An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 169 – Don’t Withhold Correction Through Buying The Truth (Proverbs 23:13-23)
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1. Is it right to correct a child?
Yes, it is right to correct a child: “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die” (Proverbs 23:13).

  • Proverbs 3:12, Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 19:18, Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 29:15, and Proverbs 29:17.

2. Does correcting a child have an impact on his or her soul?
Correction can deliver a soul from Hell: “Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell” (Proverbs 23:14).

  • Proverbs 22:6 and Ephesians 6:4.
  • Discipline should be about the saving of a soul (cf. I Corinthians 5:1-5).

3. What can a child do to cause his or her parents to rejoice?
“(15) My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. (16) Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things” (Proverbs 23:15-16).

  • Proverbs 10:1, Proverbs 15:20, and Proverbs 29:3.
  • Of course, we know that we make God happy when we do the right things (Colossians 1:10).
  • Those whom are taught also bring joy to there father-like teachers (i.e. our children in the faith – I Corinthians 4:14-15, I Thessalonians 2:11-12, I Timothy 1:2, Titus 1:4, I John 2:12, and III John 3-4).
  • Even IF a child errs, when he or she turns and does that which is right there is joy in the eyes of a parent (Luke 15:11-32).

4. Should we envy sinners?
“Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long” (Proverbs 23:17).

  • Psalms 37:1-3, Proverbs 3:31, and Proverbs 24:1.
  • You shouldn’t envy anyone (Job 5:2, Proverbs 14:30, Proverbs 27:4, Galatians 5:26, James 3:16, and I Peter 2:1-2).
  • On top of that, the only things you could envy of a sinner would be worldly things. Those THINGS should NOT be our focus (Matthew 6:19-24, I Peter 2:11, and I John 2:15-17).

5. What is the difference between the end of a child of God and the end of a sinner?
“(17) Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long. (18) For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:17-18).

  • The end of the righteous is good (Psalms 37:37, John 5:28-29, and Romans 6:21-22).
  • On the other hand, the end of the sinner is not something to envy (II Thessalonians 2:12 and Revelation 21:8; cf. I Peter 4:17-19).

6. If one hears the truth and becomes wise, what should that person do with his or her heart?
“Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way” (Proverbs 23:19).

  • Psalms 119:32, Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 23:12, and Proverbs 23:26.
  • The way is His way (Deuteronomy 10:12, Joshua 22:5, and John 14:6).

7. Why should we avoid winebibbers and gluttons?
“(20) Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: (21) For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags” (Proverbs 23:20-21).

  • Proverbs 21:17, Proverbs 28:7, Romans 13:13, and I Peter 4:1-5.
  • Alcohol doesn’t bring good things (Proverbs 20:1, Isaiah 5:11, Isaiah 5:22, Isaiah 28:7-8, and Hosea 4:11).
  • Whether with food or anything else, serving our carnal lusts is not good (Matthew 26:41 and Galatians 5:24).
  • Remember how this chapter began (Proverbs 23:1-3).

8. Does God expect children to listen to their parents?
Yes: “Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old” (Proverbs 23:22).

  • Proverbs 1:8, Mark 7:10, and Ephesians 6:1-2.
  • Under the Law of Moses, a disobedient child would be stoned (Deuteronomy 21:18-21).

9. What should be bought, but not sold?
Truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding: “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding” (Proverbs 23:23).

  • Truth is necessary (John 8:32 and I Timothy 2:4) and has been compared to valuable things so that we can see value in truth (Psalms 119:72 and Psalms 119:127).
  • Get wisdom (Proverbs 2:2-4, Proverbs 4:5-7, and Proverbs 16:16), instruction (Proverbs 4:13 and Proverbs 10:17), and understanding (Proverbs 16:16; 22).
  • Don’t sell out (Matthew 16:24-26) or compromise (Joshua 1:7-8 and Philippians 1:17).