Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.
1 Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake you not my law.
3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let your heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve you: love her, and she shall keep you.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you embrace her.
9 She shall give to your head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to you.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life shall be many.
11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.
12 When you go, your steps shall not be straitened; and when you run, you shall not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.
14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 My son, attend to my words; incline your ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from you a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from you.
25 Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove your foot from evil.
The instruction spoken of above, in verses 1 & 13, is the Hebrew word muwcar, meaning to chastise, by words, first as reproof, warning, and correction, or if refused, to be later remembered in the consequence (self-inflicted punishment) of the rejection. It is first used in Deuteronomy 11:2, rendered “chastisement,” which then gives examples of these, as miracles seen when the LORD brought His people (body, then mind) out of the bonds of Egypt. These are patterns showing us the time and season, so we will understand what we are seeing and hearing.
The above speaks of the ways of the wicked and warns us not to follow. The world is in a mass, self-creates, panic, hoping to deceive all into to following. The LORD says, hear Him and follow Him, and let the world panic. (Victory goes to those who keep their heads, while all the world is losing theirs.)
1 Therefore you shall love the LORD your God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, always.
2 And know you this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement [muwcar] of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,
3 And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;
4 And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD has destroyed them unto this day;
5 And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until you came into this place;
6 And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram [their words exalt their father], the sons of Eliab [who say their father, who put himself in God’s place, is their god], who instructed them, the son of Reuben [the son of perdition, whose children these are]: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel:
7 But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the LORD which he did.
8 Therefore shall you keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that you may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither you go to possess it;
9 And that you may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD swore unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that flows with milk and honey.
10 For the land, whither you go in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence you came out, where you sowed your seed, and watered it with your foot [where God’s people trampled on what they planted, because it was unseen], as a garden of herbs:
11 But the land, whither you go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinks water of the rain of heaven:
12 A land which the LORD your God cares for: the eyes of the LORD your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.
13 And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your corn, and your wine, and your oil [the word sent from the LORD, bringing the rewards of our work].
15 And I will send grass in your fields for your cattle, that you may eat and be full.
16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and you turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them [the words of those who make themselves gods];
17 And then the LORD’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest you perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD gives you.
18 Therefore shall you lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
19 And you shall teach them your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
20 And you shall write them upon the door posts of your house, and upon your gates:
21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers to give them, AS THE DAYS OF HEAVEN UPON THE EARTH.
22 For if you shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;
23 Then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and you shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.
24 Every place where-on the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon [raising purity into high places], from the river, the river Euphrates [flowing down God’s word to the people at large, will bring fruitfulness], even unto the uttermost sea [to all the people at large] shall your coast [expected end] be.
25 There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that you shall tread upon, as he has said unto you.
26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
27 A blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:
28 And a curse, if you will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which you have not known.
29 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD your God has brought you in unto the land whither you go to possess it, that you shall put the blessing upon mount Gerizim [the cutting off], and the curse upon mount Ebal [stone]. [See Deuteronomy 27]
30 Are they not on the other side Jordan [after crossing the rivers, words of men, that have carried all into death], by the way where the sun goes down [when understanding left], in the land of the Canaanite [and the people are zealous for God but without knowledge of Him], which dwell in the champaign [‘arabah – in the darkness – ignorant of Jehovah] over against Gilgal [the wheel, the word of carried forward for this moment – as written on the stones of the altar of Ebal, at the cutting off the enemies, at the fruitfulness, the second blessing of the latter rain], beside the plains of Moreh [teacher, who makes this word plain – because God shows it to him plainly, face to face]?
31 For you shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God gives you, and you shall possess it, and dwell therein.
32 And you shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day.
Friends, I tell you again, this is the end, advent, the cutting off of those who’ve rejected the LORD’s word and warning. It is a blessing to us and a curse upon them. We have escaped the consequences they are ever bound to, by choice. They’ve chosen the broad way that leads to destruction; while we’ve been chastened into the strait way, guided through the obstacle narrowing it, to ourselves become lights, stars fixed in heaven, which others can rely on to find their way.
Tell the still sleeping it’s time to wake up, because the light has come, and we see and hear, understand, the LORD and His plan to save them.
The Hebrew word Gerizim is from the one time used word garaz, said to mean a cutting off. It appears to be from the words ga’ah and raz, meaning to become glorious, raised in triumph through the mysteries, the secret things God has reserved for himself. Garaz only appears once, Psalms 31:22. It (gerazim) is more closely related to the word garzen, a four times used word telling of the means of cutting off, and always rendered “axe.”
