words of the wicked are to lie
in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
By their speech, sinners seek to lay fatal
traps for the innocent and wary, while individuals that are upright deliver
themselves and others by speaking the truth.
thoughts of the righteous are
right: but the counsels of the
wicked are deceit.
The goals of the righteous are honorable,
while the plans of the wicked are deceitful. Solomon basically wrote that the
goals of an individual are a mirror of their character.
virtuous woman is a crown to
her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is
as rottenness in his bones.
A virtuous wife brings joy and gladness to
her husband. But the wife who disgraces her husband gives him mental anguish, embarrassment,
and trouble, all which results in physical suffering as well.
shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not
Lives that are dominated by wickedness do not
have any stability, while in contrast, the one that is righteous has a deep
root in God, so when the troubles of life come, they will be able to stand.
A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but
a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
A moral, ethical person can be sure of God’s favor,
but an individual with wicked intentions can be equally sure of His
loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
Anyone who is open to discipline and
instruction show that they are willing to learn, while the one who resents
being told anything and refuses correction is foolish.
the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the
Both the righteous and wicked are
recomposed in this life for their deeds. The sinner and saint will reap what
fruit of the righteous is a
tree of life; and he that winneth souls is
A righteous life is like a fruit-bearing tree
that beings nourishment and refreshment to others. If we want to be wise, we
will win others to a life of righteousness. We are to understand that we have
been given the privilege to be used by God in doing a work in human lives that will
result in eternal blessing.
troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of
If the theme is consistent that Solomon has
written, the one who is greedy of gain is the one who troubles their own house.
When they lose sight of the worthwhile values of life in their quest for
wealth, they will end up with nothing tangible to satisfy their greed. Their
penalty for playing the fool will be servitude to an individual who acts more
trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a
Riches are uncertain and, therefore, are not
worthy of trust. Our confidence is not to be in our riches but in the living
God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.