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~ Proverbs 20 ~ the Goldmine of ~ Spiritual Wisdom ~

Updated on September 19, 2020
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Pastoral Counselor ordained Elder/Minister Ambassador at Alpha 7 Ministries M.A.Christian Clinical Counseling Certified in Creation Therapy

~ Proverbs 20 The Goldmine Of ~ Spiritual Wisdom ~

Proverbs is an excellent treasure of godly spiritual wisdom! It exudes short pithy sayings to enhance and enrich our everyday life. To encourage and promote us to move upward and onward diligently seeking our God given purpose in life! Here in these Proverbs King Solomon openly and frankly shares learned principles from his many life experiences. We are now afforded the ability to still reap the benefits many centuries later. The remarkable thing about God’s Word is; His principles are timeless!

King Solomon had it all. You name it he had it! The time period in which he reigned over Israel is often referred to as a “Golden Age.” He was rich beyond one’s imagination. Gold was lavishly used and ornately decorated much of the Temple palace and its furnishings along with many other precious metals and gemstones! His father, King David left him a rich spiritual and prosperous legacy! There was much “ado” in regards to him becoming the next king. Although he had many brothers Solomon was the one chosen to reign after his father. “So Bathsheba went into the chamber to the king. (Now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was serving the king.) And Bathsheba bowed and did homage to the king. Then the king said, “What is your wish?” Then she said to him, “My Lord, you swore by the Lord your God to your maidservant, saying, ‘Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne.” I King 1.

While King David was still alive Solomon’s brother Adonijah had declared himself King. King David had become frail and was ailing while his son schemed to take over the kingdom. The Bible records Adonijah being rebuked by his father many times. King David had on occasion failed to consistently discipline his many children. There was a lot of conflict among the brothers. (See story in I Kings 1)

Bathsheba Solomon’s mother reminds her husband, King David of His promise. Right before King David died he gave a charge to their much beloved son Solomon, “I am about to go the way of all the earth, he said, “So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in His ways and keep His decrees and commands, His laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in ALL you do and wherever you go, and that the Lord may keep His promise to me; If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with ALL their heart and soul…” I Kings 2.

King David Solomon’s father “was a man after God’s own heart.” He reminded Solomon of the importance of keeping and living out God’s principles! King Solomon was gifted with godly wisdom! He became king after much strife! His brother Adonijah continued to undermine his authority and eventually he had to give the orders to have him killed…

Within these Proverbs is a plethora of wonderful inspiring godly wisdom! Wisdom is practical, applicable advice that conveys moral and principled Truths! Knowing God is key to unlocking the infinite wealth of His spiritual treasures! Here we can read, listen and learn the thoughts of a brilliant King loved by God! Here we can also see the results of his gradual decline that caused him to detour from taking heed to what he knew was right in his heart. As we have discussed in this series King Solomon had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. He allowed them to worship idol gods for which they had altars built. The worldly ways of his many wives and many other vices pulled him away.

“Proverbs” comes from the Hebrew word that means to “rule or govern.” We in this 21st century need to once again embrace the priceless, invaluable Godly wisdom!

~ Proverbs 20 ~

Proverbial Lesson Hightlights

Drinking Wine

One must be careful when it comes to drinking. Wine comes from the vine. It is juice pressed from grapes and fermented. It can be potent and for many quite addicting! It was often diluted and mixed with water. Strong drink means the wine was unmixed. This scripture is not saying wine is wrong; but it is saying that being intoxicated is not wise. This is why they call it being under the influence. One’s judgment easily becomes clouded and their ability to make wise decisions becomes altered. Their behavior often becomes brash and unpredictable!

A mocker is a scoffer. A brawler is a person who becomes violent and often acts out, is rude and or speaks viciously, and is often out of control. This also is what is characteristic of a drunkard. When not used responsibly wine, alcohol or beer can make one behave quite inappropriately “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler, whoever is led astray by them is not wise.”

