August 23, 2009

Proverbs 23


When you sit to dine with a ruler,
note well what is before you,

2 and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to gluttony.

3 Do not crave his delicacies,
for that food is deceptive.


4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
have the wisdom to show restraint.

5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.


6 Do not eat the food of a stingy man,
do not crave his delicacies;

7 for he is the kind of man
who is always thinking about the cost.
"Eat and drink," he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.

8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten
and will have wasted your compliments.


9 Do not speak to a fool,
for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.

There are so many situations I come across where I need to apply this verse.


10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,

11 for their Defender is strong;
he will take up their case against you.

Intro to sayings 11-30:

12 Apply your heart to instruction
and your ears to words of knowledge.


13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.

14 Punish him with the rod
and save his soul from death.

I think wise saying #11 shows that even in Solomon's day there was a debate about how to discipline children or else he wouldn't have said something like "he will not die". It's comforting to know throughout the centuries kids have been disobeying their parents!


15 My son, if your heart is wise,
then my heart will be glad;

16 my inmost being will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right.

Oh, this is so true isn't it? When Timothy or Samantha speak truth or wisdom, my heart is overjoyed!


17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.

18 There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

I see this situation in the military. Sailors who drink together (and bond in other ways) help further their careers or status within a division. This scripture is such a sweet, beautiful reminder that we as Christians should have a different focus than career advancement...the fear of the Lord!


19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
and keep your heart on the right path.

20 Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat,

21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.


22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.

23 Buy the truth and do not sell it;
get wisdom, discipline and understanding.


24 The father of a righteous man has great joy;
he who has a wise son delights in him.

25 May your father and mother be glad;
may she who gave you birth rejoice!


26 My son, give me your heart
and let your eyes keep to my ways,

27 for a prostitute is a deep pit
and a wayward wife is a narrow well.

28 Like a bandit she lies in wait,
and multiplies the unfaithful among men.


29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

30 Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!

32 In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.

33 Your eyes will see strange sights
and your mind imagine confusing things.

34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.

35 "They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt!
They beat me, but I don't feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?"'

Wow, this entire passage combines drinking with sailors!!! The stereotype goes all the way back to Solomon's day. Nothing new under the sun, huh?

1 comment:

Candice said...

Sorry I didn't post yesterday!

I find it interesting how we are to be highly aware of our behaviour amongst Kings and selfish people. We should not crave what they have! I think that points right to being content with what we have. Trust me, I need to hear that word! How often do I think someone else has something I just HAVE to have!!

To not move an ancient boundary stone. Nor to encroach on an a single mom's field. Hmmm! Don't try to change what has been nor take advantage of those who have hard circumstances. They are not defenseless. The Lord is their defender.

There seems to be an overall theme of keep balance and perspective. If you choose to be zealous let it be for the Lord. Take up the good fight. Respect everyone for the Lord may be their defender! Don't sleep around or drink. I see some "addiction" advise in here!

Lord, you know how I need you. I have been a fool too many times. I have worked to hard for all the wrong things. Lord, help me to use all I have to gain wisdom and knowledge. Amen