29 The way of the Lord is a strong tower for the upright man, but destruction to the workers of evil. And in the morning he went out and, stopping, said to all the people there, You are upright men: it is true that I made designs against my master, and put him to death; but who is responsible for the death of all these? UPRIGHT, a. upri'te or up'rite. “Perturbed” means “unsettled.” Sometimes we read God’s Word and find what we read unsettling; sometimes we find it confusing; sometimes it doesn’t make sense; sometimes we don’t understand it. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. Erect perpendicular to the plane of the horizon as an upright tree an upright post. “If there is an angel as a mediator for him,One out of a thousand,To explain to a man what is right for him [that is, how to be in right standing with God]. The most popular Bible verses from Psalms 18 Found 50 Verses Psalms 18:2 Bible Rank: 2,530 ... With the kind and merciful You will show Yourself kind and merciful, with an upright man You will show Yourself upright AMP. You’re dead wrong. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you with all your household, for you [alone] I have seen as righteous (doing what is right) before Me in this generation. Neither Solomon nor his father David should be much admired by Christians. ‘Can anything good come out of Bethlehem’? —22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good … Really? “Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his ways,And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger. Is the premise of the “Before the Wrath” DVD biblical? Learn how your comment data is processed. Hezekiah did this throughout all Judah. Can that really be? Upright (392 Occurrences) Matthew 1:19 And Joseph, her husband, being an upright man, and not desiring to make her a public example, had a mind to put her away privately. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. A loving doe, and a graceful deer — may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love. Keep yourselves far from any false business; never let the upright or him who has done no wrong be put to death: for I will make the evil-doer responsible for his sin. A faithful God never unjust righteous and upright is he. or is the Ruler of all not upright in his judging? “ many that are first will be last, and the last will be first “. I’ve found by experience that my understanding of this passage in Ecclesiastes is consistent with Scripture’s high view of women in general . Thank you very much. He made upright planks of acacia wood for the tabernacle. The translation of the Hebrew terms for upright into Greek include convenient, equity, just, meet, pleasing, and righteous. That, if I was an evil-doer, the curse would come on me; and if I was upright, my head would not be lifted up, being full of shame and overcome with trouble. I don’t believe I’m putting words into Solomon’s mouth. Solomon was an upright man in the sense that he looked upwards to God for wisdom and guidance, at least early in his life. But it is frequently pronounced with the accent on the second, and the accent on the first syllable of its derivatives is inadmissible. May the Lord punish him for the blood he shed; behind my father David's back he struck down and murdered with the sword two men who were more innocent and morally upright than he -- Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel's army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah's army. My words come from my upright heart,and my lips speak with sincerity what they know. Sounds reasonable to me that making the best of what you already have to work with is the better choice. You are to be upright in heart before the Lord your God. Table of Contents. For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. I think that’s a bit contradictory. יׇּשׇׁר ‎; transliteration: sēfer hayyāšār), which means the Book of the Upright or the Book of the Just Man is a non-canonical book mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.The translation "Book of the Just Man" is the traditional Greek and Latin translation, while the transliterated form … or what does he take from your hand? Take no rewards in a cause: for rewards make blind those who have eyes to see, and make the decisions of the upright false. The same could not be said to be true regarding the thousand women he gathered into his harem. – Matthew 13:24-40. 19 1 Better is the poor man whose ways are upright, than the man of wealth whose ways are twisted.. 2 Further, without knowledge desire is not good; and he who is over-quick in acting goes out of the right way.. 3 By his foolish behaviour a man's ways are turned upside down, and his heart is bitter against the Lord.. 4 Wealth makes a great number of friends; but the poor man … They stood upright, facing inward. I’m just offering my opinion about what Solomon might have been referring to, not saying that it has to be understood this way. Job’s Character and Wealth. 2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. Some Christians have a habit of framing religious scriptures out of their boundaries so as to exclude themselves or others into being seen as the subject matter the scripture was intended for. Psalms 37:37 - Mark the blameless man, and behold the upright; For the man of peace will have a posterity. Solomon may have been an upright man at one point in his life. Give ear to the women laughing by the water-springs; there they will give again the story of the upright acts of the Lord, all the upright acts of his arm in Israel. International Standard Version Copyright © 1996-2008 by the ISV Foundation. As we grow older and our lives, bodies, and circumstances change, we need to adapt to those changes and reject the notion that “changing models” or “adding to the harem” is somehow better than living in a committed and meaningful way with the spouse we already have. Chapter 7 begins with the wisdom of a “good name” being better than precious ointment. On the surface it appears that Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, … UPRIGHTNESS, noun. – Ecclesiastes 7:28. The three accounts of the return of Jesus in the Book of Revelation. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done. Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, Lord, will you put to death an upright nation? (DBY) … For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. 