Right, Wrong and Rewards
A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.
Wisdom brings joy – Foolishness brings grief
How does a son or daughter become wise: By the teaching and example of their parents?
It would be wise for you as parents to train up a child in the way he should go. It is to your advantage to train your child.
Discipline them in love
Teach them – Be the primary teacher in their lives
Reward – Them
2Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,
but righteousness delivers from death.
3 The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
There is no (lasting) value in cheating – God will stop it.
God gives value to those who morally live right.
4 Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.
Lazy hands make you poor – Diligent hands bring abundance
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
He who misses the harvest dooms his future – He who gathers secures his future
6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.[a]
Blessings are for those who focus on right living.
(People want the blessings of God without the accountability of obeying God.)
The mouth of the evil destroys themselves and others
7 The name of the righteous is used in blessings,[b]
but the name of the wicked will rot.
Right living comes with blessings from God and blessings from people.
Wrong living repels people and God’s blessings
8 The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
You are wise to honor authority in your life. It is to your advantage. There are people who talk too much who ignore commands because they are too busy talking
Mathew Henry said, ” Those that are full of tongue seldom look well to their feet, and therefore stumble and fall.”
9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
Those who walk with honesty walk in safety
Those whose walk is shady will be outed – (evil can’t be hid forever)
10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,
and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
A mischievous person destroys others and in turn destroys himself
11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
Listening to a wise and righteous person is like listening to the flow of water
A wicked person conceals himself as a friend and then betrays
12 Hatred stirs up conflict,
but love covers over all wrongs.
Watch out for the one who stirs up conflict. It is he who has little or no love
The person who loves can overlook a wrong. (Sometimes overlooking a wrong stops it quicker than addressing it and causing a conflict. If a wrong continues then it may need to lovingly/wisely addressed)
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.
Someone who is perceptive is usually wise in his dealings and outcomes are good.
The senseless who talk/act before thinking prepare themselves for a beating.
14 The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.
Wisdom = knowledge
Foolishness = Ruin
15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
but poverty is the ruin of the poor.
Your wealth (the ability to work hard) provides you and your family the necessities of life
Becareful that your wealth is not your security. Security is only found in the Lord.
A person’s poverty or poorness can bring him to depression
A person could be happy with little and take joy in the fact he has little to deal with and takes comfort in a good conscience and walks by faith
Having little or a lot should not dictate our joy. Joy is found in Jesus.
16 The wages of the righteous is life,
but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.
It is how you come by your earnings. You come by them rightly or wrongly. The first produces life the second produces death
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life,
but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
A person who takes on correction shows himself and others life
A person who ignores correction shows himself and others astray
18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
and spreads slander is a fool.
19 Sin is not ended by multiplying words,
but the prudent hold their tongues.
20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
but fools die for lack of sense.
The tongue of the righteous is a volume of value
The tongue of the wicked is empty and dying.
22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,
without painful toil for it.
God loves to bless his own. Like a father to his son or daughter. You really don’t have to overwork for it. He loves you the way you are!
23 A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes,
but a person of understanding delights in wisdom.
“Besides the future recompence, a good man has as much present pleasure in the restraints and exercises of religion as sinners can pretend to in the liberties and enjoyments of sin, and much more, and much better.” Matthew Henry.
Sin is only pleasurable for a season – we all have experienced this
There is so much delight and more when we make the decision to do what is right!
24What the wicked dread will overtake them;
what the righteous desire will be granted.
25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
but the righteous stand firm forever.
The wicked are stuck in their way and provide their own demise. They cannot get out of the way of there own selves. They secretly know their own guilt and are swept away by it.
The righteous desires will be granted and solid in their foundation. Their desire is to please God and that pleases God which then pleases the righteous man. He remains through the strongest of storms
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so are sluggards to those who send them.
Lazy people are irritating
27The fear of the Lord adds length to life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
Honoring God brings length of life and joy
Dishonoring God brings a fruitless short life.
29The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,
but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
30 The righteous will never be uprooted,
but the wicked will not remain in the land.
There is safety and shelter with those who live right
But the house of the wicked is ruined and chased away
31From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,
but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.
The righteous person is longed to be heard.
The perverse person is longed to be silenced.
There is no question today in how we should live. The rewards for right living are many They are glorious and they are eternal. The rewards for wrong living are many. They are devastating and they are eternal. Although right living and living right is good it doesn’t get you to heaven. The bible says in Eph. 2:8-9, “For by grace are you saved through faith, not of works, lest any man should boast. It is only the work of Jesus on the Cross that saves. His dying for our sins and raising from the dead and by that, conquering death. It is recognizing our sin and how it separates us from God and believing and placing our faith in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection that makes us perfect and right before God and brings us into his family. That is ultimately what God wants for us and then living rightly on a daily basis. So, where are you today? Standing outside of God’s family looking in or inside His family enjoying a personal daily walk with Him living right for His glory?