1. A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
[A] It has always amazed me how there can be two children born of the same parents and one of them
is a happy obedient child, whereas the other is hard-headed and contrary
 This is what verse one is speaking of
 This is a problem one finds in many families
 On the other hand, some children are taught to be obedient, whereas others are allowed to
run amuck and do as they please.
[B] A wise son
 There is hope for a child who has reverence for their parents and are willing to be advised
or admonished by them.
 A wise son become wiser because:
[a] He hears his father's instruction
[b] He desires to hear it
[c] He regards the instructions
[d] He complies with the instructions - not merely hearing it, but doing it also
[C] The scorner
 There is little hope of those who refuse to hear rebuke with patience
 The scorner falls under the same category as a fool
[a] He thinks he has all the answers,
[b] He refused to hear or obey anyone but himself and others whom he chooses to
[D] These two types of people are in the family of God as well.
 The wise Christian
[a] Believes in the Holy Word of God
[b] Is not only a hearer, but a doer as well
[c] Seeks instruction from the father, and when rebuked by him, changes their life to
suit the father
 The Scorner
[a] Went through the motions of being converted, but never finished the process
[b] Believes only what suits them
[c] Has all the answers, and does not listen to instruction
[d] Thinks everyone else is wrong, but they are right
[e] Are like the Pharisees in Christ’s time
2. A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
[A] Jesus taught that the words we speak shows what is in the heart.
 If that which comes from within, from the heart, is good, and from a good treasure, it will
return too us with good as well
 The words we speak will be comfort to others
 Our words will edify others soul, and lift them up
 The words we speak will edify our own soul, and by them shall we be justified before God
[a] We are to believe in our heat, and confess with our mouth in order to be saved
[b] Our confession not only shows our heart, in turn it is a witness to others and shows
them the way to have salvation
[B] The soul of the transgressors that harbors and plots mischief, and vents it by word and deed, shall
eat violence; they shall have their belly full of it.
 Every person shall be rewarded according to what they have done
6. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her
works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
 By our words we shall be justified or condemned
37. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
 As our fruit is, so our food or our reward shall be
21. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those
things is death.
22. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto
holiness, and the end everlasting life.
 The bottom line is
[a] We shall reap what we sow
3. He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have
[A] A guard upon the lips is a guard to the soul.
 One who thinks twice before he speaks once, lays his hand upon his mouth to suppress it
 He that keeps a strong bridle on his tongue and a strict hand on that bridle keeps his soul
from a both of guilt and grief and saves himself the trouble of many bitter reflections
on himself and reflections of what others think of him.
[B] There are many who are ruined by an ungoverned tongue
 He that opens widely his lips, to let out whatever comes out first, gets himself into a host
 This same person is usually one who
[a] loves to bawl, bluster and make a noise
[b] Is usually one who is in defiance to both God and man
[c] His mouth will lead to the destruction of his reputation, his interest, his comfort,
and his soul for ever,
6. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our
members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of
nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
4. The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
[A] The sluggard has nothing and will never have anything because he is too lazy to work for it
 Even the sluggard who receives something from others does not use it wisely and
eventually is without again
 The sluggard is always wanting, but is not willing to work in order to have it
[B] The diligent realizes they have to struggle to have
 They work hard and appreciate what they get
 They do not have idle time, instead they work from daylight to dark
5. A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
[A] Where grace reigns sin is loathsome.
 The character of a righteous man is to hate lying
 Not only that he will not tell a lie, but he abhors lying
[B] Where sin reigns the man is loathsome
 With sin in control of a man’s heart, he has no objection to lying,
 Satan is the author of all lies
6. Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
[A] The Saint is secured from ruin
 He who is upright in their way, adhere conscientiously to the sacred and eternal rules of
both God and man
 Their integrity will keep them from the temptations of Satan, which shall not prevail over
Them, Their integrity keeps them from the reproach and injuries of evil men
[B] A Sinners is secured for ruin
 The wicked shall be overthrow and shall suffer the punishment for their actions
 Their lives, and actions will condemn them, and the words they spoke will show who they
 The lies Satan told the wicked will be found out and the wicked will still have to suffer for
[a] What looks so good now will haunt the sinner forever
[b] What felt so good now will torment the sinner in hell
[c] The evil that was shown here on this earth will be magnified thousands of times in
hell to the one who practiced it.
7. There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath
[A] There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing
 There are some who have lied, cheated and stole to become rich. They have more than
they could ever begin to spend, yet they lace happiness and contentment
 There are some who have inherited a fortune, yet they are miserable
 There are others who have all they need and still desire more, making their lives miserable
[B] There is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches
 There are those who has given everything they had away to help others, and they are
 There are those who have nothing from birth, other than the clothes on their back and food
for their bellies yet they are happy
 There are those who struggle for everything the get, yet they are happy
[C] The secret to happiness is:
 Being content with what God gave you
 Seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness
 Having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
 Stopping to smell the roses and being thankful to God for them
 Surrounding yourself with Christian friends and family
8. The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
[A] The ransom of a man's life are his riches
 When a man is wealthy, he is often a slave to his riches
 His mind is constantly on them,
[a] Trying to protect
[b] Trying to earn more
[c] Watching it either grow or lose in the markets
[d] Worrying about it,
 In fact, he has ransomed his soul for his riches, given up everything in his life to have
 As often is the case, others rebuke him and talk about him because he has, and they don’t
 In some case he has hurt many in the process of gaining his riches, so they hat him
[B] The poor heareth not rebuke
 Unless the poor is poor because they are a sluggard, people look at them as the
 The poor are known as hard working and willing to try
 One wants to give to them and help them because they try to help themselves
9. The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
[A] The light of the righteous is the light of Christ burning in them
 The righteous know they are in good hands
 To live is Christ and to die is gain
 Regardless of what happens to them, the righteous will be OK
[B] The lamp of the wicked shall be put out
 The light of Christ is not in the wicked
 The world is at their feet, but their heart is empty
 There is not hope in there heart and nothing for them to look forward too
10. Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.