Proverbs 29

“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back” (Proverbs 29:11). It is the nature of the fool to think that everyone is interested in all of his feelings, and there is some sort of obligation for the fool to reveal to everyone...

Proverbs 28

“Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways” (Proverbs 28:6). There are some who become rich through taking advantage of others financially, with little regard for honesty and fairness. God will protect and be on the side of...

Proverbs 27

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). A piece of iron can sharpen another piece of iron, and it usually happens with striking the pieces together, with friction from one piece to the other, with heat and sparks flying. This is reminiscent of the work done by...

Proverbs 26

“Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly” (Proverbs 26:11). This chapter continues in the nature of the fool and the lazy man. A fool will normally not change his ways unless he has some sort of catastrophic event that causes the change....

Proverbs 25

“Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence, or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, ‘Come up here’, than to be put lower in the presence of a noble” (Proverbs 25:6,7). We should always avoid self-exalting. Even as we humble ourselves...

Proverbs 24

“Do not say, “I will do to him what he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done” (Proverbs 24:29). When we speak against others without cause, the tendency is to exaggerate or bend the truth into something that is more deceptive. This...

Proverbs 23

“Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly.  In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder” (Proverbs 23:31,32). Today’s chapter devotes seven verses to the misery of abusing alcohol. Wine can be pleasing on...

Proverbs 22

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). As any parent knows, children need training. Parents also know that it is their job and responsibility to train their children in the way they should go....

Proverbs 21

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart” (Proverbs 21:2). Our human nature is to justify what we say and do. Sometimes we do this correctly in honest, godly sincerity. But other times we justify with deception and stubborn pride, which...

Proverbs 20

“The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts” (Proverbs 20:27). There are mysteries and specific truths of the inner man in each of us; this is the spirit of man. And this spirit of man is stuff that only the lamp of the...