Proverbs (Part 073) - Pro 6:34-7:1Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
34. Pro 6:34 - "For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance." A. For jealousy is the rage of a man: i. Adultery will cause jealousy in a man more than any other offense. a. Jealousy n. - The quality of being jealous. 1. Zeal or vehemence of feeling against some person or thing; anger, wrath, indignation. Obs. 3. Solicitude or anxiety for the preservation or well-being of something; vigilance in guarding a possession from loss or damage. 4. The state of mind arising from the suspicion, apprehension, or knowledge of rivalry: a. in love, etc.: Fear of being supplanted in the affection, or distrust of the fidelity, of a beloved person, esp. a wife, husband, or lover. b. Jealousy provokes anger (Deut 29:20; Deut 32:16). c. Jealousy burns vehemently like fire (Psa 79:5; Deut 4:24). d. Jealousy causes the offended party to mete out punishment (Exo 20:5; Num 25:11). e. The jealousy of a man is strong and cruel toward the man who tries to take his wife from him (Son 8:6). ii. Rage n. - 1. a. Madness; insanity; a fit or access of mania. Obs. exc. poet. b. Madness, folly, rashness; an instance of this, a foolish act. Obs. 2. Violent anger, furious passion, usually as manifested in looks, words or action; a fit or access of such anger; †angry disposition. a. The jealousy of a husband for his wife when another man tries to take her will make him furious to the point of insanity. b. His wrath will turn into violent anger which will not be tempered by rational self-restraint. c. People who are in a rage do foolish and harmful things (Act 4:25-26). B. therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. i. When jealousy is stirred up it provokes vengeance (Nah 1:2). ii. Vengeance n. - 1. The act of avenging oneself or another; retributive infliction of injury or punishment; hurt or harm done from vindictive motives. iii. Although we should not avenge ourselves, but leave vengeance to the Lord (Rom 12:19), a man who is in a rage because of his jealousy of his wife will not spare, but will take vengeance into his own hands. iv. Spare v. - I. 1. a. trans. To leave (a person) unhurt, unharmed, or uninjured; to refrain from inflicting injury or punishment upon; to allow to escape, go free, or live. Usually with personal subject. (Last usage in 1300) 2. absol. To exercise or show mercy, forbearance, or leniency. v. There will be no mercy shown to the adulterer by the offended husband. 35. Pro 6:35 - "He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts." A. He will not regard any ransom; i. Regard v. - 1. a. To look at, gaze upon, observe. 2. To take notice of, bestow attention or notice upon; to take or show an interest in; to give heed to; †to look after, take care of. ii. Ransom n. - 1. The action of procuring the release of a prisoner or captive by paying a certain sum, or of obtaining one's own freedom in this way; the fact or possibility of being set free on this condition; the paying of money to this end. iii. When caught by the woman's husband, the adulterer may try to pay him a sum of money in exchange for his life. iv. But the husband will pay no attention to it and have no interest in it. v. Vengeance is more valuable to him than any money the man could offer. vi. Men will accept a ransom for the life of a negligent ox owner who failed to keep in his ox which resulted in it killing someone (Exo 21:29-30), but they will not accept the ransom of an adulterer. B. neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts. i. The victim of adultery will not be satisfied and will not rest until the man who defiled his wife has been punished. a. Rest v. - 1. a. To take repose by lying down, and esp. by going to sleep; to lie still or in slumber. 2. a. To take repose by intermission of labour or exertion of any kind; to desist or refrain from effort or activity; to become or remain inactive. b. Content adj. - I. 1. Having one's desires bounded by what one has (though that may be less than one could have wished); not disturbed by the desire of anything more, or of anything different; ‘satisfied so as not to repine; easy though not highly pleased’ 2. Pleased, gratified ii. Gifts will often pacify a man's wrath (Pro 21:14). iii. But gifts will not content the man who has had his wife taken by another man (Son 8:7). IX. Chapter 7 1. Pro 7:1 - "My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. A. Solomon continues his exhortation to his son regarding the dangers of the strange woman which he began in Pro 2:16-19, continued in Pro 5, and resumed in Pro 6:24-35. i. In chapter 7 he moves from a general warning to telling his son a story of a foolish young man who was seduced by a strange woman. ii. He tells the tale in great detail so as to powerfully imprint it in his son's memory. iii. This is likely the reason that he again begins this chapter as he has many times before (Pro 2:1; Pro 3:1; Pro 5:2; Pro 6:20) by admonishing his son to listen to what he has to say and do it. B. My son, keep my words, i. He tells his son to keep his words. a. Keep v. - I. Early senses (with gen. in OE., afterwards with simple obj.). 1. To seize, lay hold of; to snatch, take. Obs. 2. To try to catch or get; to seek after. Obs. 3. To take in, receive, contain, hold. Obs. 4. To take in with the eyes, ears, or mind; to take note of, mark, behold, observe. Obs. II. Transitive uses (in early use also intr.). * To have regard, pay attention to, observe. 11. trans. To pay attention or regard to; to observe, stand to, or dutifully abide by (an ordinance, law, custom, practice, covenant, promise, faith, a thing prescribed or fixed, as a treaty, truce, peace, a set time or day; see further under the ns.). (i) He didn't merely ask his son to listen to what he was saying and consider it. (ii) He told him to pay attention to, observe, stand to, and dutifully abide by the instruction he was giving him. ii. In that Solomon was a prophet speaking under the inspiration of God (2Pe 1:21), his words are also God's words given to us His sons (Heb 12:5-7 c/w Pro 3:11-12). C. and lay up my commandments with thee. i. Solomon tells his son to lay up his commandments. a. Lay v. - 60. lay up. c. To deposit or put away in a place for safety; to store up (goods, provisions); to put by. b. In other words he was supposed to put his father's commandments in a place were they could be safely stored for later use. ii. He told him to lay up his commandments. a. Commandment n. - 1. An authoritative order or injunction; a precept given by authority. b. He didn't say, "My son, try to remember my suggestion, request, or plead." c. He told him to safely store his authoritative orders. iii. He told him to lay up his commandments with thee. a. The commandments of God are not to be stored in a safe deposit box or a fire-proof safe at home. b. They are to be laid up in our hearts (Psa 119:11; Pro 6:21) so that we can have them ever with us (Psa 119:98).
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