Verse 1 – The wicked flee when no one pursues them, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Verse 2 – Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; but by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged.
When enough people in a nation live their lives for themselves only with little concern for how their actions affect others, the result is moral corruption.
Verse 3 – A poor man who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
Verse 4 – Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them.
Verse 5 – Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all.
Because justice is a part of God’s character, a person who follows God treats others justly. The beginning of justice is caring about what happens to others.
Verse 6 – Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
Verse 7 – Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons shame his father.
Verse 8 – One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion gathers it for him who will pity the poor.
Ill-gotten gains do not prosper. After a time, it will pass into the hands who know from God’s wisdom how to use it.
Verse 9 – One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.
What closes God’s ear to pray, is not the depth of the sin, but the secret intention to do it again, not having the desire to truly change.
Verse 10 – Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he himself will fall into his own pit; but the blameless will inherit good things.
Verse 11 – The rich man is wise in his won eyes, but the poor who has understanding searches him out.
Verse 12 – When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; but when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.
Verse 13 – He who covers his sin will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
To have a truly repentant heart, one has to admit they did wrong. That’s hard for some people. It might be something done to another, and if it is, go and apologize. It is ultimately a sin against God, so go to Him and admit it, then don’t do it again. If you believe right, according to God’s Word, then you will think right, your actions will be right.
Verse 14 – Happy is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
Verse 15 – Like a roaring lion and a charging bear is a wicked ruler over poor people.
Verse 16 – A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
Verse 17 – A man burdened with bloodshed will flee a pit; let no one help him.
Verse 18 – Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved, but he who is perverse in his ways will fall at once.
A person who hears the gospel and is lost, will either come to Christ or continue in their rebellion. Those who continue in their rebellion against God will fall to destruction.
Verse 19 – He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough.
Verse 20 – A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
I know there are people that inherit wealth, but this verse is talking about getting riches any other way besides the honest way, God’s way.
Verse 21 – To show partiality is not good, because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
An unjust man, may eventually give in for a bribe.
Verse 22 – A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, and does not consider that poverty will come upon him.
Verse 23 – He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward then he who flatters with the tongue.
One exception to this is rebuking a mocker or a fool.
Verse 24 – Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, “It is no transgression,” the same is companion to a destroyer.
Verse 25 – He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.
To prosper is a two-fold blessing, abundance and a peaceful life.
Verse 26 – He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.
Do you try to do everything on your own? Many people do. It’s like they are always striving to achieve, but are never satisfied. Life brings us many storms, but God promises to bring us out and deliver those who place their trust in Him. It’s not a sign of weakness to ask Him for help. He wants you to. That shows Him you know He is able and willing, so ask.
Verse 27 – He who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
We are not to shut our hearts to the needy around us. God promises to supply all of our needs in Philippians 4:19, and He will work through your hands to supply that need for others.
Verse 28 – When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous increase.