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Good Sense Wins Favor
Proverbs 13:15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
15 Good sense wins favor,
but the way of the treacherous is hard.
Good sense wins favor: Here as in 12:8 good sense (Heb. sekel) is referring to one who has understanding, is able to comprehend and understand, who is wise, possessing intelligence and prudence, enabling him to make good decisions. Wins favor (Heb. yitten-hēn), literally means “gives grace,” that is, a person who is viewed favorably by others.
but the way of the treacherous is hard: The way (derek) refers to the path of conduct or behavior of the treacherous person. The treacherous (Heb. bagad) is one who violates standards, rules, and principles, not being faithful. This person is not trustworthy or reliable to any person or and standard, for it is about his will and purposes. The way (faithless path of conduct) of the treacherous (no standards) is hard (Heb. etān) in that this one’s manners are coarse (abrasive, harsh), ungracious, rough.
A person who feeds on God’s Word, the Bible has “good sense,” possesses good insight, sound judgment, wise views, and he has no difficulty whatsoever in gaining the favor of others or finding favor with God. On the other hand, the wicked one who rejects the Word of God is faithless, untrustworthy, unreliable, his heart is “treacherous,” as he lives by his will and purposes, having callous behavior, refusing to change his evil ways, as he is uninterested to the wise instruction of God, so he is on a path to ruin. His heart is treacherous, and he is mentally bent toward evil. (Jer. 17:9; Gen 6:5; 8:21) The calloused heart of this wicked one is hardened, unmoving, beyond repentance, unwilling, so unable to change. – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4.