Relationships with Fools
Verse 2 – “An undeserved curse” means that it has no effect.
Verses 4, 5 – We shouldn’t take a foolish person seriously and try to reason with his or her empty arguments. This will only make them proud or determined o win the argument. In some cases, don’t even answer them. But then in other cases you should answer to expose their pride or folly.
Verse 7 – In the mouth of a fool, a proverb is as good as a paralyzed leg. Some people are so blind to the word of God, that they won’t see any wisdom from reading proverbs.
Verse 8 – Sometimes when you’re in a group and maybe one person causes discord or dissension, the leader will try to give them a position. This usually doesn’t work. It’s like putting a stone in a sling it can swing back at you and hurt you.
Verse 9 – When you are pricked by a thorn, there is instant pain; you stop, and remove the thorn before it can move into the flesh. A drunk however may not feel the thorn until it has already moved into the flesh. Similarly, a fool may not feel the sting of a proverb when it can affect his life. Instead he will apply it to everyone else he sees rebelling. Look at the proverb in contrast to your own life.
Verse 11 – This verse is used often by those who when they see someone, time and time again get out of one mess and before long return to the same mess.
Relationships with Sluggards
Verses 13-16 – Excuses are often used by those who are unwilling to work. The less you do the less you want to do. To overcome laziness, start taking a few small steps toward changing. Pray for strength and persistence. Stop making excuses.
Verses 17 – Grabbing a dog in a harmful way by the ears, is a good way to get bit. Getting involved in an argument that is not yours, could put your life in jeopardy. If you have to get involved, then wait until they are done arguing.
Verse 19 – Have you ever known a person who says hurtful things and then says “I was only joking?” The Bible says “don’t do it”. That’s wrong.
Verse 20 – Talking about every little irritation or gossiping only keeps the irritation going. It’s like adding fuel to the fire. Refusing to complain or gossip cuts the fuel line. Is there someone you know who continually irritates you? Stop complaining about them and see if the irritation dies down.
Verses 24-26 – Some people have a way of disguising their hatred with kind words when it seems fitting. The hatred they have in their heart will eventually come out of their mouths.