2. You are to make judges and overseers in all your towns which the Lord your God gives you, for every tribe: and they are to be upright men, judging the people in righteousness. Then an upright man could reason with Him,and I would escape from my Judge forever. A clue to this is may be found in the advice he gave in Ecclesiastes 9:9: Enjoy life with your wife, whom you live, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun. How then is it possible for man to be upright before God? The first thing to note is that Solomon seems to have had at least one woman in his life who he deeply loved and respected. With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright. and she herself said, He is my brother: with an upright heart and clean hands have I done this. If by chance there are fifty upright men in the town, will you give the place to destruction and not have mercy on it because of the fifty upright men? – Matthew 13:24-40, Could the parable of the thief coming in the night be a warning to Christians? In China’s later Han era, there lived a politician called Yang Zhen, a man known for his upright character. Thank you! or a man be clean before his Maker? He eventually had a harem that totaled one thousand. Be upright in judging the cause of the man from a strange country and of him who has no father; do not take a widow's clothing on account of a debt: If there is an argument between men and they go to law with one another, let the judges give their decision for the upright, and against the wrongdoer. It seems he could be saying that finding an upright (righteous in character) man (friend, trusted servant, etc) was very rare (1 in a 1000) according to his personal experience, but finding a righteous wife was something incredibly more rare in his personal experience (0 out of 1000). One upright man among a thousand, but no upright woman. I have willingly given all these things with an upright heart, and now I have seen Your people who are present here giving joyfully and willingly to You. Don’t put words in Shlomo’s mouth. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. You are not to be moved in your judging by a man's position, you are not to take rewards; for rewards make the eyes of the wise man blind, and the decisions of the upright false. ( Log Out /  Solomon continues this chapter it seems to comment on the betterness of living your life for a good reputation(good in more of the objective than subjective of course), and the difficulties we find to living that honorable life which gives us that good reputation. “While I was still searching but not finding — I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them (Ecclesiastes 7:28, NIV).” I’ve got to admit that the above verse may be one of the most perplexing in the entire Bible. They seek pleasure and resources. Solomon may have been sharing his feelings about this in Ecclesiastes 7:25-26: So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly. 20 Let us condemn him to a shameful death since God will rescue him -- or so he claims.' And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the … Joseph was a considerate husband (Matthew 1:20-23) 3. – Proverbs 22:6, One upright man among a thousand, but no upright woman. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. New American Standard Bible Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved. He named it Ebenezer, explaining, “The Lord has helped us to this point.”. So, in the context, if I have a correct breakdown, Solomon is describing the pitfalls of living an honorable life which brings a good reputation. Your believe is wrong. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man … Solomon is simply saying I had 1000 women and they were all corrupt, so be on guard. Well written. 1 In the land of Uz * there was a blameless and upright man named Job, a who feared God and avoided evil. I think whoever she is, she does not have to be included in the 1000. Thanks for commenting. But that’s why I’ve titled my blog, “As I see it today,” as others may differ in their understanding of this and the other passages I’ve commented on. The combined wingspan of these cherubim was 30 feet. – Ecclesiastes 7:28, What the two or three coming together in Jesus’ name must do if they want Jesus to be with them – Matthew 18:20, Don’t Presume to be a Teacher – James 3:1, Not every prayer offered in faith may be effective; but which ones always will – James 5:15. Who are the rightful heirs of the land of Israel? After Yang Zhen was made a provincial governor, one of his earlier patrons, Wang Mi, paid him an unexpected visit. What would Solomon have done differently if he had an opportunity for a do-over in this area of his life? “While I was still searching but not finding — I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them (Ecclesiastes 7:28, NIV).”. 2 Seven sons and three daughters were born to him; 3 and he had seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred she-donkeys, and a very large household, so … What my posts (including this one) attempt to do is to make sense of passages we don’t quite understand so that what we read enlightens us. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. upright man is one whom God thinks highly of. In the words there are three parts: The upright are crushed and made low, and the feeble are overcome by his strong ones. and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. She could be the “one that got away”. Abraham approached [the Lord] and said, “Will You really sweep away the righteous (those who do right) with the wicked (those who do evil)? I can see that he is very wise in many of his statements . Solomon said he couldnt find one righteous woman in a thousand…he did NOT say there are no righteous women just that they are extremely rare. God is the judge of the upright, and is angry with the evil-doers every day. Read scripture with a simple heart of faith not clouded with preconceived ideas. 1 There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. Ecclesiastes 7:29 | View whole chapter | See verse in context Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright ; but they have sought out many inventions. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Both have the same message. His eyes are ever on the upright, and he gives to the crushed their right; “He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous [those in right standing with Him];But with kings upon the throneHe has seated them forever, and they are exalted. For though I were righteous, I could not answer.I must appeal for mercy to my Opponent and Judge. Of course I could be wrong about this. 1. Is the premise of the “Before the Wrath” DVD biblical? 2nd Chronicles 29:34. When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord came to him, and said, I am God, Ruler of all; go in my ways and be upright in all things. I’ve got to admit that the above verse may be one of the most perplexing in the entire Bible. Job’s Piety. