10:1, Parents receive joy or grief based on their child’s
these proverbs are taught and required of children, such parents will
realize the full blessing of a godly seed for their great pleasure and
God's glory. If these proverbs are neglected, the future is bleak, with
calamitous heaviness instead
have spent much time, energy, emotions and money raising their children
speaks to parents – remember to raise your children in wisdom because you
will feel the effects.
speaks to children – a child can not even imagine how their success and
failure effects their parent’s emotions.Not until they are fathers and mothers will they know.
more than anything else, your wisdom and success will please your parents.
imagines a lion in the way. His favorite words are, "I can't do
it" and "It won't work."
business or career plans are overwhelming. He wants something easier,
success that will fall in his lap. So instead of tackling the challenge,
he does nothing (26:14-15).
Adam chose hard labor instead of dressing the Garden, he has no easy
resents authority and being told what to do by another (19:10;
rebellion keeps him from seeing that all bosses were once hard-working employees
at one time (17:2;
seduced by vain ideas of easier and more exciting ways to make money (12:11;
associates with the discontented and listens to schemes on how they will
beat the system (14:23;
always busy planning his future success. He believes he has figured out
life better than Solomon and seven successful men (26:16)!
diligent man laughs at slackers and mocks their five excuses, goes to work
early every single day, and attacks his job with energy and persistence.
He knows that life is short; he knows that God made him to work; he looks
forward to getting his diligent hands on a project; and he will do it with
his might (Eccl
9:10). He will soon rule over the slacker in riches and honor (12:24;
10:5, The agricultural cycle had a great opportunity during
Opportunity is not guaranteed. Life is a changing
scene of prosperity and difficulty.
men gathered all they could with extra effort and time.
men dreaded the extra demands and could not see the reward, so they sought
to avoid the hot fields
10:6, Blessings are in store for the righteous.Blessings are waiting to happen.
is waiting for the wicked.
mouth is the cause of much of their coming disaster
10:7, The memory of the righteous will inspire people who
wicked, though they may be remembered, will not produce action and
inspiration in the coming generation
is why we name buildings, streets, cities after great people
name our sons Paul, after the apostle.We name our dogs Nero.
10:8, Wise men love to be taught.
appreciate instruction. They want to be told what to do.
will listen and do what they are commanded.
do not like to be governed.
would rather talk. They want you to hear their opinions.
man thinks his own opinions are better than all others. But wisdom knows
this is a delusion of the human mind.
dumbest man on earth, the one without hope of recovery, is the one
conceited about his own ideas (26:12;
wants to be taught by God's teachers - parents and pastors (1:8;
Wisdom only speaks when it has something valuable, right, and certain to
poor even hard for the poor to make and keep friends (14:20;
What a miserable life! But the rich have many friends (19:6)
of these two extremes, both of which can lead to sin, Agur prayed that God would deliver him
from both riches and poverty (30:7-9).
He chose moderate financial success as his goal - a convenient amount of
money would be just right.
knew that riches could lead to presumption against God, and he knew
poverty could lead to theft.
cursed himself, if he had ever let money become his hope or confidence (Job
·Here are two easy ways to sin with your speech.
·You can be a hypocrite and use polite words to
deceive people and hide the bitterness and envy in your heart.
·Or you can spread false and malicious rumors
about a person to others.
·Transparent honesty and integrity - clearly
visible and known by all - is very rare.
"When words are many, sin is not
absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise
·It is hard to speak much and not sin - for every
sentence raises the chance of sin.
·So the Preacher gives the wise advice of closing
your lips and not talking so much (17:27-28;
One who is naturally or habitually slow, lazy, or idle; one who is
disinclined for work or exertion; a slothful or indolent person.
sluggard is a slow and lazy person. Instead of being energetic, fast, and
diligent, they dawdle through life in first or second gear without a godly
sense of urgency.
for a Christian young man in this world is simple: work hard; work fast;
finish the job. And take note, the virtuous woman is more a hard worker
than anything else (31:10-31).
do not think ahead to get a sense of urgency (6:6);
love to sleep (6:9-11);
want more without the effort to get it (13:4);
are discouraged by slight hindrances (20:4);
always has reasons to excuse himself (26:16).
righteous man knows what to say, when to say it, and how to say it.
makes sure his words and speech are acceptable to others, and they love
him for it.
wicked man does the opposite - he lets out of his mouth whatever comes to
his contrary mind.
words offend others, so they consider him rude and obnoxious; and they
word fitly spoken is a beautiful thing (25:11).
man who uses them well deserves to be kissed on the lips, for acceptable
speech is that rare and pleasant (24:26).
speech is wonderful (,26;
,24; ; Eccl ; Col 4:6).
should be a high goal of every believer to have acceptable speech -
acceptable to both God and men (Luke ).
lips of any man only express what is already in his heart, Jesus said