Daily Wisdom 285: Proverbs 13:10

Proverbs 13:10 (NKJV) — 10 By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom.

The source of strife. Pride produces nothing but strife. Wherever there is contention, pride is the source. When people are too proud to admit they are wrong or to accept rebuke gracefully, contention develops. The original contention between God and Lucifer was due to Lucifer’s pride. (See Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:17.) Pride may lead a person to give a bad report about another. It may produce gossip. It may provoke rebellion. Whatever its manifestation, pride is behind the strife.

Those who are well-advised (those who are wise) will avoid contention. They are quick to admit error and to accept rebuke. They refuse to give a bad report, to gossip, to rebel. They have learned that the greatest secret to being used by God is humility, while the greatest hindrance to being used by Him is pride. (See James 4:6.)


Daily Wisdom 284: Proverbs 13:9

Proverbs 13:9 (NKJV) — 9 The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

The righteous light and the wicked lamp. Light emanates from a source such as a lamp. A lamp is a source of light itself. What emanates from the life of a righteous person is joyous and affects others in an uplifting way. Light bears the same relationship to a lamp as fruit to a branch. For this purpose, we may compare the light of the righteous to the fruit of the Spirit. (See Galatians 5:22-23.) Such fruit is certainly joyous, having a positive impact both on the person who bears the fruit and others around that person. The source of the fruit is the Spirit of God within; the Spirit is also the source of the light that shines forth from a righteous person.

While the light of the righteous is alive, vibrant, rejoicing, the lamp – the original source – of the wicked shall be put out. It will be turned off. It will fail. The wicked do what they do by the power of their own efforts. They do not have the Spirit of God within them to empower them, to give them life and light. Jesus Christ is “the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9). If a person does not have Christ within, that person does not have genuine light. (See Romans 8:9.) The lamp of the wicked, frail and feeble, is their own strength. But human efforts will fail. (See Zechariah 4:6.)


The Daily Wisdom posts are drawn from my book titled Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World: A Commentary on the Book of Proverbs. The book is published by Word Aflame Press and is available at pentecostalpublishing.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and as an Apple Book.


Daily Wisdom 283: Proverbs 13:8

Proverbs 13:8 (NKJV) — 8 The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, but the poor does not hear rebuke.

Undesirable consequences of riches. Riches can make a person a target for kidnappers, thieves, and lawsuits. Rich persons may be able to buy their way out of trouble with their money by paying off their enemies. But poor persons who have no money to speak of have very few concerns along these lines. They hear no rebuke or threats motivated by another person’s desire for their money.


Daily Wisdom 282: Proverbs 13:7

Proverbs 13:7 (NKJV) — 7 There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; and one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.

False and true riches. This verse is a companion to Proverbs 11:24-25. Stinginess, though it may result in great financial wealth, robs one of all that is worthwhile. While generosity may deplete one’s bank account, it gives true riches.


Daily Wisdom 281: Proverbs 13:6

Proverbs 13:6 (NKJV) — 6 Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

The source of preservation or destruction. The way of life an individual chooses will either preserve or destroy that person. From a spiritual perspective, there is no such thing as fate or luck.


Back to the classroom!

When I retired from Urshan Graduate School of Theology on July 1, 2018, it was with the understanding that I might be invited back to teach a course from time to time. Since then, I have taught BI 625 Psalms during the Fall 2019 semester and served as a guest lecturer in other classes.

Now, I have agreed to teach BT 606 Pneumatology for the Fall, 2021 semester. The semester is scheduled for August 16 – December 3, but the class will meet on-campus only for one week, October 11-15. It will be possible to complete all other requirements at a distance.

If you’re interested in this in-depth study of the Holy Spirit, I encourage you to contact the school for further information. The web address is http://www.ugst.edu. The phone number is (314) 838-8858.


The Holy Spirit in Galatians 6

On March 28, 2021, I am scheduled to teach an adult elective Bible class at The Sanctuary UPC in Hazelwood, Missouri, where Mitchell Bland is pastor. We will finish our exploration of every reference to the Holy Spirit in Paul’s letter to the believers in Galatia. The lesson will be drawn from my newest book, The Holy Spirit: A Commentary (Weldon Spring, MO: WAP Academic, 2020). The book is available at pentecostalpublishing.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and as an Apple Book.

I plan to post the video of the class session here no later than Monday, March 29, 2021. The study guide for the session is posted below.

The Holy Spirit in Galatians 6

March 28, 2021

Daniel L. Segraves, Teacher


Twitter: @danielsegraves

[1] To be led by the Spirit and to be under the law reveal the opposite poles of human behavior. We must keep in mind, however, that the behavior that results from being led by the Spirit cannot be achieved by sheer willpower. It does not come from self-discipline. Anyone can choose to behave in a certain way, at least temporarily. But that is not necessarily the result of a life transformed by the Holy Spirit. Good behavior is no sure sign of regeneration. The fruit of the Spirit is just that; it is the Spirit’s work in one’s life.

[2] The behavior of those who chose not to be led by the Spirit but who attempt to relate to God on the basis of law is predictable. The fruit of the Spirit has precise counterparts in the realm of the flesh. Indeed, the ongoing context in Galatians suggests that where we see references to “flesh,” the undergirding problem is “law.” This begins at least in Galatians 3:2-3, where Paul posed the question, “Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law . . . are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” The statement “if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law” suggests that if you are not led by the Spirit, you are under the law” (Galatians 5:18). There is no law, however, against the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).[1]

[3] The statement “If we live in the Spirit” in Galatians 5:25 is a first class condition, affirming the reality of the condition. Some translations render this “since we live in the Spirit.” This is an accurate translation. Since we have received the Spirit (Galatians 3:2), we should walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). The Spirit within us is sure to desire those virtues described as the fruit of the Spirit. As we yield to the desire to love, to be joyous, to be peaceable, to be longsuffering, to be kind, to do good, to be people of faith (i.e., to trust God, regardless of the circumstances of life), to be gentle, to practice self-control, we will be led by the Spirit; we will be walking in the Spirit. If we have no desire for these things, but instead desire and continually yield to those negative impulses described as “works of the flesh,” we must, at the very least, seek to be transformed by the Holy Spirit, for “he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Galatians 6:8).


The fruit of the Spirit contrasts with the works of the flesh, which are apparently the result of efforts to relate to God on the basis of law.

[1] For a shorter list of the fruit of the Spirit, see Ephesians 5:9.


Daily Wisdom 280: Proverbs 13:5

Proverbs 13:5 (NKJV) — 5 A righteous man hates lying, but a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.

Hating sin. Righteous persons hate sin. (See Proverbs 8:13.) They do not hate sinners, but they hate the sin that destroys sinners. When people do not hate sin it is because they do not focus their attention on the results of sin; they look only at the temporary pleasures. (See Hebrews 11:25.)

Those who are righteous must hate dishonesty in every form. Since Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44), deception finds its roots in him. Much can be discerned about a person’s character by that person’s attitude toward dishonesty, even in others. A wicked person thinks nothing of lying, and this attitude makes that person loathsome. Eventually, a wicked person will be brought to shame by dishonesty.


Daily Wisdom 279: Proverbs 13:4

Proverbs 13:4 (NKJV) — 4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

Desire and diligence. Desire alone is impotent. Positive thinking alone is of little value. Desire must be completed by diligence, and then goals will be attained. The problem with lazy persons is not that they have no ambition. (See Proverbs 21:25.) It is that they refuse to do what is necessary to realize their ambitions. They begin to look for shortcuts, which often lead to dishonesty and crime. Right mental attitude must be completed by right actions.