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24 Do not envy the wicked,
do not desire their company;
2 for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble.
When you no longer no the difference between the wicked person’s schemes and the schemes you use to get your way, you have envy of a wicked person and there is no longer a friendship. Competition is the way that I did not see that a person close to me wanted to kill my dream, take away my hope and destroy my courage to trust God to rebuild my life.
3 By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
As a writer I see the illustration not about a brick house but this is consistent with the Lord’s instruction to build your house on his teaching. The house built is your earthly tent, the temple of the Holy Ghost indwells your house with rare knowledge and beautiful revelation. Understanding, fear of the Lord and Trust in the Lord’s Right Hand, Jesus will establish your life.
5 The wise prevail through great power,
and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
6 Surely you need guidance to wage war,
and victory is won through many advisers.
As I’ve studied the word of God in solitude, I’ve learned that what I learn is to bless my life and bless those who are free from strongholds. I’ve learned that I cannot access God’s power with iniquity in my heart or schemes and tricks in my arsenal. You can’t win for God’s Kingdom and use the strategies of the evil one.
You need guidance to know when to get into a argument and when to be silent. You need guidance to know where God wants to place you in His Kingdom for the purpose of establishing and winning the war against darkness in His Kingdom.
Many advisers might most resemble many managers each with a area of dominion. Evil principalities are assigned to regions of the earth and they are not all the same. Pride is a principality. Greed is a principality. In the Kingdom of light we need advisers who can adjust to God’s changing strategy. We need women and men in ministry and in the work of the church who are sure they have been cleaned, restored, redeemed and set free. You can’t minister to someone when you still have pain, lies, and deceit in your heart.
I do believe we need to speak a timely word so be sure you have tested it by the Spirit. When you pray amiss you can not receive from God because he has a will, He has a Will. He is not a genie. His will is for our good. We each hear him, so we need to be sure we understand how we are going to pursue God’s will for our own individual family. You cannot pursue God’s will for someone else’s family.
7 Wisdom is too high for fools;
in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
Knowledge can be attained. As a writer I believe God wants to give wisdom because His Word says to ask for it. But if we are double-minded or we ask for reasons amiss he will not give to us what we ask for because he knows we have poor intentions for using what He gives us.
8 Whoever plots evil
will be known as a schemer.
9 The schemes of folly are sin,
and people detest a mocker.
My Sunday school teacher helped me understand what a plot of evil looks like — if you cannot find what you are asking for in the bible, it’s most likely that is not in God’s will to do. For example, if you want someone else’s husband, you believe that God will take him from his wife to give him to you. This is not consistent with the character of God because the Lord Jesus will come as the bridegroom for His Church and He is not going to divorce the church for the Kingdom of darkness. Therefore to ask for something amiss must imply that you have asked God to do something that is against His character.
10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
how small is your strength!
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
Dear Lord Jesus forgive us for dealing corruptly with holy matters. We’ve been guilty of sins omission and commission. We’ve picked scriptures we liked; all of us, all of us have sinned. Forgive us when we play games in your house; Forgive us when we use words to wage war. We are a people with unclean lips and we deal corruptly when we worship you but we do not confess our sins. Lord Jesus forgive us for fighting for ministry positions, politicking for ministry positions and using unequal weights to judge people based on what they bring into the church whether that is money or connections. Lord we thank you that you didn’t kill us. Lord we thank you you kept on blessing us inspite of us using you for your wealth, riches, righteousness and fame. Lord we recommit ourselves to building the people of God. We will use our words to give life and not death. We will question our motives and pray quietly in a room where you see us. We will not seek our own praise or accolades to reward us for our work for you. We will do what you ask us to do because we are humbled to be used by you where you plant us. We will pray for all of the churches open in your name. We will respect biblical scholars, theological teachers and seminary professors who educate those men and women who want to pursue excellence in teaching, counseling and ministering. Lord we do not count our blessings as luck; every good and perfect gift is from above. Lord we repent of scheming you, though you cannot be mocked. Lord we repent of trying to get you to bless us with more than we can handle. Lord we repent of trying to get you to bless us with husbands, houses, cars and land before the appointed time you choose. Lord please help us not to be dishonest with our brothers or sisters in order to posture ourselves as caring and wanting to bless them when we want someone’s husband, or someone’s talent, or someone’s education or someone’s home or someone’s name. Lord please forgive us. We are a people of unclean lips. Make us new. Make us whole. Give us a new opportunity for serving you in a right Spirit with no hidden agenda or motive to gain notoriety or bonus points. May our obedience produce the pleasing outcome you desire. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.
15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
do not plunder their dwelling place;
16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
18 or the Lord will see and disapprove
and turn his wrath away from them.
19 Do not fret because of evildoers
or be envious of the wicked,
20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
21 Fear the Lord and the king, my son,
and do not join with rebellious officials,
22 for those two will send sudden destruction on them,
and who knows what calamities they can bring?
Further Sayings of the Wise
23 These also are sayings of the wise:
To show partiality in judging is not good:
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and rich blessing will come on them.
26 An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips.
27 Put your outdoor work in order
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house.
28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—
would you use your lips to mislead?
29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;
I’ll pay them back for what they did.”
Vengeance is mine says the Lord.
30 I went past the field of a sluggard,
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
The Bible is good for instructing, correcting and rebuking. I read therefore I can change. I hope that the word takes root in my heart and becomes life to my life.