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“The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.” Proverbs 14:35
This passage should come as no surprise to anyone. Wisdom brings favor, shame brings wrath. The favor of those in authority is one of the blessings of wisdom. A wise individual can be trusted and does not need someone looking over their shoulder to make sure that they aren’t going to make an irresponsible choice. A wise individual has someone else’s best interest in mind, so and authority doesn’t have to worry about selfish motives. A wise individual is influenced and ruled by the Word of God, so an authority doesn’t have to worry about a rebellious attitude or actions. Where do those who are in authority over you fall in this verse? Are you receiving favor or wrath?
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by Louis Sacran "Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known." Proverbs 14:33 Once again, we have a contrast between wisdom and foolishness. Wisdom rests in the heart of those...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Louis Sacran "The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death." Proverbs 14:32 This is a passage that brings us face to face with what we might call “ultimate reality”. It is easy to think...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Isaac Guess “He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth His Maker: but he that honoreth him hath mercy on the poor.” Proverbs 14:31 There are two important truths to be learned from this passage. First, there is no separation between...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Isaac Guess “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.” Proverbs 14:30 We often warn against the consequences of sin. But it is the goodness of God that leads to repentance. The goodness of God is...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Isaac Guess “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” Proverbs 14:29 It is no surprise to hear that God condemns rash anger. We have all witnessed the embarrassing and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Isaac Guess “In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.” Proverbs 14:28 Of all the riches a king enjoys, the most precious, and perhaps elusive, is the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Louis Sacran "The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death." Proverbs 14:27 As we look once again at the “fear of the Lord”, I want to remind you that we could rephrase it as: “obedience to...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
by Louis Sacran "In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge." Proverbs 14:26 We could rephrase the first half of this verse and say that “those who live a life of obedience to the Lord can...[ abbreviated | read entire ]