1 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
2 A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth,
But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.
3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life,
But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.
5 A righteous man hates lying,
But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
6 Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,
But wickedness overthrows the sinner.
7 There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing;
And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.
8 The ransom of a man’s life is his riches,
But the poor does not hear rebuke.
9 The light of the righteous rejoices,
But the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
The proverbs are so varied, with such a wealth of information in each passage, it is difficult to adequately cover all the material in each reading. For instance, this passage discusses instruction, provision, wise speech, laziness versus industry, lying, safety, etc., etc.
While each of these topics could be a discussion unto themselves, it is also possible to see this passage as a guidebook or primer for wise living, the benefits of wisdom, and the danger of wicked or foolish acts. Read each proverb as a key to life, joy, and peace.