Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid. Good people obtain favor from the Lord, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes. No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted. A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful. The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them. The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm. A person is praised according to their prudence, and one with a warped mind is despised. Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food. The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel. Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense. The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures. Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble. From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward. The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells lies. The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble. The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool’s heart blurts out folly. Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor. Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt. In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality. Vs 1-28
Do those around you detest you or are they delighted to have you around? Are the friends you keep fake or are they genuine? What about you, are you fake or genuine?
Those who seek the wisdom of the Lord are favored by most. They flourish in all they do because of their honest and caring heart. They desire discipline and seek out knowledge and understanding. They are not easily shaken and seem to escape trouble with little effort. Their words bring healing and help to all who listen. This can all seem to good to be true. How can someone be all of these wonderful things? It’s simple really. When you seek God’s wisdom it changes you. It equips and enables you to do God’s work. God is about love, grace, mercy, and all things good. So as you seek Him, He will fill you with a wisdom that will not only give you knowledge and understand of things around you, but also enable you to speak and act in a way that is pleasing and glorifying to God.
Those who depend on themselves or the world to accomplish what they need are easily led astray or overthrown. They have to pretend to know what is needed and lack knowledge that’s required to have good judgment. This causes the unwise to become deceitful which will bring trouble and disgrace. Their mouths become filled with reckless words and lies. They desperately desire the approval of those around them, but fail to receive it. Their heart will become anxious and lead them down a path of depression and repeated bad behavior.
Verse 25 is my favorite in this chapter. A word has the power to change someone’s mood. Words are a powerful weapon. How are you using your words? Do your words cheer someone up or bring them down? How has God used words of another to bring healing to you? What words can you use to cheer someone up?
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for calling us to do Your mighty work. Thank you for enabling us to do what You call us to. I pray we seek Your call on our lives, daily, Amen.