“Whoever keeps the law
Controls his thoughts.
Wisdom is the fulfillment
Of the fear of the Lord.
The one who is not clever
Cannot be taught.
But there is cleverness
That increases bitterness.
The knowledge of the wise
Will increase like a flood.
Their counsel is
Like a life-giving spring.”
If you keep the law, you will control your thoughts. Wisdom completes those who fear the Lord. If you are not clever, you cannot be taught. Yet there is cleverness that increases bitterness. The knowledge of the wise people increases like a flood. Their counsel is like a refreshing spring of water that saves lives.
“When words are many,
Transgression is not lacking.
But the prudent are restrained in speech.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver.
The mind of the wicked is of little worth.
The lips of the righteous feed many.
But fools die for lack of sense.”
If you talk too much, the chance of transgression increases. The prudent are more restrained in speech. The righteous have a silver tongue, while the wicked have very little worthwhile in their mind. The lips of the righteous can feed many people, but fools die for a lack of good sense.
“Do not be afraid
When one becomes rich!
Do not be afraid
When the wealth of their houses increases!
When they die,
They will carry nothing away.
Their wealth will not go down after them.
Even though in their lifetime,
They count themselves happy.
You are praised,
When you do well for yourself.
They will go to the company of their ancestors.
They will never again see the light.
Mortals cannot abide in their pomp.
They are like the animals that perish.”
This psalm ends with a warning about richness. You should never be afraid of the rich people. Even if someone’s wealth increases, they cannot take it with them. Their wealth stays here on earth while they go down to death. They can take nothing with them. Even if they had a happy life, they still have to live with their ancestors in eternal death where they will never see the light of day. No matter how pompous one was, they still die like animals. This is a repeat of what was said earlier. The message was clear. Do not be bothered by rich men since they are going to die anyway.