Proverbs 10:15 – 32
The proverbs continue in this passage, extolling the safety in wealth and the destruction in poverty; the life in righteous labor and the sin in wicked wages; the value of keeping instruction and the loss in refusing correction; the lying lips of hatred and the foolishness of slander. The writer goes further to suggest that few words that are valuable are better than many that are worthless.
22 The blessing of the LORD makes one rich,
And He adds no sorrow with it.
The proverb continues by describing the fool doing evil as if it is a sport, knowing that his fear will come upon him. However, the wise will have their desires. Laziness and wickedness lead to destruction and ostracism.
27 The fear of the LORD prolongs days,
But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness,
But the expectation of the wicked will perish.
29 The way of the LORD is strength for the upright,
But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous will never be removed,
But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.
31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
But the perverse tongue will be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.
This passage further extols the virtues of wisdom. In this passage, the benefits of wisdom in a temporal or earthly sense are described. Riches, favor, strength, safety, a path to success are all promised to those who pursue and acquire wisdom. Destruction, loss, even annihilation are promise to those who are wicked or simple. The message is clear: pursue and find wisdom and the blessings of the Lord will not be far behind!