vs 3. “He who guards his mouth preserves his life.” I have always been amazed at those who can tame their tongue in the most heated situations. It really shows great power and meekness. The greatest example of this is our Lord who “like a lamb led to the slaughter” didn’t open His mouth or revile those who reviled Him.

vs 7. There is “one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.” Yes there is. There is one who actually became more that we might become rich! Nevertheless, flaunting possessions is a vain thing. True riches come from the Lord and praise, glory and honor return to Him, not self.

vs 19. “A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.” There is great reward for him to obtains that for which he has labored, desired, and asked for. When the Lord provides such things it is right to give Him thanks.

vs 23. “Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor.” I often think about this. How much good and opportunity is left untapped simply because man didn’t do what was required. Laziness is such a thief. Break up the fallow ground and see what the Lord has in store for those good stewards that do the most they can with what they have.

vs. 24. Discipline is a tough task. It is often grievous but it is always necessary. Refusing to discipline promptly will produce an enduring problem. One once said, “whatever is not corrected is accepted.” If you don’t correct it, you must accept it.