We are in the Wisdom Stream reading from the New American Standard Bible.
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Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis
Dear Lord, you are so right. Wisdom is more valuable than fine gems. Wisdom actually is the prize gem that we do well to be seeking. Give us YOUR wisdom, Lord.
27 – Solomon reminds us to let others talk us up. Don’t you do it, it looks dumb. Foolishness, anger, jealousy – none of it’s good! For heaven’s sake be a stand up guy. Know when to go home. Be true with friends; don’t sell out. Don’t even be where there’s evil. Be courteous 24/7. Avoid bickering women. Let relationships make you better. Faithfully manage your property, your work, your world. Be realistic – be contented, be sober in your assessments. Honestly examine your heart. Don’t try to fix fools – they don’t want it. Keep inventory of your property and manage it so to be fruitful.
29 – Let yourself be corrected. Righteousness leads to rejoicing – wickedness leads to groaning. Wisdom will please your family. Harlots will waste your wealth. In our cities there must be justice; not bribes and flattery, wickedness and scorn. Raging, cackling, tempestuous, violent fools bring no rest only turmoil. Falsehood will ruin a land. Wisdom and upright living guards life. Discipline and correction brings wisdom. Undisciplined children = chaos and shame. Disciplined children bring strength and delight. Keep the law. Guard your speech. Know that anger, tantrums, and pride will take you down. When you ought to speak up, silence is lying. Put your trust in God and seek justice from Him, not man. Resolve to do right even though being righteous draws ire from the abominable, and the wicked.