King Solomon was the main contributor towards the books of Proverbs. Accurately known as the wisest man to ever live, GOD tells HIM in 1 Kings 3 "...Because thou has asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; nor riches or the lives of your enemies; but has asked for understanding and to discern judgment; Behold I have done according to thy words: I have given thee a wise and understanding heart. So that there was none like you before and neither shall any arise after thee."
But it gets better! Because of Solomon's prayer that requested wisdom only, GOD also blessed him with riches and honor. King Solomon was further instructed that if He obeyed GOD's laws and commands, HE would "lengthen his days."
**Is this not just like Ephesians 3:20 where Paul references GOD's prayer answering tendencies as: "...unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above that we ask or think..."?**
These are Words of Wisdom from Proverbs Chapter 19:
8. He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding shall find good.
9. A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall perish.
11. The discretion of a man defers his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
15. Slothfulness (Laziness) casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
17. He that has pity upon the poor lends unto the Lord; and that which he has given will he pay him again.
These are some powerful instructions here! We know that false witnesses are liars - those that refuse to tell the truth. The WORD says they will not go unpunished and a person who speaks lies will perish. GOD is merciful but HIS laws are commands are real. What HE says is final. Lazy people who waste time and are not productive in their lives any way will be casts into a deep sleep or what I refer to as spiritual darkness. And all those who consider the poor and give of their time and resources - GOD sees. Not only can HE see, HE says that you've paid HIM and HE will pay you again.
My favorite proverb in chapter 19 is verse 28: "...reprove one that has understanding and he will understand knowledge." A wise person can accept criticism and apply it to their lives as an improvement; it is knowledge NOT a put-down. If you aspire to be wise, seek the LORD with your whole heart and read the book of Proverbs.