Verses 9 and 10 (Tithe; first fruits.) When harvest is fathered they eat some right then and there on
harvest threshing floor and then take out one tenth that belongs to the Lord. Tithing is not only among the
Jews but also Arabs, Indians, etc. Tithing is provided for the benefit of the people: as you give, God will
honor and increase. The priest doesn't have to ask the man to give the one tenth. He brings it
automatically because he's been taught from a child how to give. The priest knows nothing about it.
They teach you that if you seek the kingdom of God first, God will multiply and provide an overflowing
abundance for you—it's a law. Give it shall be given to you. As you believe, you'll prosper. Christianity
is a way of life, not a once a week religion. It must be a part of your life. More blessed to give than to receive.
Verse 7 With all thy getting, get understanding. "With all that you earn"—with all your substance
(Lamsa). Spend all that you earn in order to get understanding. Invest all you have in finding understanding.
Verses 15 and 16 Cistern is storage for water, fountain is where it springs up. Water from a well can't
come up and disperse itself and run down the street. (A fountain can do this.) Verse 6, literal: Can thy
waters disperse abroad and run in the streets? It can't from a cistern or well.
Spiritual application: Christ in you is a fountain you don't have to look around to drink. The waters
in you can't run out. It's always there to satisfy you. You have no lack of spiritual water.
Verses 1-5 "...Stricken thy hand with a stranger...." If you have made yourself to be the collateral for a
loan for a friend, made a contact, you are snared and taken by your own words. You should go and tell
him that you're sorry that you are unable to do it after all. Apologize and tell him that it's against your
religion, but don't sleep until you tell him because when snared you are like a "Roe from the hand of the
hunter," a bird in the hand of the fowler. Get rid of anything, cleanse yourself—if get self in a
commitment against Word, get out of it quickly, don't stay ensnared, withdrawal the promise.
The Lord will not take care of it if it is possible for me to do it. He does only those things it is
impossible for me to do.
Verse 13 The word "eyes" should be singular. It is bad manners to wink at all according to Eastern
culture. "Feet" should be foot. If he wants to tell the truth to his friends, his friends look at his foot when
the man to whom he is talking is telling a different thing than what he is saying. He writes with his foot.
They write certain code letters with their foot. Suppose they are talking about the price of a cow. There
in the market the people usually write with the foot, wink with the eye and also teach with the fingers.
The man who is selling the cow sits down because Eastern shopkeepers always sit down. The man who
has come to buy stands up. The man will offer a certain price and the other will write with his foot and
ask his partner if it is all right. They will be talking and be putting two fingers down or two fingers up
and only those who know how to handle the fingers know the truth. All three of these things are done by
very bad business people.
Speaketh with his feet. How can you speak with your feet? The shopkeepers, businessmen tell their
assistants the price to sell things for. A business language not understood by laymen. Not good culture.
Not supposed to blink eyes.
Verse 20 "...Keep thy father's commandment; and forsake not the law of thy mother." Children closer
to mother; she nurses, feeds, bathes, teaches them, loves them. Mata—mother; pita—father; guru—
teacher. Davum—God. Children trained to be obedient to father's commandment and mother's law.
Christianity means having Christ in you, not culture. Family teaches children in religious tradition.
Verse 21 "Bind them continually upon thine heart and tie them about thy neck." Simply: Never forget
them; keep them close, don't depart from them.
Verse 22 "When thou goest, it shall lead thee." These will stay with you—all inside, their teachings and
loving you.
Verse 23 "For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light...." Get lamp and light. Lamps similar
to hurricane lamps.
Verse 26 "To a piece of bread." Figure of speech.
Verse 27 "...Take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?" Anything with whorish woman
will burn you—figure of speech.
Verse 28 In India, fine moral people. Religion taught so they will never take advantage. Fine daily
teaching—so gets into their blood.
Verses 29-35 Shall not be innocent if go into neighbor's wife. A thief won't be despised if stealing for
food, but if found shall restore sevenfold. Commit adultery, destroyeth your own soul. He will be
dishonored, it will be a wound on him the rest of his life; may be forgiven, but never forgotten. If
husband finds out, great rage, law against God involved. He will not accept any ransom, nor can he be
content; though he gives many gifts. Have to change mind so that will not be depressed by that thought.
The fact that I've committed is always in me—can never be wiped away. Don't remember bitterly the
venom, but find peace in regard to that matter. But will remember in heart how wicked had been. Christ
removed the sin and guilt, but the memory is still there. Scar doesn't hurt but is still there, can never
forget it. (Christ came to save us from the consequences of sin against the law.) When someone wrongs
us we may forgive but will never forget; just remember without anger or bitterness.
Verses 1-27 Parable on wisdom. "Apple of thine eye." The apple is the pupil of the eye.
