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Sunday, 9 February 2014 Bible Study Links

Proverbs chapter 14 (part 3) - In all toil there is profit #Wise sayings of Solomon
Bible study of Proverbs chapter 14 verses 20-27. Aided with Wesley's Explanatory Notes, and Matthew Henry's Commentaries.

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20 The poor man is hated even by his own neighbor, But the rich has many friends. 21 He who despises his neighbor sins; But he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he. (Proverbs 14:2021) (NKJV)

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20 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends. 21 He who despises his neighbor is a sinner, but happy is he who is kind to the poor. (Proverbs 14:20-21) (RSV)

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The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends. It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy. (Proverbs 14:20-21) (NIV)

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Friendship in this world is very artificial. If you have lots of money, if could buy your friends gifts, throw a party, buy them food and drinks, you have many friends. But the poor have few friends. Even his neighbours dislike him, looking down upon him. The rich may have friends who are not true friends. They may be around for some free food and drinks, for free entertainment. The poor may have fewer friends but these friends are truer because there is no advantage they can get from this poor guy.
Those that are sincere to all friends, including the poor, will be happy and blessed. God looks with favour upon those are good-hearted, those who are good to other people. But the people who are negatively biased toward his poor neighbour, is disdained by God. So let us be nice to our "neighbours", other people around us, rich or poor, great or small.
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22 Do they not go astray who devise evil? But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good. (Proverbs

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22 Do they not err that devise evil? Those who devise good meet loyalty and faithfulness. (Proverbs 14:22) (RSV) 22 Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find[a] love and faithfulness. (Proverbs 14:22) (NIV) Those who plan what is good will be rewarded with love and faithfulness, loyalty and faithfulness, mercy and truth. Those who plan and do good to friends and relatives will be loved and appreciated by the friends and relatives, and they will also respond by being loyal and faithful and loving.

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23 In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter[b] leads only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23) (NKJV) 23 In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to want. (Proverbs 14:23) (RSV) 23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. (PRoverbs 14:23) (NIV)
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24 The crown of the wise is their riches, But the foolishness of fools is folly. (Proverbs 14:24) (NKJV) 24 The crown of the wise is their wisdom,[h] but folly is the garland[i] of fools. (Proverbs 14:24) (RSV) 24 The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly. (Proverbs 14:24) (NIV) The rich, wise person who use his wealth in wise way, honouring God, giving to charitable causes, contributing to gospel missions, will earn much respect and honour. The rich, wise person will be glorified for his good deeds and his smart usage of his money. The rich, foolish person, on the contrary, may use his money for unhealthy activities, satisfying the many desires of the flesh, and not managing his finances wisely. Whether rich or not, the foolish person's actions are folly.

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