Proverbs 15:3-12

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Proverbs 15

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

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

3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good (It speaks of His omniscience. He knows everything. He is all-seeing. Wicked people should be warned and good people comforted by this truth - Bible Knowledge Commentary).

4 A wholesome (i.e. healing) tongue (i.e. gracious speech) is a tree of life (a source of strength and growth): but perverseness therein (malicious talk) is a breach in (i.e. crushing of or breaking of) the spirit.

5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction (he is unteachable and thinks he knows more than his father and does not profit from his father's instruction): but he that regardeth reproof is prudent (He values his father's instruction, accepts his correction, and benefits from it. He is wise and becomes even wiser as a result of learning from his father.).

6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure (Regardless of their financial ability, the parents pass on a rich spiritual heritage to their children): but in the revenues (i.e. income, ill-gotten gain) of the wicked is trouble (not only for himself but also for his family). (There is no spiritual heritage in the home of wicked parents.)

7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so. (This is true because what comes out of the mouth indicates what is in the heart.)

8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD (God despises or detests the offerings and ritualistic efforts of the wicked. "He wants the man's life to be clean first. 'To obey is better than sacrifice' I Samuel 15:22 " - Believer's Bible Commentary): but the prayer of the upright is his delight (God delights in the simple prayers of a righteous person. Psalms 51:17 - The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.).

9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD (He hates it ): but he loveth him that followeth (pursues) after righteousness (by seeking to live his life in accordance with the Bible and stay out of sin).

10 Correction is grievous unto (i.e. grievous correction is for) him that forsaketh the way (he is a wayward person): and he that hateth reproof shall die (His life is wayward and brings harsh discipline. He hates the harsh discipline and it will eventually result in his death.).

11 Hell (i.e. Sheol) and destruction (i.e. Abaddon) are before the LORD: (Sheol and Abaddon are two synonyms which have reference to the place of the dead, the grave. This points to God's omniscience - Ryrie Study Bible.) how much more then the hearts of the children of men? (If God knows all about life after death, how much more does He know about the thoughts and secrets of people? Hebrews 4:13 - Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.)

12 A scorner (i.e. scoffer or mocker) loveth not one that reproveth (i.e. corrects or rebukes) him: neither will he go unto the wise. (A scorner shuns the wise because he hates their reproof - Ryrie Study Bible. He goes unto someone who will tell him what he wants to hear. He does not really want advice. He wants approval.)