This is quite a start to the chapter:
Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. (NKJV)
It really is stupid to refuse correction. Would you rather be wrong and have no one say anything about it? Really, correction requires humility and a teachable spirit. God can work with such a person.
vs 3. “The root of the righteous cannot be moved.” In another place it is written that the righteous are as bold as lions. When you do righteousness, you have no one to fear. You may have enemies but you can stand assured that God is with you.
vs 9. It is becoming more apparent to me that some people simply want the appearance of success or the appearance of wealth or the appearance of righteousness. The real things almost always require sacrifice and diligence. Some people would rather have a beat up Ferrari than a minivan in excellent condition. There really is no glory in honoring yourself.
vs 18. “The tongue of the wise promotes health.” Our words can either build up or tear down. The wise man is known by those who are the better for being in his presence.
vs. 25 “Anxiety in the heard of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Many have known the truth of this statement.
vs. 27 “Diligence is man’s precious possession.” We must wag war against those things which rob us of our diligence. Many forms of entertainment have this ability to make us lazy. Do not be enslaved by your lust for rest and entertainment. Let it serve you.