Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
We are not to be upset over the apparent success of evildoers, and not to envy the wicked. The ungodly have nothing to look forward to as the light of their life will be extinguished.
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
A person of good character should never rejoice when trouble catches up with their adversary or be happy to see them stumble. If the LORD sees anyone harboring a gloating, vindictive spirit, He will consider that attitude more punishable than the guilt of the enemy.
Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
The wicked is warned against trying to remove the righteous from their home. The righteous may have been overtaken by temporary hardship, and the wicked is ready to pounce on their property. The one who is righteous may fall into trouble seven times, but they will recover each time, while the wicked can stumble and be ruined.
My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Honey is used here as a symbol of wisdom. Both honey and the honeycomb are beneficial and sweet to the taste. The knowledge of wisdom is a great benefit to our soul. The one who finds wisdom is assured of a bright future and the realization of all of their hopes.
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
When innocent people are being led off to death, it is inexcusable to plead ignorance and to stand by and not seek to rescue them.
If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
One test of a person’s worth is how they behave in the midst of adversity. If they give up when the going is tough, they do not have what it takes.
He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person. The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
The one who uses God-given abilities to invest in new forms of evil is called a “mischievous person”. The devising of foolishness is sin and the arrogant scoffer, who is brazen in their wickedness, earns the contempt of others.
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
Wisdom seems to be forever beyond the grasp of a fool. They can never speak with authority, like the elders at the gate of the city do.
A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
A wise individual can wield greater power than an individual who is strong and a person with brains is mightier than one of brawn. War can be waged through wise counselors, and the more wise counselors there are, the better.
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
The “house” in this verse refers to an individual’s life. A great life is not built by wickedness but by godly wisdom. Wickedness wrecks a life but understanding gives it solidity. Wickedness leaves a life empty, while true knowledge fills it with “precious and pleasant” benefits.