THE MAN OF UNDERSTANDING
The Poor, The Rich, and the Slothful – Proverbs 22:7-29
Verses 7, 16, 22-23 — There is a contrast between the rich and poor. The poor; people who are often in need of borrowing are placed in servitude to the lender; the rich. The rich who would oppress the poor by holding their wages; charging a higher interest; etc. will surely be in want. Giving to the rich seems like a pointless statement; however it is done.
Verses 8, 10, 13-15 — The Geneva Bible notes (v. 8): “His authority by which he oppressed others, will be taken from him. ” Ref: (v. 10) Genesis 21:9-10;
The slothful or lazy will find any excuse not to do their labors. The person who is abhorred by the LORD will fall into a life of destruction. Correction is necessary to drive foolishness from a child; even some grown children who are following the path of foolishness.
Verses 9, 11-12, 17-21, 24-25 — The good individual who is blessed will also be a blessing to the poor. References: Luke 14:13-14. See 16:13 and Psalm 101:6 for verse 11. “The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
There is learning of wisdom and knowledge in listening to the wise. Keep them on your mind and on your lips; ready to speak them. By them we know what is “right and true” (ESV).
Being a constant companion of the angry will cause your own life to become endangered by unruly anger and a snare.
Verses 26-29 — Business matters according to Scripture; Co-signing for debt of another binds you; putting your living at stake, even your family.
The “landmark” is your word. Should be as sound as a concrete pillar 10 feet in the ground as a corner stake – marking the corner of a property.
When we are “diligent” in our labors we will stand before “kings”, be blessed, and kept from those who would seek to harm us.