31 Days of Proverbs – Proverbs 14

Here we go with day 14 of the 31 Days of Proverbs!

Proverbs 14:1-35 (1) The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. (2) Whoever walks in uprightness fears the LORD, but he who is devious in his ways despises him. (3) By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them. (4) Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. (5) A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. (6) A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. (7) Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge. (8) The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving. (9) Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance. (10) The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy. (11) The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. (12) There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (13) Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief. (14) The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways. (15) The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps. (16) One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless. (17) A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated. (18) The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. (19) The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous. (20) The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends. (21) Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. (22) Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness. (23) In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. (24) The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the folly of fools brings folly. (25) A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful. (26) In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. (27) The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. (28) In a multitude of people is the glory of a king, but without people a prince is ruined. (29) Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. (30) A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. (31) Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. (32) The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death. (33) Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools. (34) Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. (35) A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.

Here are few quick observations from chapter 14

Vs. 4Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. If you don’t have the ox, then of course you don’t have to do the work to clean out the stalls. If you invest in the ox, then you have to clean the stalls, but what comes with it? Profits from your investment. If you start a business, there are just dirty, unpleasant, boring and monotonous jobs that you have to do, but the benefits and profits come after that hard work. Empty stalls equals empty wallet.

Vs. 10 The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy. People can try to sympathize and understand your emotions, but know one but God can really understand how joyful or how sad you are at the time.

The importance of being of a calm spirit and few words. Chapter 14 begins with the contrast of the two women. There is a woman who builds up her house, most likely in a spiritual context, and there is a woman who just seems hell bent on destroying the faith of those around her (vs. 1). A fool with his mouth will bring a beating upon himself (verse 3). Some people are just asking for it! In time you will learn that there is no use in talking to a fool…there just isn’t a point (vs. 7). When you have a quick temper, you end up acting in stupid and destructive ways (vs. 16-17). Oh and by the way, you don’t have to try to show off your wisdom, because if you are wise, it will just come out when you are around fools – they will see God’s wisdom and light in you (vs. 33).

Aaron Kemple

Author: Aaron Kemple

Romans 8:1 - There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.