August 26, 2009

Proverbs 26

7 Like a lame man's legs that hang limp
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

8 Like tying a stone in a sling
is the giving of honor to a fool.

9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.

10 Like an archer who wounds at random
is he who hires a fool or any passer-by.

11 As a dog returns to its vomit,
so a fool repeats his folly.

12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

I just couldn't separate these verses. I was reading one after another thinking I better handle the wisdom of Proverbs properly. Even the Proverbs in the wrong hands (or mouth) is disastrous. But then verse 12 just popped out at me! A man who is wise in his own eyes has less hope than the fool likened to a dog who returns to his own vomit!

18 Like a madman shooting
firebrands or deadly arrows

19 is a man who deceives his neighbor
and says, "I was only joking!"

I've seen (and used) this "I was only joking" phrase so many times. We can't guard our mouths to begin with, so we think this phrase will cover anything we say.

20 Without wood a fire goes out;
without gossip a quarrel dies down.

I love seeing what the absence of gossip can accomplish. This gives me hope.


Dan said...

I think those verses you mentioned first (7-12), relate to what James said in chapter 1, I believe. If we are humble enough, I think we'd all agree that we really don't know how to handle scripture. I doubt many people truly think they are wise in this area, and that is the beginning of hope.

I can turn from being a fool who thinks he can handle a verse to a humble person who relies on the Spirit...who asks humbly for wisdom from the God who gives it liberally!

Candice said...

Wow, Alicia and Dan! Great comments. I have to agree about that vs 12. Maybe there is more hope for a fool because at least he is willing to see the error of his ways. A proud heart refuses to see it's need. Unfortunately I have been in the proud column far to many times!

vs 2- Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

Cursing is very real. The Lord is still in control even over a curse! There is nothing beyond His control! Another thought I had at first is that we need to not allow someone's curse on us to land! Let it fly on by.

vs 17- Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his won.

Okay ladies!! I think this is for us! How many times do I put my nose where it doesn't belong. But it will bite us! If you try to grab a dog by it's ear it is going to turn and bite you! May I learn this lesson well!

vs 22- The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.

Gossip is like the best meal ever. Oh, how I enjoy and chew on it. I savor the flavor and only want more. But then they end up way deep inside. Always there ready to remember. That's not what's supposed to be in my inmost parts.

Father, I thank you for your amazing grace and love for us. You share from your heart. You reveal your truths to us! Lord, may we decide to chew on your word. May we ponder it. Lord, open our hearts as we search for you as we do for treasure. Our treasure is in heaven! Let us look up to find that which is valuable. Praise your name forever! Amen

Natasha said...

I do not have to time to read all the comments, I just wanted say thanks for your post. I did post on this one. Sorry I missed a few. I cannot write much as Ryen has awoken and is SCREAMING!!! Need to go be the milk maker!!!!