vs2. Fearing the Lord is a characteristic of righteousness and strength; not weakness.
vs 4. “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; but much increase is by the strength of the ox.” If you want to grow and prosper and be productive there may be times when things get messy. That is ok. Be willing to deal with messy if your desire is to have much. This is true with people, work, family, and more.
vs 7. “Go from the presence of a foolish man.” There is wisdom in leaving. Paul mentioned some men from whom we must “turn away” (2 Tim 3:1-5).
vs 14. When you seek after your own lusts and backslide from the Lord, you will receive your desire in full. But to deny yourself of youthful lusts will obtain for you a satisfaction from heaven. This is far better.
vs 16. Contrary to popular belief, “a fool…is self-confident.” True confidence is in God’s ability to enable us to perform what He calls us to. And that, by the strength of His might.
vs 20. There is no glory in poverty. But neither is glory hindered by poverty.
vs 23. “In all labor there is profit.” That profit may not always be financial but hard work does have rewards.
vs 30. “A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.” Envy is never satisfied. The moment it obtains it’s desire, it desires what someone else has. A sound heart is one that is aware and content with what it receives from the Lord.
vs 31. “He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker.” It is best for us to see all people in view of their creation by God. Seek to assist all men in serving their Maker.
vs 34. We have responsibility to bring our “people” and our “nation” to repentance and provoke them to righteousness.