Garzen appears in Isaiah 10:15, there telling of the Assyrian as the “axe” that has come against God’s people, as the consequence of their desires and following his advice. As we know, Assyria means steps, as in a progress degeneration away from God’s sound doctrine, His truth, His better ideas and truth. We understand it is speaking of communism, which history has shown comes in these ways, as a natural law of human nature to lust for (covet) the things others have achieved, and opening the door to the demagogues who become tyrants. It speaks of the communists’ destructive ideas, which have destroyed every nation surrendering to them, coming against us, God’s people, in prosperity (Jeshurun) in this Promised Land. Here he (the communist) is turned back and cut off by the hand of the LORD, His work in awakening us to the ways of the progressives’ degeneration. This is said in Isaiah 10 where we are told of the short work, the determined end, the LORD makes upon the earth.
1 And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandments which I command you this day.
2 And it shall be on the day when you shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the LORD your God gives you, that you shall set you up great stones, and plaster them with plaster:
3 And you shall write upon them all the words of this law, when you are passed over, that you may go in unto the land which the LORD your God gives you, a land that flows with milk and honey; as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you.
4 Therefore it shall be when you be gone over Jordan, that you shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal [stones], and you shall plaster them with plaster.
5 And there shall you build an altar unto the LORD your God, an altar of stones: you shall not lift up any iron tool upon them.
6 You shall build the altar of the LORD your God of whole stones: and you shall offer burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD your God:
7 And you shall offer peace offerings, and shall eat there, and rejoice before the LORD your God.
8 And you shall write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.
9 And Moses and the priests the Levites spoke unto all Israel, saying, Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day you are become the people of the LORD your God.
10 You shall therefore obey the voice of the LORD your God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command you this day.
11 And Moses charged the people the same day, saying,
12 These shall stand upon mount Gerizim [cut off] to bless the people, when you are come over Jordan; Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Joseph, and Benjamin:
13 And these shall stand upon mount Ebal [stones] to curse; Reuben, Gad, and Asher, and Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.
14 And the Levites shall speak, and say unto all the men of Israel with a loud voice,
15 Cursed be the man that make any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and puts it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.
The above tells of the curse, on the mountain where the altar was made with un-graven stone, and then covered by man’s hands with plaster. The point is the Ebal, the Stone that was covered, and verse 15 tells of the curse. The blessing comes when these men, who’ve covered the Stone with the works of their hands, their abominations, that have caused the desolation of God’s people, are cut off.
These altars are eventually built by Joshua, after the second battle, after the wall (of lies, under which these men think they have hidden the LORD and themselves) of Jericho (the moon – civil, progressive, government) falls. This second battle is at Ai (Aiath – heap of ruin) and Bethel (the house of God – church government) both fallen through the LORD working in and through Joshua (Jesus – Jehovah’s salvation personified in US).
1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed [the destructive ideas and advice of corrupt men, who are ignorant of their own ignorance];
2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!
3 And what will you do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will you flee for help? and where will you leave your glory?
4 Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
5 O Assyrian [communists, even those hiding under the name progressives], the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
6 I will send him against a hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets [their broad ways].
7 Howbeit he means not so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off [karath – destroy or eliminate, as is the way of communism] nations not a few.
8 For he says, Are not my princes altogether kings?
9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?
10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria [nations destroyed before US, whose idols were more powerful that the ones now worshipped here, which themselves alone would destroy us];
11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem [US – God’s elect] and her idols?
12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the LORD has performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem [after He, the LORD, has raised them away from the idol their leaders have created], I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria [of the communists and progressives], and the glory of his high looks [their desire to rule over us, and their pride in their power to deceive].
13 For he says, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:
14 And my hand has found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathers eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped [and the leaders of God’s people kept silent].
15 Shall the axe [garzen] boast itself against him that hews therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shakes it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.
16 Therefore shall the LORD, the LORD of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.
17 And the light [understanding] of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;
18 And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standard-bearer faints [macac – melts away, as in 2 Peter 3].
19 And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.
20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
22 For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption [killayown – only here and Deuteronomy 28:65 where it is a “falling” eye, as in what these men say they’ve seen, as in Zachariah 14:12] decreed [charats] shall overflow with righteousness.
23 For the LORD God of hosts shall make a consumption [kalah], even determined [charats], in the midst of all the land.
24 Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts, O my people that dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian [communists and progressives]: he shall smite you with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against you, after the manner of Egypt.
