Proverbs 14:32-15:2

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Proverbs 14

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

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

32 The wicked is driven away (i.e. cast down eternally) in his wickedness (suggesting as a result of his wickedness): but the righteous hath hope in his death (i.e. in his own death. The righteous put their confidence in God, believing death to be a place of refuge and immortality - Ryrie Study Bible.).

33 Wisdom resteth (i.e. rests comfortably or quietly) in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is (i.e. what is) in the midst of fools is made known (The fool boasts in his lack of understanding, however little it is. His foolishness is quickly revealed).

34 Righteousness exalteth a nation (i.e. a body of people, morally, not necessarily economically): but sin is a reproach to any people.

35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame (disgrace - i.e. acts shamefully).

Proverbs 15

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 soft (gentle, conciliating) answer turneth away wrath (it stops it before it starts or keeps it from getting worse): but grievous (i.e. harsh, hurtful) words stir up (i.e. arouse) anger.

2 The tongue (i.e. words) of the wise useth (commends) knowledge aright (i.e. skillfully, making it desirable - he knows when to speak and when not to speak; he knows how to speak and how not to speak; he knows what to say and what not to say): but the mouth of fools poureth (i.e. gushes) out foolishness (When he speaks, he continually reveals to all who hear him what he is like.).