Proverbs 12 (Part 1)

The Proverbs dispense wisdom sentence by sentence. Today we’ll work through Part 1 of a diverse collection of thoughts from Proverbs 12.

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“Proverbs 12” Part 1

Proverbs 12:1-15 

  • The Proverbs are a great place to spend time
  • They dispense wisdom sentence by sentence
  • They address the practical things of life and tell us what God has to say about them
  • They are brief, but deep
  • Well-known, but worth returning to again and again
  • Today we’ll work through a diverse collection of thoughts from Proverbs 12
  • Let’s get right into our text

Proverbs 12:1

1  Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish. 

  • The word for instruction here means discipline, chastening, or correction
  • While not always enjoyable
  • This may be the most permanent kind of instruction we receive
  • And the man who genuinely loves to be prompted back to the right path
  • Because he knows this is the best path for him, really learns
  • He obtains the knowledge he needs
  • He’s better off
  • But the man that hates reproof (this is reproof or chastisement)
  • That is, he resists it, avoids it, refuses to learn from it
  • Is “brutish” – this is the same word for stupid or foolish
  • He learns nothing
  • He is always worse off

Proverbs 12:2

2  A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 

  • What kind of man is this “good” man?
  • He is pleasant and agreeable
  • He is good in the broadest sense of the word
  • His goodness gains “favour”
  • That is, he delights the Lord
  • Of course, we know that goodness is “of” the Lord
  • He empowers His people to have it
  • But when we learn to obey, perhaps from the chastening we heard about in verse 1, we delight Him
  • But a man who is crafty and mischievous, in an evil way, He condemns

Proverbs 12:3

3  A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 

  • The ERV may help us to understand this verse, it says…

“Evil people are never safe, but good people remain safe and secure.”

  • There is danger in wickedness
  • Doing wrong complicates life
  • It brings uncertainty and hardship
  • While righteousness, doing God’s will, provides a solid foundation

Proverbs 12:4

4  A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 

  • Relationships are tremendously important
  • Between husband and wife – the most important
  • The character of our spouse will make such a profound difference to us
  • If they are Godly, all of our lives will be better
  • A woman of virtue will be a crown to her husband
  • But a shameful wife is like a cancer
  • Her shameful behavior will only harm

Proverbs 12:5

5  The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 

  • Before we can take the advice of any man, we must know his character
  • Men who do right – who do God’s will – have good judgement
  • They can tell us what is right
  • But guidance we receive from the wicked will be questionable
  • Wicked men are prone to deception – they cannot be trusted

Proverbs 12:6

6  The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. 

  • The ERV may come in handy to explain this verse too…

“Evil people use their words to hurt others, but the words from good people can save others from danger.”

  • We all know people that use words to hurt
  • This comes from something broken inside a man
  • But men who know God – who are yielded to God – can build up
  • Instead of harming and endangering us, they help

Proverbs 12:7

7  The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand. 

  • A man can obtain wealth and power and comfort in life, but if he is evil, he is not safe
  • The foundations beneath him are shaky
  • We know for certain his character will not stand up to scrutiny
  • And he is bound for destruction
  • Those that are amongst the righteous
  • Who have a relationship with God
  • Will have a legacy
  • They will stand
  • If God has saved them by grace through faith, they will live with Him eternally
  • This is as safe and secure as any man can ever be

Proverbs 12:8

8  A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised. 

  • The word here for commend is “shine”
  • The wise man shines
  • Someone with prudence, insight, and understanding stands out
  • But there are others who have a twisted inner man
  • They are bound by sin – a slave to it
  • And they will gather to themselves contempt

Proverbs 12:9

9  He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread. 

  • This is the way the ERV says it…

“It is better to appear unimportant and have a servant than to pretend to be important and have no food.”

  • The person who “keeps up appearances” can make himself poor
  • The things he buys to maintain his reputation bankrupt him – financially and spiritually
  • Perhaps the man who has no reputation
  • The man who makes no name for himself has just enough
  • Or even more than enough

Proverbs 12:10

10  A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

  • Men of righteous character have regard for others
  • They are not just thinking about themselves
  • They are concerned for man and beast
  • Their cattle, their domestic animals are cared for
  • They don’t neglect their responsibilities toward God’s creatures
  • There are others, though, than can never muster better than cruelty
  • The best of their behavior is cruelty

Proverbs 12:11

11  He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding. 

  • The man who works hard in the field eats
  • Someone wrapped up with vanity
  • Wasting their time on things of no value have no understanding
  • His pursuit of these worthless things will cost him
  • They reveal he has little sense
  • He may go hungry

Proverbs 12:12

12  The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit. 

  • Theft and ill-gotten gain can be tempting
  • And the wicked man may want what someone else gains dishonestly
  • But it is the man who does right and works hard that yields the most
  • In the long-term it is right – never wrong – that pays

Proverbs 12:13

13  The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. 

  • The evil man has such a hard time guarding his tongue
  • It is always giving him away and revealing what is inside of him
  • This ensnares him
  • His own mouth sets traps
  • But those who do right and tell the truth remove themselves from trouble

Proverbs 12:14

14  A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him. 

  • This is a good principle
  • The ERV helps us to understand…

“People get good things for the words they say, and they are rewarded for the work they do.”

  • If we follow God, do His will, trust Him, and do the hard work that He requires, we will see fruit for our labors
  • He is a good father and gives good things
  • Speaking and doing right are their own reward
  • But there is often an abundant blessing for those who are consistent in them

Proverbs 12:15

15  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. 

  • We know people who have all the answers
  • People who are always right
  • This is the way of fools – always right
  • But the wise man acts in quite a different way
  • He listens to others
  • He knows that he doesn’t know everything
  • Others know more
  • Have seen what he hasn’t seen
  • Have done what he hasn’t done
  • And can help
  • He listens to them
  • And does what they say

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