2/3rds through my study of Proverbs and I discover new stuff all the time.
Vs 3: Avoiding a quarrel is a mark of honour; only fools insist on fighting.
Vs 9: Who can say, "I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?"
This verse seems so random in this chapter, but nothing about God's word is random! For me, this is a reminder, in the middle of Proverbs, not to think I know everything, or get comfortable in my salvation. Daily, we need to come before the Lord and humble ourselves, repent of the big and small problems in our lives, and seek His guidance. As David says, we should ask God to look into our hearts and expose anything that is not good, so we can deal with it.
Just to emphasize:
Vs 27: The Lord's searchlight penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.
Vs 10 and vs 14. I think verse 14 is an example of vs 10:
Vs 10: The lord despises double standards of every kind.
Vs 14: The buyer haggles over the price, saying, "its worthless," then brags about getting a bargain.
Vs 17: Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
Maybe this is why evil never seems to be satisfied: The thief needs to steal again, the con-artist needs to con again and the stakes get higher. They never reach a place of satisfaction.
V 19: A gossip tells secrets, so don't hang around with someone who talks too much.
Hang around with people who will encourage you to be a better person. Hang around with those who you value and esteem and their ways will rub off on you.
You often see the opposite is true, bad company corrupts! We as Christians need to know our strengths. I don't ever want to be responsible for dragging someone down because I was not strong enough to stand as a Christian. At the same time, if I sense someone could influence me negatively then I must walk away - immediately - the bible says - run from evil!
Vs 22: Don't say, "I will get even for this wrong." Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.
This is really a tough one. Waiting on the Lord when someone has hurt you is hard. But God's dealing of a matter is ALWAYS the PERFECT solution! I think His timing sometimes has a lot to do with the state of our hearts. If we are not ready to forgive, we delay God's working in the situation.
As per usual, much food for thought.