Verse 1 – Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.
Verse 2 – He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.
Verse 3 – In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.
Verse 4 – Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox.
Verse 5 – A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness will utter lies.
Verse 6 – A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, but knowledge is easy to him who understands.
Knowledge and wisdom both, come from God. By reading God’s Word, we gain revelation, insight, and perspective. Here’s what some don’t know: When reading God’s Word, you will not have understanding until you have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of you. That’s why it seems foolish to those who are not born again.
Verse 7 – Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.
Verse 8 – The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.
Someone who seeks God’s wisdom is going to obtain wisdom about their life; their goals and purpose should line up with a clear understanding of the purpose God has for their life. On the other side; someone without God’s wisdom lives for their own desires and pleasures, which is deceit unto themselves.
Verse 9 – Fools mock sin, but among the upright there is favor.
When we put forth an effort to be good to people, it will come back to you. Maybe not from the same person, but it will come back. Those who are always mocking, complaining, or disgruntled, in everything, will ultimately live miserable lives.
Verse 10 – The heart knows its own bitterness, and a stranger does not share its joy.
Verse 11 – The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tent of the upright will flourish.
Verse 12 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
People who compromise in what they believe will suffer consequences. When making decisions we should probably ask ourselves; is this an easy way out; am I keeping my moral standards; and does my choice line up with the Word of God? People who think that God will make an exception for them, find out soon enough, no, He doesn’t. What was wrong from the beginning, is still wrong today.
Verse 13 – Even in laughter the heart may sorrow, and the end of mirth may be grief.
Mirth – to be bright, cheerful, welcome, so I have no idea what this verse means. Maybe, it’s when; even though someone may be cheerful, their heart is still grieving.
Verse 14 – The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.
A backslider is someone who turns back to …
Verse 15 – The simple believes every word, but the prudent man considers well his steps.
Verse 16 – A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident.
Verse 17 – He who is quick-tempered acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated.
Verse 18 – The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Verse 19 – The evil will bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
The gates represent judgment. The gates of the cities is where the elders would gather to discuss important matters. This verse may not always be true in this life, but don’t ever forget, there is another life throughout all eternity we all have to face.
Verse 20 – The poor man is hated even by his own neighbor, but the rich man has many friends.
Verse 21 – He who despises his neighbor sins; but he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he.
Verse 22 – Do they not go astray who devise evil? But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good.
Verse 23 – In all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads to poverty.
There’s a sense of laziness in idle chatter, which amounts to nothing. “I’m going to do this and that,” but never does it, will not amount to anything. However, when you actually “put your hand to the plow,” you will see a profit of accomplishing what you set out to do.
Verse 24 – The crown of the wise is their riches, but the foolishness of fools is folly.
Verse 25 – A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies.
The very life we live before others as a true follower of Christ, should be a witness to others, which should cause them to desire what you have on the inside of you!
Verse 26 – In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.
Verse 27 – The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to avoid the snares of death.
Verse 28 – In a multitude of people is a kings honor, but in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince.
Verse 29 – He who is slow to wrath has a great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly.
We see people who cannot control their anger all around us. All we have to do is watch 5 minutes of news or drive a car on a road full of angry drivers. Unless its anger at an injustice, its self-centerdness. People get angry when they don’t get their way; they get angry at insults; anger can come from many avenues, but just make sure yours is anger from an injustice that you try to set right.
Verse 30 – A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.
Envy and jealousy will eat you up inside and eventually will show up somewhere in your physical body.
Verse 31 – He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.
Verse 32 – The wicked is banished in his wickedness, but the righteous has a refuge in his death.
Plain and simple – The born-again go to Jesus when they die. He is our refuge. The lost, wicked, do not.
Verse 33 – Wisdom rests quietly in the heart of him who has understanding, but what is in the heart of fools is made known.
Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).
Verse 43 – Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
Verse 35 – The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, but his wrath is against him who cause s shame.
We can see the huge contrast in all these verses, between the wicked and the righteous. We either are adapting as we grow in the Lord to His ways, or we are living unto ourselves. Evil will follow evil and the end result will be death and all eternity without Christ. Everyone has a choice – choose life in Jesus Christ!