|Proverbs 28 |
1 The wicked flee when no man pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 When a land transgresses, there are many changes of rulers; but [when ruled] by a man of understanding and knowledge, his rule of the land shall be prolonged.
3 A poor man who oppresses the poor, is like a sweeping rain that left no food.
4 They who forsake the law, praise the wicked; but such as keep the law, contend with the wicked.
5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all things.1
6 Better is the poor who walks in his uprightness, than he who is perverse in his ways, though he is rich.
7 Whoever keeps the law is a wise son, but he who is a companion of riotous men shames his father.
8 He who by usury and unjust gain increases his substance, gathers it for him who will pity the poor.
9 He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.2
10 Whoever causes the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor who has understanding searches Him [God] out.
12 When righteous men rejoice, there is great glory; but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
13 He who covers his sins shall not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall receive mercy.
14 Happy is the man that fears always, but he who hardens his heart shall fall into trouble.3
15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear, so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16 The prince who lacks understanding is also a great oppressor, but he that hates covetousness shall prolong his days.
17 A man who does violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stop him.
18 Whoever walks uprightly shall be saved, but he who is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
19 He that tills his land shall have plenty of bread, but he who pursues vain fantasies shall have poverty enough.
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings, but he that makes haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
21 To show partiality to certain people is not good; because for a piece of bread, that man will sin.
22 He who hastens to be rich has an evil eye, and does not consider that poverty shall come upon him.
23 He who rebukes a man shall afterwards find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.
24 Whoever robbed his father or his mother, and said, "It is no sin;" the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25 He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who puts his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
26 He that trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered.
27 He who gives to the poor shall not lack, but he that hides his eyes [from those in need] shall have many a curse.
28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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1 those who seek the Lord understand all things. If you have received the anointing of the Holy Spirit, you know all things: But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 1 John 2:20. But the anointing which you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you all things, and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, abide in him.1 John 2:27. So, if you don't know all things, you have yet to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which Holy Spirit is given to those who are obedient. Acts 5:32, Pro 1:23,33; which obedience is to the Word of God, heard from within your heart, Rom 10:8,17.
2 He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination. Christendom today says: "We have no law, the law is dead, Jesus cancelled the law, so there is no need to hear the law, or pay any attention to the law." But the moral law is not dead; Paul says: Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law, Rom 3:31; and If you are led of the Spirit, you are not under the law, Gal 5:18. Until you are led by the Spirit, the Law is your schoolmaster. If you are not yet led by the Spirit of God, hearing and obeying his commands, and if you are ignoring the law, then your prayers are an abomination.
What about: Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength? and Love your neighbor as you love yourself, and Don't steal, and Don't commit adultery, and Don't bear false witness, and Don't covet, and Don't murder, and Honor your father and mother? If you think you can remain a thief and obtain salvation, you are grossly deceived. If you think you can lie or remain a selfish person in your flesh, not loving your neighbor as much as you love yourself, you are grossly deceived. The law defines sin as that which we must cease; and if we do not, Jesus said, 'I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.' John 8:34. If you are a slave to sin, Jesus cannot be your Lord. Jesus said himself, you cannot serve two masters! Luke 16:13. The Law is our reminder of sin and that we need God's help to be able to completely stop sinning. Following the common sense portions of the law, to the best of our ability, is not only required, but is evidence of our sincere repentance for our sins of the past. The fear of God is to depart from evil, Prov 16:6. Let everyone who names the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it. 2 Tim 2:19.
Without obedience, you cannot know Jesus: We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 1 John 2:3
Without obedience, you cannot love Jesus: If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. John 14:23
Without obedience you are not a friend of Jesus: You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. John 15:14
Without obedience, you cannot have been born again while still sinning: Whoever has been born of God does not sin. 1 John 3:9
See: Is the Law Dead? NO! Obedience to the Moral Core of the Law is Still Required for more understanding of the Law that still applies.
3 He who hardens his heart shall fall into trouble. Today, if you hear his voice from heaven, do not harden your hearts. Hebrews 4:7. See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. For if they did not escape, who refused him who spoke on the earth, how much more will we be liable, if we turn away from him who speaks from heaven. Hebrews 12:25. From George Fox's Journal:
But we resolve to hear the Son, as both the Father and he command; and in hearing the Son, we hear the Father also, as the scripture testifies. For the letter to the Hebrews says, "God, who at sundry times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by his Son:" mark that, God has spoken to us (his apostles, disciples, and church), by his Son.
And where, some have objected, "That although Christ did speak both to his disciples and to the Jews in the days of his flesh, yet since his resurrection and ascension he does not speak now."
The answer is: the Jews could not hear his heavenly voice then, neither can those who say they are Christians, but today are in the same nature as the Jews were then. But the disciples of Christ, who learned from him, they heard his voice then and hear it now.
After Christ had risen, Christ spoke to the Apostle Paul and to the rest of the disciples, including John, when he wrote his Revelation. And the Apostle said to the Hebrews, "See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, who neglected and resisted Moses, and who died under the hand of two or three witnesses. Whoever resisted Moses' law (who spoke on earth), died for it without mercy.
That was a natural death. But they who now neglect him who speaks from heaven, they neglect their salvation. Therefore while it is still called day, do not neglect to hear his voice. Those who do neglect to hear his voice while it is called day, harden their hearts. Heb 3:15
The Apostle said that God at sundry times, and after diverse manners, spoke to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days God has spoken to us by his Son, mark, has spoken to us by his Son. For which reason, John said in the Revelation, "He that has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the churches." Rev 2:7. "And Christ is said to speak from heaven." Heb12:25.
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