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Saturday, May 9 2015

Proverbs 12: Where To Find The Path Of Life

"In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death"

The English-language word "path" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, poeth, that meant a trodden way i.e. a road marked by the footsteps of those who have gone before (see also What Does Saint Really Mean? and The Pilgrims).

"Path" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures. Notice how they are used to describe a journey from physical life to eternal life.

Path

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced oh-rawhk, that means a trodden path. Example:

    "16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path [oh-rawhk, that means a trodden path] of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Psalm 16:9-11 KJV; see also Psalm 16: Your Life Preserver)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced mes-ilaw, that means a marked path. Example:

    "2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path [mes-ilaw, that means a marked path]: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?" (Joel 2:8-11 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced maw-gawl, that means a marked track. Example:

    "4:26 Ponder the path [maw-gawl, that means a marked track] of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil." (Proverbs 4:26-27 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced mish-ole, that means a narrow passage. Example:

    "22:24 But the angel of the LORD stood in a path [mish-ole, that means a narrow passage] of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side." (Numbers 22:24 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced naw-theeb, that means a walked path. Example:

    "119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:104-105 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced shaw-beel, that means a track. Example:

    "77:18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. 77:19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known. 77:20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron." (Psalm 77:18-20 KJV)

As stated in the verses above (see The Identity Of The LORD God) and throughout the Scriptures (see The LORD God Our Saviour), the Messiah has always been the maker of the path to eternal life. The most that any human teacher can do is to provide a path to the Path of the Messiah. That was the purpose of the John the Baptist - until the Messiah's Ministry began (see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets).

"3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." (Matthew 3:1-3 KJV)

"14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6 KJV)

While there are many who humbly and joyfully follow the true path when they find it, others choose to arrogantly reject and deny it for themselves. They prefer the iniquity ("Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall") of their dead-end politics, nationalism or man-made religions to eternal life: "Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits ... Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path."

"30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

30:12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: 30:13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant." (Isaiah 30:9-13 KJV)

The Proverbs are not merely worldly sayings. They are manifestations of righteous principles, based upon God's Law, that will deliver those who follow the path of life (see also Words To Get Ahead) to eternal life (see also Will You Return To The Tree Of Life?).

The Holy Scriptures

"12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

12:2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

12:6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

12:9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

12:12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.

12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

12:16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

12:17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.

12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

12:21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.

12:23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

12:26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death." (Proverbs 12:1-28 KJV)

Fact Finder: How does iniquity seem so "right" to those who are bewitched by it?
See Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Psalm 8: Truly Uplifting


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This Day In History, May 9

1092: England's Lincoln Cathedral was consecrated.

1386: England and Portugal signed the Treaty of Windsor, pledging "permanent alliance and friendship."

1450: Timurid ruler 'Abd al-Latif was assassinated. He was succeeded by his cousin Abdallah Mirza.

1502: Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and last voyage to "America" (i.e. the islands of the Caribbean Sea; see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). While Columbus was away, his employer, King Ferdinand of Spain, was beginning the murderous Spanish Inquisition against non-Catholics all across Europe.

Ferdinand and Isabella 1657: William Bradford, English pilgrim governor of Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts for 30 years, died (see also The Pilgrims).

1671: Thomas Blood, the Irish adventurer popularly known as Captain Blood, stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London.

1793: Scottish explorer Alexander Mackenzie began his famous journey from Fort Chipewyan on Lake Athabasca in Canada. He eventually reached the Pacific Ocean by way of the Bella Coola River, becoming the first European to cross North America using a route north of Mexico.

1864: During the Second War of Schleswig, the Danish navy defeated the Austrian and Prussian fleets in the Battle of Heligoland.

1901: Australia opened its first Parliament in Melbourne.

1915: The Battle of Artois during the First World War began (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars). When it ended 18 days later, 216,000 men had been killed or wounded.

1927: The new city of Canberra replaced Melbourne as the capital of Australia.

1936: Italy formally annexed Ethiopia; King Victor Emmanuel was proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.

1945: The Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia was liberated by the allies; to it had been sent the so-called "privileged Jews", holders of the Iron Cross first class or better and 50 percent disabled war veterans. Of the 141,184 people sent there, more than 88,000 were gassed, including 81 year old Adolfine, sister of Sigmund Freud (Freud, old and dying of cancer, had been ransomed from the Nazis and brought to England). 3 other of Freud's sisters were murdered: Pauline, 80, and Marie, 82, in Treblinka, and Rose, 84, in Auschwitz.

1946: King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicated. The monarchy was replaced by a republic.

1962: A laser beam is successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.

1965: Lunar 5, an unmanned Soviet spacecraft, was launched toward the moon from a rocket already in Earth's orbit. It later crashed on the moon rather than making the projected soft landing.

1970: During the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war, 100,000 war protesters demonstrated in front of the White House.

1974: During the Watergate criminal investigations, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opened impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.

1978: The body of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was found in the trunk of a car; he had been kidnapped and murdered by the Red Brigades.

1979: Iranian-Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian was executed by firing squad in Tehran, resulting the mass exodus of the once 100,000 member Jewish community of Iran (Iran was known as Persia until the 1930s; see Esther: The Lots Of Purim).

1983: Pope John Paul II announced the reversal of the Catholic Church's 1633 condemnation of Galileo Galilei, the scientist who correctly taught that planets go around the sun - the "infallible" papacy said that Galileo was wrong (listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).

2002: The 38-day stand-off in the "Church of the Nativity" in Bethlehem ended when the Palestinians inside agreed to have 13 terrorists among them deported to several different countries.





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