He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth
An individual who is patient under
provocation shows great insight. The one who is impulsive promotes folly and
holds it up for the public to view.
multitude of people is the
king’s honour: but in the want of people is
the destruction of the prince.
The size, contentment, and loyalty of the
populace determines a king’s honor. There is little prestige for a prince to
hold the title if he has few or no people over whom to rule.
fear of the LORD is a fountain
of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Trusting in God is a source of spiritual
strength and vitality, as it enables one to avoid the snares of death.
fear of the LORD is strong
confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
The one who fears the Lord has every reason
to have strong confidence. The reverent one’s children will have a place of
refuge under God’s care when evil attacks.
witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
A true witness in a court of law causes innocent
people from being unjustly punished. A deceitful witness misrepresents the
facts, with all the ruinous results that come from such action.
crown of the wise is their
riches: but the foolishness of
fools is folly.
The reward of the wise is their riches, as they
have something to show for their wisdom, whether we think of that wealth as
spiritual or material. Fools have nothing but folly to show for their lives and
labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
All honorable work is profitable, but only
talking leads to poverty. We are not to just talk about what we want to do, we
are to follow through, as talk without action, is just air.
not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
Those who plot mischief and devise evil plans
are destined to go astray and those who look for opportunities to do good to
others are rewarded with mercy and truth. This means that God shows kindness to
them and is true to His promises of protection and reward.
despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
It is a sin to despise the poor because they
have been chosen by God. We should never forget that Christ Himself came into
the world as a poor man.
poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
Many people form friendships on the basis of
self-interest. They avoid those who can’t benefit them in one way or another
but take advantage of whoever they can.