The collection of 375 short pithy sayings of Solomon concludes. A collection of 30 sayings of the wise men begins.
A good name. People are entitled to their good name. If we slander them, we destroy their good name. It is a type of violence.
VERSE 2. The rich and the poor have this in common: The LORD is the maker of them all.
sees danger, and hides. It is better to avoid danger than to stumble right into it.
humility. To be humble does not mean being a doormat for other people to walk on.
the fear of the LORD is wealth. In the Old Testament era, some people said if you are holy, God will make you rich. In our day, this view is growing in popularity among professing Christians. Read more »
VERSE 5. Thorns and snares are in the path of the wicked: whoever guards his soul stays from them.
VERSE 6. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
rich rule over the poor. Solomon is not commanding rich people to domineer poor people. Rather, he is stating an observation.
VERSE 8. He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed.
a generous eye. Would poor people say you are generous to them?
VERSE 10. Drive out the mocker, and strife will go out; yes, quarrels and insults will stop.
VERSE 11. He who loves purity of heart and speaks gracefully is the king’s friend.
VERSE 12. the LORD’s eyes watch over knowledge; but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
the sluggard. To be called a sluggard is a great biblical insult. Solomon often writes about the sluggardly person. Read more »
an adulteress. Solomon blames women for the sexual infidelities of men. However, men should take responsibility for their own actions instead of blaming women.
VERSE 15. Folly is bound up in the heart of a child: the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
oppresses the poor. In the Bible, to oppress poor people is a great evil, as we see in verse 22 below.
SUMMARY: The sayings from here to Proverbs 24:34 were written by wise men other than Solomon.
Turn your ear. That is, “pay attention!”
it is a pleasant thing. To memorize key Bible verses is pleasant. That might not be obvious, at least until you try it. Why not give it a try?
keep them within you. To memorize key Bible verses is very beneficial. This is what we do in our Scripture Memory Project.
So that your trust may be in the LORD. We disciples are to trust the LORD God with all our heart. He offers us the path of true wisdom. Will you trust in him and act upon his leading? Read more »
VERSE 20. Haven’t I written to you thirty excellent things of counsel and knowledge,
VERSE 21. To teach you truth, reliable words, to give sound answers to the ones who sent you?
Don’t exploit the poor. In the Bible, to oppress poor people is a great evil, as we see in verse 16 above.
VERSE 23. for the LORD will plead their case, and plunder the life of those who plunder them.
a hot-tempered man. Literally “an owner or possessor of anger.”
lest you learn his ways. We become like the people we associate with. If we associate with a hot-tempered man, we will gradually become like him.
VERSE 26. Don’t you be one of those who strike hands, of those who are collateral for debts.
VERSE 27. If you don’t have means to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?
VERSE 28. Don’t move the ancient boundary stone, which your fathers have set up.
NIV translation: Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.
When we work “unto God,” God is the one who will take notice. God will see to our advancement and promotion.
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