Proverbs 13:15 – Hard Way

“Good understanding wins favour, but the way of the unfaithful is *hard” – Proverbs 13:5

(*or does not endure)

What is a characteristic of a wise woman? This proverb focuses on good understanding.

What is good understanding?

Good understanding here seems to be to characterising people who learn the right thing to do and who also live it out. They are willing to be taught and to change. They are promised favour with God and with men.

The unfaithful are the ones who learn the ways of God but reject them, having a way of living that turns aside. They are not willing to change from destructive habits or behaviour. There is hardship and fleeting pleasure in that path, we are told.

If we can listen to people in our life who will guide us well, we might avoid a lot of sorrow.

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Similar Proverbs: 13:13

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Proverbs 13:2 – Violent Outcomes

From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:2

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 12: 14,18

Theme: Prov 13:2-4 – The Hebrew words translated as “desire”, “appetite”, “life”, and “soul”,  is literally “soul” or “breath” and can refer to the inner desires of people, but also the essence of who you  are. (Reiterated from A Mentor Commentary On Proverbs – John A. Kitchen


My thoughts:

How often our words cause strife. We speak without thinking or even with malice or other evil desire. Life should teach us that speaking with a desire to trick or manipulate only ends in bad things, for us and others. We’re asking for it if we use our words to deceive. This proverb speaks of the produce of our lips bringing good for us. Let’s then speak with care, so that we produce good outcomes.

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Note: All scripture is taken from and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus, he has a real way with words!

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