Chapter 15: Be Wise
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1)
When someone is upset, or angry the only way to calm them down would be to speak softly to them. If someone is mad and you respond by raising your voice and do exactly what the person who is angry is doing… you are just inviting more anger to come in. Speak softly and resolve problems with calmness.
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)
No matter what we do, the Lord always knows what we are doing and we will be judged according to what we do, even in secret.
“The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge; but the mouth of the fools feedeth on foolishness” (Proverbs 15:14)
Fools will only burn hotter with lies and stupidity when they are fueled (fooled?) by other fools.
“A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.” (Proverbs 15:20)
Make your parents proud.
“The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.” (Proverbs 15:33)
If we follow the commandments with humility, and fear the Lord we will be better off.
Chapter 16: Wisdom is Better than Gold
“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:1)
For Example: If we do our part and put our full heart and mind into studying/preparing for a test or a big interview the Lord will help us with the right answers/words.
“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” (Proverbs 16:7)
If we do the will of the Lord, then we do not have to fear our enemies.
“It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:12)
Public figures (i.e. presidents, governors, senators, etc.) will be punished more than someone who has not been given that great responsibility.
“How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!” (Proverbs 16:16)
Knowledge is always more valuable than material things.
“The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and healeth the bones.” (Proverbs 16:23-24)
Those who are wise train their mouth with appropriate words. Those who are foolish and unwise will say vain things (swearing).