Verse 3: "Write them...heart" means take care of them.
Verse 4: "Kinswoman" means familiar friends.
Verse 6: "Casement" is a lattice made of bamboo which covers the open window. Middle class
homes have wooden windows which are closed at night. Only wealthy have glass.
Verse 7: "I" refers to wisdom in verse 4. (Wisdom is the principal thing, understanding is an
emanation from wisdom.) "Simple" means without understanding.
From verse 6 on is a parable. Could refer to prostitution or any other evil. A parable is not
something which happened. A parable is used to convey spiritual meaning.
Verse 10: Harlots in the East dress up differently than other women, comb their hair differently.
The harlots do not wear a veil or cover the top of their heads with a sari.
Verse 14: "Peace offerings" means I have made peace with God. She is trying to show that she is a
good religious woman.
Verse 15: Evil diligently seeks out the people.
Verse 20: "The day appointed" should be the new moon. When the Easterners go traveling, they
will return at the new moon.
Verse 22: "Correction of the stocks" means the prison house where they are handcuffed by the hands
and feet.
Verse 24: Wisdom is saying, "Hearken"
Verse 26: "She" this is evil.
Verses 17-21 Riches and honor, wisdom. Wisdom is talking. If a man is wise, he has both riches and
honor; Solomon had all three. Any wise man can have honor and riches with it. Don't become rich by
wanting or working, hard labor. Riches are gifts from God. (Riches, wisdom, honor) Verse 19 is not
literally fruit—it is the result of having wisdom. "Revenue" is income.
Verse 22 God has nothing to do with sorrow. Second part of verse should read: "Man's labor (or toil)
cannot add to it (does not improve it)." Two percent of man's nature is physical—food, raiment, roof over
head. Ninety eight percent is spiritual life—joy, happiness. He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is
stayed on thee (not who has food to eat). The spiritual side is greater—that's the blessing of God that
maketh rich and man can't improve it. How can we improve the peace of God?
Blessing of the Lord. God's blessings make us rich and ..."He addeth no sorrow with it" should be
read as it is written in the Sanskrit, "Man's labor cannot add anything to it." We cannot improve on what
God blesses. We cannot even reduce it!
The proverbs which you read are mostly of an Arabic, Hindu, Persian or Jewish origin. In Syria they
might use a few more proverbs than they use in India. The spirit is the same.
Verse 17 This was being used long before the Bible was written and is still being used. This is a usual
saying in India. A Hindu must always have someone to eat with. He wants to be merciful to this fellow
so that he will have many friends when he dies, and hundreds of people will show mercy to his children.
That is the reason Eastern people and especially Hindus, are so kind to people. "The merciful man doeth
good to his own soul." Translation—"The man that has mercy for others will get it back." "...But he that
is cruel troubleth his own flesh." Translation—"If he is nasty to you and destroys your character, and
gossips about you, although you may not know it, he will be suffering night and day if you are eating my
insides out."
Verse 21 This is another Eastern proverb which is in daily use in the Orient. If you go to the market and
want to buy 100 sheep at $10 a piece but don't have the money with you and you give them $2, that is
called "earnest" money. Easterners never believed in financial agreements. It is a sin. Most Eastern
people believe the word of mouth. After paying $2 the man that is going to sell takes his hand and
touches the other fellow's hand. That is the way promises are made in the Orient. That is known as
"striking hands." God forbids "striking hands" because your word is enough, you don't have to strike
hands. It is against the Jewish and Hindu religion. That is what is meant by "touch hand join in hand"
You may make many covenants by striking hands to suit you both, but if it is not a good thing that you
are striking hands for, God will punish you for it. You may strike hands if it is truthful and based on the
Word of God.
Hand join in hand. Means you must not strike hands for a wicked cause. You'll be punished if you
do a wrong deed whether or not you strike hands.
Verse 24 Every Sunday morning they take a collection in India. They read this verse because they think
the people will put more into the offering. They do not believe in receiving things for nothing.
Verse 25 See Exodus 12:35-36.
"He that watereth shall be watered also himself." In the summer months in the East, the women
build booths on the street with coconut leaves and so on. They put pots of cold water there and sit in the
booths. People that are traveling, thirsting, come to them and are given a cup of cold water. They believe
they're employed in God's service and they receive a blessing for it. They're acting on a law that God
doesn't change. They give water to the thirsty and God waters them with blessings. See Matthew 25:35-
40. Truth has always been in the world, but Christ is the truth personified. Truth dynamic—Christ.
Truth personified.
He that watereth shall be watered. You get what you give. When Job prayed for his friends, his
captivity turned. Do for others and you'll get it back.
