Proverbs – Chapter 26

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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.

 

Proverbs – Chapter 25

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Verse 1 – These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah King of Judah copied:

Verse 2 – It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

Hezekiah’s story is told in 2 Kings 18-20; 2 Chronicles 29-32; and Isaiah 36-39. He was one of the few kings of Judah who honored the Lord. To conceal a matter refers to the revelation of God’s will found in His word that are concealed in parables, allegories, metaphors and etc. If you want to know God’s will, search out the answers in scripture.

Verse 3 – As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.

Verse 4 – Take away the dross from the silver, and it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.

Verse 5 – Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.

To take away the dross from the silver is to take the impurities out. Take away wicked advisers from a king’s court and he will rule in righteousness.

Verse 6 – Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of great men;

Verse 7 – For it is better that he say to you “Come up here,” than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom your eyes have seen.

Jesus gave an example of these two verses in Luke 14:7-11. We are to stay humble and let someone who has the authority point out our position. In other words, “Don’t toot your own horn,” by telling others how important or talented you are.

Verse 8 – Do not go hastily to court; for what will you do in the end when your neighbor has put you to shame?

Verse 9 – Debate your case with your neighbor himself, and do not disclose the secret to another;

Verse 10 – Lest he who hears it expose your shame, and your reputation be ruined.

When we have a disagreement with someone, try to work it out with that person. It’s never beneficial to tell others about the dispute before you go to the one with whom the dispute started.

Verse 11 – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Verse 12 – Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to an obedient ear.

Verse 13 – Like the cold of snow in time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters.

Are you faithful at your job? Do you go beyond what is required? Can others count on you?

Verse 14 – Whoever falsely boasts of giving, is like clouds and wind without rain.

Boasting is usually done within others hearing. It’s a promise to give, but the intention to actually do it never happens.

Verse 15 – By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, and a gentle tongue breaks a bone.

A gentle tongue – words spoken, will soften the hardest of hearts.

Verse 16 – Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit.

This verse is talking about, “too much of a good thing.”

Verse 17 – Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house, lest he become weary of you and hate you.

There’s an old saying, “Don’t wear out your welcome.”

Verse 18 – A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow.

Verse 19 – Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.

Verse 20 – Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather, and like vinegar on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

Verse 21 – If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink (Romans 12:20);

Verse 22 – For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you.

God’s word teaches us to pray for those who spitefully persecute us, pray for your enemies. Scripture doesn’t tell us that the enemy will then start treating us right, it simply says to do it and the Lord will reward you. Some people have no shame to what they’ve done to others.

Verse 23 – The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

Do you know why it’s called “backbiting?” Because the speech is behind the persons back and not to the face.

Verse 24 – It is better to dwell in the corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

Verse 25 – As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.

Verse 26 – A righteous man who falters before the wicked is like a murky spring and a polluted well.

Verse 27 – It is not good to eat much honey; so to seek one’s own glory is not glory.

Verse 28 – Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.

Self-control sets limits. A person who lives their life with no boundaries on anything is out of control. We have to control; anger, speech, and actions, in order to walk in the Spirit.

Proverbs – Chapter 24

Proverbs 24

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!

Proverbs – Chapter 23

Proverbs 23

Verse 1 – When you sit down with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you;

Verse 2 – And put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite.

Verse 3 – Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.

A ruler could have ulterior motives for wanting someone to take a meal with them, so watch what you eat.

Verse 4 – Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease!

Verse 5 – Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven.

Fast gains in money will sometimes make you wonder, “Where did it all go?” If you haven’t learned to be a good steward over a little, you won’t handle a lot any better.

Verse 6 – Do not eat the bread of a miser, nor desire his delicacies;

Verse 7 – For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

For as he thinks in his heart, so he is, says a lot. What do you think about yourself? Do you know you need to see yourself well in your spirit before you become well? You have to see yourself succeeding in a situation before you will see it on the outside.

This is not boasting when you speak it out-loud. It’s believing and saying what God says. For instance, “By His stripes, I am healed.” Change your thinking and start believing in Christ, who died to give us all things pertaining to life: It is His will for us to be overcomers in this world!”

Verse 8 – The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up, and waste your pleasant words.

Don’t envy those who have more than you.

Verse 9 – Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Solomon uses the “fool” to describe a person who hates God, evil person. Therefore, they don’t want to hear any wisdom from you.

Matthew 7:6 – “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”

Verse 10 – Do not remove the ancient landmark, nor enter the fields of the fatherless;

Verse 11 – For their Redeemer is mighty; He will plead their cause against you.

Have you had property that was deceitfully stolen from you? If you have, then pray for the person who did it, because God is your Redeemer and He is mighty in passing judgment.

Verse 12 – Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to words of knowledge.

People who are eager to listen continue to learn and grow throughout their lives.

Verse 13 – Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.

