Verse 1 – Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.
Verse 2 – A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, and will share an inheritance among the brothers.
Verse 3 – The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.
God knows our hearts, but we don’t always know what is on the inside of us, as far as strength and endurance. We have no idea the amount of endurance we have until we have been tested. It takes a 1,000, or more degrees of heat to refine gold, but what comes out is pure. Don’t think it strange when you go through times of testing, God’s got big plans for you. Try to remember; the plans He has for you are not just for you. Can you handle what He’s about to do?
Verse 4 – An evildoer gives heed to false lips, a liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
Verse 5 – He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
When we mock others, we should remember who made them. Ridicule and contempt are not characteristics of a Christian.
Verse 6 – Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.
It’s rare today in our society to even find the father in a home. Some men have forgotten their roles to bring their children up in the way of the Lord.
Verse 7 – Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, much less lying lips to a prince.
The Hebrew meaning for fool used here is one who curses God and denies His existence.
Verse 8 – A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; wherever he turns, he prospers.
This verse is talking about someone who gives a bribe to obtain a favor.
Verse 9 – He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates the best of friends.
The person who conceals another persons offense, is the one who seeks love.
Verse 10 – Reproof is more effective for a wise man than a hundred blows on a fool.
Verse 11 – An evil man seeks only rebellion; therefore a cruel messenger will he set against him.
Rebellion is turning away from God. Messenger could mean the angel of death.
Verse 12 – Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly.
Verse 13 – Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.
Verse 14 – The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.
Verse 15 – He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
Verse 16 – Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, since he has no heart for it?
Verse 17 – A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
The greatest evidence of a genuine friendship is loyalty (loving at all times). Check out your friends you still have after you go through a hardship and trying times, and see who stuck by you.
Verse 18 – A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, and becomes surety for his friend.
Verse 19 – He who loves transgressions loves strife, and he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
Verse 20 – He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, and he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.
Verse 21 – He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.
Verse 22 – A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
To have a merry heart is to be positive on your outlook of life, speaking encouragement into others lives. It will be like medicine to the body.
Verse 23 – A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back to pervert the ways of justice.
How many times have we seen state and federal officials taking bribes? They get caught, deny at first, and then sort of admit it. The Bible calls them “Wicked!”
Verse 24 – Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
We all have dreams or goals for our lives, but do they line up with God’s desires for us? This is where understanding of knowing our God will come into play with the goals we set. It’s going to involve strong determination and hard work. On the other hand is the fool who sits around trying to gain without the process; without God, and without hard work.
Verse 25 – A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.
Verse 26 – Also, to punish the righteous is not good, nor to strike princes for their uprightness.
Verse 27 – He who has knowledge spares his words and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
James 1:19 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
Verse 28 – Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.