An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 164 – Wise Men Prevail Through Safety Is Of The Lord (Proverbs 21:22-31)

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1. Can wise men prevail against mighty men?
Yes: “A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof” (Proverbs 21:22).

  • Proverbs 24:5, Ecclesiastes 7:19, and Ecclesiastes 9:13-18; cf. Proverbs 4:7.

2. What do you have to guard to keep your soul from troubles?
Your mouth and tongue: “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles” (Proverbs 21:23).

  • Proverbs 12:13, Proverbs 13:3, Proverbs 18:21, Ecclesiastes 10:12-14, and I Peter 3:10-11.

3. What is one called when they deal in proud wrath?
Proud and haughty scorner: “Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath” (Proverbs 21:24).

  • Being a scorner [scoffer; mocker] is not a good thing: Proverbs 19:29, Proverbs 24:9, and Isaiah 29:20.
  • Haughtiness is not good either: Proverbs 16:18, Proverbs 18:12, and Isaiah 13:11.
  • Pride, we know where that leads: Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 29:23, and James 4:6-10.
  • Dealing in wrath is stupid: James 1:19-20
  • Combining pride, anger, and being hasty makes a fool (Ecclesiastes 7:8-9).

4. What does the slothful refuse to do?
“The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour” (Proverbs 21:25).

  • Proverbs 6:6-11, Proverbs 12:27, and Proverbs 24:30-34.

5. Are righteous individuals greedy?
No, the righteous are givers: “He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not” (Proverbs 21:26).

  • Be the giver rather than the coveter (Acts 20:33-35 and I Thessalonians 2:5-9).

6. Is the Lord pleased with the sacrifice of the wicked?
No: “The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind” (Proverbs 21:27)?

  • Proverbs 15:8 and Proverbs 28:9.
  • God wants obedience more than sacrifice (I Samuel 15:22-23, Proverbs 21:3, Hosea 6:4-7, and Amos 5:21-24).

7. What is the difference between a false witness and one that hears truth?
False witnesses perish while truth hearers continue: “A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly” (Proverbs 21:28).

  • False witnesses (Deuteronomy 19:16-19, Proverb 19:5, Proverbs 19:9, Proverbs 25:18, and Romans 13:9).
  • Hearers that apply (Deuteronomy 5:1, Romans 2:13 and James 1:18-25).
  • “The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment” (Proverbs 12:19).

8. Rather than directing [establishing] his way, what does a wicked man do?
Hardens face: “A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way” (Proverbs 21:29).

  • Proverbs 1:24-25, Proverbs 28:14, Proverbs 29:1, Jeremiah 44:16-17, and Acts 7:51-52.

9. Is there any wisdom, counsel, or understanding against God?
No: “There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD” (Proverbs 21:30).

  • Proverbs 19:21, Isaiah 7:5-7, Isaiah 8:10, and Isaiah 46:10-11.

10. Could the children of Israel trust in their horses as they could the Lord?
No: “The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD” (Proverbs 21:31).

  • Psalms 20:7, Psalms 33:17-18, and Isaiah 31:1.