Avoiding Strife

It is honorable when one does not seek to cause problems for others. Instead you would prefer to handle conflict as peacefully as possible? It is much better to settle differences responsibly. There are those who just relish in conflict, fighting and arguing! It is a way of life for them. Sometimes you have to be patient and simply overlook or avoid those who revile in conflict or constantly keep something going. When insulted you may sometimes have to hold your peace and control your tongue.

Whenever necessary we want to have "redemptive confrontation" in resolving differences. God says that we should be peacemakers. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God...” Matthew 5. This does not mean that we will not be persecuted or misunderstood. Whenever possible it is better to avoid those who cause us strife. “It is a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.

Being Without Sin

We need a Savior, none of us are without sin. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3. It is by the grace of God we are saved! Jesus died and sacrificed his life for us! Praise God! We can call upon His Name to save us from the power of sin attempting to reign in our lives! Sin is what separates us from God! Confession and repentance is good for the soul! He has left us His Holy Spirit to guide and teach us and lead us to all truth! The Word of God has cleansing power. It is very important that we spend quality time meditating on His Word! “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness…” I John 3

Solomon shares much wisdom with us in these Proverbs. He who was the wisest man to ever live realized that we need the Lord daily. We can learn from his many experiences! “Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?


Knowledge here is contrasted with a rare jewel to demonstrate that it is quite valuable. Here in the Proverbs one can discover the “Goldmine of Spiritual Wisdom.” There is a wealth of godly knowledge to help us live better lives pleasing in the sight of God. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1. We must be willing to listen to the Lord! The Bible is the inspired Word of God, it is our Life Manual! “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2. God is Faithful, when we ask sincerely He will open our understanding so we can better understand His Word!

Gold is one of the first know expensive metals known to man. Gold, silver, bronze and many precious gems where abundant possessions of King Solomon. Rubies were a much sought after plentiful gemstone. Here we learn however what is most precious and valuable is knowledge, it is compared to a rare jewel. We obtain knowledge through the continual process of learning. “Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.”

Getting Even

What do you do when someone does something wrong to you? Is your first response to do something to get back at them? Well what is so interesting here, we are told that this is not the correct way to handle the situation. As a matter of fact it tells us to “Pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven...” Matthew 5. Revenge is not the way of the Lord. You may have to avoid them at times… As a matter of fact He tells us to instead; pray for them. This is not always easy. But when exercising discipline it is possible!

It is really important to stay close to the Lord. There are so many things that want to pull you away for what is right. Many are becoming more interested in pleasing others rather than God! Don’t get pulled into the world’s way of doing things. You may become popular at the expense of compromising your spiritual values! We must learn to exercise self control in our lives! This is what spiritual warfare is about!

We are not to take the law in our own hands. We are told not to retaliate. By praying for those who have hurt us we “overcome evil with good.” Romans 12. This does not mean that we won’t respond or just let others walk all over us. We must seek to enlist the Fruit of God’s Spirit when dealing with unfavorable situations and difficult people. We elect to trust the Holy Spirit to lead us in responding in a way that pleases the Lord. Sometimes this may mean not responding at all!

Quite often you will hear “I’m human” well I hope so! This is often a blanket excuse for responding in the flesh… But this still does not excuse improper behavior. As we take personal inventory regularly we should be able to see a marked progressive pattern of improved discipline. If you are still doing the same things and responding impatiently the majority of the time, and seeking ways to get back at others guess what? Only you and God know! Repent does not mean repeat! True repentance brings about a welcomed change! This is what the ongoing process of spiritual growth is all about! Patience is a part of responding in a way that pleases God! As long as the Lord has us here on this side of heaven there is room for improvement! Remember the Proverbs were written to help us live a good, happy balanced life. “Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this is wrong!” Wait for the Lord , and He will deliver you.”

Weights and Balance

The subject of weights are found many times throughout the Proverbs as well as the rest of the Bible. They were important because they were impertinent during many market business transactions that called for weighing. Society usually used coin as a monetary exchange or bartered with goods! Gold, silver and copper was molded into shapes. These metals were weighed before an exchange took place. They were stamped. For example a half shekel is what was used to pay the annual temple tax. Proper weights and consistency was important in order to properly transact business.