Verse 26 "He that withholdeth corn..." should be "He that holdeth corn." They had two curses in India:
the first were the untouchables and the second were Rajah's slaves. They made them work for 6¢ a day.
Democratic government is the only government that can help them.
Verse 10 Translation: "A righteous man protects his livestock: but even the tender mercies of the
wicked are cruel." This proverb is based on the custom of the people not to kill animals to eat. They do
not believe in eating meat because it involves killing. They think it is enough to take the milk from the
cow. They also get milk from the sheep and the ass. It is not all drank, but used for other purposes.
Verse 3 Keepeth his mouth. Proverbs is a collection of the way of speech of Easterners, especially
Hindus. What Christ did was new, not his words.
No other religion has had power to give life—only Christ can do that. John 10:10b is unique and
fresh to mankind. The "shroud" on the Word must be understood to know what the Word is saying. The
"shroud" is the Oriental culture which is used to convey spiritual application.
"He that is peaceful in his speech saveth his life, but he that is belligerent shall have destruction."
Sanskrit translation of this verse.
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life. In East, these proverbs are taught as a child. You can go
to jail in one minute by saying the wrong things. You can offend in five seconds—words are powerful.
God says His Word goes out and does not return void. Our word has the same power—good or bad.
Keep your mouth shut unless you can say a wise thing. Edify people, build them up. Whatever you say
will come back to you. Words bring results. Words are like seeds sown in the ground. You'll get what you sow.
Verse 24 "...Chasteneth him betimes." "Betimes" means often. In India the grandfather always carries
a rod about 18" long with him all the time. Whenever they see the child doing something wrong, they hit
him with the cane. If you do not punish son, you do not love him. Use of rod proves love for child.
If older man passes by the young man will get up and bow down to the older man. Respect for the
older. If two boys are quarreling in the town anyone can scold them and send them home. That's why
they don't have any delinquency. "He that spareth the rod hateth his son." You don't have to know the
child or the parents. The parents would thank them for correcting their children.
Verse 30 "A sound heart" is a heart of kindness, sympathy, love, generosity. You do good to yourself
and to the other man. "The rottenness of the bones" means envy and jealousy within a person. Eats up
the inside of you. In India they say, "You are looking very miserable, what is eating you?" This means,
"Who are you envying against." When you gossip you hurt the other fellow and you degrade yourself.
The Hindus are not as prosperous as the Western peoples because in their religion they are taught that this
world is only temporary. Proverbs 17:12. The East won't take the Western way of life because they won't
have time for the spiritual things if they have too many material things. There are two groups of Hindus,
one is the lower and the other is the higher. The higher group visits no temples, no priesthood, no
sacrament, no rituals, etc. Only God and him. That is what they call Avikism in India, and Iseeism in
Palestine. To the Oriental mind anything which is not God is an idol. They do not have crosses and
candles in their churches for this reason. Their people would rebel against it. Nothing will stand in the
way of the people in India. They will die for the sake of God. They don't compromise with anything as
long as it is in the way of their religion. They will not kneel before a human being.
Verse 31 Poor. India was under foreign power for 250 years. They believe it was because they
oppressed their own poor people and made them "untouchables." What you sow you reap. When a
person oppresses someone else, he reproaches God who made both people.
He that oppresseth the poor. Another teaching in humility. If you insult a man, you insult the maker
of that man.
Verse 1 Soft answer. It is wisdom to use meek and gentle words. It is not wise to raise the voice,
especially when someone is against you. It kindles a fire. But you must not be double-minded. Must feel
meek and gentle when using soft words. Accomplish by renewing the mind. A real gentleman is one
who has the ability to knock his enemy down but is meek and gentle instead. Although many people have
had this philosophy, they still had no power to save from sins. Need Jesus Christ for that.
Soft answer. Needs no explanation—they're practically applied in the East. If someone speaks harsh
words to you, they suffer, not you.
Verse 13 Merry heart. What goes on inside shows outside. Quietness, gentleness, undisturbed attitude
accomplished by resting in God. With assurance in God, the heart is merry, no reason to be anxious in
anything. That which is within shows on the face. By relying on God, one is confident and unperturbed.
Heart is restless when it has no foundation which must be the Word. The Word sets the heart free. To
have abundant life, must be receptive and assimilate it. "In quietness and confidence shall be your
strength." "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee."
Verse 19 The Book of Proverbs was collected from proverbs that existed among the people before it
was in a book. The truth existed in the world before this book was written. Thorns = present difficulties,
disease, poverty, famine, troubles. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Psalms talk about natural man. Christians
shouldn't be slothful anyway. When we walk by senses and get slothful, we get a hedge of these troubles.
(Preaching on walking spiritually.)
Verse 4 Lord made all things for Himself. God created everything for its own particular purpose.
