Proverbs 10: Character comparisons.

July 2, 2015.

Daily Reading: Proverbs 10.

Background: Proverbs 8-9.

Concepts and Connections.

Chapter 10

Wisdom versus folly: Chapter 10 begins a collection of various proverbs that are typically short in nature (2-6 lines) but great in implication and teaching. This chapter seems to focus on three groups, each the antagonist of the other, showing the good of one side and revealing the folly of the other. The tree antagonistic pairs are the wise man compared to the fool, the righteous to the wicked, and the worker to the sloth. The chapter begins with a wise man being a joy to his father, but the fool a sorrow to his mother. The collection of proverbs continues later with this pair, revealing that the wise man receives instruction and finds the path of life, lays up knowledge and has understanding, and restrains his mouth. The fool, however, conceals hatred, utters slander, has many words and transgressions, and on multiple occasions it is said that he will bring ruin upon himself. Note in particular that the proverb teaches that doing wrong is like a joke to a fool. If the tempter can get us to laugh at sin, then he has often won. The next pair comes in the second verse, that of the righteous versus the wicked. The righteous man is delivered from death, looked after by the Lord, receives blessings, is remembered well, has a mouth that is a fountain of life, walks securely, speaks words of choice silver, feeding many, fears the Lord, knows what is acceptable and is established forever. The wicked man, however, goes hungry, conceals violence, is not remembered, has dreadful things come upon him, is blown away by the tempest, speaks perverse things, and in the end will be cut off and cut down. The distinctions between the wise/foolish and righteous/wicked are not necessarily mutually exclusive, as can be seen in verse 31, as righteousness is correlated with wisdom. Finally, there is the comparison between the worker and the sloth. The slack hand creates poverty, brings home shame and is a burden/pain to those that send him out to work. However, diligent work brings forth riches and prudence. There are many lessons that can be learned and applied from these proverbs. Read through them slowly and carefully, considering each one as the come.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Ezekiel 13-18.

Pray for wisdom.


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