“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold” (v1). While the world offers us short-term profit and beautiful false images, the proverbs teach us about the unglamorous, slow, day-by-day process of building a “good name” and a solid life. Just like training a child takes time, the daily faithfulness of following God’s ways in our relationships and our work leads to abundant life (v4,6). He warns us against greed, lust, and anger so that we don’t get “entangled in snares” (v25).
“That your trust may be in the Lord” (v19). Even when we stumble, we can trust that God forgives and leads us to the path of life.