Those that are not godly people are waiting for the day of destruction. God didn't create the wicked.
Verse 12 "Let a bear robbed of her whelps...." A bear loves her whelps very intensely. If you want to
get a bear after you, go and touch one of her young ones. She will kill you. Hosea 13:7. If a leopard
wants to catch a victim, he waits until evening. They wait behind a bush along a public highway and then
jump on a man. To meet a fool in his folly is worse than to meet a bear robbed of her whelps.
Bear robbed of her whelps. He's contrasting two evils. If a bear loses her little ones and meets you,
she'll tear you to pieces. It would be better to be torn in pieces by the bear than to meet a fool in his folly.
Verse 17 A brother is born for adversity. Sanskrit—"A true friend will love you without a break
(constantly). Such a friend will be your brother in time of adversity."
Verse 19 He that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. The Eastern monarchs are vain people. They
build fancy show-type front gates. The thieves look and see who has the fanciest gate—they're the
richest. Then they will plan to rob this man. The man is in trouble because of the fancy gate. Pride goeth
before destruction. A boastful man is also seeking to fall. Exalt the Lord and be strong. Exalt yourself
and fail.
Verse 18 The lot is the only thing that can peacefully settle an argument. Any problem can be solved
this way. No one will argue the outcome. Lot settles all contention.
Verse 21 Death and life in power of tongue. Words are powerful. Your words kill or give life.
Verse 17 See Mark 10:21.
Giving. Pity on the poor. Challenge for everyone! Pity means giving. The Lord will pay you back.
You do have something to give. God wants you to sow so that you can enjoy reaping. How can you reap
if you do not put in.
Verse 14 Already into teaching about buying. Bargain in the East is expected. Seller starts very high
and buyer starts very low while he belittles the article being bargained for. If the price is unsatisfactory,
the buyer walks away down the street and the seller runs after him and reduces price. Much time is spent
this way.
"Naught" means "very bad." The same article which the buyer said was very bad at the market is
taken home and boasted about by the buyer. Take pride in ability to reduce the price. This practice was
maintained in America until Quaker's established the one-price system. They believed their speech must
be "Aye, aye or nay, nay" and nothing more. No bargaining or compromising.
See Isaiah 55:1.
Five yoke of oxen. In the East, the people will always bargain and argue about the price before
buying. The buyer will say, "It is bad, it is bad." He will do this in order to reduce the price and once the
price is reduced, he will boast of the great deal that he made. (The oxen must be dedicated before they
are used to work the field.) (See Luke 14:16-24)
It is naught. This means, "It is bad." This deals with Eastern business (small). There are no price
tags on anything. They'll argue the price. Every time you want to reduce the price, you have to run the
price down. When the shopkeeper finally gets down to the price he's willing to sell for, he'll say, "In the
name of God." When he gets home, he'll boast over his good buy. Jews do this in the U.S. today.
Verse 17 "Bread of deceit." This is bread obtained by deceit. This is an everyday saying in the Orient.
If a man is not making money by honest means, his mouth will fill with gravel by and by. People are
afraid when you say these things. If their mouth is not filled with gravel while they live, their children or
children's children might be.
Verse 26 "Striking hands." This is a sign of ratification of the financial way. "Touch the palm" instead
of "striking hands."
Verse 27 "Take away the bed" means "taking your property." They are not supposed to take your bed
where you sleep or any property belonging to your wife.
Verse I What is before thee. Should be "who is before thee." Remember in whose presence you are
eating with, the ruler.
Verses 1,2,5,6,8,10 "Eat with a ruler." "What is before" should read "who" is before thee (the rulers).
Consider in whose presence you are.
"Put a knife to thy throat." This means do not be greedy over your food when you eat with a ruler.
Verse 5: "That which is not." Refers to material things.
Verse 6: "Evil eye" refers to a jealous person, green-eyed person.
Verse 8: "Vomit up" means you are displeased, upset with what you have eaten with the jealous man.
Verse 10: Eastern farms do not have fences, but rather they have landmark (a stone) to separate the lands.
The way of life has to do with their religion. The culture is the religion, the religion is the culture.
They dedicate a new set of clothes before they will wear it.
Verses 1 and 2-10 "What is before thee," should say WHO is before thee. Remember in whose
presence you are.
Verse 2: Make up your mind not to eat too much. You would rather not eat than to be gluttonous. If
you believe to be rich, you'll be rich.
Verse 5: Setting your eyes on "things which are not," referring to materialism (here today, gone
tomorrow). Do you put confidence in materialism and the amount of money you have? That may be here
today and gone tomorrow. Don't set your mind on things which are not, which are unreliable and
destructive. "Evil eye" is a person of jealousy. "Don't desire his dainty food. If you do eat with him, you
are contaminated with him."
