Bible blog 2299

PROVERBS A CHAPTER A DAY

Chapters 1-9 turn out to have been an introduction to this collection of folk wisdom attributed to Solomon. Detailed commentary would be boring, so my occasional comments are inserted into the text in capitals.

CHAPTER 10 

Here are some proverbs

    of Solomon:

Children with good sense

    make their parents happy,

    but foolish children

    make them sad.

YES, BUT IT SHOULD ALSO BE PUT THE OTHER WAY ROUND, “PARENTS WITH GOOD SENSE etc”

What you gain by doing evil

    won’t help you at all,

    but being good

    can save you from death.

If you obey the Lord,

    you won’t go hungry;

if you are wicked,

    God won’t let you have

    what you want.

OH YEAH? WHAT PIOUS PLONKER SAID THIS? IT IS PERFECTLY EVIDENT THAT MANY GOOD PEOPLE END UP HUNGRY, BOTH IN PROSPEROUS NATIONS AND POOR ONES. ALL THIS DOES IS TO ADD GUILT TO THE BURDEN OF BEING HUNGRY.

Laziness leads to poverty;

    hard work makes you rich.

At harvest season

it’s smart to work hard,

    but stupid to sleep.

Everyone praises good people,

    but evil hides behind

    the words of the wicked.

Good people are remembered

    long after they are gone,

    but the wicked

    are soon forgotten.

If you have good sense,

    you will listen and learn;

if all you do is talk,

    you will destroy yourself.

AS A PERSISTENT TALKER I CAN ATTEST THE WISDOM OF THIS

You will be safe,

    if you always do right,

    but you will get caught,

    if you are dishonest.

NOT TRUE, UNFORTUNATELY

10 

Deceit causes trouble,

    and foolish talk

    will bring you to ruin.

11 

The words of good people

    are a source of life,

    but evil hides behind

    the words of the wicked.

IN TIME OF TROUBLE, THE WORDS OF GOOD PEOPLE BRING LIFE

12 

Hatred stirs up trouble;

    love covers over the wrongs

    that others do.

WRONG CAN BE STOPPED BY PUTTING UP WITH IT. THERE IS A TIME FOR EXPOSING WRONG BUT ALSO A TIME FOR BEARING IT. THIS PROVERB IS EXPANDED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT LETTER OF JAMES AS “LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS” WHICH GIVES IT A MORE PROFOUND MEANING. 

13

If you have good sense,

    it will show when you speak.

    But if you are stupid,

you will be beaten

    with a stick.

14 

If you have good sense,

    you will learn all you can,

    but foolish talk

    will soon destroy you.

15 

Great wealth can be a fortress,

    but poverty

    is no protection at all.

SADLY TRUE

16 

If you live right,

    the reward is a good life;

    if you are evil,

    all you have is sin.

GOODNESS IS FRUITFUL, EVIL IS BARREN

17 

Accept correction,

    and you will find life;

    reject correction,

    and you will miss the road.

HARD TO ACCEPT, BUT WISE

18 

You can hide your hatred

    by telling lies,

    but you are a fool

    to spread lies.

19 

You will say the wrong thing

    if you talk too much—

    so be sensible and watch

    what you say.

20 

The words of a good person

    are like pure silver,

    but the feelings

of an evil person

    are like cheap jewellery

21 

Many are helped

    by useful instruction,

    but fools are killed

    by their own stupidity.

COULD BE APPLIED TO INSTRUCTION ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING

22 

When the Lord blesses you

with riches,

    you have nothing to regret.

23 

Fools enjoy doing wrong,

    but anyone with good sense

    enjoys acting wisely.

LOOK AT THE IDIOTS WHO ENJOY BREAKING THE DISTANCING RULES DURING THIS PANDEMIC

24 

What evil people dread most

    will happen to them,

    but good people will get

    what they want most.

THIS IS ONLY TRUE IN A PROFOUND SENSE: EVEN IF GOOD PEOPLE SUFFER THEY GET THE GOODNESS THEY SUFFER FOR.

25 

Those crooks will disappear

    when a storm strikes,

    but God will keep safe

    all who obey him.

AYE RIGHT!

26 

Having a lazy person on the job

    is like a mouthful of vinegar

    or smoke in your eyes.

IRRITATING

27 

If you respect the Lord,

    you will live longer;

    if you keep doing wrong,

    your life will be cut short.

28 

If you obey the Lord,

    you will be happy,

    but there is no future

    for the wicked.

29 

The Lord protects everyone

    who lives right,

    but he destroys anyone

    who does wrong.

HOW COULD A WISE PERSON THINK SO?

30 

Good people will stand firm,

    but the wicked

    will lose their land.

31 

Honest people speak sensibly,

    but deceitful liars

    will be silenced.

32 

The lips of the honest

Are familiar with kindness;

The lips of the wicked

With scheming.

YES, THIS IS A SHARP TRUTH

It is a conviction of most Jewish wisdom of an early period that goodness is blessed in this world and evil is cursed, that’s why it’s wise to be good and stupid to be evil. To believe otherwise of course is to provoke the question, “Why should I bother to do good?” The book of Job faces up to this issue, but gives no simple answer. Jesus answered it by pointing to the human wealth of shared community life his followers would enjoy in this world, albeit with the experience of persecution also; and in the world to come, they would have eternal life.

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