The brilliant physician and writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., and his brother John represent two
radically different views on the subject of flattery. Dr. Holmes loved to collect compliments, and
when he was older he indulged his pastime by saying to someone who had just p … More
Men who stubbornly and persistently refuse to heed reproof, that is for his own best interest, is not only destroying himself but placing himself in a position where a remedy will no longer be available (v. 1). I can think of several men who have destroyed their ministry because of refusing to admit their error. When righteous leaders are in control even the unbelievers will be glad. On the other hand, when wicked leaders are in control the people will groan under cruel oppression (v. 2).
If you love wisdom your parents will be glad, but chasing after bad women will cost you everything (v. 3). An honest ruler makes the nation strong; a ruler who takes bribes will bring it to ruin (v. 4). Flattery is the saying of what the heart does not mean with the intention of misleading or obtaining favor (v. 5). True praise and honest recognition of worthy accomplishments is right and proper in its place. However, insincere remarks to gain favor are dangerous and the person doing it will often get caught in the very net he has set for others. Your sins will catch you, but everyone who lives right will sing and celebrate(v. 6).
Probably all of us have exercised our stubborn will at one time or another. I need to remember that God calls me a fool if I refuse to accept Godly counsel.
He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing. When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan. He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. By justice a king builds up the land, but he who exacts gifts tears it down. A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. An evil man is ensnared in his transgression, but a righteous man sings and rejoices. A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge. Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath. If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet. Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless and seek the life of the upright. A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
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Proverbs 26:1-9The Man of Wisdom Will Not Dispute a Fool
Proverbs 26:10-19The Less You Do, The Less You Want to Do
Proverbs 26:20-28It Always Takes Two to Quarrel
Proverbs 27:1-9Don’t Brag About Tomorrow
Proverbs 27:10-18Iron Can Sharpen Iron
Proverbs 27:19-27The Natural Man is Never Satisfied
Proverbs 28:1-10Refusing to Obey Brings Disastrous Results
Proverbs 28:11-18The Rich Are Often Filled With Pride
Proverbs 28:19-28Giving Needed Rebuke is Never Easy
Proverbs 29:1-11An Honest Ruler Makes a Nation Strong
Proverbs 29:12-18Biblical Discipline Brings Delight
Proverbs 29:19-27The Rod and Reproof Bring Wisdom
Proverbs 30:1-10God Chooses to Use Ordinary People
Proverbs 30:11-17We Are Never Satisfied and Always Want More
Proverbs 30:18-23We Will be Judged For What We do in The Body
Proverbs 30:24-28Anger Produces Trouble
Proverbs 30:29-33Pride And Anger Work Against Humility
Proverbs 31:1-9What King Lemuel’s Mother Taught Him
Proverbs 31:10-16The Ideal Woman is Rare
Proverbs 31:17-23The Wife’s Life Was Centered Around Her Home
Proverbs 31:24-31Her Children Call Her Blessed