Verse 7: He will invite you to eat with him.
Verse 8: You will "vomit it," be displeased with it, and you'll be sorry you ate it. "lose your sweet
words," you are who you are because of your associations. If you sit, eat and associate yourself with a
jealous man, you will vomit so you will lose your graciousness, loving kindness, sweet words and generosity.
Verse 10: In the East, there are no hedges. "Remove not the old landmarks." These areas are
marked by a stone or stake. They can encroach on each other's land by moving the landmarks of their
neighbor. In the East, the culture is the religion, and their religion is their culture.
Verse 2 Put a knife to thy throat. A man given to appetite. That means "make up your mind not to be
greedy." "A man given to appetite" means one who is gluttonous. Remind yourself to be the opposite in
front of a ruler.
Verse 4 "Any man who by wisdom alone becomes rich by scheming and without trust in God, shall fly away."
Labor not to be rich. Materialism. If a man makes up his mind to be rich, and believes, he will be
rich. Set your mind on anything and you become that which you have set your mind on. (Colossians
3:2.) Don't work to be rich; see verse 5.
Verse 5 An eagle being king of the birds flies higher than any other bird. "Toward the heaven" should
be "toward the sky."
Set your eyes upon that which is not. Materialism. Is called materialism—"that which is not."
Materialism is not reliable, steadfast, sure. Don't rely on things that are here today, gone tomorrow. But
rather set your eyes on the spirit. Riches will make wings and fly away.
Verse 6 Evil eye. Jealousy. Dainty meats. Evil eye is the person who is jealous. A green-eyed person.
Don't eat food or go along with the jealous person. If you partake with him, you are contaminated with him.
Verse 7 Thinketh in his heart, so is he. His heart is not with thee. The jealous man thinks thoughts of
jealousy, so he is a jealous man. When the jealous man says eat and drink, his heart is not with him.
Verse 8 "Vomit up." You are displeased, upset with what you have eaten with the jealous man.
Vomit up. Lose thy sweet words. Even if you eat with a jealous man, you shall vomit it up. This
means you are displeased with it, sorry you ate it. "Sweet words" are lost because you are sweet in
contrast to the jealous man. Because of association, you are who/what you are because of your
association. If you associate with and eat with a jealous man, you would rather vomit it all up so you
would not lose your sweet words, your graciousness, loving kindness, generosity.
Verse 10 Eastern farms do not have fences but rather they have landmarks (a stone) to separate the
lands. The way of life has to do with their religion. The culture is the religion, the religion is the culture.
They dedicate a new set of clothes before they will wear it.
In the East, hedges are not used for land marking. In the East, a claim is made verbally and marked
by a stone. If an encroachment was to be made on another's land, that stone can be moved. Religion
dominates the Eastern culture—not having the culture dominate religion. They knew consequences of sin
would follow if they broke these laws.
Everybody had a piece of land. John 1:45-49. Every man who sat under his own fig tree denoted
security. Every man has his own fig tree. There are no boundaries like hedges to separate one man's land
from another. The markings are made by stones placed on the ground. Encroachment is not a problem in
the East because of what God said in Proverbs 23:10, although it would be very easy to do (move the
stones). The reason they are honest there in the East is because they honor their salt agreements.
Verse 16 Just man falls seven times (teaching already started). You cannot remain in defeat forever—
it's impossible. You fail because you use your senses and your senses let you down. The moment you
realize your failure and turn to God, you'll rise up again. This is what this means here. The wicked man
is one who is not born again, who has no life, is in darkness, doesn't know God. Without God and hope in
this world. Has no vision of God. Therefore, he doesn't get up. He's not rooted in God. Self-centered,
doesn't look outside of himself. When he fails, he has no hope, he can't get up. The just has more
resources than just his flesh, but the wicked is unjust—not justified and has no other source of strength
than himself. The just may fall seven times, but by the power of God he can rise back up. The wicked
has no hope. Seven times means many times, not just seven.
Just man. How was someone justified before Christ? It was Hindu philosophy that every man had
spark of God in him, so every man was just. But only some claimed this justification because others were
ignorant of it. "Just man" is one in whom God dwells.
Christian view: No one justified except through Jesus Christ. God dwells in people only after new
birth. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Verse 20 Inside the houses there is first a veranda, then the first room, a hall with three rooms on either
side of the hall. A sitting room is in between somewhere. Inside every Eastern home is a lamp that burns
all day long. It is an oil lamp in a little saucer with oil (olive oil) in it and a little flax wick. They believe
light is symbolic of God's presence. If the light goes out, the belief is that God has withdrawn from the
home. The Bible calls them "candles"; that's a Western idea. When God says the candles will be put out
(Proverbs 24:20) it means God will withdraw His presence from the house.
