Solomon’s Final Bits of Wisdom

Proverbs 29:17–27 (NKJV)

17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest;
Yes, he will give delight to your soul.

18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
But happy is he who keeps the law.

19 A servant will not be corrected by mere words;
For though he understands, he will not respond.

20 Do you see a man hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 He who pampers his servant from childhood
Will have him as a son in the end.

22 An angry man stirs up strife,
And a furious man abounds in transgression.

23 A man’s pride will bring him low,
But the humble in spirit will retain honor.

24 Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
He swears to tell the truth, but reveals nothing.

25 The fear of man brings a snare,
But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
26 Many seek the ruler’s favor,
But justice for man comes from the LORD.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.

Again, this passage speaks of the value of discipline, especially for children.  Disciplined children delight their parents.  Verse 18 is a very well-known Scripture, speaking of the need for vision, for revelation.  Without vision, the people perish or lose all restraint.  Keep the law and seek for the Word of the Lord for your life, and you will live.  Hasty words and actions produce hopelessness.  Anger and fury leads to strife and sin.  Pride brings one low, but humility will bring honor.  Fear traps an individual, but those who trust in the Lord will be safe.  The just are hated by the wicked, and the unjust are an abomination to the righteous.

Solomon, in his last words in the proverbs, speaks of the need for discipline, vision or revelation, the Word of God, discretion, measured actions, peace, and humility.  He speaks against haste, pride, and fear.  Trust the Lord and live wise, for justice comes from the Lord!

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