Concentrating only on the sayings pertaining to the upright in this passage of contrast of the wicked verses the upright, we see:
A. Wisdom-Correction 1. A wise son is open to correction, 2. Even the wise accept counsel, 3. One who hears reproof is is honored, 4. He who loves his children give them a disciplined lifestyle.
B. 1. Diligence-Work 1.Diligence in work equals plenty, 2. Some who are wealthy pretend poverty, 3. A man’s worth is what he has earned, 4. Wealth earned is increased, 5.Commandments respected reap reward, 6. A good man has plenty for his children inheritance, 7.The righteous has enough to satisfy.
C. Purity. 1. The righteous hate lies, 2. The righteous protects the pure, 3. The lamp of the righteous burns brightly, 4. Righteousness is rewarded.
D. Prudence. 1. The fruit of ones mouth leads to enjoyment, 2. Desire fulfilled is a tree of life, 3. Wise teaching is a fountain of life, 4. Good understanding produces favor, 5. prudence walks with knowledge, 6. A faithful envoy brings healing, 7. Desire realized is sweet to the soul, 8. Wise men walk together.
In todays life in America, we hear a constant barrage of, ” getting what you deserve,” from insurance companies, employers, lawsuits, government subsidies, parents and many other sources. Everyone wants the newest, latest, most improved, the biggest lottery payout, equal pay for unequal work, high grades for undeserved performance, advancement in the job for substandard performance, and something for nothing. All in all we want a short cut to success, as defined by todays society. But there are few who want to put in the time and the hard work to really succeed. Then there is the problem of what is success. Is it really more money, a shinier car, a bigger house, more vacations? Wisdom says a closer walk with God is the best starting point. Pursuing a relationship of pure and undefiled love with your family, and reaching out to your neighbors in love is a good beginning. And being content with what you have earned is essential. By the way discipline is not the same as punishment. The scripture requires discipline for our children, which is consistency in training, and also consistency in the parents life.