Proverbs 19:1-It is better to be poor because you live a life of integrity (honesty, innocence)…than to be “perverse” (someone who twists the truth) in order to gain an advantage.
Proverbs 19:2-A smart person will take his time and carefully weigh the facts before making important decisions.
Proverbs 19:3-Foolish people, even when they are obviously wrecking their lives…will absolutely refuse to turn to God.
Proverbs 19:4-Many people only want to be friends with people who have money.
Proverbs 19:5-A person who gives a false testimony, or lies, will pay the price.
Proverbs 19:6-People want to be friends with people who give them gifts to buy their friendship.
Proverbs 19:7-People don’t want to be friends with a man who has nothing to give them. He tries to convince them that he can be a good friend even though he has nothing to offer them…but they don’t have the time of day for him.
Proverbs 19:8-You will benefit yourself if you are willing to be a life-long student of wisdom.
Proverbs 19:9-cf. verse 5
Proverbs 19:10-There is no more likelihood that a fool will be financially productive and stable…than a slave will give orders to the prince
Proverbs 19:11-A smart man realizes that he doesn’t have to always dish out punishment when a transgression has been committed. There are times when it is more beneficial in the long run to overlook the transgression.
Proverbs 19:12-Be careful how you relate to national leadership. The same leadership can hurt you greatly…or, it can help you greatly.
Proverbs 19:13-A son who is foolish causes great difficulties for his father. And a wife who is “contentious” (this word means to quarrel, to cause discord) are like a dripping faucet that won’t stop and causes much annoyance.
Proverbs 19:14-While a father can leave many wonderful blessings to his son in his inheritance…the greatest gift that a man will ever receive is a “’prudent” (wise, insightful, understanding) wife, and she is a gift from God.
Proverbs 19:15-Laziness will lead to hunger that will lead to a lack of energy…that will lead to laziness, that will lead to hunger…
Proverbs 19:16-The person who is obedient will be protected by God. But the person who is not obedient places his life in danger.
Proverbs 19:17-When a person helps a poor person…it is as if he is helping God, Himself. God blesses those who bless the poor.
Proverbs 19:18-Give your son instruction while he is young and will listen. Don’t wait until he has already made up his mind on his own. If you wait too long…he might bring you such sorrow that you might wish that he had never been born.
Proverbs 19:19-There comes a time when you must allow a person to face the consequences of his behavior...and not rescue him from it. If he doesn't realize that he is responsible for his own behavior early on in life…he may do something much worse later on and the consequences may be much worse.
Proverbs 19:20-Listen closely to the advice of godly people that they have gained from personal experience. If you do, you will benefit from their struggles and not have to face them yourself in order to learn the lesson.
Proverbs 19:21-People may make a lot of plans…but they will only last if they are built on what God has told them to do.
Proverbs 19:22-The word “kindness” is the Hebrew word, “hesed”. It is the word that speaks of God’s lovingkindness that is based on the trustworthiness of the covenant that He established with Israel. You can trust God to keep the covenant that He has made. This is the most desirable quality to be found in a man…the same trustworthiness that God has. A liar is a man who cannot be trusted to do as he has said. Better to be a man who is poor because he refuses to compromise the trust that people place in him…than to be a liar who is willing to compromise his trustworthiness to get what he wants.
Proverbs 19:23-When a person worships God with their life…they will sleep securely at night.
Proverbs 19:24-How lazy is a lazy man? So lazy that he will not even lift his own hand to feed himself. In other words, a lazy man will do nothing to help himself. He expects other people to provide for him. He has an attitude of entitlement.
Proverbs 19:25-If you discipline someone who refuses to be obedient to God in order to make him change his way of living…instead of changing, there is a good chance that he will just look for a way to get away with what he is doing. But, if you discipline someone who is living for God, he will listen to you and consider your advice.
Proverbs 19:26-When a man shows disrespect his parents, he brings disrespect on himself.
Proverbs 19:27-If a man refuses to listen to the counsel of others, he will soon begin to fall away from the things he had practiced before hand.
Proverbs 19:28-A “rascally” (good for nothing, evil, unprofitable) person who serves as a witness in a trial shows contempt for justice. This person’s witness is itself a breaking of the law.
