11. He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of
[A] He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread
 What does this say to you?
[a] When someone tries and does their part God will bless them with a harvest
[b] A person who works hard will have peace in their heart for doing a job to the best
of their ability
 There is an old saying - “God helps those who help themselves”
[a] Do you agree with this statement?
[B] He that followeth vain persons is void of understanding
 What does this mean to you?
[a] He who should be tilling his ground and planting but instead goes out with his
friends, or spends his time with vain people, will not receive the blessing of
God, nor will he have a harvest.
12. The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
[A] The wicked desires to do evil like other men do it.
 Their heart is on evil instead of on good
 Their desire it to harm instead of help
 They see evil as enjoyment and fun
 To their family and to society they are worthless
[B] The root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
 The righteous desire to please God
 They see evil as it really is
 The righteous helps their fellowman and desires to be a blessing instead of a hinderance
 Because they are rooted in Christ, they yield good fruit.
13. The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
[A] The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips
 A man who deals in lies and false oaths will sooner or later be found out to his own ruin.
 There is another proverb as true as this:
[a] A liar had need of a good memory; for as the truth is not in him, he says and
unsays, and often contradicts himself.
 Eventually the wicked will be made known -
 Even if the wicked makes it to the end without anyone knowing about him, God still
knows and he will have to answer to him
[B] The just shall come out of trouble
 By their honest and uprightness, the just shall prevail
 When on is honest and just, others know it and will stand up for them
 This does not mean that the just will not have to suffer while here on this earth for indeed
[a] If a just man has to suffer, he does so knowing that God is aware of his truthfulness
and his salvation has not been corrupted in any way
[b] The wicked may hurt you, but God will bless you
14. A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands
shall be rendered unto him.
[A] A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth
 By the words we speak and teach others, we can obtain a present comfort and inward
pleasure which is truly satisfying
 While we are teaching others we ourselves learn, and fast on the bread of life that we are
breaking to others.
[B] The recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.
 God works will be abundantly rewarded
 The recompence of a man's hands for all his work and labor of love, all he has done for
the glory of God and the good of his generation, shall be rendered unto him, and he
shall reap as he has sown.
 As a general rule, we can understand that “God will render to every man according to his
works,” Romans 2:6
[a] Look back again at verse eleven “He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with
bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
[b] We have been given work to do by Christ, that work is to “go ye therefore into all
the world and preach the gospel.” The wise man or woman tills the land God
has given them or in other words does the work they have been called to do. As
a result they are blessed by God
15. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
[A] The way of a fool is right in his own eyes
 The fool cannot be considered wise, and will never become wise
 He refuses to seek counsel from others but instead seeks his own counsel
 He is a know-it-all a person who thinks he is better than others and believes he has all the
 He has no desire to follow anyone but himself.
[B] He that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
 A wise man or woman, will seek counsel to determine how to best do something
 Their desire is to do things properly, the way God intended
 The wise is willing to be corrected, because they desire to do good
16. A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
[A] A fool's wrath is presently known
 A fool is quick to anger, and is quick to shout out his differences regardless who or what it
 When corrected he gets angry and defensive
[B] A prudent man covereth shame
 He is slow to anger and when he does get angry is careful with the words he says and the
way he says them
 He accepts correction with dignity
 He would rather not say anything than to hurt others
17. He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
[A] This proverb is pretty straight forward.
 A righteous person tells the truth
 A false witness tells lies
18. There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
[A] There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword
 Words spoken can be like a sword piercing the soul
 Words can heal or kill
 A word spoken by a parent to a child, can cause the child to have bad thoughts of
themselves the rest of their life.
[B] The tongue of the wise is health
 Words spoken in love are as health
 Words of encouragement make a person feel good about themselves
19. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
[A] The lip of truth shall be established for ever
 Words spoken in truth will remain forever
 There is no need to embellish the words, or try to make them better, the truth is all that’s
 When one has been established as a truthful person, they do not have to prove anything
[B] A lying tongue is but for a moment
 A liar tries to embellish his words, and make them sound more believable
 His words and his stories last for only a short while, and soon everyone knows that he is a
20. Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.
[A] Jesus said that out of the heart comes all manor of evils, 0
[B] Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil
 The evil person has deceit in his or her heart
 They are not only deceiving others, they are deceiving themselves
 They think they can get by with their evil, but eventually they will be punished
[C] On the other hand, counselors of peace, is joy
`  Those who consult the good of their neighbors, who study the things that make for peace
and give peaceable advice, promotes healing
 They are concerned about the publics welfare
 They will have joy and success, beyond their expectation.
 Blessed are the peace makers.
21. There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
[A] No evil shall happen to the just
 All things work together for good to them that love God.
 Whatever occurs to a righteous man God turns to his advantage.
[B] The wicked are filled with mischief
 They are hurt, grieved, and wounded, by every occurrence
 Nothing turns to their profit.
22. Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
[A] A Liar is an abomination to God,
 Revelation 21:8 lists a liar among those who will be cast into the lake of fire
[B] They that deal truly are his delight.
 When on is honest and upright, God is delighted in them
23. A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness
[A] A prudent man concealeth knowledge
 A prudent man does not put himself on display
 He does not boast of his knowledge
 He waits until someone asks him for his wisdom
[B] The heart of fools proclaimeth foolish
 The fool tries to make people think he is wise
 He boast and rambles about things that he knows nothing of
 If he was wise he would remain quiet
24. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
[A] The diligent will get ahead in life
 It is they who will own the businesses and have others working for them
[B] The slothful will never have anything,
 It is they who will have to depend on others for word so they can earn their keep
 He will also have to borrow in order to have anything, therefore he shall be under tribute
25. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad
[A] Sorrow of heart, hopeless love, or a sense of God's displeasure-these make a man’s heart heavy
[B] A single or favourable word will remove that heaviness from someone
 The words of Christ, "Be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee," will instantly remove
 As Christians we should be trying to sow words of comfort and cheer in the world
26. The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
[A] Good men do well for themselves; for they have in themselves an excellent character, and they
secure to themselves an excellent portion, and in both they excel other people
 Because he has peace with God, he has joy in his heart
 Because he has the promise of eternal life, he has much to look forward too.
[B] The way of the wicked seduceth them
 That wicked men do ill for themselves5
[a] They walk in a way which seduces them.
[b] It seems to them to be not only a pleasant way, but the right way
[c] It is so agreeable to flesh and blood that they flatter themselves with an opinion that
it cannot be amiss, but they will not gain the point they aim at, nor enjoy the
good they hope for
27. The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is
[A] Because he is a slothful man, he does not hunt for prey; therefore gets none, and cannot roast,
that he may eat.
[B] One who by honest industry acquires all his property-is precious, because it has the blessing of
God in it.
28. In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
[A] This is obviously referring to eternal life, and the fact that the righteous man will never die.
 The body dies, but the soul lives forever