Category Archives: Proverbs

Like a Bad Tooth

John Gil elaborates on Proverbs 25:19: Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips. (Proverbs 25:19 ESV) It is not good to put confidence in any man, not in princes … Continue reading

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Sermon: Proverbs 11:26-31; To Fall or to Flourish?

People of God, this is our last look at Proverbs for this Pentecost Season. We will certainly come back again and again in years to come. It is impossible to grow as a people without the wisdom of King Solomon. … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Consider the Ways of Wisdom

Proverbs presents Christ, but it also presents our works in the sight of God. This Wisdom Book is an earthly book. It shatters the nice and politically correct discourse so prevalent in our culture. Proverbs makes us all human again. … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

The tree of life is the result of the fruit of righteousness. It is the tree that would have been granted to our forefathers had they exercised godly patience. The tree of life means discernment and the ability to act … Continue reading

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“He That Winneth Souls is Wise”, An Exegetical Comment on Proverbs 11:30b

Evangelistic rallies, tent revivals, and door-knocking gospel programs appeal to Proverbs 11:30 as justification for their conversion agendas. The old King James translates it as “He that winneth souls is wise.” The great Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon, used this as … Continue reading

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Sermon: Reaping What You Sow, Series: Kingly Wisdom, Part X, Proverbs 11:20-25

Outline The Certainty of Evil’s End and the Certainty of the Vindication of the Righteous (20-21 & 23) Physical Beauty Without Character is Contradictory (22) The Richness and Abundance of Giving (24-25) People of God, there is coherence and harmony … Continue reading

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The Vindication of the Righteous

Consistent in Proverbs is this continuous theme of the vindication of the righteous in God’s eschatological promise. Proverbs 11:23 says that the “desire of the righteous ends only in good.” Our desires need to comport with God’s desires. His hesed needs to … Continue reading

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Sermon: A Call to Faithful Presence, Proverbs 11:12-19, Kingly Wisdom, Part IX

People of God,  Proverbs is a book of wisdom. It is applicable to our day, it is worthy of our investment, it is healthy to be memorized, it is powerful in counseling, effective in discerning, faithful in its consistency, paradoxical … Continue reading

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Proverbs 11, Blessing the City, Series: Kingly Wisdom, Part VIII

People of God,  we are going to continue our look through Proverbs. I hope this study has been refreshing and challenging to you as it has been to me in my preparation. We are going to look through verses 5-11 … Continue reading

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Sermon: Kingly Wisdom, Part VII, The Greatness of Humility, Proverbs 11:1-4

People of God,  we are plunging into the wisdom of Proverbs in this Pentecost Season. One reason we are delving into such a practical book is because Pentecost is all about the Church showing the world what being a Christian … Continue reading

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The Straight Paths

There is a great fondness for geometric straightness in Solomon’s words in Proverbs. This fondness is also expressed in John the Baptist’s declaration as the one who would present Messiah to the world: “…make straight his paths.” In Proverbs, the … Continue reading

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Proverbs Series: Kingly Wisdom, Part VI, On Biblical Hospitality

People of God,  we are seeking to build a community where Jesus is supreme over our lives, our thoughts, and actions. Submitting to Jesus in this wholistic manner is no easy task. If you grew up in an environment where … Continue reading

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Proverbs Series: Kingly Wisdom, Part V, On Biblical Friendship

People of God, we continue our study in Proverbs. These next two Sundays we are going to concentrate on two big themes that we see in the Wisdom of King Solomon: the themes of friendship and hospitality. As we continue … Continue reading

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Sermon: Kingly Wisdom, Part IV, Proverbs 6:17-19

People of God, we are going to look this morning into the final four sins that God despises. As we said last week, God is a God who views sins, and in particular, certain sins, as abominable. They are contrary … Continue reading

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Sermon: Kingly Wisdom, Part III, Proverbs 6:16-19

People of God, it is truly an unfortunate reality today that the Church has become silent on a host of issues. We have certainly addressed this trend before in my sermon on “Marriage and the Public Gospel,” but it needs … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of Evil

Proverbs six is a remarkable description of evil. And evil has a body: eyes, tongues, hands, and feet. Solomon says that these parts function as diabolical agents. The haughty eyes descend to the tongue, and to the hands, and downward. … Continue reading

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Sermon: Proverbs 1:1-7, Kingly Wisdom

People of God, we are going to spend a few weeks on selected portions of the book of Proverbs. I do this for two reasons: First, because we live in a very foolish culture. We live in a culture that … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Proverbs

Leithart summarizes well: The Proverbs train us as kings in the basic sense that they teach us how to take mastery of life, rather than merely bumble and stumble through life from one crisis to another.

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Memorizing Proverbs

Mark Horne offers some thoughtful reasons for memorizing Proverbs: 1. Proverbs is God’s Catechism; it is meant to be memorized OK, This is more the reason I began memorizing Proverbs than something I learned… except I can say I am … Continue reading

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Proverbs 10:10-16; Money, Morality, and the Mouth (series on Proverbs 10)

Sermon Audio Sermon: People of God, Lady Wisdom teaches us that how we use our bodies determine our future. She also teaches us that our actions and words affect much more than ourselves; it affects our community. It changes people … Continue reading

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Richness and Poverty in Proverbs

Bruce Waltke observes that Solomon’s proverb give equal attention to the dangers of wealth and the positive implications of it. Wealth in the wrong hands is deceitful and destructive. On the other hand, poverty connotes the idea of powerlessness (see … Continue reading

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The Tongue and Wisdom in Proverbs 10

6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. 8 The wise of heart will receive commandments, but … Continue reading

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Proverbs and Sleep

What type of sleep is Proverbs condemning in chapter 10: 5? According to Waltke, it refers to a “person in a state of sleep that is so deep, traumatic, and narcotic-like that he is totally unconscious of his surroundings.”  Gary … Continue reading

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Character and Work

Liberals are frustrated by the truths of Proverbs. Proverbs pounds the idea of work into the liberal mind. It exalts work and castigates laziness. According to Proverbs, a man’s character is reflected in his attitude toward work. The dominion mandate … Continue reading

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Proverbs and Works

Proverbs present Christ, but it also presents our works in the sight of God. Proverbs is an earthly book. It shatters the nice, civil discourse so prevalent in the so-called elite; in fact, it shatters the elite and makes us … Continue reading

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Sermon: Proverbs 10:1-3

People of God, the book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom; it is a book of contrasts, and a book of success. Wisdom in that it teaches how God wants you to live in this world; contrasts because it … Continue reading

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Wisdom in Proverbs

Bruce Waltke argues several times in his An Old Testament Theology that the sage’s wisdom is not based “on what theologians call natural theology (901),” and that “creation teaches the impossibility of attaining wisdom apart from special revelation.” He affirms … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of the World

The wisdom of the world is put on display for everyone to see its foolishness and as the academicians put on their masks of wisdom, God unmasks them and shows them their utter incompetency and foolishness.

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Jesus, the greater Solomon

The ultimate and truly wise Son was not Solomon, but Jesus. Jesus is a greater Solomon; in fact, Jesus is the wisdom of God incarnate; wisdom made flesh. This teaches us that doing wisdom; possessing wisdom is following the One … Continue reading

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Gary North on Sustaining the Protestant Ethic

The Bible affirms the temporal efficacy of hard work, thrift, and the other personal disciplines that we associate with the phrase, “the Protestant ethic.” But these virtues are not sufficient to produce the results hoped for by the wicked. In the language of … Continue reading

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