Proverbs Devotional Experience
The father has so far appealed to his children to listen (22:17-21) and has listed out things to avoid (22:22-28). He now turns his attention to giving his children instruction in how to advance in life.
First, he encourages the mastering of etiquette (1-3).
Second, he encourages his son not to be addicted to being rich (4-7).
Third, he discourages making intimate friends of the stingy and the fool.
Fourth he encourages his children not to remove the ancient boundaries set by Yahweh when they inherited the land (10-11).
Fifth, he makes it clear that discipling children is essential for an advancing life (12-16).
Sixth, he encourages his son to deal with envy with a good dose of fearing God (17-18).
He now turns to the subject of vices to avoid (19-35).
First in his list are carousing and drunkenness (19-21).
Second on his list is the temptation to dishonor one's parents (22-26).
Third, he warns against sexual misconduct (27-28).
The writer of this portion of Proverbs concludes with a heavy warning against drunkenness, spelling out in detail the bitter consequences (29-35).