The scale itself consisted of two pans. One pan was weighted and used as a barometer to determine proper weight against what was being weighed. Imagine if this was not always properly balanced weights would differ and it would be difficult to distinguish the true value! There were also those who would unjustly weigh the scales. They would use loaded weights to cheat the customer! They were really in the long wrong cheating themselves because the Lord is aware of everything! One here sees the importance of just weights. “The Lord detests differing weight, and dishonest scales do not please him.”

It is important that we seek the Lord! There are so many things that happen in life. So many things to cause one to detour from the narrow path that leads to the Lord! The world often tries to ensnare us in a myriad of ways. God has a plan especially designed for each of us. The challenge is tuning out the distractions of ths world and taking time to “Be STILL” and listen to the Lord! It is from Him we need constant guidance.

There are some things in life we will never quite understand. We serve and all knowing wise, Omniscient God! Thank God for His Holy Spirit! When we seek Him above all else we do not have to worry because we know everything is under His control. We know that He is able to open our understanding! These Proverbs were written long before most of the psychology journals , periodicals and many literary compositions and criticisms. Godly wisdom is supreme! Therefore,Trust in the Lord with All your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In All your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3. “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?

I hope that you read this Proverb and in its entirety! There is much said that will open up your understanding and promote spiritual growth when you take the time to digest what is being said! Each time you read a Proverb you will ascertain a deeper meaning! There are so many more wonderful nuggets of SPIRITUAL WISDOM to discover. I recommend making some personal mental notes and see if they speak to your heart! Reading a Proverb each day will increase your spiritual growth and discernment!

Proverbs 20 concludes by telling us; “The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.”


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    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      Sweetie, Thank You it is always nice of you to stop by and share! In His Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless YOU!

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      10 years ago from India

      Hi Deborrah very beautifully written hub. Shows how much effort you put in writing your hubs.

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      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      itakins, So nice to see you here! The Proverbs are indeed a spiritual treasure! As you so wonderfully stated:"it packs a punch with a gentle hand."

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share! Your insightful comments are always welcomed! In His Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      11 years ago from Irl

      DeBorrah k

      I'm doing a much overdue catch-up.The wisdom in the Book of Proverbs really is timeless and so pertinent packs a punch with a gentle hand.

      ' taking time to “Be STILL” and listen to the Lord! It is from Him we need constant guidance'

      That says it all really-wonderful inspirational writing ,as always.'

      I also like that 'Repent does not mean repeat'...a firm purpose of amending our ways is an essential prerequisite,and God cannot be fooled,much as we might like that sometimes.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      Stars429, Thank you for stopping by to share your kind words! You are quite welcome! Hope you ALL had a lovely day today! In His, Love, Peace & Blessings!

    • stars439 profile image


      11 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      A magnificent hub with stunning photographs. Thank you for sharing it. God Bless You.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      Joy56, I so agree! The Proverbs are absolutely wonderful! Thank you for stopping by to share! Please do come again! In His Love, Peace & Blessings!

    • Joy56 profile image


      11 years ago

      I too am a lover of the book of Proverbs, it is calming, as well as all wise, and i also thoroughly enjoyed your hub. Thankyou, i will press the green button on my way out....

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      James A Watkins, You are so keen and insightful! There is so much we all can learn and appreciate about King Solomon! He was an extraordinary man! The Proverbs are truly a rare Spiritual Treasure! Thank you as well for your encouraging words. You are quite welcome! In His love, peace and blessings brother!

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      James A Watkins 

      11 years ago from Chicago

      Wow! There is so much here to absorb and ruminate over. This may be your best work yet. It is both deep and wide. "Repent does not mean Repeat!" Gotcha! Meaning, I hear ya. Thank you very much for this magnificent article.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      A M Werner, You are point on about the deception! "Seeking out the Lord for justice is our only hope!" AMEN!

      Yes! It is so important to spend time with the Lord as well as to "Be STILL" Thank you as always for sharing your keen spiritual insight! In His love my brother, Peace & Blessings!

