest of an everlasting priesthood. So tithing died when the old priesthood died, when the Law died. Anyone who takes tithes is a false prophet, antichrist, and a deceiver; and anyone who continues to pay tithes is denying Christ's priesthood; both are subject to God's condemnation. Tithing died with the Levitical priesthood; the only places tithing is referenced in the New Testament is the claim of the self-righteous Pharisee, and the explanation of its death in Hebrews. The Apostle Paul referenced a collection, instructing people to set aside funds from their excess, but that was to relieve the poor, particularly the large numbers of poor brethren in Jerusalem. Relieving the poor does not include supporting self-appointed pastors or to maintain an uncommanded temple or building. Jesus, Paul, and Peter all denied those who solicited money for preaching; and as Christ instructed his disciples: Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give. Mat 10:8.
The entire writings from which the above was extracted are available for reading: Why Tithing is Wrong and THE BEGINNING OF TITHES IN THE LAW, AND ENDING OF TITHES IN THE GOSPEL.
4 What glory? The Kingdom of Heaven is the glory you can enter when alive on the earth, and then be there forever as a loyal, true Son of God. When Christ, who is our life, appears [in your heart], then you also will appear with Him in glory. Col 3:4.
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