An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 142 – A Wise Woman Builds Her House Through What Seems Right (Proverbs 14:1-12)
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1. What is the difference between a wise woman and a foolish woman?
“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands” (Proverbs 14:1).

* Wise woman that builds the house (
Ruth 4:9-12, Proverbs 24:3-4, Proverbs 31:10-31, II Timothy 1:5, and Titus 2:3-5).

* Foolish woman (
I Kings 21:25, Proverbs 19:13, Proverbs 21:9, and Proverbs 21:19).

2. What is the difference between one who walks in uprightness and one that is perverse in his ways?
“He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him” (Proverbs 14:2).

* Walking in the fear of the Lord to be upright (Deuteronomy 8:6, Deuteronomy 13:4, Job 1:1, Psalms 112:1, Ecclesiastes 12:13, Malachi 2:1-6, Acts 9:31, and Acts 10:34-35).

* Those who do not fear (
Jeremiah 44:10), but rather despise God (Malachi 1:6-10 and Luke 10:16).

3. What are some lessons we can learn from Proverbs 14:3?
“In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them” (Proverbs 14:3).

* The foolish have a rod of pride in the mouths (
Proverbs 8:13), which shall be cut off (Psalms 12:3).
- Pride leads to destruction (
Proverbs 16:18, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 18:12, Isaiah 2:11-12, James 4:6, and I John 2:16).

* The lips of the wise lead to being preserved (
Proverbs 12:6 and Matthew 12:34-37).

4. If one who needed oxen to accomplish work wanted to keep the crib [stall] clean by having no oxen, would they accomplish much work by having no oxen?
No: “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox(Proverbs 14:4).

* Don’t get rid of a necessary tool just to keep something clean. Oxen were valuable to get work done in those days (cf.
Deuteronomy 22:10).

5. Is every witness always telling the truth?
No: “A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies” (Proverbs 14:5).

* We should be faithful witnesses, in that we will
NOT lie (I Kings 22:12-14, Proverbs 13:5, Romans 9:1, and Colossians 3:9).

* The only thing you can count on a false witness for is that they will lie (
Psalms 35:11, Proverbs 17:4, and I John 2:4).

6. What type of person seeks wisdom, but cannot find it?
A scorner [mocker]: A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth” (Proverbs 14:6).

* Commentary on this:
Proverbs 1:22, Proverbs 13:1, and Jude 18.

* Knowledge is easy to those who have understanding (
Proverbs 17:24, Proverbs 19:25, Proverbs 28:5, and Ephesians 5:17).

7. Should we keep company with those who are foolish?
No: “Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7).

Proverbs 9:6, Proverbs 13:20, Proverbs 19:27, Jeremiah 15:17, I Corinthians 15:33, and Ephesians 5:11.

8. Does a prudent, thoughtful individual understand his or her way?
Yes: “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit” (Proverbs 14:8).

* We should have an understanding of “the way” in which we live and walk (
Psalms 111:10 and Proverbs 15:24).

* The fool has deceived himself / herself into thinking all is well, when it is not (
Luke 12:16-21 and James 1:22).

9. Do fools take sin very seriously?
No: “Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour” (Proverbs 14:9).

Job 15:16, Proverbs 1:22, Proverbs 10:23, Proverbs 15:21, Proverbs 30:20, and Romans 1:28-32.

10. Are there things we face internally that others cannot meddle in?
Yes: “The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy” (Proverbs 14:10).

* We have internal sorrows at times (
Job 10:1, Proverbs 15:13, Jeremiah 8:18, Ezekiel 3:14, John 12:27, and Romans 9:1-3).

* We have internal joy at times (
Jeremiah 15:16 and II Corinthians 7:13).

* There are times wherein we might really want to help one facing tough times (
Romans 12:15 and Galatians 6:2), but they may have to bear it alone (Luke 9:23, II Corinthians 12:10, and Galatians 6:5).

11. What is the end of the house of the wicked?
“The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish” (Proverbs 14:11).

Proverbs 21:12

12. Is it good to trust in that which seems right?
No: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

Proverbs 16:25, Proverbs 3:5-7, Proverbs 21:2, Isaiah 5:21, Jeremiah 17:9, Hosea 13:2, II Samuel 7:1-7, and Mark 7:1-9.