Proverbs 21:1-National leaders should be submissive to the will of God.
Proverbs 21:2-Men always think that what they are doing is right. But the Lord knows the true reasons.
Proverbs 21:3-God would rather that we do what is right, than go through the motions of religious behavior.
Proverbs 21:4-Arrogance and an over inflated ego are sure signs of a sinful attitude.
Proverbs 21:5-We should think carefully about what we do...and not just respond hastily…because a wrong decision can be very costly.
Proverbs 21:6-When a person tries to get rich by deceit…he is setting a trap for himself.
Proverbs 21:7-People who refuse to obey the law and act violently will not be able to escape judgment for their actions.
Proverbs 21:8-You can identify whether a man is righteous in his heart, or unrighteous, by the way he lives.
Proverbs 21:9-Contention in a marriage causes so many problems…that it is better to live in a tiny space, than to live in a house with a contentious (causing discord, strife) spouse (cf. :19).
Proverbs 21:10-A wicked person has no respect for anyone…not even his neighbor.
Proverbs 21:11-A naïve person (someone who is simple, open-minded) has the possibility to learn from both the punishment of someone who is disobedient as well as the instruction of someone who is wise.
Proverbs 21:12-This verse generally has two suggested interpretations. First: A person who is righteous will observe what a wicked person intends to do and see through its deception…undoing what they have planned. Second: The words “righteous one” are a reverence to God, Himself. So, it might be read…”The Righteous One knows what the wicked have planned and will judge them.”
Proverbs 21:13-We should help others when they have a need. If we refuse to do so…then we should not expect help when we cry out.
Proverbs 21:14-This proverb does not encourage bribery…but, it states a common fact of life…that sometimes a person’s anger will go away if they are presented with a peace offering.
Proverbs 21:15-Justice is a good thing for those that are righteous. It is the wicked who don't want it.
Proverbs 21:16-The ultimate destination for a person who is disobedient to God is the place of the dead.
Proverbs 21:17-If you prioritize the party life over working…then it will lead to poverty.
Proverbs 21:18-While in this life it often appears that the righteous are the ones who suffer and the wicked are the ones who benefit…there will come a time when the wicked will be the ones who will suffer, and the righteous will benefit.
Proverbs 21:19-Contention in a marriage causes so many problems…that it is better to live in wide open spaces, than to live in a house with a “contentious” (causing discord, strife) and “vexing” (angry, wrathful) spouse (cf. :9).
Proverbs 21:20-A wise person carefully plans out the use of his resources with the future in mind…but a foolish man uses his resources with no thought for tomorrow.
Proverbs 21:21-You get out of life what you put into it.
Proverbs 21:22-Intelligence is more powerful than brute strength.
Proverbs 21:23-Be careful about what you say...it will keep you from unnecessary trouble.
Proverbs 21:24-A person who has a self-inflated ego will be known as such by other people.
Proverbs 21:25-26-The sluggard (unrighteous) always wants someone to give to him...while the righteous gives to others.
Proverbs 21:27-God knows the heart of every person…and when an evil person brings a sacrifice to Him, He despises it…because it was brought for the wrong reason.
Proverbs 21:28-The life of a person who gives false testimony will come to an end…but the life of a person who tells the truth will live forever.
Proverbs 21:29-A wicked man tries to come across as self-confident in order to gain approval…but a righteous man gains approval by living a good life.
Proverbs 21:30-There is no one who is smarter than God.
Proverbs 21:31-We should do all that we can to prepare for what lies ahead of us in life…but ultimately, God is the One who is in control and has the power necessary for us to have victory.
Proverbs 22:1-It is better to have integrity in the eyes of others, than to not have it and yet be rich.
Proverbs 22:2-God is the creator of all men…no matter what their status may be.
Proverbs 22:3-When a smart man sees trouble coming he does whatever is necessary to avoid it…but a naïve man becomes involved in it and pays the price.
Proverbs 22:4-When a man is obedient to God…he will be rewarded.
Proverbs 22:5-A man who is disobedient will have much difficulty in life…but an obedient man will not be caught up in such difficulties.
Proverbs 22:6-Teach a child how to live an obedient life...he will never be able to escape those lessons.
Proverbs 22:7-In the same way that rich people control poor people…a person who has borrowed money is controlled by the one he borrowed from.
Proverbs 22:8-If you participate in sinful behavior…you will pay the price for participation…and the price will be steep.
Proverbs 22:9-Those that help the poor will be blessed.
Proverbs 22:10-If you want to stop incessant fighting among people…get rid of the person who has no respect for others.
Proverbs 22:11-A national leader respects the person whose motives are uncorrupted and who speaks positively about him.
Proverbs 22:12-The truths that God has established will never change…but He will reveal the incorrect facts of a false teacher.
Proverbs 22:13-A lazy person will go to any extreme to get out of work.
Proverbs 22:14-A person who refuses to listen to God…will be deceived by the words of other people.
Proverbs 22:15-Children don’t know how to behave…and a parent is responsible to teach them.
Proverbs 22:16-If we take advantage of other people in order to benefit ourself…then it will lead to our own demise.
Proverbs 22:17-18-Make every effort to learn how to live an obedient life…it will benefit you to constantly keep what you have learned in mind, so that when the time comes to use those lessons, they will be right at hand.
Proverbs 22:19-21-Solomon says that it was for the benefit of his sons that he has written down all of these practical truths about life. So that they would know for certain how to live.
Proverbs 22:22-23-Do not take advantage of those who cannot fend for themselves. If you do, God will fend for them and He will judge those who have harmed them.
Proverbs 22:24-25-Don't associate with a man with a bad temper...if you do, you might start acting like him.
Proverbs 22:26-27-Don’t put yourself in debt to another person. If you do, and then find that you cannot pay back the debt, then the person may take something valuable from you in payment.
Proverbs 22:28-Don’t try to change the laws that your ancestors have established.
Proverbs 22:29-A man who does his work well, will be well compensated.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to honor You with the way that I work. Help me to do it in such a way that I always remember that I am really working for You.