Verse 14 – You shall beat him with a rod, and deliver his soul from hell.

Beat is a little strong word used here. In other words, “Don’t neglect to discipline your children and you just might save them from going to hell.

Verse 15 – My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will rejoice – indeed, I myself;

Verse 16 – Yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things.

Verse 17 – Do not let your heart envy sinners, but in the fear of the Lord continue all day long;

Verse 18 – For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.

Those who have put their faith and trust in Christ, have a future in the hereafter. Those who don’t put their trust in Christ, eternity is total darkness without hope.

Verse 19 – Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way.

Verse 20 – Do not mix with winebibbers, or with gluttonous eaters of meat;

Verse 21 – For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.

Some people live to eat instead of eating to live and the drunkard only wants more to drink. An over consumption of both will lead to poverty.

Verse 22 – Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Verse 23 – Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.

Verse 24 – The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise child will delight in him.

Verse 25 – Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice.

Verse 26 – My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

Verse 27 – For a harlot is a deep pit, and a seductress is a narrow well.

Verse 28 – She also lies in wait as for a victim, and increases the unfaithful among men.

The wrong woman can be as dangerous as a robber, they lay in wait. Some women only chase after married men.

Verse 29 – Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contention? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?

Solomon is talking about someone who finds comfort in a bottle.

Verse 30 – Those who linger at the wine, those who go in search of mixed wine.

Verse 31 – Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly,

Verse 32 – At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper.

Verse 33 – Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things.

Verse 34 – Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:

Verse 35 – “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; they have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?”

Some people drink to drown their sorrow, but that’s not what happens. That soothing comfort is only temporary. Wine dulls the senses; it clouds the judgment; it lowers the ability for self-control; it will eventually destroy your life.

Wisdom: If God has delivered you from alcohol, don’t ever go back to it, ever. Don’t try to convince yourself, “I can handle it!” It will be harder to stop, if you start-up again.

Proverbs – Chapter 22

Proverbs 22

Verse 1 – A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.

A person’s name is his reputation in life and how they are remembered after death. Favor and grace from God is a benefit of wisdom.

Verse 2 – The rich and the poor have this in common, the Lord is the maker of them all.

Verse 3 – A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.

Verse 4 – By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.

Riches in scripture is not always referring to money. Does God want us to prosper? Yes, just as our soul prospers. I believe when we feed our souls with God’s wisdom from His Word, we become rich in favor and honor in this life and the life to come.

Verse 5 – Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; he who guards his soul will be far from them.

Thorns are a hazard when walking a path, just as snares can be traps. One huge advantage a Christian has is, being able to see danger up ahead and avoid it.

Verse 6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

When parents teach their children, starting at a very young age, the principles and standards of God’s ways, children may rebel and stray for a time, but they will not forget right from wrong. However, what we see today is children are not being trained anything about a God who loves them and they live anyway that seems right to them.

Verse 7 – The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

When we borrow money in a bank loan or on a credit card, we are not settled until it is paid off. Is it wrong to borrow money? No, just make sure you pay it back, and consider the cost.

Verse 8 – He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, and the rod of his anger will fail.

Galatians 6:7 – Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. When people sow discord, strife, contention all around, they are mocking the opposite of what God teaches in His word. Word’s have power, and so do our actions.

God set up, “Seed, time, and harvest.” His Word is a seed to our spirit, planted in our very being. The more word you have, the more seed is planted. It’s watered and nourished by the Holy Spirit. After a while it begins to grow and will come out into a harvest. Watch what you plant into your spirit. God watches over His Words and brings them to pass.

Complaining and dissension will also take root and grow up and no one wants that kind of harvest. Learn to say what God says about yourself and others and you will have a good harvest. Speak evil and you will reap evil and trouble.

Verse 9 – He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he gives his bread to the poor.

Verse 10 – Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; yes, strife and reproach will cease.

Verse 11 – He who loves purity of heart and has grace on his lips, the king will be his friend.

We should choose friends that are kind and that encourage us, friends that will pray with you or for you, and that care about you.

Verse 12 – The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, but He overthrows the words of the faithless.

Knowledge here refers to those who live right and speak God’s truth. It takes discipline, determination, and hard work to live God’s way, but it’s worth it in the end.

Verse 13 – The slothful man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”

Solomon likes to use a little humor. The lazy man uses the excuse that he will be killed if he goes out of the house.

Verse 14 – The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; he who is abhorred of the Lord will fall there.

Verse 15 – Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction will drive it far from him.

Verse 16 – He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.

I can think of all kinds of people this verse speaks of: Some politicians, landlords, and people who lend money with high interest. Then there’s the one who gives to the one who is already rich as in a bribe or secret gift to feel important or gain a favor.

Proverbs Concerning Various Situations

Verse 17 – Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge.

Verse 18 – For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; let them all be fixed upon your lips,

Verse 19 – So that your trust may be in the Lord; I have instructed you today, even you.

