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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Proverbs Chapter 10

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Solomon, Agur, and Lemuel
Date Penned: (970-931 BC)
Overview: Wisdom to Teach People to Live Godly (c 1-31)
Theme: Wisdom for All People (c 10-24)
Message: Proverbs of Solomon (v 1-32)

Proverbs 10 Commentary 

(10:2) Unhappiness - Some people bring unhappiness on themselves by seeking fast money and ill-gotten treasures. For example, craving immediate gratification can destroy their chances of ever achieving true happiness. God's principles for righteous living bring lasting happiness because they guide us into long-term spiritually healthy behavior. 

(10:3) Godly Principles - Proverbs contain many verses that contrast godly, righteous people with wicked people. These statements do not apply universally to all people in every situation. For example, some good people do go hungry. Rather, these proverbs are intended to communicate the general truth that the lives of people who seek God will be better in the long run than the lives of wicked people, which will ultimately lead to ruin. While not ironclad promises, these statements give general principles and truths. In addition, proverbs like this assume a just government that cares for people who are poor and in need. God intended for Israel to have that kind of government (see Deuteronomy 24:17-22). A corrupt government often thwarts the plans of godly men and women and exploits people who are poor. 

(10:3) Righteousness - Proverbs often describe God's care for godly, righteous people. Being righteous does not mean being perfect. Obviously, that is impossible for human beings. Righteous people are those who love the Lord and diligently seek to follow him (Psalm 4:3). As Christians, we have the power of the Holy Spirit to help us live godly, righteous lives (2 Peter 1:3). 

(10:4:5) Redeeming the Time - Every day has 24 hours filled with opportunities to grow, serve, and be productive. Yet we so easily waste time, letting life slip from our grasp. Refuse to be a lazy person, sleeping or frittering away the hours meant for productive work. See time as God's gift, and seize opportunities to live diligently for him. 

(10:4) Having Compassion - This proverb doesn't permit us to write off people who are poor as lazy. Lack of effort and refusal to work will lead to poverty. But poverty can occur due to sickness, death, injustice, or other tragedies. Whatever the cause. Those with the means to help others in need have the duty to respond with compassion. 

(10:18) A Fool - By hating another person you may become a liar or a fool. If you try to conceal your hatred, you end up lying. If you slander the other person and are proven wrong, you are a fool. To avoid these bad outcomes, admit your hateful feelings to God. Ask him to change your heart, to help you see difficult people through his eyes, and to give you the strength to love instead of hate. 

(10:20) Words from a godly person are valuable ("choice silver"). A little good advice has more value than a lot of bad advice. It is easy to get opinions from people who will tell us only what they think will please us, but such counsel does not really help. Instead. we should look for those who speak the truth to us. even when it hurts. Think about the people you count on for advice. What do you expect to hear from them? 

(10:22) An Abundant Supply - God supplies enough people with the personal and financial resources to respond to the needs of others. all believers recognized how God has blessed them and then used the resources he has given them to do his will, hunger, and poverty would be wiped out. No one person can do it all, but each person should do something. If God has blessed you with personal or financial resources, use them to help others. 

(10:24) Death - Wicked people dread death, and those who do not believe in God fear death--and for good reason. By contrast, believers desire eternal life and God's salvation--and their hopes will be rewarded. This verse offers a choice. What you choose will bring about either your fears or your hopes. You make that choice by rejecting God and living your own way or by accepting God and following Him.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Wise Decisions

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue with the Book of Proverbs with Chapter 10. In our text today, we see in chapters 10-24 the Wisdom for all peoples with practical Wisdom for Godly living. In applying, we see our responsibility to make wise decisions based on the Lord's instruction versus our feelings. Today, we are taught that our emotions are to navigate our lives. There are no absolutes, but our Lord has instructed us with His Word and Wisdom so we can make wise decisions. How about you? Are you following your feelings or the truth of God's Word? Let us learn from our text today and the Wisdom of Proverbs to gain Wisdom for our lives through the Word of God.


Proverbs 10

Proverbs 10

 1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

 2Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.

 3The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

 4He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

 5He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

 6Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

 7The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

 8The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

 9He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

 10He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

 11The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

 12Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

 13In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

 14Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

 15The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

 16The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

 17He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

 18He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

 19In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

 20The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

 21The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

 22The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

 23It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

 24The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

 25As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

 26As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

 27The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

 28The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

 29The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

 30The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

 31The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

 32The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.