Today as I studied Chapter 22 I found myself focused on verse 4. This is what it says: “True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.”
Theme: Humility, riches, honor, and long life
In this chapter, let’s look at those who walk in humility and those who are corrupt.
Lesson #1: Those who walk in true humility
- Choose a good reputation over great riches (v.1) (see reputation post)
- Choose being held in high esteem rather than silver or gold (v.1)
- A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions (v.13
- Avoid walking the thorny, treacherous road (v.5)
- Direct their children onto the right path (v.6)
- Have knowledge and they are preserved by the LORD (v.12)
- Blessed are those who are generous because they feed the poor (v.9)
- Those who love a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend (v.11)
- Those who listen to the words of the wise; and apply’s their heart to his instruction (v.17)
- Those who don’t rob the poor just because they can, nor do they exploit the needy in court (v.22)
- Those who don’t befriend angry people (v.24)
- Those who don’t associate with hot-tempered people (v.24)
- Those who don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else (v.26)
- Those who don’t cheat their neighbors by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations (v.28)
- Those who are truly competent workers, will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people (v.29)
Lesson #2: Those who walk a thorny, treacherous road
- They choose great riches over a good reputation (v.1)
- They choose silver or gold rather than being held in high esteem (v.1)
- They are simpletons who go blindly on and suffers the consequences (v.3)
- They walk a thorny, treacherous road, and does not value life (v.5)
- They plant injustice and will harvest disaster (v.8)
- They are not generous (v.9)
- They promote fighting, quarrels and insults (v.10)
- They are treacherous and their plans are ruin by the LORD (v.12)
- They are lazy and make wild claims to keep from working (v.13)
- They oppress the poor (v.16)
- They end in poverty because they shower gifts on the rich (v.16)
- They rob the poor just because they can (v.22)
- They exploit the needy in court (v.22)
- They befriend angry people (v.24)
- They associate with hot-tempered people (v.24)
- They learn to be like angry and hot-tempered people which endangers their souls (v.25)
- They agree to guarantee another person’s debt (v.26)
- They put up security for someone else (v.26)
- They cheat their neighbors by moving ancient boundary markers (v.28)
- They are not truly competent workers and they end up working for ordinary people (v.29)
Lesson #3: Important verses to take notice of in this chapter
- True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life (v.4)
- The rich and poor have this in common: The LORD made them both (v.2)
- Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender (v.7)
- Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too. Quarrels and insults will disappear (v.10)
- Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend (v.11)
- The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap; those who make the LORD angry will fall into it (v.14)
- A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away (v.15)
- Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction. For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips. I am teaching you today-yes, you-so you will trust in the LORD (v.17)
- I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge. In this way, you may know the truth and take an accurate report to those who sent you (v.20, 21)
- The LORD is the defender of the poor and needy, He will ruin anyone who ruins them (v.23)
- Do you choose a good reputation rather than take short cuts to gain great riches?
- Is silver and gold more important to you than being held in high esteem?
- Are you a prudent person who foresees danger and takes precautions?
- Are you one who goes blindly on and suffers the consequences?
- Are you aware that true humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life
- Which are you borrower or lender? The answer tells whether you are servant or master.
- Are you truly generous and do you feed the poor?
- Do you notice that fighting, quarrels and insults tend to follow you around?
- Do you really love having a pure heart and gracious speech?
- Are you getting ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich?
Remember that, “Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it.” Proverbs 22:5
Don’t forget that just reading these wise sayings is not enough, you must apply them to your life, with much prayer.