Have you ever lied?          Proverbs 20

5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters,

  but a man of understanding draws them out.

    6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love,
       but a faithful man who can find?

    7 The righteous man leads a blameless life;
       blessed are his children after him.

    8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,
       he winnows out all evil with his eyes.

    9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure;
       I am clean and without sin"?

    10 Differing weights and differing measures—
       the LORD detests them both.

The moral wisdom of Proverbs not only permeates our inmost being, it directs us into the future.  Where is this evident in this chapter?

Where is the end in view for the sluggard (v4)?  The children of the righteous (v7)? The disrespectful son (v 20) The prodigal son (v 21)?  Go to Luke 15:12-13.  What is the son's future?  Look at verse 22 What is one word that describes "I'll pay .... wrong"?

Watch signs 3 video.  Believe and there will be an answer.

Take out a blank piece of paper.  Write your standard heading in top right corner.

Write the title of the lesson across the top line.

Write down each question (red) listed in both columns in one color and the answers in another color.  Skip lines between questions.

Have you ever lied to God?  Have you ever said you would do or say or pray about something and did not.  Have you ever told God that "if you just get me out of this jamb, I'll change"? 

Take a closer look at verses 5-10.  If you were promoting this chapter during a 10- second TV commercial, which verse (s) would you use as a tease to attract an audience?  Why?

What is personification? (where a thing is spoken of as a person) is another figure of speech we find in the proverbs.  Where do you find it in verses 5-10? 5 only

Now look at verse 20.  What is meant by a lamp being snuffed out in v 20, or searched out in verse 27? 

Wisdom often gives insight into the deepest recesses of human nature.  What is the meaning of deep waters in verse 5, and inmost being verse 30?

Look at vv.6, 16, 25.  Collectively what is a main theme of all three? Keeping a vow.  How important is it to keep your words, your vow, your pledge?  What will happen if you don't keep the vow?


Verse 5

Sometimes it is difficult to help a friend.  Often a friend does not want to talk.  He does not want to explain his problems.  A wise person will speak gently to his friend.  The wise person will encourage his friend to explain the problem.

The wise man must be slow and patient.  He acts like a man who takes water from a deep well.  After a long time, he will succeed.  Then the wise man will understand his friend’s problem.  So the wise man can help his friend.

Verse 6

People often say that they are loyal to their friends.  Troubles will test whether their words were true.  Anyone can say such words.  But when problems come, many people do not try to help their friends.

In verses 6 and 9, Solomon tries to find an honest man.  Many people seem honest.  They say the right words.  But when Solomon inquires further, these people disappoint Solomon.  Everybody does wrong things.  See Psalm 53:3, Isaiah 53:6, and Romans 3:23.

Jesus was always honest and he always spoke the truth.  John lived with Jesus for 3 years (1 John 1:1-3).  John tells us that Jesus did nothing evil (1 John 3:5).  This is why Jesus could take the punishment for our evil actions.  Jesus did this when he died for us (1 Peter 3:18).  This is how God forgives our evil actions.

Verse 7

The children benefit if their father is honest.  If we are honest and good, then God will help our children.

But only Jesus was really honest.  Jesus is God (Colossians 2:9, John 10:30).  If we trust God, then we are God’s children (Isaiah 53:10).  So God is kind to us (1 John 3:1).

Verse 8

In Solomon’s time, the king was also a judge.  God is also a king and judge (Revelation 19:16; 20:11-12).  God gives authority to human judges (John 19:10-11).  So we must respect them.  A human judge is God’s servant (Romans 13:1-5).

A human judge does not allow lies in his court.  He does not allow any evil behavior in his court.  In the same way, God punishes all our evil actions (Revelation 20:13-15).  Nobody can lie to God.  He knows everything (1 John 3:20).

Verse 9

See verse 6.  We cannot say this (1 John 1:8).  Only Jesus can truly say this.  However, if we trust in God, then God forgives our evil actions.  We are God’s children.  We do not continue to do evil things (1 John 3:9).  But if we do evil things, then we should tell the truth to God.  We should confess our evil action to God.  We should tell him about our errors (1 John 1:9).  Then God will forgive us, because of Jesus (1 John 2:1).


OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:

1. Identify the simple man

2. Explain the difference between the Wisdom and Knowledge

3. describe the

4. chart on a map the

5. define the terms

6. Explain the significance of

Knowledge: Recall of data.

Comprehension: Understand the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one's own words.

Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction. Applies what was learned in the classroom into novel situations in the workplace.

Separates material or concepts into component parts so that its organizational structure may be understood. Distinguishes between facts and inferences. 

Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.

Make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.

Remember : Recognizing, Recalling
Understand : Interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, summarizing, inferring, comparing, explaining
Apply : Executing, implementing
Analyze : Differentiating, organizing, attributing
Evaluate : checking, critiquing
Create: generating, planning, producing