The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
- Having a reverential awe of God is the beginning of good wisdom, but foolish people despise wisdom because they are not willing to take, or apply, instruction.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
- Ever heard of do what you love? Follow your heart? Well I have too, and this proverb is stating that our heart is our driving factor of life, and living life, you can do something and not have your heart in it. So it warns us to protect and keep our hearts safe so our lives don’t become a chaotic mess.
For wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
- Plainly stated, straight forward, to the point… having wisdom is priceless and is worth more than jewels and any desire that we have. We could have everything in the world and still be unfulfilled because of a lack of wisdom. Wisdom give us that power to live in simplicity.
One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
- So many people put on a facade of being rich, when behind closed doors they are struggling terribly. Then you have the person who dresses lowly, is humble, and doesn’t look like much, but behind closed doors they are wealthy. There is also a hidden meaning to this proverb… the person who pretends to be rich is also empty spiritually, having nothing, and is dead on the inside because pride and materialism (being of this world). On the other hand the one that pretends to be of a lowly in spirit is spiritually wealthy trough being meek and humble.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
- Basically stupid is what stupid does, you are what you eat! Ever noticed how you, or a friend, might change in attitude and physical appearance all based on who you/they are around? The friends you keep are a big influence. Like when moms and dads used to tell us ‘choose your friends wisely…’ – If you are not careful in your choices, you will become like they are, and that might not be a good thing. Are the friends you keep company with the right now the good choice for you and your life? Hang around wisdom and you will gain wisdom, hang around fools and you’ll become one!
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
- Sin is enticing, alluring, and looks fun; but all those things are a mask and in reality have a hidden agenda. As we know all sin leads to death. So be careful what you stick your hands into, because it might be the last thing you do before your ultimate destruction.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.
- This is a famous one that not a lot of people know came from the Bible. What this proverb says is that Pride will only bring on (comes before) destruction and having the spirit of Arrogance comes right before the fall. You will be better off dining with the poor and having a humble spirit, then to dine with the proud with a spirit of arrogance.
If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
- Only eat enough honey, don’t overdue it, unless you want to vomit or have a tummy ache. This isn’t just about, honey, candy, and sweets, but what it represents is all good things. When something good comes your way, don’t spend it all, eat it all, buy it all, have it all, take it all, taste it all, etc… unless you want to suffer the repercussions of it, after all is said and done. Instead only take what you need and your life will be the opposite = prosperous!
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
- Our tongues, in other words what we say with our mouths, has the power to give life or give death. Life, meaning that you will uplift that person, make their day, put a smile on their face, and make them feel like a million bucks. Death, meaning that you tear them down, ruin their day, put a frown on their face, and make them feel like they are worth less than nothing. Remember; with great power comes great responsibility…
Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.
- If we are foolish we are like a dog, when we make a mistake we tend to go lick up our own vomit and make the same mistake again. We basically are INSANE when we are foolish.
Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
- When a proverb, or a.k.a wisdom, comes from the mouth of a foolish person it is useless. Just like a drunkard is when he sticks his drinking hand with thorns… useless. So if you aren’t wise, don’t say nothing at all, and sometimes the best advice is just being silent and listening.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
- Iron sharpens iron, refining it, making it sharper – when we discuss, debate, and communicate with someone else (pick their brains) that is exactly what we are doing. Like iron; we are leaning more, understanding more, and sharpening our skills, becoming more confident and bold in who we are, and in what we know (or learning). It’s another way of saying – ‘I learn something new everyday…’
Well these are 12 Proverbial truths to take with you to Maxim-ize your life and way of living. Thanks for stopping in and God Bless!