Verse 1 – Better is the poor who walks in integrity than one who is perverse in his lips and is a fool.
Verse 2 – Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, and he sins who hastens with his feet.
Too many people make hasty decisions, wither out of panic or being ill-advised. They don’t consider the consequences of their actions. Get all the knowledge you can through God’s wisdom before running off into an adventure that might not turn out so well.
Verse 3 – The foolishness of a man twists his way, and his heart frets against the Lord.
Verse 4 – Wealth makes many friends, but the poor is separated from his friend.
Have you ever fell on hard times and your friends start to disappear, one by one? People who always have money seem to have a lot of friends, but let the money be cut off and see how many are left.
Verse 5 – A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape.
Verse 6 – Many entreat the favor of the nobility and every man is a friend to one who gives gifts.
Verse 7 – All the brothers of the poor hate him; how much more do his friends go far from him! He may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him.
Ever notice that people with money hang out with others in the same class. When you go so far up the success ladder to where the only people you know or associate with are on the same income level, how will you ever be aware of those in need? These verses just show how superficial people are; those who have wealth, have friends; those in poverty don’t. I personally never want to live in a neighborhood where I can’t help a neighbor.
Verse 8 – He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will find good.
Verse 9 – A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall parish.
Verse 10 – Luxury is not fitting for a fool, much less for a servant to rule over princes.
This always reminds me of people who win large amounts in the lottery. Some buy million dollar houses, fancy cars, and then after a couple of years of just blowing the money on every whim, they can’t afford to replace a roof on that million dollar house or pay for any upkeep on that expensive car. They were foolish and went through the money like water.
Verse 11 – The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and it is to his glory to overlook a transgression.
Verse 12 – The kings wrath is like the roaring of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
Verse 13 – A foolish son is the ruin of his father, and the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.
Both of these are irritating and frustrating.
Verse 14 – Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
The inheritance was worked for by the labor of man’s hands, but a godly wife is a gift from the Lord.
Verse 15 – Slothfulness casts one into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.
Slothfulness refers to laziness.
Verse 16 – He who keeps the commandments keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die.
To obey what God teaches in the Bible is self-preserving. To disobey is self-destruction.
Verse 17 – He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and he will pay back what he has given.
When you help someone, it’s as if done to the Lord. Think about this for a minute; what God gives has an assignment. He’s not stingy and He always gives more than enough. Our blessings we receive are not just for us!
Verse 18 – Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.
Verse 19 – A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; for if you deliver him, you will have to do it again.
These two verses go together. If a person learns after being corrected, they will change. However, if they never had any discipline and get in trouble, they will have to be rescued time and again.
Verse 20 – Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.
Verse 21 – There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lords counsel – that will stand.
Verse 22 – What is desired in a man is kindness, and a poor man is better than a liar.
Verse 23 – The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil.
1 Timothy 4:8 – For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of life that now is and of that which is to come.
Verse 24 – A slothful man buries his hand in the bowl, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
This is a very lazy man that is too lazy to even fee himself. He refuses to work, so he earns nothing and because he earns nothing, he will go hungry.
Verse 25 – Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become weary; reprove one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge.
Verse 26 – He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother, is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.
Verse 27 – Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Solomon is talking to his own son in verse 27. Perhaps he saw his son starting to go his own way.
Verse 28 – A disreputable witness scorns justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
If a witness lies in court, a judge may make the wrong judgment and the innocent may suffer.
Verse 29 – Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and beatings for the backs of fools.
Judgment is always God’s find punishment; it is never meant for correction.