The Strength of the Youth           Proverbs 20

v27 God sees a man’s spirit.

God can see the man’s secret thoughts.

v28 Love and truth protect a king.

Love will make his government safe.

v29 The best thing about youths is their strength.

Grey hair gives honor to old people.

v30 When a wound hurts, the bad part heals.

So a whip punishes and removes evil behavior from a man.

Watch the sword fight video below.  Which sword fighter is the good guy?  How did the good guy obtain his skills? How would you answer the rhetorical question in verse 9? Now turn to Job 14:4 How does Job answer? Go to Psalm 24:4 how does the psalmist answer?  Turn to Romans 3:23 what's Paul's answer?   Now look at v15.  In our society, talk is cheap and jewels are expensive, write your interperation for v 15.  Which would you honestly prefer: Jewels of knowledge?

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.

What is your greatest strength?   Look at verse 29What does the word strength mean?  Write down a Proverbs 20:29 definition for strength.  Write down 5 synonyms for the word strength.

What does gray hair mean?  Can the youth have honor?  What is honor?  How is it obtained?

God is all seeing.  What does he see in you?  Can God see your spirit?  Can he see a man's secret thoughts?

Watch Sword Fight 5.5 min video

Verse 26

A farmer drives a wheel over the wheat, to separate the grain from the straw.  Then he scatters the grain, so that the wind blows away the straw.

A king attacks evil men.  The king must protect his country, so his army fights against the evil men.  This is like the farmer, who drives a wheel over the wheat to separate the straw from the grain.  (Compare this verse with Amos 1:3.)

If the king does not kill the evil men, then he scatters them.  If many evil men work together, then they are strong and dangerous.  After the king scatters them, they are alone and weak.

God also does this.  He punishes evil people and he scatters them (Psalm 2).  God does this, so that God’s people are safe.

Verse 27

God even knows our thoughts.  He knows whether our plans are good or evil.  Other people might think that we are good and honest.  But God knows the truth.

Verse 28

Some rulers think that they should be cruel.  Solomon’s own son, Rehoboam, thought this (1 Kings 12:13-14).  He was wrong.  Cruelty does not make a king safe.  If a ruler is cruel, then the people hate him.  They want a revolution and a new government.

Love protects a king.  A ruler should love the people.  He should look after them and protect them.  Then the people will love him.  See 1 John 3:7-12.

Verse 29

We respect a youth’s strength.  We call young people ‘champions’ and ‘heroes’ when they win in sports.

We must also respect old people.  Their grey hair reminds us about their long lives.  Often old people have great wisdom.  They are too old to be champions in sport.  But they can still be our champions and heroes, because of their wisdom.

Verse 30

Nobody likes pain.  But a wound often heals, whilst it hurts.  The body removes the bad part of the wound, and this hurts.

In Solomon’s country, judges might punish a guilty man with the whip.  The second line means, ‘Punishment removes a man’s evil behavior.’  No punishment is pleasant.  But the intention is to teach good behavior.

If we smack a child, then the child learns to behave.  When a judge punishes a thief, the thief should learn not to steal.

God sometimes punishes Christians.  He does this because he loves us.  He wants us to learn how to be holy.  See Hebrews 12:5-11.

This verse also reminds us about Jesus.  Before Jesus died, the soldiers whipped his back.  They made him suffer greatly, although he had done nothing wrong.  Then they placed nails through his hands and feet.  The nails fixed him to the wooden cross where he died.

Jesus suffered the punishment that we deserve for our evil deeds.  He suffered because God loves us.  God forgives us because Jesus suffered.  We need simply to confess our evil deeds and to trust God.  Because Jesus suffered our punishment, God removes our evil behavior.  And because Jesus suffered our punishment, we can be friends of God.  See 1 Peter 2:24 and Isaiah 53:5.



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