The Proverbs of Solomon He that walketh uprightly walketh surely; But he that perverteth his ways shall be known (Proverbs 10:9, ASV). It’s very important for people to have dignity and integrity in their lives. The word dignity means one is worthy of honor and respect, while integrity means one is honest, having strong moral principles. One’s dignity is sacrificed if the life lived is not worthy of honor or respect. For instance, a person chooses to wallow in pits with hogs engaged in behavior that is destructive to his or her life. This could means drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity, greed and many other things. Once this dignity is sacrificed it is exceptionally hard to get back. Associated with dignity is integrity. The strong moral principles that a person should live by, once sacrificed, means the person wanders from one way of thinking to another, like a piece of driftwood on the water. Perhaps in the lives of each of us we have wondered about ourselves whether or not we have cut into or own dignity and integrity, weakening the two pillars in our life that give self-respect. The proverb gives an exhortation that it does not have to be that way, and it won’t be if a choice is made, from the beginning, to choose the Lord’s way. What if I didn’t choose the Lord’s way at the beginning? Then start now. It may be your bad-reputation will follow you, but as you choose to follow the Lord, what was once lost will soon return because people notice the one who walks uprightly, according to a standard not his own. RT
Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, But a man of understanding walks uprightly (Proverbs 15:21, NKJV). The word “folly” is rendered “foolish,” “stupid,” and the dictionary defines it as the lack of good sense, or judgment. In this proverb, it is best understood in relation to the word “uprightly.” In other words, the man of folly is a man who walks in wickedness, lacking good judgment. In one respect, it is easy to understand why one translation reads “stupid.” In the Lord’s word there is no “letting down easy” when it comes to such important matters in life. On the other hand, the man of understanding is the man who does know the Lord Way, and He chooses to live it. Consequently, he walks upright seeing His path before the Lord. RT
The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish (Proverbs 14:11, NKJV). The house of the wicked is destroyed on two levels. First, the Scriptures are clear that one’s sins will be found out (Numbers 32:23). Second, the house of the wicked is destroyed because the moral compass one lives by can’t hold its own weight; it will surely come crashing down. As the house of the wicked is, so on two levels the “tent of the upright” flourishes. First, in the immediate, those who live by the righteous standard of the Lord can’t do anything but benefit one’s neighbor. Doubt this? Consider what loves does: it will always seek that which is beneficial to the other (Phil. 2:3-4). Second, the Lord rewards those who love and obey Him. Now that is flourishing!