despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment
shall be rewarded.
The “word” here speaks of the Word of God. Our
attitude towards God’s Word is a matter of life and death. If we choose to
ignore the Bible, we will never hear of eternal life and will die without Christ.
But if we choose to adhere to the Bible, we find that Christ provides eternal
life for us and if we obey the commandments contained in it, we will be rewarded.
deferred maketh the heart sick: but when
the desire cometh, it is a tree
Repeated delays of expectation is
disheartening, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a source of
Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished:
but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
Wealth gained hastily or without exertion
will not last, while money gained by honest labor accumulates instead of
pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Solomon declared in this proverb that nothing
good ever comes from pride, as the only result will be conflict. In contrast,
he wrote that those who are willing to listen to good advice are those who are
wise, as they avoid pride and the conflicts that are associated with it.
light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
The testimony of the righteous is like a
light that burns brightly and cheerfully, while the life of the wicked is like
a lamp that will be put out.
ransom of a man’s life are his
riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
An individual who is rich is often threatened
by those who want their money, but the good news for the one who has nothing,
nobody wants it.
is that maketh himself rich, yet hath
nothing: there is that maketh
himself poor, yet hath great
There are individuals that live for money,
but the result is that it is never enough and they are never content. But there
are others that are not focused on wealth, yet they have great riches because
they are content with what they have.
keepeth him that is upright in
the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
A righteous life is a protected life, as God
undertakes to guard the blameless. But the wicked one walks in constant peril,
for their wickedness will eventually overtake and overthrow them.
righteous man hateth lying: but
a wicked man is loathsome, and
cometh to shame.
The one who is righteous hates any kind of
dishonesty, but the wicked one acts shamefully and disgracefully and
soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath
nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
The lazy one has great desires but has
nothing, while the diligent one applies themselves to their work and is