Proverbs 13:1-We should listen closely to the teaching of our father. The suggestion here could be that a “wise son” listens when his father first corrects him when he is wrong. But a son who is a “scoffer” does not do so…the word “rebuke” suggests that the father has given an even more intense form of correction…the “scoffer” doesn’t respond to instruction, or to rebuke.
מוּסָר mûwçâr, moo-sawr'; from H3256; properly, chastisement; figuratively, reproof, warning or instruction; also restraint:—bond, chastening(-eth), chastisement, check, correction, discipline, doctrine, instruction, rebuke.
גְּעָרָה gᵉʻârâh, gheh-aw-raw'; from H1605; a chiding:—rebuke(-ing), reproof.
Proverbs 13:2-Our words have power…resulting in good or bad.
Proverbs 13:3-We should be careful about what we say.
Proverbs 13:4-A person who is lazy wants to have a lot, but doesn’t get it. But a person who is willing to work will benefit from their labor.
Proverbs 13:5-A righteous person has nothing to do with “falsehood” (deception, lying, fraud). But a wicked man has no problem acting “disgustingly” (this word literally means to stink, to smell bad…suggesting that this person makes them self to be offensive, to have an evil nature) and behaving “shamefully” (to act in such a way as to cause embarrassment, and to bring reproach on themselves). The wicked man does not care what others think of him.
Proverbs 13:6-The lifestyle that we choose to live by (whether it be righteousness or wickedness) will in turn have an affect on us…leading us to be even further involved in that lifestyle.
Proverbs 13:7-True wealth is not in what you have, but in who you are.
Proverbs 13:8-Being rich has its own set of problems. If you are rich, then there is the chance that someone will try to take your riches from you. However, if you are poor, then you don’t have to worry about that.
Proverbs 13:9-Righteous people give off light (joy) that benefits others. But the wicked have nothing to offer.
Proverbs 13:10-Those who assume that they already know everything will be disappointed with what they receive. But those who are willing to listen to others will benefit from their advice.
Proverbs 13:11-If you gain wealth by fraud, eventually the scam will run its course and leave you with nothing. But, if you learn how to be productive, you will always have a source of income.
Proverbs 13:12-When you hope, or long, for something and it is “deferred” (this word means that something is drawn out for a long time)…you become disappointed and discouraged. But when our desires are met…it gives strength.
Proverbs 13:13-If we ignore what God says…it will cost us. But, if we keep God’s word there is a blessing.
Proverbs 13:14-Wise teaching gives us a good life and protects us from those things that threaten us.
Proverbs 13:15-If we have a “good understanding” of how God wants us to live life…it makes life easier. But if we choose to live differently…it makes life difficult.
Proverbs 13:16-A “prudent” (having good sense, being cautious) man gives careful consideration to his actions. But a fool could care less.
Proverbs 13:17-Someone who misrepresents the truth will bring trouble on himself. But someone who is faithful to the truth will be blessed.
Proverbs 13:18-If we refuse to listen to those who try to help us it will have bad consequences. But, if we listen to the wisdom of others, we will be blessed.
Proverbs 13:19-It is wonderful when we gain something we desire. But fools are so set on their wickedness that they won’t stop it, even if doing so would be beneficial.
Proverbs 13:20-The people you spend time with will have an affect on you.
Proverbs 13:21-The way that you live will have an affect on you.
Proverbs 13:22-A good man will leave a blessing for his descendants to inherit. But the wicked man’s wealth will not go to his descendants, but to the descendants of the righteous man.
Proverbs 13:23-A poor person’s land may have much potential, but often, due to injustice, he never benefits from it.
Proverbs 13:24-Parents who love their children will provide consistent discipline.
Proverbs 13:25-A righteous person is satisfied with what they have. But the wicked person always wants more.
Proverbs 14:1-The way that a woman lives will either build up or tear down her own family.
Proverbs 14:2-We show what we believe about God by how we live.
Proverbs 14:3-Our words reveal the true nature of our hearts…and stand as a witness either for, or against us.
Proverbs 14:4-As someone has said,
There is no milk without some manure. Some disturbance is the price of growth and accomplishment.
(The Ryrie Study Bible, footnote on 14:4, p. 956)
Proverbs 14:5-Regardless of the situation, people will generally stay true to their nature…whether good, or bad.
