a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from
The usual interpretation of this proverb is
that if parents train up a child properly, they will go on in that direction
later in life. But this verse can serve as a warning to parents that if they
allow a child to train themselves after their own wishes, they should not
expect them to change those patterns when they mature.
Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall
be far from them.
All kinds of difficulties and troubles lie in
the way of the perverse individual, while the one who keeps themselves clean
avoids those things that cause issues in their lives.
humility and the fear of the
LORD are riches, and honour,
Being humble and having reverence for God may
seem dull and commonplace but it is rewarded with spiritual riches, divine
honor, and abundant life.
and poor meet together: the LORD is
the maker of them all.
Social distinctions are artificial in the sense
that we all part of the same human family. Class distinctions may be seen in
life but they will be abolished in death.
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver
A good name means a good reputation and is the
fruit of good character. Having a good reputation is better than vast wealth
because it is more precious, more powerful, and will last longer.
is prepared against the day of
battle: but safety is of the
Armies may have elaborate plans to insure
military success but victory on the day of battle comes from the LORD alone. It
is better to trust in God than in any weapon than we have or can invent.
There is no
wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
We are powerless to outwit God in
wisdom, understanding, or strategy. None of our plots or schemes can avail
against God, as whatever God purposes will be fulfilled.
man hardeneth his face: but as for
the upright, he directeth his way.
The face of the wicked show that they are solidified
in their iniquity, but the upright, by being teachable, are safe and have their
witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
The false witness swears before God that they
will tell the truth, then they deliberately perjure themselves. The one who
listens carefully and answers honestly can give a testimony that can never be shaken
sacrifice of the wicked is
abomination: how much more, when
he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
God rejects the sufferings of unrepentant
sinners and He hates it even more when a gift is intended to manipulate Him to
condone, approve, or to bless some wicked scheme.