Commentary by GL Jones
8- A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
9- He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
10- A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
11- He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
12- The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
13- The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
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.
Overview: Proverbs 12:8-16
In Proverbs, chapter 12, verse 8, Solomon tells us that people are measured by their level of WISDOM; but the person of a crooked heart will be despised!
In verse 9, Solomon tells us that even if a person is despised and yet has a Servant (a FOLLOWING), that person is BETTER than a GENERAL with no ARMY who praises Himself!
In verse 10, Solomon tells us that the while the RIGHTEOUS regarded ALL Life, the VICTIMS of their WICKED ABUSERS always face CRUELTY!
In verse 11, Solomon tells us that if we mind our own business we will always have bread but if we follow VAIN PERSONS we will become VOID of UNDERSTANDING!
In verse 12, Solomon tells us that the WICKED desire (the ALLURE gotten by ILL GAINS)of EVIL men: but the ROOT of the RIGHTEOUSNESS yields SUCCESS! EVIL men will always try to take ADVANTAGE of others.
In verse 13, Solomon tells us that WICKED are ensnared by the TRANGRESSION of his lips through (FLATTERY, LYING, DECEIT, etc.), but the JUST shall come out of trouble.Why? He knows when to SHUT UP!
And lastly in verse 14, Solomon tells us that a man will be satisfied by 2 things:
1. The WORDS or FRUIT of his SPEECH. -And-
2. The LABOR of his HANDS or his WORKS!
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