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      Allen Werner 

      11 years ago from West Allis

      DeBorrah, in this day and age, the lips that speak knowledge truly are a rare jewel. There is so much deception in nearly every facet of life today, we are surrounded by false words, jaded news, and seductive campaigns. Seeking out the Lord for justice is our only Hope. The balances in this life often are not fair. We live in a world that teaches 'action', that hesitating is an evil, a sign of cowardice and laziness. I love how you reminded that sometimes (many times), it is best to "Be Still" and silence all the distractions. The beginning of wisdom is not education and application but reverance for the Creator. Listening to His advice can take us a long long way in life, if we only let Him. Peace.

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      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      ITSecurityAnalyst, Great and thank you! Please do come again! You are quite welcome, Peace & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      Philipo, Great! The Word of God is power and "lifechanging" as you say! Thank you for stopping by to share! In His love, Peace & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      Rev Lady, Thank You! The Word is deep... It is amazing how "Alive and Powerful" it is! I truly believe that it is so important that we make a sincere effort to present it in a way one can see how invaluable it is and encourage embracing just how relevant it is now!

      As you well stated the Word is "sweet to our tastebuds and profitable to our souls." Amen!

      Thank you for adding your much welcomed insightful comments that are beneficial to all! As always it is a pleasure! In His love, Peace & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      Swiftly Clean, Nice of you to stop by! Thank you for sharing your insight! Wisdom does bring much peace! In His love, Peace & Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      Smireles, Thank you! I agree the Proverbs are fantastic! In His love, Blessings!

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      His daughter, You are quite welcome! You are right about the Proverbs they contain an endless wealth of wisdom! We can learn much from Solomon!

      There are many benefits of making it a goal to stay on the straight narrow and at the same time realize it is so easy to venture onto the broad road...

      Making it a point to daily devote spending time with the Lord and not take His wisdom for granted! Thank you for visiting and sharing. In His love, Blessings!

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      11 years ago from Nigeria

      Very informative, educative and life touching and changing hub. Thanks for sharing.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      Coffeesnob! Yes! The Proverbs are indeed packed with everyday insights! You are right about the Church! God has given us directions on what to do! We must take it a step further and actually implement His principles daily in resolving conflict and issues... It takes stepping back and making a conscious decision to respond in the way that pleases the Lord... It really works!

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your insight! In His love Peace & Blessings!

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      11 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      DeBorrah, this hub is beautiful!!

      The eternal wisdom of Yahweh, through Solomon's short pithy sayings are sweet to our tastebuds and profitable to our souls. I appreciate your profound explanations that facilitates understanding in the context of 21st century living. All glory to God!

      Thank you and blessing to you my dear sister in Him.

      Forever His,

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile imageAUTHOR

      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      Msorensson, The Proverbs contain such a wealth of wisdom! Thank you for visiting and sharing your welcomed insight! In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      11 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Deborrah,Gods Wisdom is a long life lived.A life lived gracefully.

      Wisdom brings peace as well.

      God Bless you!

      Sharon Smith

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      Sandra Mireles 

      11 years ago from Texas

      Another great hub, DeBorrah! Proverbs is a favorite of mine.

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      His daughter 

      11 years ago

      Thanks,DeBorrah. One could spend a life time in Proverbs drawing from the wisdom there. One can never ever go wrong applying God's wisdom to our lives. It amazes me how Solomon knowing all this wisdom got "off-track" by straying away from it.

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      11 years ago


      Proverbs is truly rich and full of every day insights. It is also very direct and forthright. I appreciate your Proverbial Truth Highlights. As I read about "Avoiding Strife" I thought how often this one is overlooked in the lives of Christians. Why? "There are those who just relish in conflict, fighting and arguing" This carries over too often in the church. But it can be overcome anywhere and you have laid out good teaching here to instruct and challenge those in the church


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      11 years ago

      Beautiful and beautifully written, DeBorrah. Thanks.

      I go to that part of he Bible a lot because it is something that is timeless, ageless.

      Thank you also for elucidating the effects of alcohol.

      Much love always,



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