Verses 6 and 7 Presence of a king. Don't try to rub shoulders with royalty thinking you are equal with
them; rather be humble. If at a social affair, don't take the highest seat of honor: take the lowest seat.
This way, when you are called "up hither," or higher, you receive worship of them.
Verse 11 "Apples of gold" had nothing to do with apples. These are a kind of orange we grow in Egypt,
Syria and India of which there is no English name. It is gold in color, and does not last long after it is ripe
and can't be exported outside of the country. Very tasty, we make sherbet of it, and it is easily smelled
when ripe on the tree. They are very beautiful to look at. Quenches the thirst quicker than any other
juice. It was called apples of gold because there was no other English word.
Apples of gold should read: "A word appropriately spoken is like oranges placed in a tray of silver."
Before these proverbs came into the Bible, they were spoken by other people in other cultures. It
was daily speech of Eastern people. God used them to convey His Word in the written Word.
The apple is only about 300 years old. There are several types of oranges in East. One is as big as
grapefruit and has a very sweet fragrance and is gold in color. You can smell the fragrance of a ripe tree
very far away. It has a Sanskrit name—KITCHILIK. Makes a refreshing drink which soothes and comforts.
So a word appropriately spoken to a weary or troubled person will refresh, soothe, comfort,
revitalize, strengthen. The Word of God is the only "word fitly spoken." It will lift a person out of
trouble and despondency. The Word will help only when a person is willing to receive.
(Song of Solomon 2:1-4) If you open up a rose or a lily, you will find a few little insects. Rose of
Sharon and lily of the valley have no insects. Bishop says Christ is showing how spotless he is.
Verse 3: Apple in the Bible is always some kind of an orange, a little bigger than a grapefruit. It's
grown in the East but must be eaten right away and can't be exported. They make sherbet out of it. It has
a very sweet taste and is very refreshing for people who are tired. It's gold in color. Drinking the juice is
very relaxing.
These oranges are placed in a tray (not pitcher). You put these gold oranges on a silver tray and it is
very beautiful. Then you drink the juice, it's refreshing and soothing. That's what a word appropriately
spoken does for people.
Song of Solomon 2:3. As the orange tree of this kind (kichilika is the Sanskrit word for it) is among
the trees of the wood, so is my beloved.... It is so soothing, hope creating and uplifting. So is Jesus
Christ. Among the sons of men who are drab and down, some are walking dead, etc. The words of Jesus
are light and spirit. They refresh and relax like an orange. He is God's own tree among the sons of men.
"fitly"—appropriately. In Bible times, there were no apples. Apples should be read as an orange.
There is a special orange tree called Kitchilika tree, sweetest of all oranges, beautiful to look at,
make sherbet or juice out of it. Can't export them because they spoil easily. It is about the size of a
grapefruit, a little bigger.
These oranges are placed on a bowl of silver and you have a beautiful picture. "Pictures" should be a bowl.
See Song of Solomon 2:5.
Apples of gold. Fitly—appropriately. Apples are not native to Western world. They came from
China about 300 years ago. "Apples" here should be "oranges." There are three kinds of oranges in the
East. The particular orange spoken of here is called "kitchilika" and is the size of a grapefruit, gold in
color, and has a sweet odor that can be easily smelled when the fruit is ripe. It makes a very refreshing
drink that strengthens mentally and physically.
"Pictures of silver"—trays of silver. Words appropriately spoken (to a troubled person) are like
golden oranges in trays of silver. They are refreshing, strengthening, pleasing, uplifting.
Verses 21 and 22 Romans 12:20. Coals of fire. All the proverbs in the Book of Proverbs were known
before they got into the Bible. Solomon collected these from other countries, from India and other places.
They were and still are in usage by the people.
Coals of fire. This is before the time of matchboxes. Before matchboxes, one family in the village
would strike one flint stone against another and get a spark. This would catch in the cotton wool. He
starts the fire in his house and makes coals of fire out of the sparkle. The rest of the community don't
have fires at all—neither do they have stones to start their own—only one family had these. This person
who starts the fire supplies the rest of the village with fire. He's called a village fire carrier. They put a
thick cushion on his head (leather), on top of this they put an empty bowl full of clay, on top of this they
put a bowl of coals of fire. His head is protected by these. He then goes to houses. He balances the bowl
on his head and doesn't need to use his hands. When he gets to a house, he'll sit at the door. Someone in
the house comes with an instrument and removes a coal or two to start their fire. This man supplies the
whole village. This fire on the man's head warms his body, warms him all over, his personality even.
Spiritual application: If you "heap coals of fire on your enemy," you'll warm his heart. You'll
change his thinking. Do good unto him even though he doesn't deserve it. Fire is symbolic of love.
