The Purpose of Proverbs is to impart wisdom for godly living.
Solomon’s fathering advice to young people and all who seek wisdom will greatly benefit from these wise words. Discover the source of wisdom, the value of wisdom and the benefits of wisdom. Proverbs gives practical suggestions for effective living. They should call a person to action. The verses tell how you can live in close relationship to Him and offers positive advice that helps you to make good and righteous decisions. – notes of the Life Application Study Bible
Read along with me…
The titles of this chapter is Dangerous Promises, The Folly of Indolence and Beware of Adultery
Verse 1 says, My son (my daughter), if you become surety for your friend, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger; you are snared by the words of your mouth, you are taken by the words of your mouth.
Surety is payment of debt or making yourself responsible for another. And snare means to trap or entangle. This is starting to make me think about gambling or being conned by someone. The bible is giving you guidance and warning you about people who may try to take advantage of your kind heart, of your naivete, of your ignorance. Be mindful. Be smart. Although we’d like to believe that everyone is good, everyone is not. As People of God…we are to love everyone, but we are learning here that we are also to use wisdom.
Overextending your resources is irresponsible. Most times, we see our resources as money. Yes it is, but there is more. Your resources are the things you need, your basic needs as well… your job, clothes, your car, your ideas, your time, your intellectual property, your family, your home. The study notes state, it is important to maintain a balance between generosity and good stewardship. Stewardship is the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving.
The foolishness of laziness. That is what is being talked about next. And it bible uses an ant as the example. The busiest and hardest working insect on the planet! Research how ants work, and what they do. Proverbs warns against laziness, of sleeping instead of working. I know I’ve been guilty of doing this. It doesn’t mean you can’t get your rest, but I know for me; there were times when I knew I should have been up taking care of things, but I stayed in bed, over slept or even slept the day away. Laziness should not cause you to not be able to take care of your responsibilities.
A wicked man is described in Proverbs as someone who walks in these six things that the Lord hates, Yes seven are an abomination to Him. If something is abominable it is vile, detestable, greatly disliked.
- a proud look
- a lying tongue
- hands that shed innocent blood
- a heart that devises wicked plans
- feet that are swift in running to evil
- a false witness who speaks lies
- and one who sows discord among brethren
In this chapter, ‘keeping your father’s commands’ means to listen to wisdom. It will help you to make good decisions and good choices. We also see God bring up the subject of adultery AGAIN. I’ve learned in my spiritual walk, that when God is repeating Himself to you….PAY ATTENTION! He really wants you to hear and listen. Its a warning in some instances. Take heed. Read verses 20 to 35 again and keep it all in mind. The Lord is very serious about the sin of adultery.