Verse 1 – A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight.
This is talking about weighing something on scales and giving less.
Verse 2 – When pride comes, then comes shame; but with humble is wisdom.
Verse 3 – The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
Verse 4 – Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
Verse 5 – The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright. But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness.
Believers don’t grow weary in going down the righteous path. We may feel like we’re not moving forward, but when we walk by the Spirit’s guide, we are making progress.
Verse 6 – The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the unfaithful will be taken by their own lust.
Where your thoughts are, will guide your feet. The righteous walk according to God’s Word and He delivers them out of all their trouble. Those who don’t trust in God, allow their own lusts and desires to take them to places they may not want to go.
Verse 7 – When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, and the hope of the unjust perishes.
Verse 8 – The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead.
There are two paths in life that people have to take. One with God, one without. Even though trouble and difficulties come to both, the believer always has God’s Word to stand on for deliverance – hope. The wicked path leads to an eternal destruction without hope.
Verse 9 – The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
Our mouth can either be used as a weapon to harm or as a tool to build up someone up. We either speak words of encouragement or do the devils work by destroying another. It’s our choice. What way would you rather have spoken over you.
Verse 10 – When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
Verse 11 – By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
When an injustice is done to the righteous, they take it to God and they take it up in the court systems. Sometimes they get laws changed, to protect the innocent. However, I’m seeing more and more that when a criminal is caught by authorities the people with the same mentality, overthrow the city with destruction. They have no regard for innocent people’s lives or property. God is not blind. He sees it all.
Verse 12 – He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace.
Verse 13 – A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals the matter.
Plain and simple; don’t get in your neighbors business and if they tell you something in confidence, keep it to yourself. We don’t have to share everything we know about someone.
Verse 14 – Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Leaders usually have an entire cabinet of advisers. We are to just make sure that they are godly. Facts are gathered from reliable sources before decisions are made.
Verse 15 – He who is surety for a stranger will suffer for it, but one who hates being surety is secure.
Watch who you co-sign a loan for.
Verse 16 – A gracious woman retains honor, but ruthless men retain riches.
There are more important things in life than riches; our honor, integrity, and respect.
Verse 17 – The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.
Verse 18 – The wicked man does deceptive work, but to him who sows righteousness will be a sure reward (you will reap what you sow).
Verse 19 – As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
Verse 20 – Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord, but such as are the blameless in their ways are His delight.
Verse 21 – Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; but the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.
Verse 22 – As a ring of gold in a swin’s snout, so is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.
Not everyone who has a pretty face is pleasant to be around. The character of a person should matter much more.
Verse 23 – The desire of the righteous is only good, but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
Verse 24 – There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.
Have you ever noticed someone who is extremely generous to others and yet they seem to attain more? I’ve also seen those who are extremely stingy and never seem to gain anything. God’s way is to give from the heart and more will be given to you.
Verse 25 – The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.
So, how do we water? We water with God’s Word. We water with kindness, love, forgiveness, and compassion. What you feed your soul will flow out into others lives and not only will your soul become rich, but it will in-rich the soul’s of others.
Verse 26 – The people will curse him who withholds grain, but blessings will be on the head who sells it.
Verse 27 – He who diligently seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil.
Verse 28 – He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage.
Verse 29 – He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, but the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.
The person who brings trouble to his own family will inherit nothing – you can’t hold onto wind.
Verse 30 – The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
Verse 31 – If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth how much more the wicked and the sinner.
In other words: If the righteous are rewarded with blessings from God here and now on earth, then how much more are the wicked and sinner to be punished?
This day we all have a choice – choose life and His name is Jesus!