12. Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
[A] Hatred - What is hatred? First
 First lets define what Hate is?
[a] Hate is the absence of all love.
[b] Hate is the opposite of love
[c] When one hates, they have hatred in their heart
[a] Hatred is a intense hostility and aversion towards something
[c] To have hatred one could care less about someone or something
[d] When one hates, they desire to destroy what they hate whether it is man,
beast or an inanimate object
 Love on the other hand
[a] Desires the best for the one they love
[b] Desires to see the person or thing they love make it
[c] Love makes one want to protect instead of hurt
[B] Hatred stirs up strife
 It stands to reason that hatred would cause strife
[a] When one hates, they look for ways to hurt others
[b] When one hates, they are full of evil and malice
 Not only does hatred stir up strife with others
[a] It causes strife in ones’ own heart
[b] It makes one suffer in their heart and in their mind
[c] It makes one very unhappy
[C] Love covers all sins
 This is an interesting statement, what does it mean?
[a] When one has love in their heart, they hardly noticed when someone else
does something wrong
[b] When one has love, they have forgiveness for others
 This does not mean that having love will make you clean of your sins, instead it
means with love in your heart you will not commit sins against others in the first place
13. In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is
void of understanding.
[A] Wisdom and grace are the honor of good men and women
[B] He that has understanding,
[a] Those who understand the commandments of God
[b] Wisdom is found in his lips, through the words he ore she speaks
[c] Out of the abundance of the heart, through his words one can see his treasure, and it is
derived thence for the benefit of others.
[C] It is a man's honor to have wisdom, but much more to be instrumental to make others wise.
[D] Folly and sin are the shame of bad men
 A rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding--of him that has no heart
 He exposes his own conscience by the use of his tongue
14. Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
[A] Wise men lay up knowledge
 A Wise man is a listener, instead of a talker.
 He lays up wisdom, in order to have it when he needs it.
[B] The mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
 The foolish talk all the time, but have nothing to say
 They have nothing to say because they have no knowledge in their heart
15. Rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
[A] Rich people think themselves happy because they are rich; but it is their mistake
 The rich man's wealth is, in his own conceit is his strong city, whereas the worst of evils it
is too weak and utterly insufficient to protect them from.
 Riches does not necessarily make you strong, more often than not, riches make you weak
 The rich trust in their riches, instead of trusting God
[B] Poor people think themselves undone because they are poor; but it is their mistake
 The destruction of the poor is their poverty; it sinks their spirits, and ruins all their
 A man may live very comfortably, though he has but a little to live on, if he be but content,
and keep a good conscience, and live by faith.
 If the poor place their trust in God, and forgets their poverty they will find that they are
rich beyond measure,
[C] So basically what verse fifteen is saying is:
 The Rich err because they place their trust in riches, whereas if they placed their faith in
God and forgot the riches, God would protect them and give them all they need. This
is their mistake
 The poor err by feeling sorry for themselves, and in not trusting God to supply all their
needs, and believing that they are in good hands. All they can see is their poverty, and
common sense tells them that they will not survive with no money, and no material
 The bottom line is, money is the issue for both, one has too much and one too little
 The end result is the same for both
[a] The rich trust their money and don’t need God
[b] The poor bemoan not having money, and fail to trust God, or maybe even turn
away from God blaming him for their poverty
[c] Both have the same opportunity to be truly rich, by turning their heart to God and
placing all their trust in him
16. The labor of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
[A] The labor of the righteous
 The good man works so that he can support life this is his first object
 Secondly, the good man works to have something to divide with the poor
[B] The fruit of the wicked to sin.
 The wicked man lives to eat and drink,
 Instead of helping others, he spends in riot and excess
 God's blessings are cursed to him.
Proverbs 10: 17
17. He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
[A] He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction
 The truly religious person accumulates knowledge that he may the better know how to live
 He or she is concerned about learning as much as they can from the bible, so that they
might live pleasing to Go
 They study and strive to learn what they are to do, and what they are not to do.
 Not only do they want to please God, they desire to do good among men according to the
teaching of God.
 He that diligently seeks to learn and to live according to God’s will, will find that he is
happier, and that the blessings of God are poured out on him.
[B] He that refuseth reproof erreth
 Those who refuse to seek the will of God, and whom seek to live for their own pleasure
will find that they do not prosper nor do they find peace in their heart
 One of the great problems in the world today is people thinking they do not need God,
thinking they can live by their own understanding instead of thus saith the Lord. As a
result they miss many of the blessings and pleasures that God would bestow on them
were they seeking him and his will for their life.
18. He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
[A] To hate someone and than lie about it is to make one a fool
 It’s easy to deny what one is really feeling, and to keep it inside, even so, trying to cover
hatred with lies will eat away at ones conscious and destroy you
 To continue to hate is to show a lack of Godliness in one’s life.
 To hat and lie about it is only deceiving one’s self
 Unfortunately there are many who hate and refuse to forgive, or to seek God’s help in
Overcoming their hatred.
[a] They refuse even to admit it to God
[b] They refuse to acknowledge that they are sinning by hating
[c] They in turn, choose to be eaten up inside, and condemn themselves to hell
because they refuse to love
[B] He that uttereth a slander, is a fool
 We determined at an earlier time that a fool is one who says there is no God
 One who uttered lies is a fool
[a] This is slightly different than the definition we seen earlier yet the same principle
[b] Satan is the author of all lies and it is he who entices those who lie to do so
[c] The worst lies is those lies which are lies to God, when one claims he or she is OK
when in truth they are sinners. God knows the heart, therefore for one to lie to
God makes them a fool
[d] Revelation 21:8
8. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and
whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their
part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second
19. In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
[A] I like the way the Bible in Basic English translation states this verse
 Where there is much talk there will be no end to sin, but he who keeps his mouth shut does
 When one is trying to cover their sin, they often will try to cover it with much talking
[a] They tell a lie
[b] Than tell other lies to cover those lies
 Even when one is not trying to cover sin, their need or desire to talk a all the time, can lead
to telling falsehoods, just to have something to talk about.
[a] They often speak without thinking of what they are saying
[b] They often speak and realize afterwards they should have refrained from speaking,
but than it is too late
[B] He that refraineth his lips is wise.
 Those who think before they speak, who refrained from speaking are wise.
 I admire someone who thinks about what they are going to say before they speak
20. The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
[A] The tongue of the just is as choice silver
 When a righteous man speaks, the words that come forth from his mouth are words that
can be trusted
 Psalms 12:6
6. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth,
purified seven times
[a] This is how the words of the righteous are to be, as the words of the Lord, honest
just and truthful
 It is often said of someone who is a good talker, that they have a silver tongue, but
biblically, someone with a silver tongue is someone who talks in truthfulness, from a
[B] The heart of the wicked is little worth
 Whereas a righteous man can always be trusted, a wicked man’s words are worth nothing
 When one is determined to be a liar, they can never be trusted