“The ants are a people not strong,
yet they prepare their meat in the summer;”
Saving money is not just a good idea or possible use of income. It is a commandment of God, and He created a little creature to teach you the lesson – the ant! They work hard all summer, and they save much food for winter.
“He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man:
he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.”
Are you a spendthrift? You cannot prosper. It is not the high cost of living hurting you, but rather the cost of high living. Stop spending beyond your income. Wise men do not spend all they make, but fools do and die poor.
“Honour the LORD with thy substance,
and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:”
You can honor God by obedience, worship, prayer, and singing. But you can also do it by firstfruits giving (no other kind will work). If you put Him first this way, He will put you first in line for financial blessings. Read it.
“He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread:
but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.”
Hard work works! Talking about a business opportunity does not! Called multi-level marketing or direct sales, they rely on rah-rah meetings to get you to buy overpriced products in hope you might become a millionaire.
“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean:
but much increase is by the strength of the ox.”
You have to spend money to make money. If you have heard this before, it was taken from this proverb. Wise men invest savings in income-producing assets to leverage their ability and time to get ahead faster than others.
“He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye,
and considereth not that poverty
shall come upon him.”
Slow down! Especially with money! Haste makes waste! God and Solomon order you to slow down, because ambitious and impulsive decisions reveal a covetous and greedy man, and poverty is coming to those hasty to be rich.