King Solomon opens this section of Proverbs with a comparison between the rich and poor, strongly setting up the rest of his chapter. Solomon focuses most of his advice on wealth,dealing with the friendships that seem to follow wealth as well as the importance of gaining one’s riches from wisdom and understanding above all other sources. He gives examples, over and over again, of how many friends the wealthy have, and of how easily the gift-giving person makes new friends. Solomon also drives home that it would be better to be poor than to have other “faults:” a fool whose lips are perverse, a liar, or a fool who lives in luxury.
Verse 1: “Better a fool whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.”
Verse 11: “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”
Verse 21: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”