Scripture Reading: Psalm 23 ESV
23:3--He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Restoreth—turn, return, bring back, refresh.
His name’s sake—in regard for Him. Not for my glory but His. His name/person requires him to lead you into righteousness.
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.6 The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.9 I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
Preserveth—protect, guard, attend to. Return—same as restore. Dealt bountifully—ripen, wean a child. Walk before—live under his care and guidance.
Paths of righteousness
Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and nderstanding.7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
Layeth up—provides, ever ready. Buckler—shield, protection.
Keepeth way—God defends the right way and those on it. Equity—straightness, level, even, upright.
Proverbs 8:20—wisdom personified is speaking
I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment
God’s wisdom is righteousness.
In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
Life—fresh, strong, alive. Righteousness delivers from death/wages of sin is death.
1 Peter 2:21-25
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Example—copy to imitate. Follow—walk in one’s footsteps. Committed—yield, surrender, intrust, this was his one act of revenge. Word used for imprison and betray. Dead to sin—delivered as a dead slave is delivered form serving his master, to cease to exist to sin.
Returned—turn, bring back to, to turn and move in opposite direction, not that they were with the shepherd, then left and came back, Bishop—overseer, guardian,
2 Peter 2:19-22
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Promise liberty—liberty from righteousness, brings into bondage to sin or their rules rather than God’s commands. Entangled—weaved in, entwined, involved.
Turn from—same word as returned to shepherd.
Holy commandment—the Gospel/Love.
They tried God’s wisdom for a season, didn’t get the results they wanted, so wherever they go from there is going to be a disaster. If you eliminate the one true answer, you are left with error which leads to destruction.