wicked shall be a ransom for
the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
In a broad sense, this verse means that the
wicked are punished, so that the righteous can go free. When those who violate
the commandments of God are punished, those who obey them have the freedom to
continue to do so.
loveth pleasure shall be a poor
man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
Instead of giving the satisfaction and
fulfillment they promise, pleasure and luxurious living only serve to bankrupt
the one whose focus is on this type of lifestyle.
that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation
of the dead.
The one who roams away from understanding will
end up in the congregation of those who are not possessors of life nor of
wisdom. That is why when we walk away from the truth, it is so difficult to
It is joy to
the just to do judgment: but destruction shall
be to the workers of iniquity.
For a believer, it is a joy to do right but
destruction will come to workers of iniquity. Destruction is promised to those
who propagate wickedness and iniquity in their life.
A gift in
secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
When a bribe is given to an individual who is
angry, they may be appeased for a while. When the “gift” is used up, their
anger will return again.
stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall
not be heard.
Those who ignore the poor and refuse to help
them, will end in the same predicament.
righteous man wisely
considereth the house of the wicked: but
God overthroweth the wicked for their
The righteous God wisely considers the house of
the wicked and overthrows it because of its wickedness. God keeps close watch
on all the affairs of the ungodly, and at the proper time, will judge them.
scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed,
he receiveth knowledge.
Even if a scoffer might not learn a lesson from
the punishment they receive, the naïve person will see it and be warned. Those
who are wise do not need to be punished, as they learn from simple
of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
The soul of the wicked is always plotting some
new evil, and they show no mercy to their neighbor in perpetrating it. The
wicked’s sin is both deliberate and ruthless.
It is better
to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide
This proverb states that it would be better to
live alone in a cramped corner of a roof, exposed to the heat, cold, rain, and
wind, than to live in a house shared with a nagging, cantankerous woman.