|Proverbs 17 |
1 Better is a dry morsel [of food], and quietness with it, than a house full of feasting with strife.
2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son who causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brothers.
3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tries the hearts.
4 An evil person gives heed to false lips, and a liar listens to an evil tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor shames his Maker, and he who is glad at calamities shall not go unpunished.
6 Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children are their fathers.
7 Excellent speech does not become a fool, much less do lying lips become a prince.
8 A bribe is like a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever he turns, he prospers.
9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates very friends.
10 A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes [from the whip] into a fool.
11 An evil man only seeks only rebellion, therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is as when one first lets out water, therefore leave off contention, before it blows up into a quarrel.
15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just are both an abomination to the LORD.1
16 Therefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it?
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becomes surety in the presence of his friend.
19 He loves transgression who loves strife, and he who raises his gate [in pride] seeks destruction.
20 He who has a perverse heart finds no good, and he that has a perverse tongue falls into mischief.
21 He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
23 A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
24 Wisdom is before him who has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that gave birth to him.
26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
27 He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding has a cool spirit.
28 Even a fool, when he doesn't speak, is considered wise; and he who shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
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1 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just are both an abomination to the LORD. The preachers of the deficit sects tell their followers that they are righteous, justified, sanctified, and saved because they believe that Jesus was the Son of God; telling them that despite their continuing to sin, the Lord will accept them into heaven, and they will escape Hell. But they are not righteous just by believing.
The blind guides of Christendom tell you that you have the righteousness of Christ because you believe; that also is presumption.
They say to rely on the "imputed righteousness of Christ" to us, based on our faith; as it was with Abraham.
Abraham evidenced his belief by obedience: Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commands, my statutes, and my laws. Gen 26:5
And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice. Gen 22:18
There is imputed righteousness that comes after we have crucified our sinful nature by our repentant obedience on the cross.
Abraham exercised his faith in obedience to God's voice by being circumcised, just as we must receive the spiritual circumcision- our heart circumcised from sin.
Abraham exercised his faith in obedience to God's voice to leave his home for a new land — so we must forsake the world to enter God's Kingdom.
Abraham exercised his faith by obeying God's voice, willing to sacrifice Isaac, so we too must be willing to forsake everything and be obedient to the voice within.
Abraham was strong in faith as evidenced by his belief in the promise and his obedience to Gods' commands that he heard spoken to him.
If he had not walked in the steps of faith, being obedient as commanded, his righteousness would have been cancelled.
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. 1 Cor 15:34
Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. Acts 10:34-35
You can be sure: No sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an is idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
All people who are not pure, or who are sexually immoral, or covetous will be banned from heaven.
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Eph 5:5-6, You have to become pure to have any inheritance in the Kingdom of God and Christ.
Little children, let no man deceive you, he that practices righteousness is righteous. 1 John 3:7-10
You are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death,
or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God) Rom 6:16
Notice obedience leads to righteousness. First you have to be obedient; over time, being obedient results in righteousness.
The ministers of today say: "Because you have faith in Christ, even though your continue to sin, you are righteous and saved."
He who says to the wicked, 'You are righteous;' him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him. Pro 24:24
You will eventually curse all who lied, saying that with belief in Jesus, you are righteous, while still sinning.
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