1. Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
[A] Whoso loveth instruction
 A person who loves discipline or correction, loves knowledge
 Correction and discipline is the way to knowledge.
[a] Unless someone is willing to be corrected they will never learn
[b] To learn someone must have lots of personal discipline, and must be willing to
suffer in order to learn.
[B] But he that hateth reproof is brutish
 He that hates reproof is the same as a brute,
 He expects no more benefit from correction than the ox does from the goad
2. A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
[A] A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD
 First, it is God who makes a man good
[a] Every child of Adam is bad untill the grace of God changes his heart
 Secondly, while he walks in the path of obedience he increases in goodness, and
consequently in the favour of the Lord.
 A good man has favor with God, for he treats his fellow man like he himself desires to be
[a] He loves his neighbor
[b] He goes out of his way to help others
[c] He is at peace with God and man
[B] A man of wicked devices will he condemn
 A wicked man loves only himself and the things of the world
 He has no time for God or his fellowman
 He does not find favor with God, instead God will condemn him.
3. A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
[A] A man shall not be established by wickedness
 A wicked man may become rich
 A wicked man may own property
 A wicked man may have many servants and many working for him
 On earth he may seem to be well established,
 Yet his whole life and everything it is built on shifting sand
[a] When trouble comes, he has nothing to see him through - unless it is something
money can buy
[b] When he is lying on his deathbed, he has nothing
[c] When he closed his eyes in death, everything he has gained in his wickedness will
be left for others to fight over
[B] The root of the righteous shall not be moved
 The wise man builds his house on the rock
[a] He is concerned about laying up treasures in heaven
[b] He is concerned about being assured that his house in all in order and he is ready to
meet Jesus when he comes
 When the storms of life come against the wise righteous man,
[a] He will call out to Jesus for help
[b] He will stand firm in faith
 When he is on his deathbed
[a] He can smile knowing he has done all he needs to do
[b] He can be satisfied knowing he is secure in God’s love
 When he closed his eyes in death
[a] He receives his ticket to heaven
[b] He receives his reward - eternal live
[c] He leaves nothing behind, because his treasure is waiting for him in heaven
 The righteous is anchored to Jesus Christ
4. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his
[A] A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband
 For a righteous man, there is nothing more special than having a virtuous woman
 Because of her virtue, and her righteousness, he is assured of having a faithful spouse who
will be his helpmate as God intended her to be
[a] She will be a good wife
[b] She will teach their children well
[c] She will be a model to other women
[d] She will honor her husband
 Her character and virtue are like a crown, the husband is proud and pleased
[B] She that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones
 On the other hand, imagine a righteous man, married to an unrighteous woman
 Her lack of virtue is a pain to him
 Her lack of virtue is like rottenness to his bones
[a] He is ashamed to be seen with her
[b] He is ashamed to be around her
[c] He does not want her to influence his children
[d] He feels he is a failure
5. The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
[A] The thoughts of the righteous are right
 The righteous may not have as much education, might not have all the titles the wicked
hold, but they have something the wicked does not have.
[a] They have the Holy Spirit directing their paths
[b] They have the knowledge of God in their heart
[c] They have truth flowing through them
[d] If they don’t know they will tell you, than they will search the answer for you
 When a righteous person is asked, he or she will try to use the word of God to answer you
[a] There is no other knowledge we need to here than this
[b] The word of God has answers for all of life’s problems.
 The righteous seeks the help of God, and gives godly advice
[B] The counsels of the wicked are deceit
 It is the wicked who are so often asked for advice
 So many of the people working as counselors and advisors are not righteous or even
[a] Their advice comes for what others teach them
[b] It is often based on Men of old, but rarely on what the bible says
[c] They usually discredit the bible and those who believe it.
[d] The counsel of the wicked is based on the world instead of God
6. The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver
[A] The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver
 The wicked tell you many things much of which is useless
 They counsel to gain money, make you come back often for more
 They are not out to help you, they are out to help themselves
[B] The mouth of the upright shall deliver them
 There is two types of counseling
[a] Regular counseling
[b] Biblical counseling
 There are two types of people doing regular counseling
 Non-Christian counselors are going to tell you what Froyd and the great Psychologist of
the past had to say
[a] Likely all your problems come from your mom and dad
[b] You were supposed to be a man but were born a woman
[c] God does not exist, only man can help
 Christian Counselors, use the same methods, they just go to church and profess
Christianity when it suits them
 Biblical counseling is what a righteous man wants.
[a] A biblical counselor used the bible to counsel
[b] Hr or she understands that sin is the underlying problem in ones life
[c] Get rid of sin, the problem gets better
[d] Retain the sin, and the problem gets worse
[e] Sin is the culprit behind many mental problems
[f] The consoler has to get the person to accept their sin, confess it and change their life
7. The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
[A] The wicked are overthrown, and are not
 When one’s house is built on sand it is apt to fall
 If the wicked does not fall here on earth, they will fall when they leave
[B] The house of the righteous shall stand
 The righteous build their house on Jesus Christ
 It will stand regardless
8. A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be
[A] The best reputation is that which attends virtue and serious piety, and the prudent conduct of life
 A man shall be commended by all that are wise and good, in conformity to the judgment
of God himself, which is according
 The wise man shall be loved, for the wisdom he gives others is good
[B] He that is of a perverse heart shall be despised
 The worst reproach is that which follows wickedness and an opposition to that which is
[a] He that is of a perverse heart, that turns aside to crooked ways, and goes on
on in them, shall be despised.
[b] Providence will bring him to poverty and contempt, and all that have a true sense
of honour will despise him as unworthy to be dealt with and unfit to be trusted,
as a blemish and scandal to mankind.
9. He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
[A] The Vulgate is translated as such
 "Better is the poor man who provides for himself, than the proud who is destitute of
[B] There are some who, through pride of birth, &c., would rather starve, than put their hands to
 Though they may be lords, how much to be preferred is the simple peasant, who supports
himself and family by the drudgery of life!
10. A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
[A] A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast
 A righteous man looks after his animals
 He respects life, all life because God made the beast as well as man
[B] The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel
 The wicked care not for nothing
 There beast is just that a beast, a tool nothing to be respected or cared for