Proverbs 12:21-26

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Proverbs 12

III. The Proverbs of Solomon (10:1 - 22:16)

A. Proverbs contrasting righteous and wicked living (10:1 - 15:33)

10:1 - 22:16 - This central portion of the book contains 375 of Solomon's proverbs. These proverbs are general principles and guidelines that may have exceptions. . . . They are true as general rules." - Ryrie Study Bible

21 There shall no evil (i.e. trouble) happen to the just (i.e. no harm shall befall the righteous - Ryrie Study Bible. Be allowed to meet the righteous. It indicates that, as a general truth, the righteous receive protection. What about Job? The thought is unless the Lord allows it. Job was an exception to this general truth. Occasionally the Lord has allowed believers to be martyred. In Acts 12 , the Apostle James was martyred, but the Apostle Peter was miraculously delivered.): but the wicked shall be filled with mischief (i.e. distress, trouble - Plenty of trouble will come upon the wicked.).

22 Lying lips are abomination (i.e. a disgusting thing, a detestable thing) to the LORD: but they that deal truly (i.e. truthfully) are his (i.e. the LORD's) delight.

23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge (he "is not anxious to demonstrate his knowledge" - Bible Knowledge Commentary): but the heart of fools proclaimeth (i.e. blurts out) foolishness (i.e. folly). "The prudent man is cautious and reserved, whereas the fool rushes in and proclaims his ignorance" - Ryrie Study Bible

24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule (i.e. shall have dominion, shall reign): but the slothful (i.e. the slack hand or the lazy) shall be under tribute (i.e. shall be put to forced labor, enslaved).

25 Heaviness (i.e. anxiety, care, sorrow) in the heart of man maketh it (i.e. the heart of man or the man himself) stoop (i.e. bow down): but a good word maketh it (i.e. the heart of man or the man himself) glad (i.e. cheers him up).

26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them (i.e. causes the wicked to err). ("The righteous investigates his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray." The investigation is necessary in order to choose one's friends carefully, for the way of the godless leads into error. - Ryrie Study Bible) ("A righteous person does not take on just anybody as a friend; he chooses his friends carefully" - Bible Knowledge Commentary) (The wicked lead other wicked astray.)