25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.
26 And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb [the LORD will call His people, mustering them to the battle and final destruction of these enemies among us]: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt [and the sea, the masses, will come together again and overthrow them].
27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
28 He is come to Aiath [Ai – the heap of ruin], he is passed to Migron [the precipice]; at Michmash [where they have hidden] he has laid up his carriages:
29 They are gone over the passage: they have taken up their lodging at Geba [in their high place]; Ramah [and the high place] is afraid; Gibeah [where the consequences come – as in Judges 19] of Saul is fled.
30 Lift up your voice, O daughter of Gallim [who they’ve divided and scattered, to whom these waters now come]: cause it to be heard unto Laish [the lion – their strength, as Ariel, where judgment is perverted], O poor Anathoth [your prayers have been answered].
31 Madmenah [the dung hill, the burning trash heap, their hell] is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim [the keepers of the idols, their corrupt words] gather themselves to flee.
32 As yet shall he remain at Nob [his fruit and his high places] that day: he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
33 Behold, the LORD, the LORD of hosts, shall lop [cut off] the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.
34 And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon [their false standard of purity in high places] shall fall by a mighty one.
12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
13 With him is wisdom and strength, he has counsel and understanding.
14 Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.
15 Behold, he withholds the waters [His words], and they dry up: also he sends them out, and they overturn the earth.
16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
17 He leads counsellors away spoiled, and makes the judges fools.
18 He loosens [muwcar – by correction and warning] the bond of kings, and girds their loins with a girdle [He prepares them with His preparation].
19 He leads princes away spoiled, and overthrows the mighty.
20 He removes away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.
21 He pours contempt upon princes, and weakens the strength of the mighty.
22 He discovers deep things out of darkness [things these men are ignorant of], and brings out to light [understanding, removing] the shadow of death.
23 He increases the nations, and destroys them: he enlarges the nations, and straitens them again.
24 He taketh away the heart [the reasoning, the rational mind] of the chief of the people of the earth, and causes them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.
25 They grope in the dark [in their own ignorance] without light [without understanding], and he makes them to stagger like a drunken man.
3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
4 For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with you.
5 Behold, God is mighty, and despises not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
6 He preserves not the life of the wicked: but gives right to the poor.
7 He withdraws not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he does establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8 And if they be bound in fetters, and be held in cords of affliction;
9 Then he shows them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10 He opens also their ear to discipline [muwcar – to correction], and commands that they return from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
12 But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he binds them.
14 They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
15 He delivers the poor in his affliction, and opens their ears in oppression.
16 Even so would he have removed you out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on your table should be full of fatness.
17 But you have fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on you.
18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he take you away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver you.
19 Will he esteem your riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.
20 Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
21 Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this have you chosen rather than affliction.
22 Behold, God exalted by his power: who teaches like him?
22 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom he has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25 As he says also in Hosea, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, You are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
27 Isaiah also cries concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the LORD make upon the earth.
29 And as Isaiah said before, Except the LORD of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrah.
30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.
32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling-stone;
33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone and rock of offence: and whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed.
1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.
5 For Moses describes the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which does those things shall live by them.
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaks on this wise, Say not in your heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what says it? The word is nigh you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if you shall confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
10 For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same LORD over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved.
1 In you, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Bow down your ear to me; deliver me speedily: be you my strong rock, for a house of defense to save me.
3 For you are my rock and my fortress; therefore for your name’s sake lead me, and guide me.
4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily [secretly] for me: for you are my strength.
5 Into your hand I commit my spirit: you have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.
7 I will be glad and rejoice in your mercy: for you have considered my trouble; you have known my soul in adversities;
8 And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: you have set my feet in a large room.
9 Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength fails because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.
11 I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.
12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.
13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
14 But I trusted in you, O LORD: I said, You are my God.
15 My times are in your hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
16 Make your face to shine upon your servant: save me for your mercies’ sake.
17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon you: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.
18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.
19 Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for them that fear you; which you have wrought for them that trust in you before the sons of men!
20 You shall hide them in the secret of your presence from the pride of man: you shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
21 Blessed be the LORD: for he has shewed me his marvelous kindness in a strong city.
22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off [garaz – not yet realizing He was raising me up by His glory, His manifested presence] from before your eyes: nevertheless you heard the voice of my supplications when I cried unto you.
23 O love the LORD, all you his saints: for the LORD preserves the faithful, and plentifully rewards the proud doer.
24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.