Verse 1 – A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
Verse 2 – A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, but the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.
Verse 3 – He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
We are watching these very verses transpire on the news all across America. People use their hateful rhetoric to yell violence to incite riots. It’s an excuse to burn towns to the grown because they feel an injustice was done, before they have all the facts. Harming others and their property is pure evil. We have court systems that will punish the criminals, but those who are bent towards destruction would rather incite violence with their mouth.
Verse 4 – The soul of a sluggard desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.
Verse 5 – A righteous man hates lying, but a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
Verse 6 – Righteousness keeps him whose way is blameless, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
Every choice we make for good, is an opportunity for good results! With each decision done God’s way, it will bring a greater sense of order to our lives. With each decision to disobey God’s word, will bring confusion and destruction. When we think right, our body will follow.
Verse 7 – There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; and one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.
Verse 8 – The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, but the poor does not hear rebuke.
Verse 9 – The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
Verse 10 – By pride comes only contention, but with the well-advised is wisdom.
Pride is the main ingredient in every quarrel. It stirs up conflict and divides people. Humility, by contrast, heals people.
Verse 11 – Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase.
Verse 12 – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
You can literally get physically sick when you keep hoping for something, but it never comes. I’ve been there. I just had to change my focus. I do know though that when its God’s will, whatever we are hoping for, will come in His timing.
Verse 13 – He who despises the word will be destroyed, but he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
Verse 14 – The law of the wise is a foundation of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.
Verse 15 – Good understanding gains favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard.
Verse 16 – Every prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool lays open his folly.
Verse 17 – A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful ambassador brings health.
As Christians, we are to be ambassadors for Christ, meaning we represent the kingdom of God. Inaccurate information causes a breakdown of what people believe. People who call themselves Christians, but yet do not strive to live by God’s Word, do a dishonor to the meaning of “ambassador.”
Verse 18 – Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, but he who regards reproof will be honored.
Verse 19 – A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, but it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.
We all set goals in life that go along with our desires, but we should make sure they line up with who we are. When your desires cause you to have blinding judgment though, watch out of getting into relationships in business or personal relationships.
Verse 20 – He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.
Our friends and associates will and do influence us. You once may have thought “I’ll never do that,” but if you are around someone who does encourage you, before long your attitude will change. We don’t change people, only God can. And just a reminder: A believer does not “Hook up” with an unbeliever in business or for marriage. It won’t work out.
Verse 21 – Evil pursues sinners, but the righteous, good shall be repaid.
Verse 22 – A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
No matter how it looks for a time, God’s word is always true. So if God said it, I believe one day I will see it. Ecclesiastes 2:26 says, For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God.
Verse 23 – Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, and for lack of justice there is waste.
Verse 24 – He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.
The greatest responsibility that God gives a parent is to nurture and guide their children in the way of the Lord. A lack of discipline in the home will show eventually in the character of the child’s adult life.
Verse 25 – The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.
Psalm 34:10 – The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.