Proverbs 10

Proverbs of Solomon (10:1–32)

Verse 13: This proverb contrasts the discerning person with the person who lacks judgment; the latter will experience the rod of discipline and punishment.

Verse 16: This proverb is a source for two important New Testament teachings (see Romans 6:23; Galatians 6:7–8). The proverb shows us that what happens to us in life is usually the result of moral choices we make. Let us not be quick to blame external circumstances or other people for our troubles; most likely, we have brought our troubles on ourselves.44

Verse 19: It is always better to speak less and listen more. Listening is a sign of wisdom; chattering (verses 8,10) is a sign of foolishness. We would sin less with our tongue if we could “hold” it better! Furthermore, people often try to cover up a sin with many words; be wary of the one who talks too much.

Verse 23: A person’s character is revealed by the things he finds pleasure in.

Verse 24: What the wicked dreads is exposure, shame, and punishment; these things will one day overtake him. On the other hand, what the righteous desire will be granted (see Matthew 5:6).

Verse 25: The wicked are swept away, but the righteous stand firm forever (see 1 John 2:17).

Verse 26: The sluggard is an irritant to hard-working people, especially if one has to send him on an errand (see Proverbs 6:6–11).

Verse 29: Here the expression way of the LORD refers to His law and His administration of justice; it is a refuge for the righteous and the ruin of the unrighteous.

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