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Christian Counsel - by Michael Phillips
Proverbs - Part 25 of 26
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Proverbs 19:20
Jul 20, 1988 am - WHAT IS COUNSEL? The word "counsel" is translated from the Hebrew, ESA. It simply means "advice, plan, or recommendation". As might be expected, it is sometimes used in a bad sense. Thus we read of the "evil counsel of Hushai". But normally, of course, it denotes that good advice which is a product of reflection and prayer. It is obviously so used in our text. Counsel naturally includes two elements. It is negatively described as "reproof, correction, and warning". Positively, it is synonymous with "instruction, exhortation, and training". As I have already addressed the former, I will try to confine my present remarks to the latter. Counsel is always important. Hence it is variously used in in the Proverbs. It refers, to everything from, e.g., the strategies of a military advisor, "Every purpose is established by counsel; by wise counsel wage war" (20:18), to the personal suggestions of a close friend, "Oil and perfume make the heart glad, so a man's counsel is sweet to his friend" (27:9). But as I am speaking to a Christian assembly, I must restrict the subject accordingly. Therefore, when I speak of counsel, I simply mean, "The godly advice which one Christian gives to ... More >>>

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