An Overview Of The Old Testament
Part 133 – A Wise Son Through Keeping Instruction (Proverbs 10:1-17)
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1. What is the difference between a wise son and a foolish son?
“The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother” (Proverbs 10:1).
* The wise son makes parents glad (Proverbs 15:20, Proverbs 23:15-16, Proverbs 23:24-25, and Proverbs 29:3).
* The parents of a fool have no joy (Proverbs 17:21, Proverbs 17:25, and Proverbs 19:13).
* Parents are not without blame when it comes to a child being foolish: “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame” (Proverbs 29:15).
2. Are the treasures of wickedness profitable?
No: “Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death” (Proverbs 10:2).
* Wealth won’t save anyone (Psalms 49:6-10 and Proverbs 11:4).
* Rather than deliverance, wealth often becomes a death trap (Luke 12:15-21 and I Timothy 6:6-10).
* Righteousness delivers from death (Proverbs 12:28 and I Peter 4:18).
3. Will the righteous suffer to famish [starve]?
No: “The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:3).
* The righteous will never starve (Psalms 37:25, Luke 12:22-31, and Hebrews 13:5-6).
* God NOW (in a time when miracles have ceased) provides naturally (Matthew 5:45, Acts 14:17, and Hebrews 6:7) and through our brethren (Acts 4:32-37 and Romans 15:25-27).
4. Is it wise to be a lazy slacker?
No: “(4) He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. (5) He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame” (Proverbs 10:4-5).
* Proverbs 6:6-11, Proverbs 12:24, Proverbs 19:15; 24, Proverbs 20:4, Proverbs 20:13, and Hebrews 6:11-12.
5. In comparing the just and the wicked, who is really blessed?
“(6) Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. (7) The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot” (Proverbs 10:6-7).
* The just are blessed (Deuteronomy 28:2 and Proverbs 28:20).
* The just will be remembered above the wicked (Ecclesiastes 7:1; cf. Mark 4:3-9).
6. What type of person receives commandments?
“The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall” (Proverbs 10:8).
* The wise are receptive (Proverbs 9:9 and Proverbs 21:11).
* The foolish reject knowledge and will fall (Proverbs 1:7).
7. Do those that pervert their ways walk surely?
No: “He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known” (Proverbs 10:9).
* “Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once” (Proverbs 28:18).
8. What does the winking of the eye cause?
“He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall” (Proverbs 10:10).
* Diotrephes is an example of a prating fool (III John 9-11).
9. What is the mouth of a righteous man?
“The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked” (Proverbs 10:11).
* Psalms 37:30-31, Proverbs 15:7, Proverbs 16:23-24, and Proverbs 18:4.
10. What is the difference between hatred and love?
“Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins” (Proverbs 10:12).
* The reason love covers sin is here: Proverbs 17:9 and James 5:19-20; cf. Revelation 3:19.
* FOR SURE, this is not teaching one to “hide” or just “forget” about one’s sins (Proverbs 28:13).
* Don’t attempt to cover your sins (Genesis 3:12, Genesis 4:1-12, Genesis 37:26, Proverbs 10:18, and Matthew 23:25-28). Who do you think you’re hiding them from anyway (Isaiah 29:15-16, I Samuel 16:7, I Chronicles 28:9, Acts 5:1-10, Proverbs 5:21, Psalms 44:21, Psalms 90:8, and I John 3:20)?
* Confessing sins to God (Psalms 32:3-5, Job 33:27-30, Luke 15:18-24, and I John 1:9) and even brethren if need be (James 5:16).
* Forsaking your sins (Psalms 37:27, II Timothy 2:19, Proverbs 3:7, Proverbs 16:17, Matthew 3:7-8, Acts 26:18-20, John 8:1-11, John 5:10-14, and II Corinthians 7:1).
11. What is intended for the back of him that is void of understanding?
“In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding” (Proverbs 10:13).
* Proverbs 26:3
12. What do wise men lay up?
“Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction” (Proverbs 10:14).
* Proverbs 1:5, Proverbs 9:9, and Proverbs 19:8.
13. What is the strong city of a rich man?
His wealth: “The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty” (Proverbs 10:15).
* Psalms 49:6-7, Jeremiah 9:23, and I Timothy 6:17.
14. Are the righteous and the wicked working to get to the same end?
No: “The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin” (Proverbs 10:16).
* “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him” (Isaiah 3:10-11).
15. What do those of us in the way of life need to keep?
“He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth” (Proverbs 10:17).
* Proverbs 4:13, Matthew 7:24-27, and Hebrews 12:25.