Verse 1 – The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
This verse, as many in scripture, only apply to those who belong to God, His children. As we go through life, we prepare by faith, set goals and make plans. But, if you are His, then He controls the outcome. That’s why we can earnestly be seeking Him in a decision that we think is from Him, or maybe it’s not meant for us, He will turn it around for our good. The Lord’s way is always perfect.
Verse 2 – All the ways of man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits.
Our ways, our actions, can be purely innocent, but we don’t see the whole picture and don’t know all of the surrounding factors. God does. When things are delayed, that you know to be true, it’s because everything that is involved, is being worked out to line up with God’s plan for your life, and it’s always for our best.
Verse 3 – Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.
Too many only partially commit their works to the Lord and after it gets off the ground, they put themselves in charge again. In these last days, I believe everything we do is to be done by faith, trusting only in Christ. Dependence for our very breath should be put in the Lord’s hands, to do His will, knowing He causes everything to turn out for our good. In everything we do, be it done unto the Lord!
Verse 4 – The Lord has made all things for Himself, yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.
This verse doesn’t mean that God created some people to be wicked, but that He uses even the wicked to fulfill His purpose.
Look at what Joseph said to his brothers in Genesis 50:20, “But as for you , you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
Verse 5 – Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished.
Pride whispers, “I got this. I don’t need God.” Or how about believing you can live without God in your life? The longer we walk with the Lord, we will find ourselves in more and more situations that are impossible for us to deliver ourselves. We first have to “kick pride out!” Then we admit, “I can’t do this Lord, unless You help me!” God is growing us up to increase our faith for total dependence on Him.
Verse 6 – In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by fear (worship, faith, and loyalty) of the Lord one departs from evil.
Verse 7 – When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Verse 8 – Better is a little with righteousness, than vast revenues without justice.
Verse 9 – A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
God knew before we did, that one day we would turn our lives over to Him. Everything in our past has directed us to where we are “right now!” Every hardship; every experience that we have been through to get us to where we are right now, was directed for a greater good that we can’t imagine. It’s all been to bring God glory!
Verse 10 – Even though divination is on the lips of the kings, his mouth must not transgress in judgment.
This verse refers to a king seeking God’s mind when passing judgment.
Verse 11 – A just weight and balance are the Lord’s; all the weights in the bag are His work.
There is no middle ground here. Whether buying, selling, or doing a service, we are to be completely honest.
Verse 12 – It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness.
Verse 13 – Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him who speaks what is right.
Verse 14 – As messengers of death is the kings wrath, but a wise man will appease it.
Verse 15 – In the light of the king’s face is life, and his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.
When you commit your life to “King Jesus,” God’s Word promises the “Latter is better than the former!” Haggai 2:9 – “The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, says the Lord of hosts.”
Look at Job’s life, His life was better in his latter years. God doubled what he had from the beginning and had lost. Look at Joseph life: He ended up second in command of all of Egypt. You will end up better than when you started your walk with the Lord, if you continue in His ways.
Verse 16 – How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
Verse 17 – The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he who keeps his way preserves his soul.
Verse 18 – Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
People can become prideful over a lot of things; but mostly money and knowledge. An attitude to look down on others because of their lack of either of these two things makes them think they are better than others. Watch out when you want for nothing. Pride will creep in before you know it. To avoid a spirit of pride, stay humble before God all Mighty. His Spirit will keep you in check.
Verse 19 – Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Verse 20 – He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.
Verse 21 – The wise in heart will be called prudent, and sweetness of the lips increases learning.
Verse 22 – Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it, but the correction of fools is folly.
I have found that the most pleasant people to be around are those who know God’s Word and spend time in His presence. Why, because they know they have been forgiven of all sin; Christ died to give them an abundant life; and when you have a heavenly Father that gives us all things that pertain to life, there’s nothing to complain about.
Verse 23 – The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.
When our hearts of full of the knowledge and wisdom of Christ, it can’t help but come out of our mouth.
Verse 24 – Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
We can literally speak health into our lives and we can also speak health over someone else. How, by speaking what God says. Kind , encouraging, words does the body good. Always remember; God watches over His words and when spoken in faith knowing they will not return to Him without accomplishing what they set out to do, you will see it come to pass!
Verse 25 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
Verse 26 – The person who labors, labors for himself, for his hungry mouth drives him on.
Verse 27 – An ungodly man digs up evil and it is on his lips like a burning fire.
Verse 28 – A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends.
Yes, even Christians can gossip, setting their tongues a wagging. But, when the one they have been telling tales about finds out, get ready for a few friends to split up!
Verse 29 – A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good.
Verse 30 – He winks his eye to devise perverse things; he purses his lips and brings about evil.
Verse 31 – The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.
As we deal with older people show them respect. They’ve lived a lot of experiences and just might give us some advise to help us.
Verse 32 – He who slows to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Self-control is superior to conquest. Too many things in life can be lost when someone can’t control their temper.
Verse 33 – The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.
In the Old Testament “Lots” were cast into the lap to determine an important decision. They were either sticks or stones with markings. In the New Testament after Judas killed himself, the disciples cast lots to see who would be his replacement. After Pentecost, there was no need for casting lots because the Holy Spirit gives the guidance.