22 Do not those who plot evil go astray?
But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
23 All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
24 The wealth of the wise is their crown,
but the folly of fools yields folly.
What will keep a rule breaker from breaking his own rules? He is committed to his own desires, and neither law nor obligation will restrain him. Hey may have a plan but it is subject to change, what begins as a simple crime quickly turns into a quagmire of complications. Whatever his villainy achieves, he will have neither love nor faithfulness.
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Knowledge is fruitless without diligence, but there is a balance between the two. The Lord’s people are commanded to rest on the sabbath, as there is more to life than work – fatigue can be just as harmful as procrastination. Some are tempted to work too much, while others are tempted by idle talk. Whichever side you tend towards, it is vital to keep yourself balanced.
“The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.” What do you do with your wealth? In the hands of the wise, wealth is a mark dignity and honor – their wisdom is only enhanced by the way they put it to use. But in the hands of a fool, wealth exacerbates folly. A fool may be flush with cash and dressed in the finest of clothes, but this only makes him a rich fool. And perhaps that is the most disastrous of them all.