Proverbs 14:21-31

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

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.

21 He that despiseth (looks down on) his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy (i.e. blessed) is he.

22 Do they not err (i.e. go astray) that devise (i.e. plan) evil? (Yes, they do. They are heading in the wrong direction and will bring ruin upon themselves.) but mercy and truth shall be (given) to them that devise (i.e. plan) good.

23 In all labour there is profit (i.e. benefit): but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury (i.e. poverty. Talking doesn't get the job done. Working produces gain; but talking does not produce gain.).

24 The crown (i.e. reputation or honor) of the wise is their riches (What does wisdom produce? a good reputation and honor.): but the foolishness of fools is folly (What does foolishness produce? Nothing good. Wisdom yields riches, but nothing good can be expected from a fool - Ryrie Study Bible).

25 A true witness delivereth souls (people) - A true witness in a courtroom will deliver a defendant who is innocent. : but a deceitful witness speaketh lies (A false witness may cause a wrongful conviction. "A witness may save life or deceitfully destroy the innocent." - Ryrie Study Bible).

26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence (He has complete trust in the Lord.): and his children (i.e. the children of someone who fears the Lord) shall have a place of refuge (i.e. of protection).

27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life (i.e. a source of spiritual vitality, a full and abundant life.), to depart from the snares of death (enabling him to escape from things which might bring about his death if he were to do them).

28 In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the want (i.e. lack) of people is the destruction of the prince (It may mean that his reign may come to an end. For some reason, his people would no longer honor him.).

29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding (i.e. discernment, intelligence, insight): but he that is hasty of spirit (i.e. impatient) exalteth folly (i.e. foolishness).

30 A sound heart (i.e. a composed or controlled spirit) is the life of the flesh (It results in a fulness of life.): but envy (i.e. jealousy) the rottenness (i.e. decay) of the bones (It destroys the physical body.).

31 He that oppresseth (i.e. does violence to) the poor reproacheth (i.e. shames, insults, shows contempt for) his Maker (i.e. God): but he that honoureth him (i.e. his Maker, God) hath mercy on (i.e. is gracious to) the poor.