New Defender's Study Bible Notes
13:7 maketh himself rich. Compare II Corinthians 6:10.
13:12 tree of life. Fulfilled hope, like true wisdom and righteousness, is so vitalizing as to be like the very tree of life. See notes on Proverbs 3:18.
13:13 despiseth the word. It is a dangerous thing to despise God’s Word, for men will be judged by it one day (Revelation 20:12; John 12:48).
13:13 destroyed. This is a sober warning to those who would question the Word of God. Note Matthew 7:26-27; Revelation 22:18-19.
13:22 inheritance. This “inheritance” may or may not include material substance, but the real inheritance is that of godly teaching and example, as well as answered prayer for the family.
13:24 spareth his rod. Although contrary to modern humanistic child psychology, the Bible clearly teaches—especially here in the book of Proverbs—that judicious corporal punishment, if administered carefully and lovingly, as well as appropriately, is necessary in child-raising. Note also such Scriptures as Proverbs 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15, etc.