Some of the Proverbs bring forth truth in humor.
Such is this one.
The modern equivalent is “putting lipstick a pig”…
As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout
So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion
So, how does a gold ring in a pig’s snout look?
What would be the function?
A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like this?
Beauty is but on the outside.
Lack of discretion within destroys that without.
“Discretion” speaks of “taste, judgment, understanding, reasoning”.
It is a vivid picture.
It is also correct.
Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished,
But the descendants of the righteous will be delivered.
The evil man will not go unpunished.
God will deal with evil.
He will bring forth justice.
They will be delivered, as will their descendants.
Jump a verse ahead…
The desire of the righteous is only good,
But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
The wicked know.
They know that the wrath of God is coming.
They expect it.
They know that God’s good is coming.
His perfect judgment.
Be certain of your status…
Thanksgiving Day 2021!
Be certain to first give thanks to the Lord…in all things.
Not “for” everything.
Determine to do the following:
pray without ceasing;
in everything give thanks;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
not quench the Spirit;
do not despise prophetic utterances.
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
abstain from every form of evil.
Give thanks - in everything
Rejoice - always
Pray - without ceasing
This is the will of God for us in Christ Jesus.
Give thanks along these truths.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophecies.
Examine everything carefully.
Hold fast to the good.
Abstain from evil.
“Thank the Lord”
In the united States tomorrow is “Thanksgiving”.
A day of giving thanks.
As I’ve said many times before, this is good.
The problem arises in “who is receiving the thanks”?
In this the world is vague.
They “thank” all sorts of things - “goodness”, “heavens”, “nature”, etc.
Dreadfully close, but perverted in the end.
To where do we direct our “thanks”?
The Word makes it abundantly clear…
1 Ch 16:34
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Thanks begins with the Lord.
True thanks is in/through the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord.
He is Good.
He loves us…forever.
Determine to give thanks to the Lord and praise Him…
Praise the LORD!
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart,
In the company of the upright and in the assembly.
Thank Him with all your heart.
Thank Him among the upright.
Thank Him in all place.
Then, true thanks will flow…
“Way of the Wicked”
The Lord hates wickedness.
He hates the way of the wicked.
Wickedness is an abomination to the Lord…
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
But He loves one who pursues righteousness.
Evil plans are an abomination to the LORD,
But pleasant words are pure.
The way of wickedness and evil plans are an abomination to the Lord.
He hates them.
But, He loves the one who pursues righteousness.
He loves the one who speaks “pleasant words” of righteousness are pure before Him.
Each must examine themselves.
Which be we?
“The Lord’s Delight”
Which do you choose?
The Way of the Lord?
The abomination of the Lord?
There is only one way that is pleasing.
If “it” is not the Way of the Lord, then it is displeasing.
The perverse in heart are an abomination to the LORD,
But the blameless in their walk are His delight.
Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
Perverse in heart…
Sacrifice of the wicked…
All are abominations to the Lord.
(In addition to all we have seen so far!)
Those that are blameless in their walk (not perverse of heart) are the Lord’s delight.
Those who deal faithfully, (not lying lips) are the Lord’s delight.
Those who are upright and pray (not the sacrifice of the wicked) are the Lord’s delight.
Do you delight in the Lord?
Does the Lord delight in you?
The Lord tells us plainly.
He tells us what is sin.
He tells us what is an abomination to Him.
Yet, we seem to think in our “enlightened” (sin-filled, perverted?) mind that things are different today?
As we have seen, an idol, of any form…anything that receives more attention than the Lord, is an abomination to the Lord…
‘Cursed is the man who makes an idol or a molten image, an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman,
and sets it up in secret.' And all the people shall answer and say, ‘Amen.'
Such a person will be cursed.
We have seen that false balance/weight is an abomination to the Lord…
A false balance is an abomination to the LORD,
But a just weight is His delight.
For the devious are an abomination to the LORD;
But He is intimate with the upright.
Are an abomination to the Lord.
The Lord is intimate with the upright.
Reject the evil way of the devious.