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Most of the verses from here to the end of the chapter refer in some way to the rewards of righteous living. It begins with a contrast between men and women. The gracious woman is able to retain honor, whereas the energetic man is able to retain riches (v. 16). It seems that this is pointing to the fact that wealth is very inferior in comparison to honor.
A contrast is made between wicked and righteous living (vv. 17-20). A wicked person receives harm (v. 17), useless money (v. 18), and eventually death (v. 19). Righteous living is rewarded with life and wickedness is rewarded with death (v.19). In other words both wickedness and righteousness benefit the giver.
Even the wages a sinful person earns are deceptive. He thinks his money will help him to get ahead but finds that ultimately it was of no benefit. On the other hand sowing righteousness (right living) and leading a righteous life will reap rewards that are beneficial and lasting. Righteousness leads to a meaningful life, whereas the way of the evil person leads only to death and eternal separation from God. Evil men will not go unpunished but ultimately can expect only frustration and punishment.
I can be sure that people are watching me and the way I live. What do I think they are saying from what they observe? Am I influencing people for good or for bad? A pay day is coming!!
A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches. A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself. The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die. Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD, but those of blameless ways are his delight. Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
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Proverbs 8:1-11Wisdom Offers Her Service to All
Proverbs 8:12-21Characteristics of Wisdom That Can Become Ours
Proverbs 8:22-36The Involvement of Wisdom in Creation
Proverbs 9:1-12The Way of Wisdom
Proverbs 9:13-18The Way of Folly
Proverbs 10:1-10How to Redeem The Time
Proverbs 10:11-16Contrasts in Life
Proverbs 10:17-24Discipline Brings Quality to Life
Proverbs 10:25-32The Contrast of Righteousness And Wickedness
Proverbs 11:1-5The Lord Hates Dishonesty And Pride
Proverbs 11:6-11A Hyprocrite is Ready to Falsely Accuse
Proverbs 11:12-15A Discussion of Community Relationships
Proverbs 11:16-21Wealth is Very Inferior to Honor
Proverbs 11:22-25All we Really Have is What we Give
Proverbs 11:26-31Only The Righteous Have a Secure Future
Proverbs 12:1-5Right Thoughts Result in Right Actions
Proverbs 12:6-10Our Chief Aim Should Be to Build Others up
Proverbs 12:11-16Wicked Words Are The Product of An Evil Heart
Proverbs 12:17-22Careless Words Are Harmful
Proverbs 12:20-28A Contrast Between Diligence And Laziness
Proverbs 13:1-5Our Speech Should be Uplifting
Proverbs 13:6-13Pride Causes Us to Be Contentious
Proverbs 13:11-15Following Instruction Will Spare You Sorrow
Proverbs 13:14-20Friends Will Take You Up or Down
Proverbs 13:21-25When Genuine Love is Questionable
Proverbs 14:1-5No Work Means No Harvest
Proverbs 14:6-12Fools Think Their Ways Are Right
Proverbs 14:13-17Failing to Live by The Truth of God’s Word
Proverbs 14:18-23It’s Important to Listen to Instruction
Proverbs 14:24-29A Bad Temper is a Sign of Weakness
Proverbs 14:30-35Emotions Effect Our Physical Conditon