21. Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall
[A] Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished
 Throughout the world, people of like minds join together and form groups
[a] There are clubs
[b] There are civic groups
[c] There are religions
[d] There are Groups who devise evil
[e] There are thieves
[e] There are many other peoples who join others of like mind to do what they desire
[1-a] I heard it once said and I believe it to be true, “You can believe anything
you want too, and if you look long enough you can find others who will
believe like you do.”
[2-a] Unfortunately, what you believe and the group you start does not have ot
` be true, or biblical
 Adolf Hitler wrote books, made speeches and eventually indoctrinated a whole country
making them hate the Jewish people and swear their loyalty to Hitler and the country
 Evil people often flock together to do their evil deeds
[a] The believe there is strength in numbers
[b] The more people who agree, the righter they feel about what they are doing
 Whether it be a religion, or any other group of people who have come together
proclaiming or doing what they believe, eventually they will stand before God and
answer for what they do and say
[a] The wicked will not go unpunished
[B] The seed of the righteous shall be delivered
 The great thing about living a righteous life is that one does not have to fear God
 The righteous who have little backing on the earth, and often not that many friends will
receive event thing in the end
 Any way you look at it, the righteous are winners, both here and in the hereafter
22. As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
[A] A jewel of gold in a swine's snout
 When I was young, one of the things I hated to help do was to put rings in the hog’s noses
- they squealed and you could tell it hurt them a lot, yet if you did not put it in their
nose, they would root out under the fence and run off.
 One certainly would not have placed a ring of Gold in their snout because the Hog used his
snout to do his digging with, and the gold would have been ruined
[B] So is a fair woman which is without discretion
 Solomon compared a woman who has not discretion to putting gold in the hogs nose.
[a] Both are no-no’s
[b] If a woman does not guard here beauty and her dignity with honor, she is throwing
away the very things God has given her as a gift to here husband, and himself.
[c] I have always been appalled by how the young men chase after all the pretty
girls, trying to have their way with them, but when it comes time to marry, they look
for a virtuous woman, who has not been with others.
[d] Putting gold in a Hogs snout is throwing away a thing of beauty, and wasting it.
[c] For a woman to not protect her virtue is to throw away her beauty and waste it.
23. The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
[A] The desire of the righteous is only good
 The righteous would have good, only good if they could accomplish it
 Their desire is that it may go well with everyone around them
 They desire no hurt to anyone, but happiness to all; as to themselves
 Their desire is not to gratify evil lust, but to obtain the favor of God
[B] The expectation of the wicked is wrath
 The wicked are out for themselves
 They would love for everyone around them to fail so that they could themselves succeed
 The wicked care for no-one and could care less if others are hurt
 They are not to find favor in God, only in what they can have for themselves
24. There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it
tendeth to poverty.
[A] There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth
 When one is generous with what God has blessed them with, and gives liberally to help
the poor, God blesses them in return for their faithfulness.
[a] You cannot out give God
 When one is generous to others, he is well loved and respected by others
[a] To be loved and respected is great wealth
[b] Even is one is poor, when others love him he is wealthy
[B] He who withholds more than is meet, tendeth to poverty.
 One who has much, can be considered so selfish that they are not loved by those around
 How can someone be loved who has plenty when others are starving
 To be very rich and have not friends and no-one loving you is worse than being in poverty
and having nothing
25. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
[A] The liberal soul shall be made fat
 When one is a giver they have comfort in their our own bosoms
 The liberal soul, the soul of blessing, that prays for the afflicted and provides for them,
that scatters blessings with gracious lips and generous hands, is made fat with true
pleasure and enriched with more grace from God
[B] He that watereth shall be watered also himself
 He that waters others with the streams of his bounty shall be also watered himself
 God will certainly return it in the dews, in the plentiful showers, of his blessing, which he
will pour out, till there be not room enough to receive it
26. He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him
that selleth it.
[A] When one has and others do not, and the one who has refused to sell his harvest to others so they
can survive, makes the people cruse him
 What good is having a lot, if those around you are in need?
 What benefit will one have if God has blessed them, and they have plenty and others are
 Not only do the people curst them who is selfish, so also does God
[B] When one is willing to share, to sell what they have or to give to those who cannot afford to
 God will bless them
 The people will love them
 They will gain much more than they lost
27. He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto
[A] Those who strive to do good in the world are beloved by both God and man
[B] Those who do mischief are preparing themselves for ruin
28. He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
[A] We have already looked at several verses that are much the same as this verse
[B] He that trusteth in his riches shall fall
 When one has only his riches to trust he will be poorly disappointed
[a] Jesus said it was harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God then a camel to
go through the eye of a needle
 When one thinks their riches to the amount they give to a church will get them into
heaven, they will be fooled.
[a] Unless one is born again, and a follower of Jesus, they will not enter heaven
 Riches may make on comfortable here, but loving one’s riches will take one to hell
[a] The love of money is the root of all evil
[C] The righteous shall flourish as a branch.
 The righteous put their faith and trust in Almighty God instead of in material things.
 Their #1 thing is to be obedient to God and serve him
 They may become rich, but they will not hoard what they have, nor will they not help others.
 The righteous lay their treasures up in heaven
29. He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of
[A] He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind
 When one wastes what they have, they will end up with nothing to show for it
 This verse reminds me of the prodigal who took what he had and wasted it on partying
[B] the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart
 All a man who cannot save what he has will be is a servant to others
 When a man wastes what God has given him, he has to depend on the wise to help him
[C] The fool lets his money and all the blessings of God slip through his fingers like wind,
 He cannot hold it in his hand
 Like the wind, it slips away, and he cannot keep it.
30. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
[A] The righteous are as a tree of life
 The fruits of their charity, their instructions, reproofs, examples, and prayers, their interest
in heaven, and their influence on the earth, are like the fruits of that tree, precious and
useful, contributing to the support and nourishment of the spiritual life on others
 They are the ornaments of paradise, God's church on earth, for whose sake it stands.
[B] He that winneth souls is wise
 He that is wise, by communicating his wisdom, wins souls,
 Thorough his testimony, people are brought to the love of God and his holiness
 The bible says “The wise are turn many to righteousness”
[a] This is the same as winning souls here
31. Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
[A] There are two schools of thought concerning this verse
 Some believe that both the righteous and the sinner will be punished for their sins here
on this earth
[a] The righteous who sins would receive chastisement from God and be caused to
suffer for his wrong
[b] The sinner would receive punishment as well, and much more so
 The other thought and the one I believe is more accurate concerns the hereafter
[a] 1Peter 4:18
18. And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner
[b] If a righteous person can scarcely be saved, how much harder will it be for a sinner
to make it
[c] The righteous shall be rewards for serving God and living rightly
[d] The Wicked will suffer for their disbelief and for their lace of following God