The book of Proverbs reveals the spiritual principles that undergird our world. Those who follow these laws prosper and succeed. Many of Solomon’s proverbs, however, do not deal with weighty, theological matters. Instead, they address the ordinary, day-to-day living of life.
Frankly, many of the proverbs are just common sense; but the authors of the book recognize that common sense is not all that common!
Last week I gave an overview of the Old Testament book. Here’s a sampling of some individual proverbs:
- When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.
- Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise, when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent!
- A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
- A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.
- Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
- One man gives freely and yet grows all the richer. Another withholds what he should give and only suffers wants.
- He who oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy honors him.
- Know well the condition of your flocks and give attention to your herds.
- As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed!
- Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
- Anxiety in a man’s heart weights him down, but a good word makes him glad.
- He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
- Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
- Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
- He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing!
- Charm is deceptive and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
I conclude with a piece of advice shared last week: Life’s tough—but it’s a whole lot tougher if you’re stupid!
Proverbs helps us to learn the wisdom of God. Foolish or wise—the choice is ours.