Proverbs 12:27-13:11

Wednesday, December 11th, 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

27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting (he is too lazy to cook what he has hunted and killed): but the substance of a diligent man is precious (he regards what he has as highly valued).

28 In the way of righteousness is life (righteous living results in God's blessing in this life. It makes for a good life.); and in the pathway thereof there is no death. (Righteous living does not lead to death. This is a general truth because many have been martyred as a result of their righteous lives.)

Proverbs 13

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

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

10:1 - 22:16 - These proverbs are general principles and guidelines that may have exceptions. . . .They are true as general rules (Ryrie Study Bible).

1 A wise son heareth (i.e. heeds) his father's instruction: but a scorner (i.e. scoffer, mocker) heareth not (i.e. does not listen to) rebuke (He is unteachable).

2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth (i.e. He is helpful to others. He will be blessed because what he says will return on him.): but the soul of the transgressors (the treacherous) shall eat violence (as a result of the words he speaks. What he does will also return on him. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. He will bring violence upon himself and others.).

3 He that keepeth (i.e. guards) his mouth keepeth his life (i.e. by the words he speaks he keeps out of trouble. He will be careful about what he says. What he says will return on him and will not bring him into trouble.): but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction (He is not careful about what he says. He says things that should not be said. He brings trouble on others and also on himself).

4 The soul of the sluggard (i.e. a lazy person) desireth (craves or has cravings), and hath nothing (He does not get what he desires.): but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat (i.e. He is abundantly satisfied. His desires will be realized.).

5 A righteous man hateth lying (because God hates lying): but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame (Lit., causes to stink and makes ashamed. The righteous detest falsehood, but the wicked cause shame - Ryrie Study Bible).

6 Righteousness keepeth (i.e. guards, protects) him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth (i.e. ruins) the sinner.

7 There is that maketh himself (i.e. pretends to be) rich (adopts a rich lifestyle), yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself (i.e. pretends to be) poor (materially), yet hath great riches.

8 The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke (A rich man may have to buy off his life, but a poor man can ignore a threat - Ryrie Study Bible).

9 The light (i.e. the life) of the righteous rejoiceth (i.e. is blessed - God will reward him with a blessed life): but the lamp (i.e. the life) of the wicked shall be put out (i.e. extinguished - he will not be rewarded with a blessed life

10 Only by pride (i.e. presumption, arrogance) cometh contention (quarreling) (When you have contention, pride is involved.): but with the well advised (i.e. those who receive counsel - they are willing to learn and take advice.) is wisdom.

11 Wealth gotten by vanity (by some means other than by hard work - he won't appreciate its value if he didn't have to earn the money to pay for it. My dad advised me that when I consider a purchase, I should always consider how many hours I had to work to pay for it. It might encourage me not to waste my money on it.) shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour (i.e. honest labor) shall increase.