Proverbs 28:1-The wicked person is always looking over his shoulder…afraid that at any moment he will be caught. But the righteous person has nothing that he has done wrong…so he can relax and not be afraid.
Proverbs 28:2-If a nation is evil…it will take many people to try to keep it under control if they don’t have wisdom. However, a wise leader can stabilize it.
Proverbs 28:3-It is the height of absurdity when poor people oppress other poor people.
Proverbs 28:4-Those people who are unwilling to be obedient to God establish a setting in which wicked people will flourish. Those who are obedient to God oppose wicked people.
Proverbs 28:5-Evil men don’t understand why they should be punished for the wrong they have done. But those who are obedient to God understand it completely.
Proverbs 28:6-It is better to be poor and righteous...than wealthy and unrighteous.
Proverbs 28:7-A son brings either honor, or dishonor, to his father…depending on the decisions he makes.
Proverbs 28:8-The man who swindles the poor…will eventually give up what he has taken to a just man who will help the poor.
Proverbs 28:9-The man who is disobedient to God and sins...his prayer will be unacceptable to God.
Proverbs 28:10-The man who has a negative influence on righteous people…will eventually be caught by his own evil scheme. But the righteous will be blessed.
Proverbs 28:11-A man who is rich and tries to take advantage of other people thinks that he is getting away with it. However, though a man is poor, if he has understanding, he will see right through him.
Proverbs 28:12-Righteous people are a blessing to others. Wicked people cause such problems for other people…that they hide from them.
Proverbs 28:13-If a man tries to hide his sin, God will not bless him. But, if he confesses them (agrees with God that they are sin) and forsakes them (stops practicing it), then he will experience the compassion of God.
Proverbs 28:14-A man is blessed if he always fears sin and does not participate in it. But a man who refuses to recognize sin will become involved in it and suffer.
Proverbs 28:15-A wicked ruler causes great problems for the people he rules.
Proverbs 28:16-A leader who oppresses the people that he leads does not understand the purpose of his position. The leader who will not participate in any unjust matter will have a long time in office.
Proverbs 28:17-If a man commits murder, he will suffer the consequences his entire life. No one is to give him help.
Proverbs 28:18-A righteous man will find help. But a wicked man will have no one to help him.
Proverbs 28:19-If you refuse to work and become caught up in other activities…you will wind up in poverty.
Proverbs 28:20-If you work diligently, your work will pay off. But, if you get caught into a “get-rich-quick-scheme”…you will face the consequences.
Proverbs 28:21-It is not good to treat people differently. Some of them can be bought off for almost nothing.
Proverbs 28:22-The words “evil eye” speak of a person who is looking for ways to gain wealth that are illegal, against the law. The person who breaks the law will eventually be held accountable to the law.
Proverbs 28:23-It is better to be honest with someone and tell them that they are wrong…than to try and cover up what they are doing. Even though the person may not initially appreciate it…in the end, it will prove to be more advantageous.
Proverbs 28:24-Some people think that just because they are dealing with family…they can do whatever they please and there is nothing wrong with it. Before long, this attitude of denying culpability will begin to apply to people he is not related to, as well.
Proverbs 28:25-A man who thinks that he can make up his own laws will bring difficulty on everyone else. But, a man who is obedient to God’s laws will be blessed.
Proverbs 28:26-A man who thinks that he knows everything is foolish. But, the person who is obedient to God will avoid many pitfalls.
Proverbs 28:27-A person who is willing to help the helpless, will be helped when he has need. But, the person who ignores the pleas of the helpless, will find that no one will help him when he has need.
Proverbs 28:28-The wicked may be in control for a while and the righteous will stay away. But the wicked will die…and the righteous will endure.
Proverbs 29:1-A man may ignore the advice of people many times. But the time will come when he will have ignored them so much that it will be virtually impossible for him to change.
Proverbs 29:2-When there are many righteous people in a community it brings joy. When there are many wicked people it causes distress.
Proverbs 29:3-A man can make his father happy or sad…depending on the decisions he makes.
Proverbs 29:4-A national leader helps a country to be stable. But a national leader who lacks integrity causes it to become weak.
Proverbs 29:5-A man who is always flattering people is using his words to catch them.
Proverbs 29:6-An evil man will be caught by his own actions. But a righteous man has no such worries.
Proverbs 29:7-A righteous man looks out for the welfare of others. The wicked man could care less for others.
Proverbs 29:8-People who have no respect for what is right cause harm to the entire community. A smart man will have nothing to do with them.
Proverbs 29:9-When a smart man tries to have an equitable settlement with a foolish man…the foolish man will either respond in anger, or, he will laugh at the efforts of the smart man. In the end, nothing will be accomplished.
Proverbs 29:10-Evil people despise those who are “blameless” (this word means morally upright, wholesome, innocent, ethically pure). Good people are “concerned” (this word means to seek out, to find) to protect his life.
Proverbs 29:11-A wise man has self-control…but a fool has no control.
Proverbs 29:12-The leaders of a nation will follow their national leader.
Proverbs 29:13-The words “light to the eyes” speaks of the fact that God gives life. Here, it says that God gives life to all men…regardless of their status. So, all men are accountable to Him.
Proverbs 29:14-A national leader will make the nation strong if he is a man of integrity who uses God’s truth as his guide.
Proverbs 29:15-When a child is disciplined he learns that there is right and there is wrong. If he is never disciplined he will not learn this and one day he will do something wrong that will bring shame on his family.
Proverbs 29:16-When there are many wicked people then wickedness will increase. However, it won’t last forever, and the righteous will prevail.
Proverbs 29:17-When your child does wrong…show him where he is wrong and what he should do that is right. He will grow to be a man who is obedient to God and this will bring happiness to you.
Proverbs 29:18-If people have not been instructed in God’s law then they do not know how to live in a manner that is pleasing to Him. A man will be happy when he knows God’s law and practices it.
Proverbs 29:19-Some people need more than just an explanation in order for them to be obedient.
Proverbs 29:20-Don’t speak suddenly without giving careful consideration to your words. Once you have said them…you cannot take them back. If you speak incorrectly…it can cause you great problems.
Proverbs 29:21-The word “pamper” means “to indulge, to treat delicately”. It is possible that this means that if you let a slave get away with anything he wants to, beginning in childhood, by the time he is an adult he will be out of control.
Proverbs 29:22-A person who has no self-control causes problems for other people.
Proverbs 29:23-Notice that it says that a man’s pride “will bring him low”…suggesting that the man is actually doing this to himself. But, a man who is humble will “obtain honor”…suggesting that others are doing this to him. If we do well…it will be recognized by other people and we will be respected by them. We don’t need to try to bring recognition to ourself.
Proverbs 29:24-A person who becomes involved with an evil man despises what he is doing. He knows what the evil man is planning but is afraid to do anything about it.
Proverbs 29:25-Fear of man will result in downfall. But fear of God will result in being blessed.
Proverbs 29:26-The wicked and the righteous do not like each other.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that the righteous in our community will both grow in number and will prosper. Help Your people to be the influence that You want us to be in the world. Help us to live in a manner that brings glory to You and shows those that don’t know You how much You love and care for Your children.