shall eat good by the fruit of his
mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall
An individual whose speech is edifying,
encouraging, and comforting is rewarded when they see the beneficial results of
the spoken word. By contrast, the unfaithful individual who plans violence for
others, will be rewarded according to their actions.
son heareth his father’s
instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
In both the physical and spiritual world,
there is a normal process of development. A baby must crawl before they walk,
while a new convert must listen and learn before they go forth into service. But
the one who scoffs, thinks they have all the answers and refuses to be
way of righteousness is life;
and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
In the narrow path of righteousness, there is
life along the way and life at the close of the journey. There is no death in
it, as there is on the broad road that leads to destruction. “Life” in this
verse looks to a future beyond death, to eternal life.
slothful man roasteth not that
which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
The lazy individual does not hunt nor do they
cook what has been taken in hunting. They lack the motivation to get started,
and then, they lack the drive to finish what has been begun.
righteous is more excellent
than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
Contrary to appearances, the righteous is actually
better off than their unrighteous neighbor, though it may not seem that way at
in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
Since anxiety causes depression, a good,
encouraging or sympathetic word works wonders in perking someone up again.
hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
In the ordinary course of life, dedicated,
diligent people rise to positions of leadership. But the one who is lazy experiences
poverty, and poverty reduces an individual to the level of forced labor.
prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth
A sensible individual doesn’t go around
showing off how much they know, as they modestly conceal their learning. But it
doesn’t take long to be in the presence of a fool before they reveal their foolishness.
lips are abomination to the
LORD: but they that deal truly are
A sure way of bringing delight to God’s heart
is by being absolutely honest and trustworthy. We should be careful about
shading the truth, “white” lies, exaggerations, and half-truths.
shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
The just are preserved from the evil consequences
that follow the behavior of the wicked, as they will experience plenty of