An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 187 – The Bloodthirsty Through Lacking Vision (Proverbs 29:10-18)

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1. How do the bloodthirsty feel about the upright?
“The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul” (Proverbs 29:10).

  • Genesis 4:1-10 [cf. I John 3:12-13], II Chronicles 36:16, Matthew 14:1-12, Luke 19:47, John 7:7, John 8:37, John 15:18-20, and I Thessalonians 2:14-16.
  • For this next point, consider the translation of this verse in the ASV 1901: “The bloodthirsty hate him that is perfect; And as for the upright, they seek his life”.
  • The just care for the soul of the upright (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Galatians 6:1-2, Hebrews 3:13, and Hebrews 10:23-25).

2. What is one difference between a fool and a wise man (in the context of our current study)?
The fool doesn’t shut up: “A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards” (Proverbs 29:11).

    • Psalms 34:13, Proverbs 12:23, Proverbs 14:33, Proverbs 17:27-28, Ecclesiastes 10:12-14, Ephesians 4:29, James 1:26; cf. Proverbs 10:19.

3. When a ruler listens to lies, what type of servants does he have under him?
Wicked: “If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked” (Proverbs 29:12).

    • I Kings 22:1-28.

4. What does the poor and deceitful man have in common?
The Lord gives life to both: “The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes” (Proverbs 29:13).

    • Job 34:19 and Proverbs 22:2.
    • Lightening eyes has reference to giving life (Psalms 13:3).

5. Is it good for a king to be a faithful judge to the poor?
Yes: “The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever” (Proverbs 29:14).

    • Proverbs 16:12, Proverbs 20:28, Jeremiah 22:16, and Daniel 4:27.
    • Our God has always wanted His people to care for the poor [those truly poor, not lazy bums; II Thessalonians 3:10] (Proverbs 28:27, Zechariah 7:10, Luke 14:12-14, Romans 15:25-27, Galatians 2:10, and James 2:1-12).

6. Is it good for a child to be left without parental guidance?
No: “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame” (Proverbs 29:15).

    • Proverbs 1:8, Proverbs 22:6, Proverbs 22:15, Ephesians 6:1-4, and II Timothy 1:5.

7. What happens when the wicked are multiplied?
“When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall” (Proverbs 29:16).

    • The principle of a little leaven leavening the whole lump (Proverbs 14:34, Matthew 16:6-12, I Corinthians 5:1-13, and Galatians 5:7-9).

8. What will happen if you correct your children?
“Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul” (Proverbs 29:17).

    • Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 19:18, Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 23:13-14, and Hebrews 12:5-13.

9. What happens when there is no vision [revelation] within a society?
The people perish: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18).

  • Psalms 74:9-11, Ezekiel 7:26, Amos 8:11-13, and Micah 3:5-7.
  • The reason the people perish is twofold:
  • There is no divine guidance, which we have through the word of God (Psalms 119:105, Proverbs 6:23, II Timothy 3:15-17, and II Peter 1:3-4).
  • There is no hope of salvation since we need the word of God to be saved (Psalms 19:7-8, Romans 1:16, and I Peter 1:22-25).
  • On the other hand, keeping the law brings happiness (Psalms 119:2, Jeremiah 15:16, Luke 11:28, and Revelation 22:14).