An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 161 – A Hasty Inheritance Through Cleansing Wounds (Proverbs 20:21-30)

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1. If someone all of a sudden comes into an inheritance, will that do good for him or her in the end?
No, people who gain instant wealth don’t fair well: “An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed” (Proverbs 20:21).

  • Don’t be in a hurry to gain instant wealth, it doesn’t fair well (Proverbs 28:20-22).
  • On the other hand, those things we labor for are good for us (Psalms 128:1-2, Ecclesiastes 2:24, Ecclesiastes 3:13, Ecclesiastes 5:12, and Ecclesiastes 5:18-19).
  • Still, even with labor, it should not to be rich (Proverbs 23:4, John 6:27, and I Timothy 6:6-10; cf. Isaiah 55:1-3).

2. Should we repay others with evil?
No: “Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee” (Proverbs 20:22).

  • Proverbs 17:13, Proverbs 24:29, Matthew 5:39-48, Romans 12:17-21, I Thessalonians 5:15, and I Peter 3:9.

3. How does the Lord view dishonest measurements?
Abomination to Him: “Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good” (Proverbs 20:23).

  • Proverbs 20:10, Leviticus 19:35, Proverbs 11:1, Proverbs 16:11, and Proverbs 20:23; cf. Romans 12:17.

4. Can man understand his own way?
No: “Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way” (Proverbs 20:24)?

  • Our way is ordered by the Lord (Psalms 37:23, Psalms 119:133, Proverbs 16:1, Proverbs 16:9, and Acts 17:28).
  • Therefore, we cannot understand our OWN way (Jeremiah 10:23; cf. Proverbs 3:5-7 and Isaiah 5:21).

5. Is it wrong to do something, say it’s holy, and then later find out if it was really the right thing to do?
Yes: “It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry” (Proverbs 20:25).

  • Proverbs 13:3, Proverbs 18:7; 13, and Ecclesiastes 5:1-5; cf. Leviticus 10:1-2.

6. What does a wise king do to the wicked?
“A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them” (Proverbs 20:26).

  • Proverbs 20:8; cf. Psalms 101:8.

7. Does the Lord know the spirit [our spirit/soul] that is within us?
Yes: “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly” (Proverbs 20:27).

  • Each of us has a soul/spirit (Genesis 2:7, Job 32:8, I Corinthians 2:11, and James 2:26).
  • God knows what’s going on inside of us (I John 3:19-20).

8. Does a king benefit from being merciful and truthful?
Yes: “Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy” (Proverbs 20:28).

  • Psalms 21:7, Proverbs 16:12, and Proverbs 29:14.

9. What is the glory of young men and what is the beauty of old men?
“The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head” (Proverbs 20:29).

  • These are not for us to glory in (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
  • The glory of the young is their strength (I John 2:14).
  • Gray hair is the glory of the old man (Proverbs 16:31).

10. Can bruises and wounds help some learn lessons?
“The blueness [bruise; black and blue mark] of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes [wounds] the inward parts of the belly” (Proverbs 20:30).

  • Beatings are for certain types of people (Proverbs 19:29), but are not always effective (Proverbs 15:10; 17:10).
  • Those who want to learn will endure and learn from hard correction (Proverbs 3:11 and Hebrews 12:5-13).
  • Consider this application: “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Proverbs 22:15).