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Proverbs 14:1-10

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Commentary

By. Glenda Palma©

  1. The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.

One of the fundamental qualities a wise woman needs to develop to build a stable foundation for her family is discernment. Possessing discernment is vital in making good judgment towards a situation. Being provident and selfless are attributes of a sagacious woman. These are essential qualities a wise woman uses to build her household.  Proverbs 31:10-31, Proverbs 24:3

The destruction of a family by a foolish woman comes from her unruly characteristics. This individual’s scarcity of morals causes damage to the foundation of the household. They are irrational, egotistical, and inconsiderate. They cast upon their family affliction and trauma. Their insensitivity blurs their ability to comprehend the damage they cause.  Proverbs 9:13, Proverbs 11:22, Proverbs 30:20

  1. He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.

The kind of fear this verse is teaching us about when it states that those who walk in uprightness fear God, is about having reverence and regard toward Him. It is not speaking about those who are afraid (scared) of Him, as we know that this type of fear brings forth punishment (1 John 4:18), but about those who respect Him.

By our actions, we demonstrate whether we respect the Lord or we despise His Supremacy. Living an ethical life is showing reverence to the Lord. Living an immorally corrupt life shows contempt towards the Lord. James 3:13-18, Titus 1:15-16, Psalm 128:1, 1 John 3:18, James 1:22

  1. In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.

The words of senseless individuals cause them unnecessary conflicts with others. Their words are futile and cause miscommunications. The wise preserve their life by communicating in a clear and respectful manner. Proverbs 18:6, Proverbs 18:7, Proverbs 19:1

  1. Where no oxen are, the [a]trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox.

The purchase and maintenance of oxen for a farmer are expensive; however, the benefits the oxen bring are numerous. By the strength of an ox, the farmer can increase production, reduce their physical workload, and as a result become stronger financially. The advantage of not investing in an ox for the farmer is not having the responsibility to maintain them. The farmer would save money but will not see any notable financial increases as much as he would see if he invests in an ox. A good investment will always bring greater profit, than losses.

When making any decision, it is always wise to not only weigh your financial increases but also to think about how your choices can affect your family’s life. With any decision, we make there is always gains and losses. A prudent individual will assure his family is well taken care of not just financially but will think about how their spiritual life will be affected as well.  (THINK FIRST, PLAN, PREPARE). Proverbs 21:5, Proverbs 13:16, Luke 14:28-30, Proverbs 24:27

  1. A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies.

The integrity of a loyal witness that testifies about a situation or a person will enforce them always to speak the truth. Motivated by corruption, the pretense witness will casually invent lies in any given situation.  Proverbs 21:28, Proverbs 12:17, Proverbs 19:28, Psalm 37:30

  1. A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, But knowledge is easy to him who understands

Scornful individuals resent correction and instruction; they are arrogant and belittle sound doctrine. This self-righteous attitude of a derisive scoffer prevents them from attaining wisdom. Perceptive individuals attain knowledge through receptiveness and humility. The wise follow instruction and acknowledges correction. Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 24:6, Proverbs 9:8

  1. Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.

There is no knowledge to obtain from engaging in a conversation with senseless individuals. Withdrawing from thoughtless discussions will prevent corruption to our moral conduct. Participating in discourses with the foolish will eventually ruin our virtues. 1 Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 13:20, Proverbs 16:28-29, Proverbs 13:20

  1. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit

Understanding our way (lives) is imperative to an individual who desires to be prudent. By focusing solely on our own lives, we learn about the areas in ourselves that need improvement. Concentrating our energy on improving our daily habits is a crucial component of our maturity.  We obtain a better gratification to the qualities we begin to attain from focusing on ourselves; we yearn for attributes that are meaningful (Galatians 55:22-23) to keep growing in us. Psalm 49:3, 2 Corinthians 4:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:21-2, Proverbs 4:7-9, Proverbs 8:11-12, Proverbs 4:7

When we neglect to focus on personal improvement, senseless habits develop in us. We lose appreciation for instruction and discipline and show disdain towards correction. We grow to desire superficial materials more than understanding. Our scarcity of knowledge impairs our reasonable judgment, and we quickly become deceived.   Proverbs 1:7, 1 John 2:16, Mark 7:21-22

  1. Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.

An individual with integrity walks a path that leads them to be successful not necessarily economically, but in their own life. They comprehend the value of life’s blessings and show great appreciation. As a result of their virtuous actions, they receive in return great admiration from those around them and by those relevant to their lives. The person that possesses no integrity will quickly be drawn to sin and easily be overcome by it; they imitate sin with no concern to its consequences in engaging in it.  Their actions are perverse, and they lose sensitivity to sin. Proverbs 21:24, Proverbs 12:2, Isaiah 5:20

  1. The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

Each person is a unique individual; we experience pain and joy differently from one another. Therefore, the profundity of our sorrow and the extent of our happiness will always remain unknown to others. We can sympathize and rejoice with each other, but we will never be able to comprehend entirely what each of our heart feels. Accepting this known reality will prevent us from feeling confused and neglected when we do not receive the recognition or comfort we think we deserve. We can only fully understand what we feel, and never wholly understand someone else’s sentiments. Our Creator searches our heart and is empathetic towards our heart’s pain, but this does not mean He will tolerate sin. As we know our hearts can also be deceiving, and for this reason, we must guard it against evil.  Psalm 73:26, Jeremiah 17:9-11, Proverbs 4:23.

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