Proverbs 12:27 – Diligent hunting

The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt. – Proverbs 12:27

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 12:11; 19:24; Eccles.5:19

My thoughts:

We all have dreams we want to carry out. Many of these dreams get left behind due to forgetfulness, inability, or the difficulty of life. Here, the reason we might or might not 5347165657_720ee1532a_zachieve our goals is based on our level of diligence. The picture in the proverb shows a hunting trip for food and how one’s laziness keeps them from roasting the spoils. Some plans can go astray despite our best efforts, but when it’s up to us, let’s work hard at what we hope for.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:24 – Ruler or Slave?

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor. – Proverbs 12:24

Some places where else this is discussed:

Proverbs 6:6-11 10:4, 12:27, 21:25 (There are many more proverbs dealing with the diligent & the lazy)

My thoughts:

We all know the way you carry yourself under a boss will have ramifications. If you are a hard worker, you will generally do well. If you are lazy continuously, you’ll likely be shown the door. In the same way this proverb is painting a picture of the different places5726122341_2813cae0fb_z one may find themselves if they work well or not. I wonder how it would feel to be forced to work hard after years of not even trying? May we be motivated to work hard in all we do, regardless of the benefits.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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God Judges the Evil and the Good – Proverbs 12:2

A good man obtains favor from the Lord,

But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. – Proverbs 12:2

If you were to step into God’s throne room with a request, how would you do it, and how much would you expect a positive response?

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This is ruler of the universe I am talking about, so surely there is some protocol necessary to come before Him.

What if I told you that God knows what you’ve ever done and ever will do, and your every thought?

Since God is holy and sees people in all their inglorious wretchedness, including all their inner thoughts and intentions, it’s hard to see how anyone can receive anything from God!
God is everything you’d expect of a good and fair king, and treats His human creation as He sees them, taking into account their actions and intent.This proverb speaks of God measuring a man’s thoughts and actions, choosing either to bless or curse.

God sees the evil thoughts of a man, and condemns his actions, even if they are seen as good by the world. God is not fooled by the facade of showy deeds but discerns a man’s intent.

The man who acts with evil intent is said to receive nothing but judgement. If this is true, and our intentions are being measured, God condemns a lot of people! This condemnation could be a rebuttal to a person’s prayers or a choice to hold off blessings of well-being or consistent work. It could also be speaking of condemnation on Judgement Day, when all things are measured before a just and good God.

The “good” man is merely the one who trusts in God and is faithful in what he has been given, and who serves God with right motives. He seeks God and His goodness, trusting alone in His merciful nature. The good man is not perfect, but is pressing towards God, and therefore receives His favour. A man who is faithful to God and seeks to love others and God, will receive favour from Him, just as a human king will bless a treasured servant. This favour could be the gift of joy in serving God, or it could be a blessing of answered prayer, or it could be the words, “Welcome, faithful servant into my Kingdom.”

Now, what can we learn from this?

It’s plain enough to work out if God judged our thoughts and actions fairly by His law, we would be condemned as people of evil intent. After all, is there anyone who can claim to be a truly faithful servant of the LORD? We all stumble as humans, and as Psalm 14:3b says, “There is none who does good, no, not one.”

We can echo what Psalm 15:2b says: “My goodness is nothing apart from You.” We can only have goodness through Jesus Christ, for our righteousness comes to nothing on God’s scales. Because of Christ we have full favour from our Heavenly Father, and He “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)” To be outside Christ is to be condemned, without His saving power and absolute goodness. There is no life aside from Him.

So in answer the first question I asked, I believe we have to enter God’s throne room with Jesus Christ as our mediator. Check out scripture on this in Hebrews 12:18-28, which is a picture of God’s throne room. Peace be with you.

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is either the New King James Version or New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A.Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.

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Diligent work is valued – On Proverbs 10:4-6

There are life lessons to be learned in Proverbs, and an often repeated one is the value of diligence. In two consecutive sayings we will see two aspects of diligence.

 

4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”

 

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5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.”

 

In verse four, if we think this over, even if a person is in a high position in a company but has a lazy and uncaring attitude to work, that is going to affect his relations with his boss and he might get fired. Our society nowadays wants everyone to pull their weight, and in Solomon’s day it seems it was no different. It has always been considered a blessing to have a diligent worker who does their job well and efficiently.

 

Verse five deals with this issue during harvest time, the busiest time of the year for farmers. A wise son who knows the importance of that time of year will follow his parents out into the field to help. Having time off school work does not mean he can be slack in the hot weather. It’s certainly hard work harvesting the crop, so surely a rest under a tree during midday would be less stressful for you? Maybe so, but it’s an unscheduled stop and it is highly disrespectful if that is the son’s habit everyday. It’s a waving off of responsibility and compulsion to obey, and is shameful.

6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.”

 

It pays to wear head-wear that fits right and goes well with your clothes. Verse six deals with the results from the actions of the righteous and wicked. The results are pictured here as head-coverings.

The righteous lives by God’s Word and his adornment comes as a pleasing covering of blessings. The wicked has a bit of a harder time. His actions are evil and reflect a person who is forever bent on causing trouble and disunity. His hat is cumbersome and flows over his face with a thick cloth of violence. How annoying, hey? It does really pay to live the lifestyle that will bless you and not lead to violence. That right lifestyle comes from God. Amen.

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 Note: All scripture is taken from Biblestudytools.com and is the New King James Version. I am using a commentary by John Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.