Proverbs 24 “Strength through Wisdom”

Intelligence Outranks Muscle


Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.   For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.  Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.


A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.   For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.   Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.   He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.   The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.


Rescue the Perishing


If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.  If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;  If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?


 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:  So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.   Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.


Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.   Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked:  For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.   My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:  For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?


An Honest Answer


These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.  He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:  But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.


Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.   Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.   Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.   Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.


I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.  Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.   Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.


Here Solomon is admonishing and cautious while at the same time being hopeful and very inspiring. 


Seek to have that knowledge and wisdom, it is very important to achieve as it shows strength.  Before you make any big decision, seek advice from someone that can give you good counsel.  Every decision you are uncertain of you should seek advice, it does not show weakness, it shows you trying to make the right choice the first time around.


Planning evil brings about what GOD does not like.  He wants you to keep a pure heart.  Your thinking can determine a sin if you are thinking/planning something that is evil.  Once again remember GOD wants you to keep a pure heart.  Don’t be discouraged because he will forgive you if you ask for forgiveness. 


What you may face daily or the issues of life you have gone through is what you may face in the near or far future.  Don’t discount the troubles you may have encountered in your life as they could be just a test that GOD is sending you through in order to get you to where he wants you to be.  Remember, nothing good comes to anyone easy.  We should never complain about our problems.  This can show strength.    


Another way of showing strength is to be honest at all times, yes it may hurt but in the long run you are not held accountable for a lie as GOD does not condone.  Revenge is also not of GOD, so don’t think of that as you will get this past GOD as he sees it all.  Don’t fall into that trap. 


Starting today, spend your idol time seeking GOD.  He wants you to be accountable of all your time and wants it to be filled with positive things not negative. 


Remember to pray, read, pray again, and meditate.  GOD is waiting on you to seek him.  GOD Bless You Much Love

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