1 Do not envy the wicked,
do not desire their company;
2 for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble.
Ultimately, we become like the people we admire and with whom we associate. We cannot become godly, God-dependent people if we idolize ungodly, self-centered people. Conversely, if we crave the wisdom and company of the wise, then we’ll develop their habits and character. We should take inventory of our heroes and colleagues; and–if necessary—look for new ones.
3 By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
This saying embodies the core message of Proverbs: the pursuit of godly knowledge, understanding, and wisdom leads to extraordinary security and wealth. The reader understood that the word “house” referred not only to one’s dwelling place, but also to one’s family and legacy.
5 The wise prevail through great power,
and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
6 Surely you need guidance to wage war,
and victory is won through many advisers.
It takes more than strength to prevail. Rather, wise leaders surround themselves with godly counsel that provides the knowledge and strategy required for success.
7 Wisdom is too high for fools;
in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
Fools have forfeited their right to speak on important community matters. If given the platform, their words will lead to chaos and confusion.
Prayer: Father, surround me with godly influences.
May I be profoundly influential for you and your Kingdom in my world today.