Verse 1 – A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all judgment.
People that think they can reach their goals without any help from others are sadly mistaken. The goals we reach for the Kingdom, will be done by interacting with others and building relationships, all for God’s glory.
Verse 2 – A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart.
Verse 3 – When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; and with dishonor comes reproach.
Verse 4 – The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.
Verse 5 – It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
Verse 6 – A fools lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for blows.
Verse 7 – A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
Verse 8 – The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the body.
Solomon compared gossip to candy; its hard to resist the first piece.
Verse 9 – He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.
Slothful is to be slack; to be lazy; to neglect. The Bible never says slothful is a good thing. In everything we do, we are to do it diligently unto the Lord.
Verse 10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Verse 11 – The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his own esteem.
Where is your security? Is it in your money and possessions? Those things can disappear in an instant and leave us feeling desperate and isolated. However, when we place our trust and security in Jesus Christ who is always faithful to deliver, then we are completely secure.
Verse 12 – Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty (to be arrogant), and before honor is humility.
Verse 13 – He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
Verse 14 – The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?
A grieved spirit can bring infirmities in the body. If we keep our focus on Jesus and what He says in His Word, He will sustain us through sickness or crises.
Verse 15 – The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Seek and ye shall find. Seek knowledge from God, and you will find it, then apply it.
Verse 16 – A mans gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.
Verse 17 – The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him.
Verse 18 – Casting lots causes contentions to cease, and keeps the mighty apart.
That’s because, back in the proverbs we’ve already read , God says He determines the outcome when lots are cast.
Verse 19 – A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.
After we have said hurtful things to people, don’t be surprised if they don’t want anything to do with you after that.
Verse 20 – A mans stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, and from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
The stomach in this verse refers to the conscience. You will have what you say (Mark 11:23, 24; Matthew 21:22).
Verse 21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Words have power and when spoken can either help or harm.
Verse 22 – He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.
Verse 23 – The poor man uses entreaties, but the rich answers roughly.
It’s wrong for those that are wealthy to treat those less fortunate with contempt. God will judge their actions severely.
Verse 24 – A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
If you want friends then show yourself friendly. But the one who will stick closer than a brother is Jesus!