A Study in Proverbs
(Prov 31:1 NASB) The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him. Prov 31:1: Lemuel means "unto Elohim" or "dedicated to Elohim." Strong's Concordance states that this is likely a name given to Solomon by his mother. Jewish legend also...read more
(Prov 30:1 NASB) The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle. The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal: Prov 30:1: According to Strong's Concordance, Agur is another name for Solomon and Jakeh is also another name for Solomon. One Rabbinic explanation...read more
(Prov 29:1 NASB) A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy. Prov 29:1: If one ignores correction for too long, they will be broken beyond any possibility of healing (Zech. 1:3-6, Prov. 1:24-33). (Prov 29:2 NASB) ...read more
(Prov 28:1 NASB) The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion. Prov 28:1: The wicked can never rest because they know that their past can come back and haunt them at any time. The Hebrew word for "bold" can also mean...read more
(Prov 27:1 NASB) Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Prov 27:1: There is too much uncertainly in life to boast about that which has not happened. (Prov 27:2 NASB) Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A...read more
(Prov 26:1 NASB) Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool. Prov 26:1: The first part of the chapter discusses fools. To begin with, honor is not fitting for a fool. (Prov 26:2 NASB) Like a sparrow in its flitting,...read more
(Prov 25:1 NASB) These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed. Prov 25:1: Apparently King Hezekiah had more proverbs of Solomon transcribed a couple hundred years after the previous section was written. (Prov...read more
(Prov 24:1 NASB) Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; (Prov 24:2 NASB) For their minds devise violence, And their lips talk of trouble. Prov 24:2: This is another warning against associating with, or being envious of, evil men. ...read more
(Prov 23:1 NASB) When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you; (Prov 23:2 NASB) And put a knife to your throat, If you are a man of great appetite. (Prov 23:3 NASB) Do not desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food. Prov 23:3: ...read more
(Prov 22:1 NASB) A good name is to be more desired than great riches, Favor is better than silver and gold. Prov 22:1: A good name means someone with good character and a good reputation. A good name is worth more than wealth. Favor (grace) is worth more than...read more
(Prov 21:1 NASB) The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes. Prov 21:1: We have seen numerous examples of this in Scripture. Pharoah refused to let Israel leave because Elohim hardened his heart (Ex....read more
(Prov 20:1 NASB) Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise. Prov 20:1: Scripture does not condemn, nor discourage, the use of alcohol. The Hebrew term for "intoxicated" here is the Hebrew word shagah and is only...read more
(Prov 19:1 NASB) Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool. Prov 19:1: Integrity is much better than wealth. (Prov 19:2 NASB) Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who makes...read more
(Prov 18:1 NASB) He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom. Prov 18:1: This appears to be a warning against reclusive behavior. (Prov 18:2 NASB) A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his...read more
(Prov 17:1 NASB) Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife. Prov 17:1: The Hebrew term for "feasting" is zebach, which is a term referring to the families portion of the peace offering. Strife, even under the best of...read more
(Prov 16:1 NASB) The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. Prov 16:1: We have several examples of Elohim giving the answers for His people: Moses (Ex. 4:11-12), Jeremiah (Jer. 1:7-9), the disciples (Matt. 10:19-20), and...read more
(Prov 15:1 NASB) A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. Prov 15:1: It is easy to stir up anger with a few harsh words. But there is no reason to stir up anger when it is not necessary. (Prov 15:2 NASB) The tongue of the wise...read more
(Prov 14:1 NASB) The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands. Prov 14:1: The woman has a unique role in building her house. It takes constant work and industrious management on her part to raise a family and to build a...read more
(Prov 13:1 NASB) A wise son accepts his father's discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. Prov 13:1: A wise son listens to and accepts his fathers discipline. A foolish son does not. (Prov 13:2 NASB) From the fruit of a man's mouth he enjoys...read more
(Prov 12:1 NASB) Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid. Prov 12:1: Discipline is training by words or deeds. (Prov 12:2 NASB) A good man will obtain favor from the LORD, But He will condemn a man who devises evil....read more
(Prov 11:1 NASB) A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight. Prov 11:1: Improper business dealings are prohibited in Torah (Lev. 19:35-36, Deut. 25:13-16). (Prov 11:2 NASB) When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But...read more
(Prov 10:1 NASB) The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish son is a grief to his mother. Prov 10:1: This is a very basic truth in life. This is a contrast between a wise son and a foolish son and the effects they have on their...read more
(Prov 9:1 NASB) Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; (Prov 9:2 NASB) She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table; (Prov 9:3 NASB) She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of...read more
(Prov 8:1 NASB) Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice? Prov 8:1: Wisdom is personified in the feminine gender in this chapter. (Prov 8:2 NASB) On top of the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, she takes her stand; (Prov 8:3...read more
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