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Just like Jesus’ humble background is not used to disqualify His legitimacy. Thank you for explaining this to me. I think he would have stopped at one. Amplified Bible The Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered and reflected on My servant Job? He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. How much more, when evil men have put an upright person to death, in his house, sleeping on his bed, will I take payment from you for his blood, and have you cut off from the earth? The difficulties are foolishness/surface level living (vv. For all who do such things, and all whose ways are not upright, are disgusting to the Lord your God. It seems that none of them was upright in their spiritual lives, not in the same sense that Solomon was or should have been. 30 The upright man will never be moved, but evil-doers will not have a safe resting-place in the land. The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks. The God of Israel said, the word of the Rock of Israel came to me: When an upright king is ruling over men, when he is ruling in the fear of God. If Solomon is referring to himself in this verse, what he’s noting is that his life was characterized at one time by an upward or upright focus but that eventually he quit relying on God’s advice and instead followed his own schemes, a decision he came to regret. 28 The hope of the upright man will give joy, but the waiting of the evil-doer will have its end in sorrow. Solomon concluded this portion of Ecclesiastes with these words: This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes (Eccl. Serve courageously, and the LORD will be with the upright.". Perpendicular erection. May a man be upright before God? For Job has said, I am upright, and it is God who has taken away my right; How may a hater of right be a ruler? Joseph was an upright man (Matthew 1:18-19) 2. that is all. How powerful have been upright sayings, And what doth reproof from you reprove? 3 He had seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five … There is no hypocrisy in the upright. 7:29). 3 He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man … I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. “Is it any pleasure or joy to the Almighty that you are righteous?Or is it of benefit to Him that you make your ways perfect? Job and His Family. It’s clear when reviewing what happened after Solomon gathered 1000 wives and concubines for himself that he regretted doing so. I believe this is Holy Spirit inspired understanding of this verse. Good food for thought. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. – Matthew 24:42-44, Three things that must happen before Jesus returns: Matthew 23:37-39; Matthew 24:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:3. 18 For if the upright man is God's son, God will help him and rescue him from the clutches of his enemies. up and right. He certainly did not consider the woman he was writing about in that book to be amoral or of questionable character. and he saith to teach the sons of Judah 'The Bow;' lo, it is written on the book of the Upright: --. Genesis 1:26 ESV / 55 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. Does God give wrong decisions? I believe this understanding of the passage is flawed, that it results from a misunderstanding of the context in which it was written, and that taking into consideration Solomon’s background may give us a better understanding of what this verse means. If by chance there are five less than fifty upright men, will you give up all the town to destruction because of these five? (BBE) Matthew 5:16 Let your light thus shine before men, so that they may see your upright works, and glorify your Father who is in the heavens. I’ve even heard a number of sermons over the years that were consistent with this understanding of the passage;  that men are somehow more upright than women, perhaps because it was Eve who was first tempted by Satan in the Garden of Eden. I think this is pretty good. I don’t think he was saying, “I found one upright man, me, among a thousand men,” however. My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. One of the writers of the Proverbs had high regards for women as well (Proverbs 31: 10-31). 1 Kings 11:1-6 gives some details regarding this and what happened because of it: King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women beside Pharaoh’s daughter — Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. Following a description of Job’s riches and his children, the text mentions the feasts held by … In short, Job was “blameless and upright” in that he was a man of integrity who trusted in God as his redeemer (see Job 19:25), sincerely worshiped the Lord, loved his family, and was consistent in his walk with God. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. NetBible, Basic English, produced by Mr C. K. 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There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. 1. If the bases are broken down, what is the upright man to do? “Then you shall make the boards for the tabernacle of acacia wood, standing upright. And he said, I will not give it to destruction if there are forty-five. Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes.” New American Standard Bible Behold, I have found only this, that God made people upright, but they have sought out many schemes.” NASB 1995 1:3),” and not the result of that decision. ( Log Out /  Because the Lord sees the way of the upright, but the end of the sinner is destruction. But the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the … and will you say that the upright Ruler of all is evil? After 62+ years with one special lady, that is my best assessment of your question. Women are inherently amoral. Or what great nation has statutes and judgments so righteous (upright, just) as this whole law which I am placing before you today? I don’t know how else to put it. Honesty; integrity in principle or practice; conformity to rectitude and justice in social dealings. That’s my understanding of this passage and its implications, at least as I see it today. So the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates.”. 8 The upright man is taken out of trouble, and in his place comes the sinner. For they made high places and upright stones and wood pillars on every high hill and under every green tree; Take the best and most upright of your master's sons, and make him king in his father's place, and put up a fight for your master's family. You reprove with one bitter and ungrateful in his life ( Matthew 1:18-19 2. 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