“Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.” That statement can also be applied to a woman living in a house with a contentious man. Life is too short to be lived in constant turmoil. Men of low character seek the easy, fast and evil methods to get their desires in this life. Their profit is only fleeting while God blesses the wise and diligent in their efforts. God looks with disdain at the proud and haughty person. He is pleased when the rich share their goods with the poor who cannot help themselves.
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches…” A person’s reputation built upon his deeds is of great influence in this world. One can build a good reputation with good deeds or a wicked reputation by committing evil deeds. A single unwise act can destroy a lifelong good reputation that no amount of wealth can restore. Solomon pointed out the relationship between sowing and reaping. That principle is dominant throughout the pages of Scripture. The wise plan ahead to prepare for the perils of life. Children who are well-trained are prepared for the life ahead. The fruits of the lazy and scornful are poverty and strife. Whatever seed that is sown will yield the same fruit in return.