May 30

Solomon’s quest for the meaning of life continues.  He has established that the world cannot satisfy and has transitioned into an “advice” stage. Some of this sounds alot like his other book, Proverbs.   Some of his topics are  wisdom, respect for rulers and powerful people even though you may not agree with them, and laziness. Again he recommends enjoying the simple pleasures of life such as eating, drinking, family, worthwhile labor, etc.

Practical wisdom is far superior to foolish living but ultimately does not guarantee a long, happy life. What are some things that could happen even to someone who lives a very prudent careful life?  8:14, 9:11; 9:15-16.


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7 Responses to May 30

  1. Mary K

    Even though a wise man saves a city, he will be forgotten and his wisdom disregarded. People are not in control of events in the general scheme of things. A person can plan and plan yet still get clipped in the end. In life, we don’t always get what we “deserve”. Many times the wicked get what the righteous should get and vice versa.

    At first I was a little taken aback by the snake charmer thing, thinking where did that come from? But upon consideration I’m guessing the meaning to be if you don’t do the work you don’t get paid, or perhaps it is unwise to pay for work in advance. What do others think the instruction is here?

    • Andrew

      In the Daily Bible, the snake charmer verse seems to be a continuation of the thought in the previous verse. It speaks about a dull ax but concludes that skill will bring success. It then talks about the charmer receiving no fee if he is bitten. It seems to me he is suggesting the need to be skillful in our work to bring success. I think you are right. If you don’t do the work you don’t get paid.

      However, I read the verse in my New King James version and it reads as follows: “A serpent may bite when it is not charmed; the babbler is no different.” Why the big difference between the versions? I do not know. A whole other meaning could be taken from the NKJV. I wonder how other versions put it.

  2. Andrew

    Time and chance happen to them all. Even if we are doing everything right we can still be victim to calamity. Sometimes things just go bad.

    • Jeff

      Andrew, this is especially hard for Christians to deal with. We think because we serve God he will protect us from physical ailments and tragedy but he never promised that. He will protect our soul from eternal death.

  3. Jeff

    11:2- Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land./ This is why Solomon was the wisest to ever live. Long before the stock market came along he was advising to diversify your portfolio.

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