Warm enemies with your love. Melt his heart with the warmth of your love. Read I Corinthians 13.
Love never fails you. All may fail—but love shall stand. It won't burn him up, it will warm him.
(He says he's explaining the background of this idiom, then he explains the idiom "beat around the
bush" is from hunting and beating bush to drive animals out.)
Heap coals of fire upon his head. How? All idioms developed from separate circumstances. Fires
were started with flints. The family that is the only one with flint, requests to supply coals of fire to the
rest of the city. (Strike the one stone against the other; sparks of fire come and catches to the cotton or
wool and starts the fire—the coals of fire of a family.) The village fire carrier takes the fire on his head.
He has a large thick cushion of leather on the top of his head. On top of the protection is a bowl full of
coals of fire. The carrier sticks around and gets warm himself. That warmth is called love. Coals of fire
is symbolic of love. Love warms a person's heart. (See also Romans 12:20 and Psalm 119:105).
Verse 22 See Matthew 5:25.
Verse 8 Bird wandering from nest. All the proverbs were already existing in the other religions and
cultures before the Bible was compiled. It is believed that Solomon actually collected all of these
proverbs which existed in the speech of the Jews, Arabs, Hindus, Persians, etc. A philosophy of life of
Eastern People, dealing with morals and ethics is "proverbs" and is taught a person from a very early age
at home. The Orientals use these as a part of their lives even though they do not know the Bible. Verse
8: Very few among the United States population is of Eastern background. The basic reason for this is
verse 8. A man who travels from country to country (migrates) is considered to have no stability, no
integrity. Eastern people, therefore, are trained to stay close to home and are much more closer to their
families than we are. Eastern people intermarry and are much more close. We lack the family life or tie
in our home life, our nest; stability and integrity, is the Lord Jesus Christ. We who are born again, no
matter where we travel, should abide in him. Our place of security, joy and freedom is in Christ. But if
according to our own will we forsake Christ and wander away, then we have no integrity, no stability and
no security. Chinese had a culture without God. They had philosophy until Indians brought Buddhism
500 years before Christ. This is why there are mostly Chinese immigrants in the United States (from
East). Spiritually we cannot wander away.
Verse 10 Poor (no reason to be). One brother makes himself rich or poor—God doesn't. God did not
make one man rich and another man poor. By negative thinking and living which is greatly due to
environment, people have sickness, poverty, etc. Thoughts are seeds. What we sow, we reap. We insult
God by confessing weakness, sickness or lack. God has supplied abundantly, and it is up to us to step in
and possess it as God told Joshua to do in Joshua 1. We have inherited a great inheritance. Cut ourselves
off by not believing what He promised to us.
Forsake not a friend in the day of calamity. A neighbor will be glad to help "Far off" doesn't mean
physically. Forsake not a friend. We are friends because of what a person is, and not what he gives.
Friendships of latter type are not spiritual. They are based on materialism. In the day of calamity if you
are not prosperous, your brother will not respect you in the community. In prosperity, go to your brother
but in calamity, he will despise you. We are abiding still in God, our mind is stayed on Christ Jesus;
these are not poverty conditions, or disease or variance in our fortune. Our fortune is the same forever
and ever because Jesus Christ is the same. There are no poverty conditions for the believer. Prosperity
always for the believer because he is never alone; Christ is in us.
Verse 14 Question: Curse to bless with loud voice in morning. When shouting, it is usually not a
blessing. It is not really a curse as such, but it does not bless. Should be quiet and genuine.
Loud voice rising early in the morning. In the East, early in the morning all people go on top of their
temple or mosque (Mohammedans) and loudly bless the Lord and praise God. They put both fingers in
both ears and then loudly praise God. Hindus praise God at the same time (5 a.m.) inside their house.
This early morning is due to God; not for human beings. If you loudly bless a human being, early in the
morning, it is a curse unto that person. All praise and glory should go to God early in the morning. The
ark of the covenant which Philistines took as booty from Israel in a war became a curse to the Philistines.
A blessing to Israel was a curse to the Philistines. The blessing that belongs to God early in the morning
becomes a curse to you and other man if you praise him with a loud voice.
Verse 19 In water face to face, the heart of man to man. As when looking in a calm pool, as man can
see his reflection, so also is a heart of man to man. Even if the distance is far, a man thinking of another,
the other man will think of him. Thinking good of the other person brings a pleasant return.
Verse 24 Riches are not forever. A man may be very rich, yet have a son who is a scoundrel, who
might waste it all. Has anyone been rich forever? "Riches make wings and fly away." God told the
church at Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-18) to buy gold from God "tried in the fire" so they could be rich:
the gold is faith in God not in gold. The faith in God produces everlasting riches. "Crown" represents the
empires of this world.
