Verse 1 – Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Verse 2 – Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
Verse 3 – A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but a fools’ wrath is heavier than both of them.
Verse 4 – Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, but who is able to stand before jealousy?
When someone is jealous of another, watch out! All kinds of cruel words of anger will be said. If you are a child of the Most High we don’t have to be jealous of anything another person has because God has enough for all.
Verse 5 – Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed.
Verse 6 – Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
When someone says something to you that’s hurtful, consider the source. True friends will be kind when they give constructive criticism, but someone who is deceitful to begin with will not care if their words sting.
Verse 7 – A satisfied soul loath’s the honeycomb, but to a hungry soul every better thing is sweet.
Verse 8 – Like a bird that wanders from its nest, is a man who wanders from his place.
This word wandering, could also be translated “fleeing.” Some people can’t stay put. They wander from job to job; from relationship to relationship; from house to house; from church to church; or from calling to calling. Solution: Be determined not to quit when things get tough. Finish what you start.
Verse 9 – Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend does so by hearty counsel.
Prayer and counsel from a true friend is sweet and pleasant.
Verse 10 – Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; for better is a neighbor nearly than a brother far away.
Long time friends, at times, are better than blood relations.
Verse 11 – My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.
A parent might be publicly criticized if they cannot control their own son.
Verse 12 – A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished.
Verse 13 – Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.
Verse 14 – He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it will be counted a curse to him.
There are two possible interpretations: For someone who is not a morning person, to hear a “in your face” loud greeting can be annoying. Or a person who rushes up to you to bless you that is not sincere, so that is considered a curse.
Verse 15 – A continual dripping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike;
Verse 16 – Whoever restrains her restrains the wind, and grasp oil with his right hand.
These verses can apply to male or female. They describe someone who constantly has to have their own way. They are quarrelsome, and nagging and always giving advice. It can keep others around in knots. Most of these types of persons cannot be reasoned with because they want full control of another.
Verse 17 – As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Two friends who bring ideas together can help each other become sharper. Friends should encourage each other to never give up!
Verse 18 – Whoever keeps a fig tree will eat its fruit; so he who waits on his master will be honored.
Those who wait on the Lord to line everything up, will be rewarded for waiting on Him. Waiting is not inactivity. Put some legs on that prayer.
Verse 19 – As in water face reveals face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.
The best way to tell what is in a person’s heart is to listen to their words and then watch their actions.
Verse 20 – Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
Verse 21 – The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, and a man is valued by what others say of him.
People who are gracious when they receive praise for a work well done, know where their true value lies. It’s not in what people say about you that gives you value it’s in who you are in Christ.
Verse 22 – Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle (a device used in ancient times to prepare ingredients) along with crushed grain, yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
Discipline and teaching seems to be wasted on someone who cannot learn from correction.
Verse 23 – Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and attend to your herds;
Verse 24 – For riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations.
These two verses have a much broader meaning than just attending to sheep. The good shepherd is Jesus. His flocks, know His voice. He cares and watches over it. In John 10, He goes in front of them. You could say the same for pastors of their congregation: Take care of your flock.
Verse 25 – When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,
Verse 26 – The lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field;
Verse 27 – You shall have enough goats milk for your food, for the food, of your household, and the nourishment of your maidservants.
A person can have all the wealth in the world, but unless they tend to it according to God’s wisdom, it will amount to nothing. Again: Psalm 127:1-Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.