Verse 1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Have you ever tried to argue with someone in a whisper? Tension rises when our voices rise.
Verse 2 – The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
Verse 3 – The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.
The lost don’t know that God sees everything. Sometimes Christians act as though God will overlook their bad behavior or attitudes. However, when this verse says God sees every place, it literally means God sees the actions and the motives and intentions, because He sees the heart.
Verse 4 – A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
Verse 5 – A fool despises his fathers instruction, but he who receives reproof is prudent.
Verse 6 – In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
Verse 7 – The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, but the heart of the fool does not do so.
Verse 8 – The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.
Verse 8, is talking about prayers from those who have never truly given their hearts to Jesus. They may go through some ritual to gain favor as if using magic, but to no avail. The prayers of the upright are yielded by faith.
Verse 9 – The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but He loves him who follows righteousness.
Verse 10 – Harsh correction is for him who forsakes the way, and he who hates reproof will die.
The path to life is the path to righteousness. The one who forsakes this path, are the ones who hate correction.
Verse 11 – Hell and destruction are before the Lord; so how much more the hearts of the sons of men?
If God sees every place, He also sees into hell, so why could He not see into the hearts of men?
Verse 12 – A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, nor will he go to the wise.
Verse 13 – A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance. but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Our countenance is part of our personality that we project to others. When we have pure joy within our hearts, others will see it by our actions and what comes out of our mouth. Sometimes I can see a heaviness on people, and that tells me they need prayer.
Verse 14 – The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
What we feed our minds has a huge influence on our mental diet. What we watch; what we listen to, and words we hear affects our total well-being. Thus, a strong desire to seek the God kind of knowledge will lead to the God kind of wisdom.
Verse 15 – All the days of the afflicted are evil, but he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can control our attitude about the situation. What we focus on, will consume us. The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Try it, it works. When you know the Word of God, let it flood your mind with what God says and His perfect peace will come and calm your spirit.
Verse 16 – Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble.
Verse 17 – Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fated calf with hatred.
Verse 18 – A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays (calms) contention.
Verse 19 – The way of the slothful man is like a hedge of thorns, but the way of the upright is a highway.
Verse 20 – A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother.
Verse 21 – Folly is joy to him who is destined of discernment, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.
Verse 22 – Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
Sometimes our vision is just not large enough. We are to seek godly council who have a wealth of experience. Always be open to new ideas and be willing to weigh the suggestions carefully.
Verse 23 – A man has joy but the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season how good it is!
Verse 24 – The way of life winds upward for the wise, that he may turn away from hell below.
Verse 25 – The Lord will destroy the house of the proud, but He will establish the boundary of the widow.
Verse 26 – The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasant.
Verse 27 – He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but he to who hates bribes will live.
Verse 28 – The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.
Verse 29 – The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
The Lord hears the prayers of those who have accepted His Son, Jesus. Those who refuse to come to Christ and make Him their Lord and Savior, will not be heard until they commit to Him. The first prayer that someone speaks should be to the knowledge and belief in Christ, believing He is the Son of God and died for their sin at Calvary. And then, after submitting to the One and Only God, will their prayers be heard. It’s a matter of the heart. A transformation has to take place and it has to be with the full intention of going in a different direction than the one they have been going.
Verse 30 – The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and a good report makes the bones healthy.
Verse 31 – The ear that hears the reproof of life will abide among the wise.
Verse 32 – He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds reproof gets understanding.
Verse 33 – The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.
Without humility, most people will not take instructions. They have a spirit of pride that says, “I know better.” The Bible is a Christians manual to right living, but those who refuse to read it and follow what it says, go astray.