Proverbs 14:6-For the person who refuses to believe, even when he hears the truth it will not make sense. But the person who believes will easily understand the truth when he hears it.
Proverbs 14:7-If you remain long in the presence of a fool, he will begin to influence the way that you think.
Proverbs 14:8-A thoughtful person will be aware that the decisions he makes will have an affect on his life. But the fool thinks that he can do whatever he pleases and never have to face the consequences.
Proverbs 14:9-A foolish person makes light of sin and guilt. But a person of morals acknowledges his sin and seeks reconciliation.
Proverbs 14:10-There are several different possible interpretations of this verse as seen in various translations. First: No one else truly knows the pains and the joys that a person has better than he does (cf. NIV). Second: If a person is unwilling to share in a person’s sorrows, he should not expect to be allowed to share in their joys (cf. Message). Third: When a person is experiencing sorrow, it does no good for someone else to try and cheer them up by telling of their joy (cf. KJV).
Proverbs 14:11-There is no escaping the outcome of our behavior.
Proverbs 14:12-We should be careful of the decisions that we make. If we make the wrong one it could be devastating.
Proverbs 14:13-You can try to ignore sorrow by covering it up with laughter…but it will only bring temporary relief.
Proverbs 14:14-You can choose whether, or not, to be obedient to God. But in doing so, you are also choosing the consequences that have already been determined by God.
Proverbs 14:15-Some people will believe anything they hear. But a smart person gives careful consideration to what he is told.
Proverbs 14:16-A wise man does not involve himself in evil. But a foolish man thinks that he can be involved and not suffer.
Proverbs 14:17-A man with uncontrolled temper acts without thinking about what the outcome might be. Because of this other people want nothing to do with him.
Proverbs 14:18-Foolish actions lead to more foolishness. But a thoughtful person learns from each experience.
Proverbs 14:19-Eventually, the lifestyle of the good and righteous will prove to be superior to the evil and wicked.
Proverbs 14:20-Everybody wants to be your friend if you have lots of money.
Proverbs 14:21-You will be blessed if you help those who are in need. It is a sin to do otherwise.
Proverbs 14:22-Nothing good will come out of evil behavior. But those who are good will be blessed.
Proverbs 14:23-It’s not enough to just talk about what needs to be done. You’ve got to do it if you expect to benefit from it. There comes a time when you stop talking and start working.
Proverbs 14:24-You will get out of life what you put into it.
Proverbs 14:25-A witness can either save lives by being truthful, or destroy lives by being deceitful.
Proverbs 14:26-When we respect God we can be confident that He will take care of us as His children.
Proverbs 14:27-When we respect God we are living according to His pattern for a blessed life. In doing so, we will avoid many of the dangers of life.
Proverbs 14:28-Loyal followers are the mark of a good leader. A leader is not a leader if no one is following.
Proverbs 14:29-If you can control your temper it is a sign that you are a wise person. But if you cannot control your temper, others think that you are a fool.
Proverbs 14:30-If you have peace of mind it has a positive benefit on your health. But if you have uncontrolled emotions…it will negatively affect every area of your life.
Proverbs 14:31-Since God is the creator of all people (even the poor), the way we treat them is an indicator of our feelings towards God, Himself.
Proverbs 14:32-When we die, the actions of our life will be judged…and that will determine our eternal destiny.
Proverbs 14:33-Wisdom is evident in the lives of those who are obedient. And even in the lives of people who are foolish and refuse to be obedient…the reality of wisdom is still evident. The negative outcome of their lives is proof of the truth of wisdom.
Proverbs 14:34-A nation that is obedient to God will be made stronger. But when a nation is disobedient to God…is setting itself up for trouble.
Proverbs 14:35-National rulers should favor those who are obedient to God and punish those who refuse to do so.
Prayer: Lord, as I read these many, many different situations of life…I have become aware that You expect righteousness in all of them. Not just the big items. Not just the public items. Not just the “spiritual” items. But You expect me to live in a righteous manner in every emotion, every attitude, every decision, every action of my life. Lord, that’s tough. On top of that…I confess that I am pretty adept at convincing myself that I am being righteous…even when down deep inside there is something (Someone) that keeps saying something quite different. Please, help me, Lord. I cannot be what You demand of me. It is too much. I am completely undone. Holy Spirit…I submit my life to You. Give me the wisdom, the strength, whatever is necessary…to be the man that You would have me to be.