“A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.” The wise man wrote a series of contrasting statements. Wise and righteous are terms that describe the best characteristics of man. They are depicted as being loving, obedient, industrious and peaceful. Some of the blessings that accrue to those individuals are long life, riches, security, salvation, knowledge, understanding, life, gladness and strength. Fools on the other hand are wicked, shameful, violent, slanderous, hateful and lazy. Instead of blessings, fools suffer the consequences of their choices. They become poor, downcast, lost in sin, liars and destroyed with shortened lives.
“Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight.” This is the first of a long series of directly contrasting statements presented by the wise man. It should be the desire of everyone to live positive lives before God and his fellowman and to reap the reward promised to the righteous at the end.