10. When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is
11. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
[A] Good people are generally well-beloved by their neighbors
 The good people are loved because they show love
 Godly - God fearing folks help others and do good to them
 The Goodly people stand up for right and act on the behalf of others
[B] As a whole very few people cares for a wicked person.
 Wicked people are not loved, because they do not show love
 The wicked usually only care about themselves
 The wicked could care less for what is happening to others, they care only about
12. He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
13. A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
[A] Silence is recommended as an true friendship,
 A man of understanding, a man of wisdom -
[a] Has rule over his own spirit,
[b] If provoked he holds his peace,
[c] He does not give vent to his passion
[d] He does not try to kindle the passion of others with his peevish reflections.
 A man of understanding holds his peace, and tries to get others to hold theirs as well
 He that is of a faithful spirit, shows sincerity.
[a] This is true to his own promise
[b] It is true to the interest of his friend
[c] He , conceals matters which, if divulged, may cause his neighbor hurt or anger
[B] This prudent friendly concealment is is opposed to two very bad vices of the tongue
 Speaking scornfully of a man to his face
[a] He that is void of wisdom discovers his folly thus
[1-a] He despises his neighbor, calls a fool at the least provocation, and
tramples upon him every chance he has
[2-a] When he undervalues someone who is made from the same mould he
undervalues himself also.
 Speaking spitefully of a man behind his back
[a] A tale-bearer carries stories he picks up from house to house, to make mischief and
[b] He reveals secrets he has been entrusted with, and forfeits all his privileges, of
friendship and conversation.
14. Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
[A] Where no counsel is, the people fall
 A country without leadership is soon to fall.
 When you have a group of people and no-one to guide them, they fall into a state
[a] Each person wants to do their own thing
[b] Everyone wants to be in charge.
[c] There is no set of rules
 This is really what is happening in the church and in our country today
[a] We have too many people who want their own way,
[b] Everyone wants to make their own rules
[c] As a result, there is confusion.
 God has been taken out of the school, the government and even the church to the extent
that we are slowly crumbling and soon I fear, we will fall apart
[B] In the multitude of counselors there is safety
 In times past, there was a multitude of counselors,
 Our government, our schools, and the family units were all under the guidance and
direction of God and his Holy Word
[a] Regardless of where you were, almost everyone believed about the same things,
and had the same basic values
[b] At that time our children were watched by their neighbors,
[c] Children were corrected by any adult they met
[d] Our country, our homes and our churches were strong.
[e] There was safety
15. He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
[A] He that refuses to sign a note for a stranger is smart
 When one signs a note, he places himself and everything God has given him on the line,
 If the stranger forfeits on the note, and refused to pay, you will pay for him possibly losing
what you have been allowed to have.
[B] He that hateth suretiship is sure
 The person who hates putting himself into a position where he could lose what he has is
smart, and will retain what he has been given
[C] One must remember
 God told the Israelites when they loaned someone something, they were not to expect it
 Secondly, when God gave the Children of Israel their land, they were to keep in in their
[a] It was not to be sold
[b] It could be sold for a period of time, but every seventh year, it had to be returned to
the original owner.
[c] To put your land up for collateral for someone could possibly cause you to lose that
land forever, therefore they would have been breaking God’s law
16. A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
[A] A gracious woman retaineth honour
 A gracious woman works hard to have a good reputation
 She is careful to do noting that people can ridicule her about
 She is graceful in all here ways, and is a woman who deserves respect
[B] Strong men retain riches
 Just as a strong man retains his riches - so a gracious woman retained her honor
 Just as strong men are to secure their estates - a gracious women is secure in their honor
by their prudence and good conduct.
[C] It takes a strong man to retain his riches,
 He must be strong in keeping it instead of spending it
 He must be strong so that others do not take it from him
[D] It takes a strong woman to remain honorable and gracious
 She must be strong so as not to allow herself slip and do or say things she does not want to
do or say
 She must be strong so no-one can harm her reputation in any way
17. The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
[A] The merciful man doeth good to his own soul
 It only stands to reason that a merciful man has a clear conscious and is happy with
 A merciful man is a kind, compassionate man, who is a give instead of a taker
 He is a man who helps his fellowmen and as a result everyone loves him
 He is a blessing to his own flesh - his own family because others tell them what a
wonderful man he is
[B] He that is cruel troubleth his own flesh
 A Cruel man is not only a trouble to himself, he is a trouble to his family
 People does not like to be around someone who is cruel
 Neighbors and friends are weary of him
 The family is pities instead of loved
 For the most part, the family is ashamed of the cruel person
18. The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure
[A] The wicked works a deceitful work
 They build their house upon the sand
 When the storms of life come he falls apart and everything he has falls with him
 He thinks by his wealth and power he has it made, and will never have problems
 His deceitfulness eventually cuts his throat as it smiles at him.
 Even if the man in his deceit has great rewards on this earth, in the end he will have
nothing, and will lose his reward
[B] He that sows righteousness shall be a sure reward
 The righteous sow good seek
 He makes it his business to do good, with an eye on his future reward
Even if the man on earth fails, he still has his eternal reward
19. As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
[A] To live a holy righteous like is to live a happy life
 As one draws nearer to God, their hear is filled with joy
 The closer to God one comes, and the holier they live, the more blessings God pours out
 The nearer to God one is, the happier and more fulfilled one becomes.
 Righteousness inclines, and leads, the soul to life.
[B] Those who indulge in sin are fitting themselves for destruction.
 The more violent a man is in sinful pursuits
[a] The more bent he is upon his own destruction
 Evil has a way of getting hold of a person, and eventually leads them to eternal death
20. They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their
way are his delight.
[A] That nothing is more offensive to God than hypocrisy and double-dealing
 These are signified by the word which we translate frowardness, pretending justice, but
intending wrong, walking in crooked ways, to avoid discovery.
 Those are of a froward heart who act in contradiction to that which is good, under a
profession of that which is good, and such are, more than any sinners, an abomination
to the Lord
 Such are an abomination to God
[B] There is nothing more pleasing to God than sincerity and plain- dealing
 Those that are upright in their way
 Those who act with integrity
 Those who converse simply and with godly sincerity instead of fleshly wisdom
 Such are a delight to God
[C] God desired us to be honest, straightforward, and godly in all our actions and deeds.