Proverbs Chapter 6
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Cautions against rash suretiship. (1-5) A rebuke to slothfulness. (6-11) Seven things hateful to God. (12-19) Exhortations to walk according to God's commandments. (20-35)1-5 If we live as directed by the word of God, we shall find it profitable even in this present world. We are stewards of our worldly substance, and have to answer to the Lord for our disposal of it; to waste it in rash schemes, or such plans as may entangle us in difficulties and temptations, is wrong. A man ought never to be surety for more than he is able and willing to pay, and can afford to pay, without wronging his family; he ought to look upon every sum he is engaged for, as his own debt. If we must take all this care to get our debts to men forgiven, much more to obtain forgiveness with God. Humble thyself to him, make sure of Christ as thy Friend, to plead for thee; pray earnestly that thy sins may be pardoned, and that thou mayest be kept from going down to the pit.
6-11 Diligence in business is every man's wisdom and duty; not so much that he may attain worldly wealth, as that he may not be a burden to others, or a scandal to the church. The ants are more diligent than slothful men. We may learn wisdom from the meanest insects, and be shamed by them. Habits of indolence and indulgence grow upon people. Thus life runs to waste; and poverty, though at first at a distance, gradually draws near, like a traveller; and when it arrives, is like an armed man, too strong to be resisted. All this may be applied to the concerns of our souls. How many love their sleep of sin, and their dreams of worldly happiness! Shall we not seek to awaken such? Shall we not give diligence to secure our own salvation?
12-19 If the slothful are to be condemned, who do nothing, much more those that do all the ill they can. Observe how such a man is described. He says and does every thing artfully, and with design. His ruin shall come without warning, and without relief. Here is a list of things hateful to God. Those sins are in a special manner provoking to God, which are hurtful to the comfort of human life. These things which God hates, we must hate in ourselves; it is nothing to hate them in others. Let us shun all such practices, and watch and pray against them; and avoid, with marked disapproval, all who are guilty of them, whatever may be their rank.
20-35 The word of God has something to say to us upon all occasions. Let not faithful reproofs ever make us uneasy. When we consider how much this sin abounds, how heinous adultery is in its own nature, of what evil consequence it is, and how certainly it destroys the spiritual life in the soul, we shall not wonder that the cautions against it are so often repeated. Let us notice the subjects of this chapter. Let us remember Him who willingly became our Surety, when we were strangers and enemies. And shall Christians, who have such prospects, motives, and examples, be slothful and careless? Shall we neglect what is pleasing to God, and what he will graciously reward? May we closely watch every sense by which poison can enter our minds or affections.
Mas's Proverbs Chapter 6 comment on 3/22/2013, 9:54pm...
Verse 32, ďBut whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.Ē
Here soul simply means your personal life, it simply means your life with its feelings, emotions and passions.
Even David got a lot of trouble after committing adultery as 2 Samuel 12:8-12 states:
1. The sword should not depart from Davidís house;
2. His wives would be take by another man (which Davidís own son Absalom) in public, and
3. The son that was born from Davidís adultery should die. And he died.
All such troubles did only disquiet Davidís soul. Because His own son Absalom went to war against Him, that David fled from his palace.
Praise God He is merciful that He ultimately restored him in his Kingdom.
Thatís the meaning which is earthly life troubles in this verse.
I hope this helps.
God bless you.
Vic's Proverbs Chapter 6 comment about verse 32 on 3/22/2013, 6:08pm...
What does it mean by destroying one's soul? David committed adultery and his soul went to heaven. Are we talking about an unsaved person?
LAMECK's Proverbs Chapter 6 comment about verse 9 on 3/07/2013, 7:10am...
Laziness is the key to poverty and spiritual death, but hard work will determine the level of your vision and the outcome of your faith in God.
Biodun Williams's Proverbs Chapter 6 comment on 1/18/2013, 11:07am...
The blessings of the living God, sometimes come disguised and many times discernment becomes necessary to recognize them. Praise God! Well, the book of Proverbs has many things that we can learn from, and this sixth chapter starts with some heavy warnings, against surety and pledges. In fact it warns about, standing as surety or as a guarantor for a friend. Then it also warns against pledges or vows, towards or in favour of a stranger. There are also other warnings, admonition, injunctions and corrections in this particular book. However, in this comment, I think it is appropriate that we look at the issue of surety and pledges. Really, there is nothing particularly wrong about being a surety or making pledges. However, it is appropriate that we understand that they are issues of seriousness. That demands carefulness and prayers. The fact is that in the world of business and commerce, surety or standing, as a guarantor for somebody are things of regular occurrences, and yet God, in His infinite wisdom through Solomon issues warnings against it. Really, in business, when surety or guarantees are given in support of say a business loan to an individual or to an entity, the party giving the guarantee, must have something in terms of capital or financial asset to support it, and that is, in case of default of the other party. And that means the guarantor, prior to that, must have been sure of the integrity and faithfulness of the person asking for guarantee. These warnings become important because it talks about a friend. In fact, it is like, it directs, a potential guarantor to look at things properly, and, not take things for granted, and also to advise and counsel his friend to buckle up. And that he should learn to trust God for his needs. When looked at properly, it did not talk about, a family member, but a friend, so also it refers to a pledge to stranger, and that, it is a trap in disguise. The truth is be it surety or pledges, both are issues that one must be very wise and careful about. And if we found ourselves involved in anything like surety or pledges that weíve been corned into, then we can humbly and speedily find a way to deliver and free ourselves from it. Also, in particular, we should ask God, for wisdom and how to deal with it. In addition to these, pledges are regular occurrences, in fact in the Church, and sometimes, a person may be carried away with the environment and despite the fact that he may not at that moment, have at his disposal what he can use to meet it, he simply plunges into it. God is love and we that belong to Him through Jesus Christ, are, obliged to love Him wholeheartedly and also to love one another as He has loved us. There is no fear in love and perfect love cast out all fear. The warnings, in this opening statement of Proverbs 6, are something that we should and must take on board. God is a wonderful God- and He only reveals His mysteries to the humble, and no matter what, wisdom that is truly from God, does not run contrary to one another. God is perfect in Knowledge and that is one of the reasons why His Word and investing considerable amount of time in it should become, the norm to the humble.
Timothy Wayne George's Proverbs Chapter 6 comment about verse 24 on 1/06/2013, 4:57pm...
Wisdom will keep thee away from the evil woman, and the flattery of the wayward wife's tongue. Therefore seek wisdom, for she will make your pathway bright. If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men freely. He must ask in faith, without doubting, because who ever doubts is a double minded man. The adulterous will seek after the precious life, so keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.
Prophet John mulenga's Proverbs Chapter 6 comment about verse 10 on 9/05/2012, 2:20am...
The more you sleep the more the lazy you become, lazy people sleep a lot because they dont have time for planning.
Debra's Proverbs Chapter 6 comment on 8/13/2012, 2:27am...
I see the decietfulness of man (woman) and the desire to promote self instead of God. These prove what man will go thorugh to deceive and keep you blind to Gods ways
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