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Lesson # Prov. 10:18-21
Study Material - Prov. 10:18-21
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
18 He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool. 19 When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise. 20 The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little. 21 The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.
The person who conceals his thoughts with outward flattery, with outward words of kindness or ambiguity, is in fact a liar, a hypocrite. His real thoughts are slanderous or malicious. His inner thoughts are hatred or jealousy. His intent is to say one thing to the face of his intended victim, but to do otherwise when the back is turned.
His lips are lies with the words spoken out of sync with the thoughts behind them. He is a fool in that he believes that he will never be found out. Certainly God knows the truth. God reads all thoughts and intents of the heart. But such is the character of the wicked person who lacks doctrine in their soul. Doctrine drives the soul and the truth that proceeds from it. Lack of doctrine drives the soul with human viewpoint and many false concepts and evil intents. This is common in people like terrorists, criminal types, politicians, self righteous church goers, all manner of peoples who fail to pursue Bible doctrine.
With little truth in their soul, then the lips ultimately bring forth slanders of all types. They lack doctrine, therefore they are classified as fools.
Much talk is yet another trap for people who like to hear themselves talk. Much talk cannot cover up flaws, although many a fast talking salesman, or fast talking teenager will try their best to cover up some sort of error, either through deception or most probably by redirection of the conversation. 'Is your room clean?' 'I picked up my coat.' Hummm, was the question answered?
Many words usually or can possibly end up in the spinning of a tangled web that will eventually entrap the speaker. Many words can lead to exaggerations, to lies, to deceit, or they may just be the mode of covering up an insecurity.
The person with doctrine does not necessarily need to speak constantly, but here there is a self checking mechanism on what one thinks and says. The wise person can speak with the best of them, but thought goes into the process, and that thought is powered by Bible doctrine in the soul.
Truth speaks for itself. Everyone who hears it will either discern between what a wise person says, as opposed to what some other fool might be spinning, or they will simply reject the truth because they lack the necessary soul resources that help them to distinguish truth from fog.
Self restraint or self examination is crucial to maintaining ones fellowship status. 'If we judge ourselves, we shall not be judged.'
The righteous and the wicked are contrasted not in what they might be within this world (rich or poor, highly placed or lowly placed), but on the content of their respective souls. There is great value within the soul of the mature believer. There is no value in the soul of the fool.
The righteous person (mature believer) feeds many by means of the discernment within his soul. The fool starves himself in that he lacks doctrinal nourishment in his soul. Resulting in a slow death as the soul hardens over, and then finally physical death at the end of ones life.
Bible doctrine is the food source for a healthy soul which overflows to a healthy life. He who pursues this pattern of life is smart indeed. Since Bible doctrine is very easy to come by, very easy to learn, and requires nothing special in life to acquire, it is a fool indeed who rejects so easy a path to freedom and blessing in life.
Indeed the rich have nothing by which they can boast. The poor have nothing by which they should be ashamed. God places all in their respective places in life, and can reverse fortunes at a moments notice if it is His pleasure to do so.
The real shame in life belongs to anyone who does not pursue their spiritual growth through learning Bible doctrine. The real confidence in life belongs to anyone who is advancing to spiritual maturity, allowing God to take care of all of the details of life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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