Proverbs 10, in a Nutshell
The gist of this entire chapter, as I understand it, is “live right and everything will turn out well for you.” There are even some repeats, as we work our way through this chapter, as if Solomon was making sure his son hears and understands that part. So I always pay special attention to anything that is repeated.
So what can we learn from the first few verses?
I just love the first verse, which made me laugh… “…A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother:” (Proverbs 10:1)
Ain’t that the truth!! When a child is good, their dad dotes… and when they’ve done something wrong, mom’s the one who loses it!
Ask me how I know.
Nuggets of Wisdom
Moving on, we find that the treasure of the wicked will gain nothing, but righteousness can save a life. That diligence can make you rich, but not bothering to do what’s necessary in a reasonable time frame makes you poor.
Wisdom brings blessing and the ability to move forward with assurance, but the wicked mouths are always full of violence. (Don’t we know that THAT’S the truth?)
Working hard, listening to sound instruction, and keeping quiet when you should do so are all ways to a peaceful mind, sound judgment, and long life. But for the wicked, the perverse, and those that refuse to listen to good advice, just the opposite is true.
Making a Sport of Mischief
Verse 23 is still just as true today as it was in Solomon’s time, for sure! The days in which we are currently living is a banner ad for this. “It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.” (Proverbs 10:23)
I could rant like many people on Facebook are doing, seemingly by the minute and hour, but I won’t do that. Suffice it to say, wisdom like this lasts through the ages. Some people DO consider it a game to do “mischief” and much worse these days. Better to have understanding.
And the next verse tell us why…
“The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.” (Proverbs 10:24).
In other words, if there is something that you are constantly afraid of, and you walk in wickedness, it’s likely to happen to you, just as you feared.
However, righteousness gains us our very desires. Solomon must have been drawing on his own father’s wisdom here, as David said in Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
Isn’t that awesome? We have so many precious promises in this Book, it is truly a joy to read through it regularly!
For a Long Life, Choose Righteousness
In verse 27, we see that a righteous person will have prolonged days… which means a long life. But again, we see the opposite for the wicked, whose days will be shortened. Likewise, the righteous are glad. Remember that the Bible also tells us, in Nehemiah 8:10, that the joy of the LORD is our strength!
And verses 30 and 31, which bring chapter 10 to a close, are also favorites of mine. Especially these days:
“The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.” (Proverbs 10:30-31)
There is some hope that these evil days won’t last, the way that people are saying it will. We don’t have to be roped into believing that there is a “new” normal. And we do not have to fear. With God on our side, we cannot fail, and our future with Him will be more glorious than we could ever have imagined!
There are an abundance of Scriptures throughout God’s Word that gives us every reason to turn away from wickedness and pursue God at all costs. But this chapter alone, I think, gives us plenty of reasons to want to flee wickedness with everything that is within us!
I don’t know where you’re at in life as you read this. But if you don’t know Jesus… if you’re only following the traditions of men and not the Word of God that you’ve studied for yourself… then I implore you to start reading RIGHT NOW to find out the Truth.
The Bible says it this way:
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 16:25)
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.” (Proverbs 21:2)
“The way of a man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.” (Proverbs 21:8)
May God bless you as endeavor to learn and to be righteous!
As you read through this chapter, which parts stood out to you specifically if any? Do you think they are still timely in this day and age? The Apostle Paul said, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4) He’s talking about the Old Testament, of course, because he and the other disciples and Apostles were in the process of living out the New Testament. So, we can have the assurance that even the Old Testament writings are worth our study.
Father, I come before Your Throne of grace right now asking that You help keep me far removed from any and all forms of wickedness, in thought, word or deed! Help me to have Your Word always before my face, in my mind, or on my tongue, that I might never stray from Your righteousness. I know that You see beyond the simplistic things that can sometimes cause us to lose our peace, but Lord, help me remember Whose I am, and that You have a path for me. Thank You, Jesus, for the promise of provision, of long life, and of everything Your Word says that I can have! I’ll never fail to give You the praise, glory, and honor that is due Your great Name! And it’s in that Name, Jesus, that I pray, Amen!