- Proverbs 16:21-27
- Prov 16:21 (KJB)
- The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the
sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
- Called - Proclaimed or read
- Prudent - To understand, perceive, or be discerning
- Those who are wise in heart, the saved, shall be called discerning. It
is not just a moniker but it is what describes this person as they are
proclaimed as one who has much understanding. A person who has much
understanding will be one who is very valuable in any situation. The next
part of the verse tells why. The sweetness of the lips increases learning
and this is meaning that sweetness is in opposition to bitterness. A person
who brings the proper words which conveys the thoughts correctly and brings
solutions and not just words, is one that not only helps increases his
learning, but he increases the learning of those he is helping. The prudent
speaker is the one who helps increase the understanding. The word learning
is also translated as teaching or doctrine.
(Deu 32:2 KJV) My doctrine shall drop as the
rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender
herb, and as the showers upon the grass: So the
learning in view is the learning of spiritual truths from the Scriptures.
There may be secular applications where a saved person uses wisdom in a
situation but the general call of the wise is to bring the true Gospel.
- Prov 16:22 (KJB)
- Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath
it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
- Wellspring - Spring or source
- Folly - Foolishness
- The understanding here is that of the Gospel because it is the source of
the understanding or insight which the saved person has.
(Isa 58:11 KJV) And the LORD shall guide thee
continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and
thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose
waters fail not. Isaiah 58:11 teaches that the
true believer is going to be like a watered garden and the water which is
going to water him is the water of the Gospel which will never fail.
(Deu 31:8 KJV) And the LORD, he it is
that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee,
neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
Then we look at the source of the Gospel and it is God
Himself and He shall never fail. The total difference between the saved
person and unsaved person is that the instruction or discipline of the fool
is totally opposite of wisdom and that is foolishness. Foolishness is his
teacher and he always has a willing student, one just need look at the
results of their life.
- Prov 16:23 (KJB)
- The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning
to his lips.
- Teacheth - Act wisely with or to understand
- Learning - Teaching or insight
- The heart represents the inner thoughts, motives and intents of a
person. When a person becomes saved they are now able to control their
words, that is, they consider carefully what they are teaching others. One
who teaches a class does not go up in front without a plan. They carefully
study what they are going to teach and that is the same principle the wise
person uses before they engage their mouth. Not only does the teacher teach
his mouth what to say, what he learns and prepares beforehand will add more
learning to himself, and the more correct learning he gets, the wiser his
- Prov 16:24 (KJB)
- Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and
health to the bones.
- Sweet - Pleasant
- Where we have a verse which teaches about the healing power of words.
Now this verse is not speaking of someone who is using flattering words to
gain some kind of advantage from someone. This verse is speaking about the
correct use of words in any given situation. In opposition to pleasant words
are harsh or cruel words which do not help a person but causes them to
become angry and much anger can cause or maintain a disease in a person’s
body. When pleasant words or conversation is used, that person not only
feels good in their spirit, but it also helps their physical condition,
because pleasant words keep a person calm and properly focused without
adding anxiety to them. The spiritual aspect of this is that when the true
Gospel is preached and a person becomes saved, those words of God are as
pleasant to the soul and it even brings a calming to the body.
- Prov 16:25 (KJB)
- There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are
the ways of death.
- This verse teaches us plainly that man wants to believe that his ways
are right but he never weighs any possible consequences. He believes that he
can do business dishonestly and may gain more wealth not realizing he could
go to jail. He may believe that he could take another’s place simply if he
gets rid of that person but does not realize he is putting himself in the
same position, where others can get rid of him. Man does not want to believe
that his actions will create a response and that he is impervious to
negative responses. The greatest deception that man faces on this earth is
the deception of religion. He creates religion and within that religion he
creates a system of works which he then becomes so steeped in that he starts
to believe his own system. He teaches that if a person does the works that
are required under his system, then God will accept them and take them to
Heaven. Religion is deception! It does not bring a person closer to God, in
fact, it separates a person farther from Him because religion attempts to
usurp the salvation plan which God created and accepts. So the ways of man
turns into the ways of death and that is eternal death in hell. The ways of
man may seem right in his own eyes but the consequences of self-deception
- Prov 16:26 (KJB)
- He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of
- The man in this verse is working for his own survival. He labors so he
may buy the things which can sustain him in this life.
(Eccl 6:7 KJV) All the labour of man is
for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
Ecclesiastes gives us a good insight into the mindset of many. Today we see
many people working extremely long hours for the things of this world and
the more they make, the more material goods they crave. The appetite of man
is never filled simply because there is a point where necessity leaves off
and greed takes over. Hunger and living necessities are a great cudgel to
force man to work. If God did not institute work in the Garden of Eden, can
you imagine what this world would be like with 7 billion people and nothing
to do? You talk about a crime rate!
- Prov 16:27 (KJB)
- An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is
as a burning fire.
- Ungodly - A man of Belial, corrupt
- Burning - Scorching
- The ungodly or man of Belial is not satisfied with just hearing bad news
or gossip about someone, their heart is so wicked that they have to go
literally looking to find something bad. They continue to dig for something
and if they find anything, even the smallest thing, they will not keep it to
themselves and their report will be as a scorching fire. In war time there
is something known as a “scorched earth policy” where one side determines to
burn everything, either on their side to prevent the enemy from establishing
a base thus making it hard for the enemy to attack. The other side of that
policy would be to burn as much of the enemies territory to make it hard for
them to mount a proper defense. This is what the burning lips of the men of
Belial do, they will scorch as much of a person’s life as they can. As you
may know, Belial is another name for Satan.
(2 Cor 6:15 KJV) And what concord hath Christ
with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?