THE MAN OF UNDERSTANDING
The Security of The Word – Proverbs 6:1-35
Verses 1 – 5 – Warning or caution against being the security for anothers debt; or “co-signing” for others. From the ESV Study notes,
“The main point of the appeal begins in v. 3: save yourself from the whim of the one in debt and plead urgently with him. The point of such pleading is made clear by the comparison to game caught in a trap: focus all your energy and seek to get out of such a situation and thus save yourself (v. 5) from ruin.”
See Proverbs 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26; and27:13
Verses 6 -11 – Sloth or laziness is not commended by the wise. God has created that human kind be the intelligent ones; however the wise can also learn from the creatures of God’s creation. It should have a humbling affect on us.
If there is a tie between verses 1-5, and verses 6-11; it is in that the “ant” needs no surety from another; but is wise to save for that “rainy day”.
There is no wrong in providing a co-signature for a friend; not so wise in providing one for a stanger; and even more foolish to provide one for a slothful and lazy individual.
See Prov. 10:5; 24:33-34.
Verses 12 – 15 – The walk of the wicked leads to destruction. The whole body of the wicked man or woman communicates evil. His mouth, eyes, feet, and hands [fingers]. It begins in the heart. Jeremiah the prophet said,
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
Prov. 10:10; 16:27; Psalm 35:19. See also Matthew 6:31; 12:35.
Verses 16 – 19 – Seven things which God hates. These seven things are directly related to the heart of evil.
From the ESV Study notes we read of verse 16,
“This numeric literary device presents a representative rather than exhaustive list (cf. 30:15–16, 18–19, 21–31) that seeks to draw particular attention to the final item as the focus of God’s hatred. It is easy to agree that God hates the first six items; it is also easy to overlook the seventh (v. 19b), and thus the author pulls the reader up short.”
From the Matthew Henry Commentary we find,
“God hates sin; he hates every sin; he can never be reconciled to it; he hates nothing but sin. But there are some sins which he does in a special manner hate; and all those here mentioned are such as are injurious to our neighbour. It is an evidence of the good-will God bears to mankind that those sins are in a special manner provoking to him which are prejudicial to the comfort of human life and society. Therefore the men of Belial must expect their ruin to come suddenly, and without remedy, because their practices are such as the Lord hates and are an abomination to him, v. 16. Those things which God hates it is no thanks to us to hate in others, but we must hate them in ourselves.”
Verses 20 – 35 – Make the Word of wisdom and of God familiar, that sin be not familiar. We are told often about the preciousness of the Word of God. It is valuable. It is eternal. It is to be cherished and counted a treasure.
These verses show why. The words of wisdom from parents, received from Scripture, are eternal gifts to be received and practiced.
See these Scriptures: Matthew 24:35; 1 Peter 1:25; Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:9, 11, 89, and 105
-Tim A. Blankenship