Verse 1 – As snow in summer and rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. (In other words: Honor given to a fool is ridiculous.)
Verse 2 – Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause shall not alight.
Verse 3 – A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool’s back.
Correction is fitting for a fool.
Verse 4 – Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.
Verse 5 – Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
The writer is saying not to argue with a foolish person. You can’t reason with them.
Verse 6 – He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
The fool in all these verses refers to; inexperience, mocker of the things of God, obnoxious, obstinate and can not be corrected.
Verse 7 – Like the legs of the lame that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Verse 8 – Like one who binds a stone in a sling is he who gives honor to a fool.
Have you ever noticed that one person in a group who causes discord or dissension when given a place of position, will only get worse?
Verse 9 – Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Sober people will feel a thorn as soon as it pricks the finger. Not so with a foolish person or a drunk. Try to tell them a proverb from scripture and they will blow it off because they think it doesn’t apply to them.
Verse 10 – The great God who formed all things, gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages.
Verse 11 – As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.
Since a fool can’t be corrected, they never advance, but returns to what everyone else can see as repulsive (2 Peter 2:22).
Verse 12 – Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (They are conceited.)
Verse 13 – The slothful man says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!”
Verse 14 – As a door turns on its hinges, so does the slothful turn on his bed.
Verse 15 – The slothful man buries his hand in the bowl; it wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
Verse 16 – The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.
Being lazy is more dangerous than a prowling lion. The less they do, the less they want to do. They make excuses for why they don’t do more. There is a lot of scripture about being slothful and being lazy. We should all work as long as we can in life.
Verse 17 – He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears.
Meddling in someone else’s argument is a good way to get hurt. There’s nothing worse than seeing a third-party jump into a disagreement with their own opinion.
Verse 18 – Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
Verse 19 – Is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, “I was only joking!”
I’ve known people who say mean hurtful things and then laugh and say, “I was only kidding!” It’s fake and you know they meant what they said.
Verse 20 – Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.
If the gossip you hear stops with you, then just maybe it will go no further. So don’t be the one to fuel the fire.
Verse 21 – As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
Verse 22 – The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down to the inmost body.
Verse 23 – Fervent lips with a wicked heart are like earthenware covered with silver dross.
Words that are spoken to sound smooth and loving, but yet come from an evil heart, are like dross that is left in silver – shiny but of no use.
Verse 24 – He who hates, disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself;
Verse 25 – When he speaks kindly, do not believe him , for there are seven abominations in his heart;
Verse 26 – Though his hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness will be revealed before the whole congregation.
These verses bring to mind certain politicians and preachers. Because caring words come out of their mouths in public, people are fooled into believing they have your best interest at heart. However, watch them behind the scenes, do their actions match up with their words?
Verse 27 – Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.
Verse 28 – A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Verse 28 is saying, “The person that tells lies bout someone, hates them. The one whom the lie is told on, it’s like being crushed when they hear it.
Moral: We watch what we say about others. Words either encourage or hurt, and tell the truth, always.