Proverbs 12:8 –>I think when you look at this, it doesn't preclude the perverse minded man being praised. He just gets to add despised to his resume as well. When you consider some of the men of history that we don't remember with fondness, we still praise their effectiveness. It's hard to tell how Germany fell to what it did in 1935-1945 without realizing the skill of Hitler or to fail to note the effective brutality of the Roman Emperors. The question for us is: will we use our insight well or be perverse with it?
Proverbs 12:16 –>Learn to hold back your anger. Then, take it to the Lord and let Him revenge it. By concealing it, you avoid dishonor. I've got to learn this better myself.
Proverbs 12:24 –>Are you willing to work? Why is it that we seem to think that attaining to leadership and greatness should entitle us to not work? True, focus on what you alone can do, but the diligent will rule, not the slacker.