Verse 1 – Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them;
Verse 2 – For their heart devises violence, and their lips talk of trouble-making.
Verse 3 – Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;
Verse 4 – By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Just as God built the world through His wisdom, understanding, and knowledge, so a house is established by the same. Unless the Lord builds the house they labor in vain who build it… (Psalm 127:1).
Even in building our lives when we put God first, He will cause everything to work out for our good.
Verse 5 – A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;
Verse 6 – For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
It is not a sign of weakness to ask for advise.
Verse 7 – Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the gate.
Verse 8 – He who plots to do evil will be called a schemer.
People who let evil thoughts consume them, will wind up doing them.
Verse 9 – The devising of foolishness is sin, and the scoffer is an abomination to men.
Verse 10 – If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.
What we have been through in tough times, will and does make us stronger for what comes next. When this verse says, “If you faint in the day of adversity,” means you will lose if you don’t fight. Inactivity or doing nothing only brings more frustration.
God allows us to go through impossible situations so we will learn to trust Him.
Verse 11 – Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
As Christians we are not to ignore those around us that are on that destructive path. We are to tell them about Christ and that there is a “New” way of life they can have.
Verse 12 – If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” does not He who weighs the heart consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
You won’t have to answer for what someone else does, only for what you know to do. We are responsible for what we know is right and to do it. We as Christians can steer people in the right direction, but it is not our job to go around correcting everybody we see.
Verse 13 – My son, eat honey because it is good, and the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;
Verse 14 – So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; if you have found it, there is a prospect, and your hope will not be cut off.
Studying God’s word will bring wisdom and wisdom to the soul will be like honey and that’s like medicine.
Verse 15 – Do not lie in wait , O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; do not plunder his resting place;
Verse 16 – For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.
Watch out coming against the righteous, because God protects His own. Evil people will fall and not rise again to success in this life or the next to come.
Verse 17 – Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles;
Verse 18 – Lest the Lord see it, and it displeases Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.
To gloat over someone’s misfortune is to make yourself the avenger. In God’s eyes, this is evil.
Luke 6:28; Matthew 5:43-48; Matthew 5:44 – “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…”
Is this hard to do? You bet it is, but we are not the judge and jury.
Verse 19 – Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the wicked;
Verse 20 – For there will be no prospect for the evil man; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
Verse 21 – My son, fear the Lord and the king; do not associate with those given to change;
Verse 22 – For their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin those two can bring?
Verse 23 – These things also belong to the wise: It is not good to show partiality in judgement.
Verse 24 – He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” him the people will curse; nations will abhor him.
Verse 25 – But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.
Verse 26 – He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.
Some people think they should bend the truth to avoid hurting someone’s feelings, but a truthful answer shows true friendship.
Verse 27 – Prepare your outside work, make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house.
Preparing is putting priorities in order. If a farmer builds his house in the spring when it’s planting time and neglects the crops, he won’t have anything to eat while he sits in his new house.
Verse 28 – Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, for would you deceive with your lips?
Verse 29 – Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.”
Verse 30 – I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding;
Verse 31 – And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; its surface was covered with nettles (a plant covered with stinging hairs); its stone wall was broken down.
Verse 32 – When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction;
Verse 33 – a little sleep, and little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest;
Verses 34 – So your poverty will come like a prowler, and your want like an armed man.
Anything we neglect, will die! When people neglect to read God’s word, that still small voice within your soul, will get quieter and quieter. Neglect your house, it will fall down; neglect your body , it will break down; refuse to be kind, and you will end up alone. Feed your spirit with God’s wisdom and even your soul will prosper!