Proverbs 13:24-25, 14:1-7

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

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).

24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son (This means that proper physical punishment, when needed, is administered by parents who love their children regardless of what some people try to practice today. Their lack of correction for their children has resulted in many problems for society.): but he that loveth him (i.e. his son) chasteneth him (i.e. his son) betimes (i.e. seeks him diligently with discipline; i.e. disciplines him diligently or promptly.) Parents train their child in the way he should go. They demonstrate their love for their child by disciplining him.

25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul (i.e. inner desire): but the belly (the innermost depth of the individual's being) of the wicked shall want (i.e. he will not be satisfied. The life experienced by the wicked person lacks satisfaction.).

Proverbs 14

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

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

10:1 - 22:16 - The 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.

1 Every wise woman buildeth her house (i.e. her household - The wife has the privilege contributing greatly to the peace and harmony in her home.: but the foolish plucketh it down (i.e. tears her home apart - she destroys the peace and harmony in her home) with her hands.

2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD (i.e. reverences, stands in awe of - cf. II Corinthians 5:15 "And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him that died for them, and rose again." A person's life demonstrates that he reverences the Lord.): but he that is perverse (i.e. devious, crooked, twisted) in his ways (in the way he lives) despiseth him (i.e. the LORD - One's view of the Lord affects the way he lives. ).

3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride (i.e. hurtful pride - it will bring him into trouble and much difficulty.): but the lips (i.e. speech or words) of the wise shall preserve them (from the difficulties a rod of pride brings on others - by what they say and how they say it).

4 Where no oxen are, the crib (i.e. feeding trough) is clean (A farmer has to do some work to provide for his oxen. If he did not have any oxen, he could avoid this work.): but much increase is by the strength of the ox (The work accomplished by the oxen is worth the trouble of feeding and caring for them.).

5 A faithful witness will not lie (What he says can be trusted): but a false witness will utter (literally breathes lies, i.e. will speak) lies (What he says cannot be trusted.).

6 A scorner (i.e. a scoffer or mocker) seeketh wisdom (in his own way), and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth (He grasps truth readily.).

7 Go from (i.e. leave, stay away from) the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him (i.e. do not discern, do not observe, do not take note of) the lips (i.e. speech, words) of knowledge.