Updated: Apr 12, 2021
1 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
This chapter of proverbs opens with more great wisdom from king Solomon, inspired by God. It starts with commending sons who obey their father. It then says if you speak kind words you will be rewarded. This theme was echoed in previous chapters. Then it talks about how lazy people want yet have nothing and hard workers have all they can handle. these lessons should be put into practice in all believers lives in order to be pleasing to God. What a sweet savor it must be to him to see his children doing right.
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
I haven't covered every verse in this study. I have been going through and picking out sections that I liked and expounding on them, as best I can. Here we are told that our light or goodness in us, brings joy. It then says that the cause of arguments is pride. Isn't that the truth. If you think about it, just about every time you have been in a argument, it is because someone hurt your pride. It goes on to say that God will reward our hard work. Our labor for the Lord is never forgotten by God.
18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
Any believer who refuses to obey God will be put to shame, believe me I know. God will honor obedient children. It then says that accomplished goals are sweet to the soul, but fools will never depart from evil. My favorite verse in the whole chapter is verse 20. That really rings true in my life. I can remember some of the people I was friends with and the damaged that it caused in my life. The last verse ends with God promising to repay our righteousness, praise the Lord.
24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
The chapter ends with the chastening of the Lord and his love for his children. God corrects our bad behavior with his chastening hand. It goes on to say that the wicked are never satisfied with the things of this world.
2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
We start with the fear of the Lord and the fruit that it brings. If I think about the majority of people I have met in this world, they all seem to have no fear of God. Again pride is brought up and the damage it can cause.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
I found a few more verses I liked. God desires us to gain wisdom through his guidance in the scriptures. It says that fools mock sin. Ungodly people think sin is just a joke. In verse 16 it talks about wise men fearing and departing from evil, but fools rage and are confident. I have met many sinful people who were filled with self confidence thinking they were in control of their own life. God has the final say in everything. It then says that people who are quick it anger make regretful decisions and are soon hated. Ever been there? I have, and my quick temper has cost me. The last verse discusses the foolish ways of simple people and how prudent people are rewarded for there wisdom.
29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
Here again we are encouraged to be slow to anger. In the following verse it discusses envy as the rottenness of bones. This is so true. Envious people have been some of the most rotten evil people I have ever met. It then says he that honors God has mercy on the poor. Lastly it talks about wisdom being in the heart of people who understand God's will.
1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
This chapter begins with a warning about speaking in anger and the problems it causes. It goes on to say that wise people think before they speak. Then it says that God sees everything we do both good and evil. Again we are reminded that only fools despise Gods instruction's, and wise believers obey his laws.
10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
I picked a few more verses that I enjoyed. Verse 10 condemns those who despise correction.
Verse 15 talks about the afflicted and the suffering they go through, because of disobedience. Verse 18 says that wrath creates strife, but patience stops strife. All the more reason to be patient with people because our anger can just cause problems. Verse 26 talks about how God hates the thoughts of the wicked, but loves the words of the pure.
29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
The chapter closes with more great wisdom. It says that God hears our prayers. It goes on to say that anyone who disobeys God, hates his own soul and anyone who corrects their behavior gains understanding. Fearing the Lord is the path to wisdom, and before we can have honor we must humble ourselves.
This was not a verse by verse in depth study of proverbs. Sorry if that is what you were looking for. This was just an overview. I encourage you to read these chapters and study them for yourself. Thank you for reading my blog and I will leave you with the gospel.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: