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
This chapter doesn’t have a titles but has some really great nuggets of wisdom for you.
Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. Loving instruction is loving to learn and be taught. Part of wanting to be taught is being willing to accept correction and to learn from the wisdom of others. If you can’t take constructive criticism then you are dealing with pride. Pride is NOT a character trait of Christ or God.
A good man obtains favor from the Lord, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. Sometimes you will see wickedness bring success to some people and wonder how is God allowing that to happen. Remember, we are given free will to choose good or bad. The decision is ours. But the successes we see are temporary. Dishonest people grow more and more dishonest. Evil behavior just turns to ore evil. The Study Bible says, if you are not a success by God’s standards, you have not achieved true success. A success that God will be pleased with.
The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand. There is stability with God and with a righteous person. The wicked will eventually have nothing. That’s why we continue to hear that the righteous will last and the wicked work is temporary.
The world tells us that we should retaliate when someone talks about you, insults you, or embarrasses you; but that retaliation doesn’t solve anything. It just encourages trouble. Instead answer slowly and quietly. Your positive response will bring about positive results. We’ll read in the 15th chapter more about that.
Verse 19 says, the truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. You can’t go wrong with the truth. The truth is God and He is not man, He doesn’t lie. You can count on everything God says. He will do what He says. Truth will last forever. Lying is a temporary fix. It is but for a moment.
May sound crazy, but a modest person is noticed more than a person who shows off. Again another scenario where the modest person is more lasting than a show off person.
Waste has become a way of life for those who have plenty. But waste is a sign of laziness and it is poor stewardship. Make good use of everything God has given you.
Death is the end of life and for those who do not know God, they may be afraid of death. Maybe because that is an unknown place and fear of leaving people behind or the pain we are expecting. When you know the Lord, death is just another step, it is not final; it is the first step into eternity.