Summer in the bible represents the prime of one’s life. That’s the period one should work tirelessly, otherwise, the individual will have no food during the winter. As I resumed school this September, I was excited to see my classmates again after a 4 month break. The question I kept hearing when we embraced each other was “what did you do during the summer?” Some travelled round the world, Most worked to earn money, while a minute part of the equation did nothing. The ones that did nothing were in shame. This is one thing out of many that this chapter teaches us. Your summer is very important; that’s when the ants go to work in preparation for the winter. If you mismanage the summer of your life, you will be ashamed when you see your equals in unimaginable heights in later years. So strengthen your slack hands and your feeble knees and get to work …but not before reading this 😀 Enjoy!
Verse 1: A wise son makes a glad father,But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
Musing: In reality when a child does well, the father says, that’s my girl or boy. But when the child misbehaves, he reminds his wife that that’s her child. And we see why, the mother often feels the brunt more when the child fails to grow into sonship because in a sense, she has primary jurisdiction over the child to nurture and to rear – it is almost a given, little wonder the bible didn’t need to admonish her like fathers were specifically instructed in Ephesians 6:4 and Colossians 3:21.
Verse 2: Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, But righteousness delivers from death.
Musing: Ill-gotten gain gets one no where. Moves you two steps forward and 10 backwards. On the whole it profits nothing because you may lose your life in the process. But honest gains makes you immortal….indestructible – the devil comes and can’t find any of his goods with you (Jn. 14:30). By righteousness, you are exalted & delivered from the destructive tendencies of the enemy (Prov. 14:34).
Verse 3: The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, But He casts away the desire of the wicked.
Musing: To eat and to find satisfaction in it is in itself a blessing that sadly, we have become complacent to see the hand of God in it. God expects us to be grateful every time we eat to satisfaction – no matter how we despise it, it is a miracle (Deut. 8:10). God won’t starve an honest soul…like David affirmed, ‘….the righteous will never beg Bread (Ps. 37:25). But for the wicked, his appetite will never be satisfied…he will keep wanting & never have enough. So be rest assured that The lord will uphold the righteous, even when it comes down to food, he will not let the righteous go hungry.
Verse 4: He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Musing: Poverty & wealth are not sudden events that befalls a man but they follow a process which happens in time. If you are lazy, it will lead to poverty & if you sustain a culture of hard work & diligence, it will lead you to wealth. Simple.
Verse 5: He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
Musing: No matter how sincere you are, you cannot leave your location late & expect to arrive at your destination early. It defeats logic. Make hay while the sun shines — there is a time for everything according to Ecclesiastes 3 — time to Sow & time to reap and the both cannot be swapped. That’s why we often talk about a ‘window of opportunity’, it does not last forever…Jesus came and wept over Jerusalem because they were not aware of the time of their visitation (Luke 19:41-44)… they sleep walked through it and couldn’t take advantage of it. It was an hour of lost opportunity.
Verse 6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
Musing: For the Righteous, by virtue of their pure hearts, they automatically enjoy the fresh oil of favour on their heads (Eccl.9:8) but for the wicked as they speak violence, it comes to them as an experience. They use their mouths to attract death to themselves (Proverbs 18:21).
7 The memory of the righteous is blessed,But the name of the wicked will rot.
Musing: The wicked has but a nuisance reputation both in life & in death. Everywhere his name is mentioned only evil is remembered. But for the righteous who understood well enough during his lifetime that a good name is better than silver & gold (Provs. 22:1), at his death, leaves behind great memories. And in fact, they really don’t die that’s why they are hardly referred to as ‘the late. X Y’ but ‘ X Y of blessed memory’.
Verse 8: The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall.
Musing: the wise in heart will receive instructions and increase in wisdom. He is gladdened at the face of instructions & have made this an attitude but a fool will literally rather die than receive an instruction. He so loathes it that he shuts himself off from hearing – even when he picks it in his ears, he never takes it to heart. To him, he is self-sufficient and he knows enough to lead a life of his own. Ruin. That is often his end.
Verse 9 He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known.
Musing: the one who conducts himself with integrity will enjoy security of life & his resources but he that walks in Perversion, no matter how hard he tries to hide his deeds, it will show itself to the world and expose its doer.
10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble, But a prating fool will fall.
Musing: Vs 10: Face your fears! Do not evade the eyes of people…look them eye ball to eye ball — God has told us in Jeremiah not to be afraid of the face of anyone (Jer. 1:8).
An open face-to-face meeting will always result in peace @ the end once the motive is right. Never be afraid of a confrontation…Paul had to confront Peter at some point on the matter of the gospel to the Jews & gentiles (Gal. 2:11). He didn’t try to shy away from it. Those who refuse to tell others the truth in avoidance of the pain they may cause them often DO NOT KNOW that they are inadvertently creating another pain of a greater kind which will hurt not only the other person but themselves also. The truth may be hard but it is the only way to freedom and wise people know this!