Verse 26 Lambs for clothing. Goats are the price of the field. From the (sheep) lamb we get wool from
which we make clothing. The goats are sold and then a man can buy land with the money from sale of
goats. Why did the man not sell sheep to buy the land? Sheep are like children to the Eastern man;
shepherd never allows anyone to "baby sit" his sheep. Sheep are for clothing and milk.
Verse 27 Goat's milk for thy food. Goat's milk was richer and stronger from any other (healthier, richer
and cleaner). Ghandi took his goat with him when he went to England. Goat's milk is easier to digest
because it is homogenized inside of the goat and not by man. Cream never rises in goat's milk. Sheep
and goats are in the same sheepfold. The sheep are on upper pasture, goats on lower field. The sheep can
go in and out, but must stay within the sheepfold enclosure. Goats walk by the side of the shepherd led
by a he-goat. Once they reached the place where they eat, the goats go one way: the sheep another with
the shepherd. Sheep are only led by the shepherd. Goats, especially at night, are led home by one of the
goats. Zechariah 10:3. The shepherd doesn't care properly for the sheep, God is angry against the
shepherds. (Those who preach the Word, instead dish out rubbish to the people, receive God's anger.)
God punishes the goats because goats are the world and goats are responsible for the leadership. Sheep
are responsible to the shepherd for leadership. The world has its own leadership and has nothing to do
with the shepherd's leadership. Verse 27 (Proverbs) "enough for thy food" means God's blessing here.
Goats will supply enough milk for the whole family, provided you have God's blessing. You shall have
abundance of everything, to us, to our servants, maidens, etc. Prosperity with God's blessing is
abundance. Without God's blessing it is helpless.
Verse 1 "...But the righteous are...." The righteous are those who have been made righteous by grace
through faith by accepting Jesus Christ, those in whom the seed of the spirit dwells and walk according to
the Word of God. Therefore, the righteous are bold as a lion because Christ is in them. Lions are very
courageous, very bold and very unafraid. If he has to quit a fight, he does not turn his back on the enemy.
He does not run away, but backs off looking at the enemy all the time and fighting him. They have a
regiment in India made up of bearded fellows called Penchabees. Their names end in "sing." Whenever a
Hindu's name ends in "sing" it means the word for lion. They fight like the lion, never turning their back
on the enemy.
Verse 27 Giving. Giving opens the doors for blessings. Often when one sees a poor person, he looks
away quickly so as not to have to give the poor anything. Easterners believe any bum could be an angel
of God. Doing good to poor is doing good to God. Basis of Eastern hospitality. Become frustrated if
miss opportunity to do good. That frustration is the "many a curse." Don't have to be Christian to operate
this law. The Christian has joy in doing good. Reap hundredfold of what sown.
Concern for poor—giving. "Shall not lack" means shall not be wanting anything. "Hideth his eyes"
means closes his eyes. If a poor man comes to your door and you look through the window and see him
coming and you say, "Oh, this man again" painfully, you tell him no one is at home or you cannot be
bothered. Easterners are told that the poor come as angels unawares. Don't look on a bum's clothes.
Look at what is in him. Easterners look at each person as God. Because God dwells in him; each man is
as a son of God. So, if you give to him, you give to a bum, you are considered to be giving to God.
If you close your eyes to the poor man, it becomes a curse to you. When the Hindus eat in the
evening, they don't eat up and wash everything. They save some of the meal in a vessel for the poor that
might drop in at midnight. This is why 20 to 30 people could go to India and knock on the door of a
person and he'll have meals available for one or two people. Then everybody else will come and call you
to their homes. Then everybody will be fed and be provided with a bed in which to sleep. They believe
they are treating God and that they are investing in heavenly places laying up a treasure in heaven. They
believe they are doing God's will in this world. If they don't do this, they believe they will receive a
curse. Not just "a" curse, but many curses. Many a curse, like failing in business, breaking a leg,
something happens in succession so you will remember (God does not send this). The principle is that if
you do not respond to your brother's needs, you will reap the consequences.
Verse 17 All of these proverbs are used in their homes because of their religion. Every time they do
something wrong, they quote a proverb to make the children mind. Their way is to not let the children
express themselves until the mother and father teaches them what to express. A father will smack a boy
even if he is 16 or 18 years old, if he is not good. This is the reason they don't have as many crimes as
some of the Western lands have. The parents correct them and frighten them with saying like: If you
don't do what you mother says, then your eyes will be picked out by ravens or eagles and they will eat
them. It won't do you any good so you better obey your mother. God is mother to them; second, father,
and third, teacher and fourth, God. This teaching, this religion is in a boy's training, it is part of his
culture, part of his religion. It is in his blood, his bones and veins. To some of the Western people
religion is far removed from their daily life.