Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
Wisdom is referred to as a woman and is described as being more precious than rubies and there is not anything that can be compared to her. The benefits of having wisdom is a prosperous life, spiritual riches and honor, and happiness.
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
One of the ways in which we can acknowledge God is by submitting to His discipline. Too often, we tend to think of discipline as punishment, but it actually involves the proper training of a child. When God chastens us, we are to acknowledge it as something that is needful for our growth.
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
Solomon addressed the stewardship of possessions. All we have belongs to God and we are stewards of it and responsible for its management. It is our privilege to give to God the firstfruits and to use some of it for ourselves and to trust Him to provide for us in the future.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Solomon wrote to avoid pride and to give reverence to God and flee from evil. If we were to follow what he wrote, we will enjoy health to the body and strength to the bones.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
For God to direct our paths, we must fully commit ourselves to Him and trust Him to guide our lives in the direction He wants us to take.
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Solomon told his son that mercy and truth were to be in his heart, so that they would be seen in his outward behavior. The result of having mercy and truth in his life would be finding favor in the sight of God and others.
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Solomon commanded his son to remember the law and to be obedient to the commandments. He is to remember with the mind and obey with the heart. Solomon told his son that there was a benefit to obedience – a long and peaceful life.
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
Solomon reveals the positive side of wisdom, it encourages companionship with those who are worthwhile and upright. When wisdom is applied to our life, righteousness and decency are rewarded now, as well as in the life to come.
To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
Wisdom saves not only from the company of evil individuals but also from the clutches of the immoral woman. She is unfaithful to the companion of her youth, which could refer to her husband, and she forgets the covenant of her God, which could refer to the marriage vows that she made before God. Due to neglect of doing right, her house leads down to death, as it will be impossible to escape from her.
When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:
Solomon wrote that when wisdom took control of one’s mind or heart, knowledge will become pleasant. Discretion, or the ability to make wise decisions, will save a person from many problems. Sound judgment will delivers us from involvement with wicked men. When wisdom, knowledge, and discretion is applied to our life, we are protected from the world of ungodly individuals who misrepresent facts and distort the truth.