The lesson taught on November 12. 2023 was part 13 of the “Wisdom” study. As usual, Wayne gave an excellent review of what we covered in the previous lesson then continued into Proverbs 12. E.W. Bullinger’s breakdown (taken from the Companion Bible, page 879) of Proverbs 12:1-28 KJV pertains to the pious and ungodly, their advantages and disadvantages with reference to Domestic and Public vocations. We took the time to look at the meaning of Reproof (Hebrew word: תּוֹכַ֫חַת) because it is so important to embrace when receiving wisdom. We learned in Proverbs 12: 9-11 KJV that a righteous man is kind to animals. The contrary is that if one is cruel to animals, something is wrong with that person and you should not trust them. This does not mean that you cruel when you take the life of an animal for food. Wrapping up the lesson, we learned in Proverbs 12:21-23 that it refers to “no evil” refers to the word ‘aven which vanity. ‘Aven is rather a course of bad conduct flowing from the evil desires of fallen nature, than breaches of the law as such (Companion Bible, App 44.iii). There shall no particular type of evil, that pertains to vanity like those that worship idols. God will use the things that happen to us will turn out profitable in God’s eyes. We may never see it in our lives, but there will be some good reason for it.
The scripture reading was from Proverbs 12:1-7 KJV “12 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2 A good man obtaineth favour of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. 7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.”