Proverbs 16:11-26

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Proverbs 16

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

B. Proverbs exalting righteous living (16:1 - 22:16)

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

11 A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work (i.e., God's business. God is concerned with and in opposition to unfair trade practices - Ryrie Study Bible) The LORD determines honest weights and scales.).

12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness (i.e. on a foundation of doing right).

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right (They don't want their advisors to give them bad advice.).

14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death (The king can sentence someone to death if he becomes angry with him; so, it is not wise for someone to make him angry.): but a wise man will pacify it (It is wise to pacify a king rather than to defy him - Ryrie Study Bible).

15 In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain (i.e., the rain that falls in the spring assures the ripening of the crops - Ryrie Study Bible; When the king is joyful, the happiness of his face spreads gladness through the realm - Believer's Bible Commentary.).

16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

17 The highway of the upright (suggests the road he is traveling) is to depart from evil (i.e. it is the path that departs from evil): he that keepeth his way (on this highway as he engages in the activities of life) preserveth his soul (He avoids being disciplined by God for doing wrong and avoids the pitfalls that would ruin his life).

18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Pride leads to one's downfall. God allows things to deflate proud egos.).

19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud (It is better to live humbly with the lowly than to be enriched through improper means with the proud - Ryrie Study Bible).

20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy (i.e. blessed) is he.

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent (i.e. discerning. He has an ability "to see to the heart of issues" - Bible Knowledge Commentary.): and the sweetness of the lips (i.e. speech) increaseth learning (i.e. persuasiveness - It will make people more willing to listen to him and to learn from him. It makes learning desirable - Bible Knowledge Commentary).

22 Understanding (i.e. prudence or insight) is a wellspring of life (Fountain of life; i.e., a source of spiritual vitality - Ryrie Study Bible) unto him that hath it: but the instruction (i.e. training by deed; i.e. discipline) of fools is folly (Inasmuch as the fools will not accept instruction, it is folly to continue trying to instruct them.).

23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning (i.e. persuasiveness) to his lips (He displays his knowledge by what he says. and there is a certain persuasiveness about his statements. He speaks with authority.).

24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones (Saying nice things will benefit others.).

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. The same words are repeated from 14:12

26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him (The appetite of the laborer works for him, for he is urged on by his mouth - Ryrie Study Bible; He knows that if he doesn't work, he won't be paid; and if he isn't paid, he won't be able to purchase food; and if he cannot purchase food, he won't be able to eat.).