Contrasting the Godly and the Wicked
Verse 1 – A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
Verse 2 – Treasures of wickedness profits nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.
Verse 3 – The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked.
God’s ways and principles for right living brings lasting happiness because they bring us into right behavior. Money that has been gotten by cheating or stealing will profit a person nothing.
Verse 4 – He who deals with a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes one rich.
Verse 5 – He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
I see too many people in our society today that don’t work hard at anything. Yes, there are people who do, but still too many who strive harder at not working than they do at finding a job. If you are always in between jobs or long periods of not working, how will you ever get ahead? There are so many opportunities for people to go to a trade school and get a skill that will support them and their families. Our government assists those who can’t afford it on their own if they seek the help.
Verse 6 – Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
Verse 7 – The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will not.
Oh how backwards we are today, according to verse 7. We make documentaries, movies, write books on evil people. I could probably name 10 serial killers or bomb terrorist. It seems we give the “Lime light ” to the ones that we should forget and the ones who were always doing good for others, are soon forgotten.
Verse 8 – The wise in heart will receive commands, but a prating fool will fall.
Prating is to give “lip service” to something. It doesn’t come from the heart when spoken.
Verse 9 – He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known.
Christians are supposed to conduct themselves with the highest integrity. They should keep their word and do what they say.
Verse 10 – He who winks with the eye causes trouble, but a prating fool will fall.
This verse reminds me of some politicians. They might as well be winking when they speak, because they have no intention of doing what they say they are going to do for the people.
Verse 11 – The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
Verse 12 – Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.
Bitterness and hatred tear people down, but when forgiveness, compassion, and empathy, is given it will bring life to someone.
Verse 13 – Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.
Verse 14 – Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
People like to criticize what they don’t understand.
Verse 15 – The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
Verse 16 – The labor of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked to sin.
Verse 17 – He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses reproof goes astray.
Verse 18 – Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
By hating another person, you become a liar because you want to criticize and exaggerate the truth. You won’t tell the whole story. When someone tries to hide their hatred of another, they end up lying. Most people cannot hide their hatred for another very long. It will come out.
Verse 19 – In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.
Verse 20 – The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is worth little.
Words from the righteous are valuable. Don’t go to a person for advise that tells you only what you’d like to hear.
Verse 21 – The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.
Verse 22 – The blessings of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
Wealth that is gained without God can become a struggle. Blessing that come from God bring joy and contentment. Those who are faithful over little will be rulers over much (Matthew 25:21, 23).
Verse 23 – To do evil is like sport to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom.
Verse 24 – The fear of the wicked will come upon him, and the desire of the righteous will be granted.
Those who do not believe in God usually fear death. Believers, however, know they will spend eternity with our beloved Savior.
Verse 25 – When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has everlasting foundation.
Verse 26 – As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him (irritation).
Verse 27 – The fear of the Lord prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened.
Verse 28 – The hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
Verse 29 – The way of the Lord is strength for the upright, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
The righteous don’t dread the truth. There will be a day when “every knee” will bow to the King of Kings. Philippians 2:10 – …that at the name of Jesus every knee, should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on under the earth,…
Verse 30 – The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not inhabit the earth.
Verse 31 – The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut out.
Verse 32 – The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.
Yes, one day all wickedness will be wiped out, but there’s going to be a lot of people that we could have persuaded to come to Christ. Lets take as many as we can to heaven with us!