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A farmer who tilleth his land and works hard day after day will have plenty of good. On the other hand a man who lives in a dream world either physically or mentally and does not get his work done shows a lack of judgment (v. 11).
Things that wicked people accumulate by devious means often are desired by other wicked people. The wicked feed on one another as they are caught in the net of their own evil nature. In contrast to this, a righteous man is like a plant whose secure root causes it to be green and to bear fruit. He is known for the production of fruit without the infliction of injury on others (v. 12).
The wicked man is trapped by his own words which are the product of an evil heart (v. 13). His speech which is designed to injure others is like a boomerang which eventually comes back at him with devastating consequences. The righteous man avoids these consequences by being careful in his speech. It is certainly true that what a man sows he will reap.
Two contrasts are given between a fool and a wise man (vv. 15-16). The fool thinks his way is right and will not listen to the counsel of others. Also when he is angry he immediately shows it. A wise man, in contrast, is open to advice and does not get upset by insults. He exercises self-control and waits for the proper moment to confront the offender.
LEARN FROM OTHERS MISTAKES RATHER THAN MAKING THEM ALL OUR SELF.
I can think of situations in my life when I spoke too quickly and too sharply? When I am in a similar situation in the future I need to handle it differently.
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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
Proverbs 15:1-5Choose Gentle Words
Proverbs 15:6-11Refusal to Take Correction Brings Discipline
Proverbs 15:12-15We Feed What Our Heart Craves
Proverbs 15:16-22Love is More Important Than Riches
Proverbs 15:23-27Wise Leaders Always Seek Advice
Proverbs 15:28-33The Righteous Weighs His Words Carefully