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Proverbs 13:15 | Good Understanding Giveth Favour

A Verse Mapping Bible Study on Proverbs

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Week 12: Proverbs 13:15

Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Scripture Memory

Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. Proverbs 13:15

Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors ihard. Proverbs 13:15

G___ u____________ g_____ f_____: b__ t__ w__ o_ t____________ i_ h___. Proverbs 13:15

Bible Context

Who?

King Solomon

When?

Early in his reign, after 970 B.C.

Why?

To apply God’s wisdom to daily life.

For whom?

Israelites (The Jewish People).

Word Studies

Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. Proverbs 13:15

Good | טוֹב

ṭôḇ

Pronunciation: tobe

Definition:

  • Pleasant (to the higher nature)
  • Rich, valuable in estimation
  • Appropriate, becoming
  • Good, right (ethical)

Translations:

  • Good 361 x
  • Better 72x
  • Goodness 16x
  • Best 8x
  • Prosperity 6x
  • Precious 4x

Understanding | שֵׂכֶל

śēḵel

Pronunciation: seh'-kel

Definition:

  • Prudence, good sense
  • Insight, understanding
  • Cunning, craft (bad sense)

Translations:

  • Understanding 7x
  • Wisdom 3x
  • Prudence 1x

Way | דֶּרֶךְ

dereḵ

Pronunciation: deh'-rek

Definition:

  • Road, way, path
  • Manner, habit

Translations:

  • Way 590x
  • Toward 31x
  • Journey 23x
  • Manner 8x

Transgressors | בָּגַד

bāḡaḏ

Pronunciation: baw-gad'

Definition:

  • To act treacherously, deceitfully

Translations:

  • Treacherously 23x
  • Transgressor 10x
  • Treacherous dealer 3x

Hard | אֵיתָן

'êṯān

Pronunciation: ay-thawn'

Definition:

  • Perpetual, constant
  • Permanence, enduring

Translations:

  • Strong 5x
  • Mighty 4x
  • Hard 1x
  • Rough 1x

Paraphrase

[Pleasant, ethically right] [insight] giveth favour: but the [manner, habit] of [those who act treacherously] is [enduring]. Proverbs 13:15

Bible Cross References

Proverbs 3:3-4

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 11:3

The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

Isaiah 33:1

Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.

Reflections

About God

Favour comes from God alone; good understanding (which gives favour) comes through asking Him for His wisdom.

About Self

I need to guard myself against my own sinful desires…they are enduring and hard but avoidable in part because of Jesus and the wisdom found in him.

Questions to Ask Myself

  • In what areas of life am I dealing “treacherously”? In what areas am I seeking good understanding? How can I increase the latter?

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