Verse 11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
Musing: A good person out of His God heart not moral heart brings forth good things (Mark 10:18). Because he has the Holy-Spirit in Him, only life as of the living water flows out. The mouth of the Wicked is a dark cave because Satan seats in His heart — the father of darkness/ murderer (Jn. 8:44).
12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.
Musing: Hatred begins a fight but love is the way to victory — it covers multitude of sins. Both vertically and horizontally and I mean by God’s love to us (vertically) our sins are taken of his sight & blotted away like we never sinned and we must also show that love horizontally with the brethren such that we find no fault in them by reason of the amount of love we have for them.
13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.
Musing: for a person of Insight, His mind is His eyes and helps him see things not limited to three dimension (3D) but of HHD — Heaven’s Helicopter Dimension. The both are incomparable in judgements. Once a wise man speaks, wisdom is seen. He has heard so much instructions that have shaped his wisdom and he speaks same words to communicate such wisdom. For a fool, it is not so. It takes more than instruction to impart him, there is often need for the rod on His back.
14 Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
Musing: the wise accumulates knowledge & they keep accumulating knowledge, sometimes without knowing why. It is a treasure for them — they talk less so they don’t lose what they are saving except when they need to speak & they do this often to learn. They don’t speak to create a high impression of themselves as they do to impact. Those who talk too much are wasters & their speech show their foolishness which precedes destruction.
15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; The destruction of the poor is their poverty.
Musing: the wealth of the rich is their strong city. It is as it were there power base as they understand it answers all things (Eccl. 10:19). For the poor, their poverty is their undoing — they live small lives, walk with small friends, have small dreams…infact they are dead while they live as they are not able to make any level of cobtribution & impact to the world around them. When they finally die, they die twice — while they are alive & also in death. Freedom lost in both worlds!
16 The labor of the righteous leads to life, The wages of the wicked to sin.
Musing: Vs 16: the reward for a good person is exuberant life — larger than life experience (Jn 10:10), eternal life. But for the wicked is judgement.
Verse 17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray.
Musing: discipline is the only way to sustain life…once you ignore correction, death lurks around the corner.
18 Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool.
Musing: Liars hoard hatred secretly. They laugh with you & their heart is not with you – bottle up lies & deception just in the likeness of the crafty father of lies (Jn. 8:44). If you have hatred growing in your heart, voice it out & cleanse your heart by His blood (Heb. 9:14).
19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.
Musing: the more talk the less truth. The Wise have learnt to measure their words — they have an in-built word counter. If you talk too much, you will lie and talk out the anointing of God that you have built up in your life…that’s why you become very light. Measure your words.
Verse20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of wisdom.[a]
Musing: A good person’ words can be taken to the bank – so much integrity. His Words alone is enough but for the wicked, even his heart has a worthless value because it does not know wisdom.
22 The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.
Musing: God’s blessings is to make our life’s rich and even when we give back to Him from it, it does not add to Him. No one can improve on God by His/her virtues. For us also, His blessings adds no sorrow to us because our God is the father of light & there is no shadow with God.
23 To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom.
Musing: A mindful person has full mind…mind that relishes wisdom. For the Wicked, he loves to cause trouble & takes evil as Sport.
24 The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted.
Musing: The realities of Job shows how a man attracts what he fears (Job 3:25). In the same way, faith also attracts our desires (Mt. 9:29). To manage fear, perfect love is the answer (1 Jn. 4:18).
25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
Musing: Storm happens to everybody but it takes those on solid ground of Jesus to weather the storm. For the Righteous, they shall be as mount Zion that cannot be moved but the house of the Wicked will come down as soon as it is impacted by the adversities of love (Mt.7:25).
26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him.
Musing: If you must get things done by another person, ensure he is not a lazy person, otherwise, you will often wish you did it yourself. We must be wise to discern the right people to work with so as to keep negative energy far from us.
27 The fear of the Lord prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
Musing: the fear of God increases the life of a man but ungodliness will shorten his days as God’s instructions is the pathway to life …simple!
28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish.
Musing: the hope of the Righteous is great joy…no anxiety because God has got it all covered. But for the wicked, their expectations shall not be fulfilled.
29 The way of the Lord is strength for the upright, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.
Musing: The way of the Lord is as a two edged sword (Heb. 4:12), strength to the upright & destruction to the wicked. Like every father, if you live your life well, he backs you up.
30 The righteous will never be removed, But the wicked will not inhabit the earth.
Musing: Good people last…even when there is in a new Pharaoh in town because their elevation is not by luck or chance but by principles (Exo. 1:8). They shall be as mount Zion planted forever.
Verses 31&32: The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the perverse tongue will be cut out. 32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.
Musing: the words of a good person is a seasoner. The mouth of the Wicked has no life in them — they speak perverse things and don’t know wisdom neither do they know what is acceptable for different audience but the Righteous speak to please & impact. #Favour & power