Verse 1 – The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
Verse 2 – Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts.
People can find excuses to do anything, but the thing we need to ask ourselves is: “Would God be pleased with me dong this?” God sees our motives behind the deed.
Verse 3 – To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
Sacrifices and offerings cannot be used as bribes to get God to overlook our injustice or sin we are doing.
Verse 4 – A haughty look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked are sin.
Verse 5 – The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
Completing mundane tasks are great accomplishments for those who are diligent. Not everyone will have the stamina to be steadfast until something is complete. Just don’t quit until you see the end result.
Verse 6 – Getting treasures by a lying tongue is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.
All the money in the world cannot save a person from an eternity without God.
Verse 7 – The violence of the wicked will destroy them, because they refuse to do justice.
Verse 8 – The way of a guilty man is perverse; but as for the pure, his work is right.
Verse 9 – It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
A contentious person likes to quarrel all the time.
Verse 10 – The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
Verse 11 – When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; but when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
Verse 12 – The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.
Verse 13 – Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard.
Have you overlooked opportunities to help the poor or someone in need? Believe it or not, there will come a time when everyone will need help with something. In time of need if you have shown mercy, mercy will be given to you.
Verse 14 – A gift in secret pacifies anger, and a bribe behind the back, strong wrath.
A secret gift is a bribe, for whatever reason. Sometimes, campaign money is given for a bribe so that when a person gains a higher office, favors can be given.
Verse 15 – It is a joy for the just to do justice, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
Verse 16 – A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the congregation of the dead.
To wander away from understanding is to start pulling back from God’s ways. We call this backsliding and it never ends well.
Verse 17 – He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
When pleasures are sought after without God in the picture, then they become destructive vices.
Verse 18 – The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the faithful for the upright.
Simply put: When it’s all said and done; the righteous live throughout all eternity with our Beloved Savior and the wicked don’t.
Verse 19 – It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman.
Have you noticed how Solomon has placed two verses, so far in this proverbs, about contentious women. Keep in mind how many wives and concubines he had. I’m sure everyone was not just sweet and got along will with the other wives.
Verse 20 – There is desirable treasure, and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man squanders it.
Verse 21 – He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.
Verse 22 – A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the trusted stronghold.
In Mark 3:26, 27, Jesus describes Satan as the “strongman.” When Christ died and rose again, He defeated “the strongman”, Satan (Hebrews 2:14). God’s wisdom defeated the devil (Ephesians 2:1-5).
Verse 23 – Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
Verse 24 – A proud and haughty man – “Scoffer” is his name; he acts with arrogant pride.
Verse 25 – The desire of the slothful kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
Verse 26 – The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with wicked intent.
This kind of offering in this verse is no better than a bribe. People can make others people think that they are honest and devoted by their actions, but God sees the heart – intentions and motives.
Verse 28 – A false witness shall parish , but the man who hears him will speak endlessly.
Verse 29 – A wicked man hardens his face, but as for the upright, he establishes his way.
Verse 30 – There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the Lord.
God is sovereign – all supreme power and authority is indisputable. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
Verse 31 – The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.
All of our preparations are useless without God. His control of the outcome does not mean we don’t prepare though. God may want you to teach His Word, but you still have to learn it. Maybe your supposed to write a book, but you have to learn how to put your thoughts on paper and so on. We do have to prepare for what God wants us to do in this life, but don’t leave God out!