v 15 Fools think their own way is right,
but the wise listen to others.
The wisdom of listening and learning.
v 16 A fool is quick-tempered,
but a wise person stays calm when insulted.
Don’t let hasty personal insults get to you.
v 17 An honest witness tells the truth;
a false witness tells lies.
Honesty is not necessarily the best policy, but it is the right one!
v 18 Some people make cutting remarks,
but the words of the wise bring healing.
Our verbal comments should never hurt, but always heal.
v 19 Truthful words stand the test of time,
but lies are soon exposed.
Be sure your lies will find you out!
v 22 The Lord detests lying lips,
but he delights in those who tell the truth.
Truth-telling is a mark of godly character which pleases God.
v 23 The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge,
but fools broadcast their foolishness.
The wisdom of silence is better than ignorant bragging.
v 25 Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up.
Encouragement is the best medicine in difficult days.
v 26 The godly give good advice to their friends;
the wicked lead them astray
Pray for discernment in accepting advice from friends.