1. What do we need to hear and receive to be wise in our latter end?
“Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end” (Proverbs 19:20).
- Proverbs 2:1-9, Proverbs 21:30, and I Corinthians 4:6.
- We can receive instruction just from things like observation as well (Proverbs 24:30-32).
- Some are just unwilling to receive instruction (Jeremiah 17:21-23 and Jeremiah 32:33).
2. Should we put our own counsel in our hearts or should we put the counsel of the Lord in our hearts?
The counsel of the Lord: “There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand” (Proverbs 19:21).
- The counsel of God stands (Psalms 33:10-11 and Isaiah 46:10; cf. Proverbs 3:5-7).
- We shouldn’t trust in our hearts (Proverbs 28:26, Jeremiah 16:12, and Jeremiah 17:9).
3. Is kindness something that is desired of man?
Yes: “The desire of a man is his kindness…” (Proverbs 19:22).
- Luke 6:35 and Colossians 3:12.
4. Is it better to be poor or to be a liar?
“…and a poor man is better than a liar” (Proverbs 19:22).
- The poor can be saved (Psalms 72:13 and Luke 16:19-31; cf. Proverbs 19:1).
- Liars cannot be saved (Revelation 21:8).
5. Is it good to fear the Lord?
Good and necessary: “The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil” (Proverbs 19:23).
- Psalms 33:18-19, Psalms 34:9-11, Psalms 85:9, Psalms 103:17, Proverbs 14:27, Proverbs 15:33, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Philippians 2:12, and I Peter 2:17).
6. Will slothful [lazy; sluggard] individuals put much food on the table?
No: “A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again” (Proverbs 19:24).
- Proverbs 19:15, Proverbs 20:4, Proverbs 24:30-34, Proverbs 26:13-16, Ecclesiastes 10:18, and Romans 12:11.
7. Can smiting a scorner [mocker] help the simple [naive] learn anything?
Sure: “Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware…” (Proverbs 19:25).
- Deuteronomy 13:6-11 and Proverbs 21:11.
8. Do people of understanding receive correction well?
Yes: “…and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge” (Proverbs 19:25).
- Proverbs 9:9-10 and Proverbs 17:10.
9. What can a child do to bring reproach upon his family?
“He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach” (Proverbs 19:26).
- Proverbs 10:1, Proverbs 17:21, and Proverbs 17:25.
10. What kind of instruction should we NOT listen to?
“Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge” (Proverbs 19:27).
- Psalms 1:1-2, Mark 4:24, Romans 16:17-18, Ephesians 4:14, I Timothy 1:3-7, and I Timothy 6:3-5.
11. Does an ungodly witness make a mockery of true judgment?
Yes: “An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity” (Proverbs 19:28).
- I Samuel 8:1-3 and Acts 6:9-15.
12. Will a scorner escape judgment?
No: “Judgments are prepared for scorners…” (Proverbs 19:29).
- II Peter 3:1-10.
13. For whom are stripes on the back prepared for?
“…and stripes for the back of fools” (Proverbs 19:29).
- Proverbs 10:13 and Proverbs 26:3; cf. Proverbs 17:10.