Verse 1 – Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
Someone who hates correction has more of a heart problem than a head problem. It’s usually a spirit of pride because they think they are always right or smarter.
Verse 2 – A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of wicked devices He will condemn.
Verse 3 – A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved.
Real success maintains personal integrity. I know, we see people lie and cheat their way to the top of the success ladder, but the lies catch up eventually. The sad thing is there are a lot of innocent people trampled on along the way when they don’t see justice done.
Verse 4 – An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is like a rottenness in his bones.
Verse 5 – The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
Verse 6 – The words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,” but the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
Our words, that are God’s Words, released by faith into the atmosphere, will change any situation. The Bible says, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). What we say, we end up with. Stop saying, “I can’t or I’ll never!” If you’re a blood bought child of the Most High, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Draw your strength and words from Him and watch things change.
Verse 7 – The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand.
Verse 8 – A man will be commended according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.
Verse 9 – Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, than he who honors himself but lacks bread.
Verse 10 – A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
A person who is cruel to animals, even their mercy is wicked.
Verse 11 – He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.
Those who work hard will prosper and have plenty to eat. On the other side, those who sit around and wait for “their ship to come in,” lacks the understanding.
Verse 12 – The wicked covet the catch of evil men, but the root of the righteous yields fruit.
Verse 13 – The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but he righteous will come through trouble.
Here again our words matter. Sinful talk twists the facts to support the claim. Those who do this will be trapped by their own lies. If someone finds themselves always having to defend themselves, maybe they have been less than honest.
Verse 14 – A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.
And again, God’s words spoken about yourself and others will return to you like a reward of good.
Verse 15 – The way of a fool is right in his won eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.
Verse 16 – A fool’s wrath is known at once, but a prudent man covers shame.
A gentle answer turns away wrath. This is true in most situation. However, you will come across people who can’t be reasoned with, walk away.
Verse 17 – He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.
Verse 18 – There is one who speaks like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.
When someone lies on another it’s like a knife piercing the heart. It’s hard to defend yourself after the lie is told. Bitterness will build in both, the one who spoke the lie and the one it was told on. But when someone speaks God’s truth, it will bring health to your soul.
Verse 19 – The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Verse 20 – Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy.
Verse 21 – No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, but he wicked shall be filled with evil.
Does trouble come to the righteous? Yes, but we are overcomers. We have a way when there seems to be no way because Christ is our wisdom. But someone without Christ, are ill-equipped to handle trying situations.
Verse 22 – Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.
Verse 23 – A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.
In other words, “Don’t be a show off and don’t toot your own horn!”
Verse 24 – The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.
Verse 25 – Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.
Do you encourage others when they are anxious about something? Words spoken into another’s life will make a difference.
Verse 26 – The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.
If you think the people you hang out with won’t influence you , you need to rethink that, because they will, good or bad.
Verse 27 – The slothful man does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence is man’s precious possession.
This goes to being a good steward over what God has given you.
Verse 28 – In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.
For the believer in Christ, death is a pathway to eternal life, with our Savior. For the lost it’s a pathway to darkness and the unknown.