Verse 1 – He who is often reproved, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
We know that God’s patience is long-suffering, waiting on us to change, however, there will come a time when refusing to be obedient to His calling, will result in the consequences of our choice.
Verse 2 – When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
Verse 3 – Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth.
Verse 4 – The king establishes the land by justice, but he who receives bribes overthrows it.
Verse 5 – A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
This type of flattering usually comes with deceit.
Verse 6 – By transgression an evil man is snared, but the righteous sings and rejoices.
Sin contains the seeds of self-destruction, but the righteous person rejoices in the security of the Lord.
Verse 7 – The righteous considers the cause of the poor, but the wicked does not understand such knowledge.
verse 8 – Scoffers ensnare a city, but wise men turn away wrath.
Verse 9 – If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace.
Verse 10 – The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the just seek his well-being.
Verse 11 – A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.
Verse 12 – If a ruler pays attention to lies, all his servants become wicked.
“Follow the leader!” If a ruler, dictator, or president, doesn’t want to hear the truth because of their own reputation, then that makes everyone under them deceptive and corrupt!
Verse 13 – The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
Verse 14 – The king who judges the poor with truth, his throne will be established forever.
Verse 15 – The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Verse 16 – When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; but the righteous will see their fall.
Whatever climate is set in government, church, business, or a family; people become like their leaders. Not all, but look at the family who has no leadership, no father in the home. When there is a breakdown of evil from the top it will flow down to all those who are related.
Verse 17 – Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your soul.
Verse 18 – Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.
Where there is ignorance of God, crime and sin run wild. If there is no knowledge of God, there are no boundaries for moral discipline.
Verse 19 – A servant will not be corrected by mere words; for though he understands , he will not respond.
Verse 20 – Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Verse 21 – He who pamper’s his servant from childhood will have as a son in the end.
Verse 22 – An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.
Verse 23 – A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.
Verse 24 – Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life; he swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing.
You don’t have to break into a house or a business to be called a thief. If you steal anything that is not yours, you are a thief.
Verse 25 – The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.
Verse 26 – Many seek the ruler’s favor, but justice for man comes from the Lord.
Verse 27 – An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.
People who do right by God’s standards will be persecuted-hated. Evil always fights the righteous but I know who wins in the end!