Verse 1 – This is a pretty clear precept. If you don’t want to learn, you can go to all the schools in the world and you won’t learn. A person who won’t take discipline or correction has a problem with pride. These types will learn very little. But if you want to be taught, there is no end to what you can learn.
Verse 3 – To be established means to be successful. Real success will come only to those who do what’s right. What kind of success does wickedness bring? Here are just a few: cheating on tests to pass the course, cheating on tax returns, mistreating employees to get ahead in business, and ignoring family commitments. All these successes are only temporary. Cheaters will grow more and more dishonest and those who hurt others will become callous and cruel. Evil leads to more evil. Real success maintains personal integrity. If you don’t have success by God’s standards, you have not achieved success.
Verse 8 – Despised is a pretty strong word. What’s in the heart will come out of the mouth. If your speech and actions toward others is cruel, you will be despised.
Verse 10 – Take care of your animals – live stock or domestic. This verse says even what looks like mercy from a wicked person is cruel.
Verse 13 – Sinful talk is twisting the facts to support your claims. Those who tell lies are usually caught up in them. Tell the truth all the time and scripture says you will be delivered from your trouble.
Verses 15, 16 – A gentle answer will turn away wrath. A fool is right only in his own eyes. His wrath is evident immediately.
Verse 19 – Think how many centuries ago these scriptures were written. The Bible has withstood the test of time. God’s word is truth and you can count on it to guide you.
Verse 21 – Although harm does come to certain righteous people, God will show them opportunities to move forward in a positive way. The wicked, on the other hand, without God’s wisdom are not able to overcome their problems.
Verse 23 – Prudent people don’t brag or show off about what they know. Insecure people feel like they always have to prove themselves. Beware of showing off. If you are modest, many won’t notice you at first, but later on they will respect you.
Verse 25 – Anxiety and stress will cause depression. It can make you physically sick.
Verse 26 – If you are a believer, you are the righteousness of God in Christ. You need to choose your friends carefully or they will and can lead you away from God and His ways.
Verse27 – The diligent make wise use of the possessions God has given them; the lazy waste them. Waste is poor stewardship. Make good use of all the Lord has given you.
Verse 28 – For God’s people, death is a bright pathway to a new and better life. Our life is not over when this body gives out. We have an eternity of living with the One who created it all.