Proverbs 14:2 - Living to Honor God! [updated]
Proverbs 14:2 - Living to Honor God! [updated]
Proverbs 14:2 (ESV) Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord,
but he who is devious in his ways despises him.
Proverbs 14:2 (NCV) People who live good lives respect the LORD,
but those who live evil lives don't.
Proverbs 14:2 (CEV) By living right, you show that you respect
the Lord; by being deceitful, you show that you despise him.
Proverbs 14:2 (TLB) To do right honors God; to sin is to
Feareth the Lord. That is, gives reverence to Him. [SDA Bible
Proverbs 10-22: Proverbs of Solomon.
Watch out for fools (v. 7)! Wisdom builds but folly destroys
(v. 1), and the tent of the godly is stronger than the house of the
wicked (v. 11). When you obey the Word of God, you build on a solid
foundation (Matt. 7:21-27).
Watch out for fools! Their speech can tear you down (v. 7),
for their words are like a rod that hurts (v. 3). You cannot trust
what they say (v. 8); they mock at sin (v. 9); and they rage in their
self-confidence (v. 16). Be sure to watch out for their temper (vv. 17, 29); it
can get you and them into trouble.
When you fear the Lord, your walk will be marked by
uprightness (vv.2, 16), confidence (v. 26), and protection (v. 27). The fear
of the Lord is better than the folly of fools. [Chapter by Chapter
Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe]
Here is a contrast between those who fear the Lord and those who
despise him--the distinction is in the conduct produced: uprightness
versus perversion. [Expositors Bible Commentary]
A person's attitude toward the LORD--either fearing Him or
despising Him--shows up in his behavior. His conduct is either upright or
devious. [Bible Knowledge Commentary]
Grace and sin in their true colours. Grace reigning is a
reverence of God, and gives honour to him who is infinitely great and
high, and to whom all honour is due,... Those that despise God's
precepts, and will not be ruled by them, his promises, and will not accept
of them, despise God himself and all his attributes.
Grace and sin in their true light... a man that has grace, and
the fear of God, reigning in him, he walks in his uprightness, he
makes conscience of his actions, is faithful both to God and man, and
every stop he makes, as well as every step he takes, is by rule; here
is one that honours God. But, on the contrary, he that is perverse
in his ways, that wilfully follows his own appetites and passions,
that is unjust and dishonest and contradicts his profession in his
conversation, however he may pretend to devotion, he is a wicked man, and will
be reckoned with as a despiser of God himself. (Matthew Henry's
The natural man is spiritually dead, separated from God. He
has neither the presence of God in His life nor the knowledge of
God's ways. He has learned to live his life independently of God.
Essentially, this is what constitutes the "flesh." His mind has been
conformed to this world. The brain, which is physical and part of the
body; functions like a computer. The mind is the programmer. The body
picks up data from the world through its five senses. The mind chooses
and interprets the data, and the brain stores it. The emotions are
essentially a product of how the mind chooses to think and interpret life's
When we are born again, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in
our life. Because we are now spiritually alive and united with
Christ, We have the mind of Christ. We have become a partaker of the
divine nature. However, nobody pushed the clear button in the computer.
The brain is still programmed to live independently of God ....
The battle is for the mind: "For the flesh sets its desire
against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in
opposition to one another" (Galatians 5:17). God has given us the
responsibility to choose. The carnal Christian chooses to walk according to the
flesh. What governs his behavior are the old habit patterns and
thoughts that were programmed over time. The spiritually defeated
Christian fails to put on the armor of God, and ends up paying attention
to deceiving spirits. The spiritual man has crucified the flesh and
put on the armor of God; he chooses to think upon that which is
We are to be renewed in the spirit of our minds (Ephesians
4:23). The Holy Spirit discloses the mind of Christ. We must choose to
no longer be conformed to this world. We are to be diligent to
present ourselves approved to God as a workman who does not need to be
ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). When we
do, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. We choose to
think the truth, and the Holy Spirit enables our thoughts and renews
our minds with the logos. Then the peace of God guards our hearts
and minds. We let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts by letting
the word of Christ richly dwell in us (Colossians 3:15,16). We are
now equipped to discern. (Walking in the Light by Neil Anderson)
If we choose to live by God's standards; we will be righteous.
But if we choose to live by our own standards, we will be wicked and
will face God's wrath. [Inspirational SB]
Love for uprightness will naturally coincide with love and
respect for the most upright One of all, God Himself. [Nelson SB]
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