Proverbs 19:29-Certain judgment lies in wait in the future of those who show contempt for wisdom and are disobedient.
Proverbs 20:1-Men think that they can drink alcoholic beverages and not be affected…but that is not so. It is not wise to be “intoxicated” (this word means to be led astray, to wander) by alcoholic beverages. A wise man maintains control over his life.
Proverbs 20:2-Don’t make the national leader angry. It could be dangerous to your life because he has great power.
Proverbs 20:3-A man who does not allow himself to be caught up in senseless arguing will be respected by others. They know that it doesn’t take much intelligence to argue just for the sake of argument.
Proverbs 20:4-Because a lazy man will not work to earn a living…he winds us begging for money from others just to survive.
Proverbs 20:5-It can sometimes be difficult to determine what choice we should make about important decisions. We should give careful thought to what we intend to do because it will have a long-term affect on our lives.
Proverbs 20:6-Almost everyone will initially promise to be loyal. But when things become difficult it is hard to find someone who will remain loyal.
Proverbs 20:7-A man who is obedient to God not only says that he is, but he lives that way, as well. Sons are blessed to have this man for a father.
Proverbs 20:8-When a national leader is obedient to God…he won’t give evil so much as a second thought.
Proverbs 20:9-We fool ourselves if we think that sin has absolutely no affect on us.
Proverbs 20:10-God deplores dishonesty in business.
Proverbs 20:11-A young man will be thought of highly if he is obedient to God.
Proverbs 20:12-God has given us the ability to gain wisdom through the things that we see and the things that we hear.
Proverbs 20:13-If you sleep in late all of the time…you will lose the opportunity to make a good living. Get up and go to work and you will be satisfied with what you produce.
Proverbs 20:14-A purchasing agent will try to make your produce look unacceptable so that you will lower your price. Then, after he has left he will tell his friends that he beat you down on the price and got a great deal.
Proverbs 20:15-The most valuable thing in life is to have a friend who gives you good advice.
Proverbs 20:16-If you are going to be a cosigner on a financial deal for someone…you had better get some kind of collateral from him.
Proverbs 20:17-When someone gains something by scamming another person…he is proud of his actions. However, after a while it is not as pleasing to him.
Proverbs 20:18-When you are about to make major decisions…seek advice from other people that you can trust.
Proverbs 20:19-There are some people that spend their time talking about the private matters of other people. Stay away from them.
Proverbs 20:20-A son who is disrespectful to his parents will eventually suffer the consequences. Here, the idea of a “lamp” going out, is a visual picture describing a life coming to an end.
Proverbs 20:21-If you spend all of the inheritance that you received when you first get it…then you will have nothing to live on later.
Proverbs 20:22-When someone hurts you, do not try to hurt them back. Let God take care of the matter and it will keep you from doing something that you end up having to pay for.
Proverbs 20:23-cf. 20:10
Proverbs 20:24-Our life is in the hands of a sovereign God. There are some things that He knows that are beyond my comprehension. But there is peace in knowing that He knows.
Proverbs 20:25-We should not dedicate something to God (for His use) and then change our mind.
Proverbs 20:26-The word “winnows” refers to the process of separating seed from chaff (pieces of inedible leaf that surround the seed). First, a stalk of grain is threshed…run over with a wheel to cause the seed to fall off. Then, because there is chaff mixed in with the seed…it is thrown into the air. The chaff, that is lighter, is blown away and the seed falls to the ground. This process of separating the seed from the chaff is winnowing. Here, it says that a wise king separates out the wicked…he identifies who they are. Then, he “drives the threshing wheel over them”…meaning that he punishes them.
Proverbs 20:27-God uses our conscience to reveal sin…even that which we have tried to bury and hide.
Proverbs 20:28-If a national leader wants to lead well and for a long time…he should build his reputation and policies on integrity.
Proverbs 20:29-While a young man is shown respect if he has strong muscles…an older man is shown respect if he has “gray hair” (a symbol of wisdom).
Proverbs 20:30-Physical discipline for wrong doing may make a man give careful consideration to his behavior and change his ways.
Prayer: Father, help me to live a life of integrity. A consistent, dependable manner of living that gives others confidence that I can be trusted. Please help me to be an exemplary model of what it means to be righteous…to live in faithful obedience to You.