Wisdom’s Gold, and a Honeycomb – Proverbs 16:16-24
Verse 16 – The worth of wisdom and understanding compared to gold and/or silver. What, if anything, is lost by having one without the other? Prov. 3:13
Verse 17 – 19 — Life is sometimes compared to a road. Is that a good comparison? Why? How would you describe the “Highway of the upright?” Think about what it means to stay on (“Keepeth his way”) that highway.
In what way does pride lead to destruction? Is “Pride” some of the time, or all the time related to refusing to see and acknowledge there is a problem? Jeremiah 49:16
The “Humble spirit” needs no spoils. For verse 19 reference see Psalm 84:10.
Verse 20 – 24 —
“Prov. 16:20–24 These verses commend the speech characteristic of the wise of heart (vv. 21a, 23a): the wise consider their words carefully (vv. 20a, 23a) so that their words are both persuasive (vv. 21b, 23b) and good for body and soul (v. 24); they exhibit faithfulness to God (v. 20b) and are considered discerning by others (v. 21a). Such wisdom is a fountain of life, and foolish speech is empty of any such benefits (v. 22).” Note from the ESV Study Bible
Pleasant and precious words are sweet and comes from hearts of wisdom of understanding (verses 16 and 24).
-Tim A. Blankenship