Proverbs 31: Week Forty-Six | The Wolfe Notes
Welcome to week forty-six of our Proverbs 31 journey. In these notes, we think about how to speak with wisdom and truth and consider that we rise to glorify God. If you'd like to return to one of our previous stops, let our "Wolfe Notes" guide you.
- In January we examined our value with the help of Proverbs 31 verses 10 and 29.
- In February we learned what uplifting means by looking at Proverbs 31:11 and 23.
- In March, we considered the virtue of respect by studying Proverbs 31:12 and 28.
- In April, we trained to be hardworking with Proverbs 31:13 and 19 as our instructors.
- In May, we saw what it takes to be resourceful by examining Proverbs 31:14 and 21.
- In June, we developed our caring muscle by exercising Proverbs 31:15 and 22.
- In July, we practiced being savvy with help from Proverbs 31:16 and 27.
- In August, we witnessed exemplary behavior outlined in Proverbs 31:18 and 31.
- In September, we found what being necessary looks like from Proverbs 31:20 and 24.
- In October, we exercised strength in Jesus from Proverbs 31:17 and 25.
- In November, we are rehearsing being well-spoken by looking to Proverbs 31:26 and 28.
*Initial Interpretation before consulting other sources.
What is Weird? Researching something odd about this verse.
About Arise from various sources.
- In the past, I regarded this verse TRIVIALLY. Be wise and kind - good rules for humankind. It could go on a bumper sticker.
- Currently, I regard this verse HEAVILY. This is how I need to live my life. The idea, simple. The follow through, challenging. His words, not mine. His desires, not my own. And I struggle. Recently I was spiraling because I didn't get my to-do list done. Amid my tirade, the Mr. said, 'You're not God, Elizabeth. You are not made to be perfect - to do everything, to accomplish every task, (*to say all the right things,) and to do it perfectly. Let Him work and you, be you. Do what you can do." and it stopped me in my tracks. He's right. I'm not God. I need to let go of my to-do list and rest knowing I'm a part of His by doing (and saying) what I can in each moment that points to Him.
- In the future, I hope to GROW in wisdom and kindness so that others may be drawn to Him too.
Proverbs 10:31: The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
- *Initial Interpretation: Walk with God and speak His truths: if you speak your own words and not His they will fade (or lead to destruction). Isaiah 40:8 KJV "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand for ever."
- The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom:
- Words are the fruit of the lips (Isaiah 57:19) - Ellicot
- Freely, abundantly, constantly wise counsel flows - Poole
- ...and his tongue speaks justice." Psalm 37:30 - Gill
- but the froward tongue shall be cut out:
- "[Discretion and understanding will deliver] thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Proverbs 2:11-12 - Pulpit
- ...and the froward mouth, do I hate Proverbs 8:13 - Pulpit
- "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." Matthew 12:36 - Ellicot
- The sins of the tongue will be severely judged because they do mischief to others and are signs of an evil mind within - Ellicot
- An unprofitable tree produces things contrary to God and good men - Gill
- "And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." Matt 3:10; Luke 13:7 - Pulpit
- *Conclusions: Many of these commentators suppose the Proverbs identifies two separate people. Yet it might be one person at various times. Might it show the process of God working within to prune the counsel that does not come from Him as He prunes the vine (John 15:2)? It's good to know that in the end, His words are the ones that remain. Wisdom / the church / a godly wife each depicts the first example and will bring wisdom whenever they speak.
Proverbs 16:24: Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
- *Initial Interpretation: Kind words build the soul and body
- Pleasant (noam) here can also mean agreeableness, delight, suitable, splendor, and grace but not kind. *Kindness leads to God. This word encourages speech that maintains a positive atmosphere. Words that are honestly complimentary, encourage forgiveness, and seek genuine connection.
- Soul (lannepes) can also mean desire, passion, appetite
- Healing (umarpe) can also mean deliverance
- Honey was a luxury and a medicine. - Barnes
- The Gospel doctrines are like honey. - Gill
- "More to be desired are [the fear and judgments of the Lord] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb" Psalm 19:9-10 - Pulpit
- Christ's words cure diseases of the mind and heal wounded spirits. (I Samuel 14:27) - Gill
- Spiritually: Words about Christ, the Good News of the Gospel, satisfies our longings and delivers our bodies from destruction.
- Practically: Honest compliments, encouraging truths, ready forgiveness, and genuine connections excite our souls and cure our wounds.
- Relationally: Edify each other with what you say, it does a lot of good - it makes you feel good inside (emotionally) and heals you on the outside (actions).
- If I rely on my own words, I'm not being wise.
- Sometimes the wise option is to keep my mouth closed.
- The law of kindness is God's law because it leads to ultimate kindness.
Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Key Words: children, husband, arise up, call her, praises, blessed.
Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
- Happiness produced by some experience of God's favor, i.e. divine kindness, mercy, or goodness. (Dr. David Ireland)
- An understanding of what is truly good in our lives. (Bible Ref)
- Ashar - Hebrew for "to go straight" (Bible Hub)
- We are. (Ephesians 1:3)
- Those who understand their spirit is deficient, mourn, embrace meekness, hunger and thirst for righteousness, show mercy, are pure in heart, make peace with all men, experience persecution because of righteousness, are reviled, persecuted, and slandered for Jesus' cause. (Matthew 5:3-12)
- qum: to arise, stand up, stand
- Other uses: accomplished, carry, certainly help, confirm, fulfill, grown, observed, prepared, rouse, strengthen, succeed\
- In Proverbs 31:28: in preparation to a formal speech
- *Conclusions: Her children, the works of her hands, stand to testify of the growth, fulfillment, preparation, accomplishments achieved, and success earned, because of her.
- Arise is a kingdom leader's primary role
- Arise in scripture is almost always followed by a measurable, tangible action word:
- Arise, WALK. (God to Abram)
- Arise, TAKE your family & LEAVE. (God to Lot)
- Arise, FLEE! (God to Joseph)
- Arise, GO your way, (God to the leper)
- In each of these examples, they were responsible for the action. But in Isaiah 60:1, "Arise!" is used in a different way.
- Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
- Here, God does the action. The only way for us to shine is through His glory. (*In response, we arise, and call Him blessed - pointing others to His glory.)
- At this point in Isaiah, God's people were wrecked, identity wise and completely unqualified to shine. But:
- God called them His own. Isaiah 43
- And redeemed them. Isaiah 53
- So that they can shine His glory. Isaiah 60
- We shift from advancing our own kingdom to advancing God's kingdom when we arise and take our place so that God's glory arises (*is accomplished, carried out, strengthened, certainly helpful, grown, preparing, successful) over us and through us.
- "He believes in me when I can't believe in myself. So, I respond to His belief when I can't believe on my own, and He creates the thing He believes in." - Dr. E. Stanley Jones
- *How can we not call Him blessed when from nothing He creates everything - even in us?
- Isaiah 60:1 KJV: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
- Acts 22:16 KJV: And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
- Malachi 4:2 KJV: But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
- Isaiah 41:10 KJV: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
- Matthew 28:6 KJV: He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
- *Conclusions: ARISE is an action step that demonstrates faith. Faith that God will do the rest. When her (Wisdom's; the Church's; the godly wife's) children arise, they display their faith in her and point to her glory.