weights are an abomination unto
the LORD; and a false balance is
Again, Solomon stresses that business
transactions are to be honest and true. Whenever there is an agreement with
another individual, both parties should be able to expect honesty, whether the
agreement is written or verbal.
thou, I will recompense evil; but
wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
We are not to seek vengeance on our enemies, as
vengeance is the Lord’s responsibility. We are to wait on God to repay,
deliver, and vindicate us.
inheritance may be gotten
hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
Whatever we receive as an inheritance may seem
to be a blessing at first but, the longer we have it, it may not be the blessing
we thought it was going to be.
curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure
This proverb should give pause to young people
today who are hostile toward their parents, because unless their bitterness is
resolved, it will lead to temporal obscurity and eternal perdition.
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him
that flattereth with his lips.
Someone that gossips betrays confidences. Therefore,
do not associate with a “blabber”, because if they talk against others to us,
they will talk against us to others.
is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
A pooling of advice is desirable before making
any plans, as no general makes war without consulting with other military
deceit is sweet to a man; but
afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
Any form of wealth gained dishonestly might
yield momentary satisfaction, but eventually it will prove as unpleasant and
aggravating as a mouthful of gravel.
garment that is surety for a
stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
Anyone who is foolish enough to make financial guarantees
for people they do not know, is a bad credit risk. If we have any dealings with
them, we are to be sure they put up plenty of collateral, so that we will be
protected in case they renege on the loan or go bankrupt. The advice is
especially true if the stranger is an immoral person.
gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
A person may wear gold jewelry and precious
stones, but the best “adornment” is wise speech.
It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but
when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
The buyer speaks badly about the item they want
to buy, until the seller reduces the price. After the purchase is made, the
buyer brags to their friends about how they got such a tremendous bargain.