The first nine chapters are a kind of introduction to the Book of Proverbs; its short, pithy sentences commence at the tenth chapter.
This is the first of the proverbs, let each child take great notice of it. Who among us would wish to be a life-long grief to father and mother? Yet such will be the case if we live in sin, and despise the heavenly wisdom.
Judas gained his thirty pieces of silver, but what profit had he in them? Paul obtained the righteousness of Christ, and a crown of life was his portion.
The godly may hunger, but famish they shall not; the wicked may increase in wealth, but continue in prosperity they cannot.
No pains, no gains; no sweat, no sweet.
Neglect of timely industry leads into sin. Our idle days are Satan’s busy days. He who will not be thrifty while he may, will find that lost opportunities do not return.
Wise men hear more than they speak, and are willing to listen to practical instruction, but foolish persons talk on till they seal their own condemnation.
Proverbs 10:9, 10
Cowardly insinuations, which men dare not utter in words, but covertly express by signs, are the cause of much misery, and no true man will use them. Those who talk much, and are destitute of real religion, will soon make shipwreck of their profession.
sending forth refreshing and saving streams
Making them like closed wells, full of putrid water, deadly to others, and destructive to themselves.
Loving spirits will not take offence, but bear and forbear for Christ’s sake, but evil-disposed persons make the smallest matter a ground of offence, and are for ever fanning the fires of enmity. Let it not be so among us.
for they still feel their own want of it;
He thinks he knows all, and therefore will not learn, but talks himself to ruin.
Alas! how often is this the case, even in our own land. Poor men are despised, and few plead their cause. May the Lord send to us such a just spirit that we may always be ready to take the weaker side, and see that the poor man is not trampled upon. It is meanness itself to fawn upon the wealthy; true religion lifts us above such littleness.
Labour, not idleness, is the stamp of a servant of God. With the wicked, self is always their object and end, and therefore their actions are sinful in the sight of the Lord. O Lord, make thou us to work because of life within us, so that we may have life yet more abundantly.
To me, O Lord, be thou “The Way,”
To me be thou “The Truth;”
To me, my Saviour, be “The Life,”
Thou Guardian of my youth!
So shall that Way be my delight,
That Truth shall make me free;
That Life shall raise me from the dead,
And then I’ll live to thee.