Verse 20 – Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels knowledge,

Verse 21 – That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may answer words of truth to those who send to you?

God has given us the instruction manual for living a righteous life. We read; we apply; when we stray and go in our own way, we fail. When we neglect to apply the wisdom and knowledge of God’s word, things can fall apart.

Verse 22 – Do not rob the poor because he is poor, nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;

Verse 23 – For the Lord will plead their cause, and plunder the soul of those who plunder them.

Verse 24 – Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go,

Verse 25 – Lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul.

We should avoid people with short fuses. Anger leads to arguments which leads to fighting. People tend to be like whom they spend time with.

Verse 26 – Do not be one of those who shakes hands in a pledge, one who is surety for debts;

Verse 27 – If you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?

Be cautious in whom you lend money to.

Verse 28 – Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set (boundary).

The ancient boundaries in Israel were an agreement between the people and God. How many times down through history have enemies of God taken Israel’s land? Too many for me to go into here, but look up and see what God called the “Promise land”, which is outlined in The book of Numbers chapter 34. Now look at what Israel occupies today. See the difference?

Verse 29 – Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men.

God has given to each skills and talents. When we work hard to master those skills, we are not really working for ourselves, we are to work as to the Lord. In whatever vocation we choose to earn a living, use it as an opportunity to spread the “Good News” of the gospel of Christ!

 

Proverbs – Chapter 21

Proverbs 21

Verse 1 – The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.

Verse 2 – Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts.

People can find excuses to do anything, but the thing we need to ask ourselves is: “Would God be pleased with me dong this?” God sees our motives behind the deed.

Verse 3 – To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Sacrifices and offerings cannot be used as bribes to get God to overlook our injustice or sin we are doing.

Verse 4 – A haughty look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked are sin.

Verse 5 – The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.

Completing mundane tasks are great accomplishments for those who are diligent. Not everyone will have the stamina to be steadfast until something is complete. Just don’t quit until you see the end result.

Verse 6 – Getting treasures by a lying tongue is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death.

All the money in the world cannot save a person from an eternity without God.

Verse 7 – The violence of the wicked will destroy them, because they refuse to do justice.

Verse 8 – The way of a guilty man is perverse; but as for the pure, his work is right.

Verse 9 – It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

A contentious person likes to quarrel all the time.

Verse 10 – The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

Verse 11 – When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; but when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

Verse 12 – The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.

Verse 13 – Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard.

Have you overlooked opportunities to help the poor or someone in need? Believe it or not, there will come a time when everyone will need help with something. In time of need if you have shown mercy, mercy will be given to you.

Verse 14 – A gift in secret pacifies anger, and a bribe behind the back, strong wrath.

A secret gift is a bribe, for whatever reason. Sometimes, campaign money is given for a bribe so that when a person gains a higher office, favors can be given.

Verse 15 – It is a joy for the just to do justice, but destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.

Verse 16 – A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the congregation of the dead.

To wander away from understanding is to start pulling back from God’s ways. We call this backsliding and it never ends well.

Verse 17 – He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.

When pleasures are sought after without God in the picture, then they become destructive vices.

Verse 18 – The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the faithful for the upright.

Simply put: When it’s all said and done; the righteous live throughout all eternity with our Beloved Savior and the wicked don’t.

Verse 19 – It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman.

Have you noticed how Solomon has placed two verses, so far in this proverbs, about contentious women. Keep in mind how many wives and concubines he had. I’m sure everyone was not just sweet and got along will with the other wives.

Verse 20 – There is desirable treasure, and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man squanders it.

Verse 21 – He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.

Verse 22 – A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the trusted stronghold.

In Mark 3:26, 27, Jesus describes Satan as the “strongman.” When Christ died and rose again, He defeated “the strongman”, Satan (Hebrews 2:14). God’s wisdom defeated the devil (Ephesians 2:1-5).

Verse 23 – Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

Verse 24 – A proud and haughty man – “Scoffer” is his name; he acts with arrogant pride.

Verse 25 – The desire of the slothful kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.

Verse 26 – The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when he brings it with wicked intent.

This kind of offering in this verse is no better than a bribe. People can make others people think that they are honest and devoted by their actions, but God sees the heart – intentions and motives.

Verse 28 – A false witness shall parish , but the man who hears him will speak endlessly.

Verse 29 – A wicked man hardens his face, but as for the upright, he establishes his way.

Verse 30 – There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the Lord.

God is sovereign – all supreme power and authority is indisputable. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

Verse 31 – The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.

All of our preparations are useless without God. His control of the outcome does not mean we don’t prepare though. God may want you to teach His Word, but you still have to learn it. Maybe your supposed to write a book, but you have to learn how to put your thoughts on paper and so on. We do have to prepare for what God wants us to do in this life, but don’t leave God out!