Devotional Readings

A pair of 29’s – Job and Proverbs

These two chapters have some very meaningful advice.
Notice John Gill’s comment of Job 29:16

Job 29:16  I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

Job 29:16 Gill

I was a father to the poor,…. Not in a literal sense; for his children were rich as well as himself, while he had them; but in a civil sense, he was the patron of the poor; he was an advocate for them, he took their part, he pleaded their cause, defended their persons, and secured the little property they had; he had the pity and compassion of a father for them, and supplied their wants; he fed them and clothed them; he did not eat his morsel alone, but gave them part of it, and warmed them with the fleece of his flock:

and the cause which I knew not I searched out; any cause that was brought before him, he knew thing of before, and which, upon the opening of it, did not appear plain and easy, but had its difficulties; this he closely examined, and searched thoroughly into the merits of, till it appeared plain to him on which side the truth and justice of it lay; he did not hurry it over, and pass sentence, having only in a superficial manner considered it, as is too often the case; but after a long examination of the contending parties, and of the witnesses on both sides, to whom he gave an impartial hearing, he pronounced the decisive sentence; see Pro 25:2.

Some think this refers to his diligent search and inquiry after causes that were not brought before him; he did, not wait for application to be made to him, but hearing of, or upon inquiry finding, that there were persons oppressed and distressed by cruel men, he of himself voluntarily offered his assistance, searched into their cause, made himself master of it, and freed them from their distresses; so different were his behaviour and character from that of the unjust judge, Luk 18:1; though others, choose to render the words, “the cause of him that I knew not”, &c. (t); of a stranger, of one that he had never seen before, of one that was most unknown to him in the world; the cause of such an one he took as, much pains with to get the true knowledge of, and do justice to, as of the dearest relation, the nearest neighbour, and the most intimate friend and acquaintance that he had.

(t) ידעתי “quem non cognoveram”, Junius & Tremellius, Michaelis; “ignotissimi”, Schultens.

Great advice here also…..I highlighted a few

Pro 29:1  He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Pro 29:2  When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Pro 29:3  Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
Pro 29:4  The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
Pro 29:5  A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
Pro 29:6  In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

Pro 29:7  The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

Pro 29:8  Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

Pro 29:9  If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

Pro 29:10  The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

Pro 29:11  A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
Pro 29:12  If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

Pro 29:13  The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
Pro 29:14  The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
Pro 29:15  The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
Pro 29:16  When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
Pro 29:17  Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
Pro 29:18  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Pro 29:19  A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

Pro 29:20  Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Pro 29:21  He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
Pro 29:22  An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
Pro 29:23  A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Pro 29:24  Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
Pro 29:25  The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Pro 29:26  Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD.
Pro 29:27  An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

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