May 24

Today’s Reading – Proverbs 26, 27, 28

Highlights:  We have 2 more days in Proverbs. Some of the topics in today’s reading are fools, laziness , gossip and meddling in the affairs of others, pride, turning from sin, etc.  Fools are a big topic, especially in chapter 26, but 26:12 says “do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”  Note the references to pride in these chapters.

“Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”  (Proverbs 27:6. 7). It is unpleasant to address sin in the lives of others and it should always be done with humility.  What does 28:23 say about the man who has the courage to do this?



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7 Responses to May 24

  1. Jeff

    27:6- Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of the enemy./ To me this is about trust. You have to be careful at both ends of extremes. When people who don’t like you tell you want you want to hear be careful they probably have other motives. When people who do like you give you constructive criticism count it a blessing.

  2. I’m afraid political correctness, social correctness has created a society to day of silence and suffering of fools. Today, we allow so much foolishness and act like the person speaking wisdom is arrogant.

    In delivering wisdom, caring is important, no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care

  3. PSmith

    Good point Kenny, I like your last line.

    I was a little puzzled by 26:4-5 It looks like these two verses contradict each other. One tells you not to answer the fools argument, then the other says to answer the fools argument. Ive seen several proverbs that seem opposite in directions but these two are back to back.

    I love reading proverbs because they are so applicable of today. You can take just one and discuss for hours about a current situation going on in our world. For instance 28:2 “where there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily” Wow! So true.

    And I have always liked 26:19 which basically warns us about how serious it is to be honest. “Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I was only joking!” ” Someone caught in a lie and then turns it around when they are caught to make one who believed them feel like a fool. “you believed me? I was only kidding”… Not cool!

  4. Jimmy

    26:12 really surprised me. As bad as fools are – there is more hope for them than someone wise in their own eyes! Pride is a very dangerous thing!

  5. On Proverbs 26:22 NLT it says “Rumors are dainty morsels
    that sink deep into one’s heart.” But on the message it says “Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy;
    do you want junk like that in your belly?” I thought that was funny and not saying the same thing. What do you think?

    • PSmith

      Im not sure The Message can really be called a “translation” of the Bible but I do enjoy seeing what it has to say when comparing wording on various scripture. Sometimes it really socks the point right to ya in my opinion and brings the meaning closer to home. Other times I am not crazy about it but we take that opportunity to discern and discuss. I find it profitable in Bible study quite often. My explanation to Hayden with this verse is this: rumors may peak our curiosity and we might get caught up in entertaining them, but they are not without consequence. NLT says they sink into one’s heart meaning there is a lasting effect. In the same way the initial reaction to candy is sweet and tasty, and we can come to crave it, but you might be sorry later when it comes to your health.

  6. Mary K

    In the long haul we all appreciate the person who treats us honestly. Even though sometimes a friend’s criticism may be hard to hear, it’s much better than flattery from someone who doesn’t care. It also helps to remember that a friend’s criticism may be as hard for the friend to deliver as it is for the receiver to hear.

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