Pathways Through Proverbs
June 26, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 26
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- As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
- As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
- A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
- Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
- Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
- He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.
- The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
- As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
- As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
- The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
- As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
- Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
- The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
- As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
- The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
- The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
- He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
- As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
- So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
- Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
- As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
- The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
- Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
- He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
- When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
- Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
- Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
- A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
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A fool should be recognized for what he is: a fool. Unfortunately, fools are often lifted up to positions of importance which they do not deserve. Solomon states that doing this is as ludicrous as having a snow storm in the summer time or as damaging as having severe storms when it is time to harvest the crops.
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Our western society elevates the fool. One of the things that disgusts me is the media's infatuation with celebrities. Any time something happens, someone runs to a Hollywood actor to get his opinion on the event. Who cares what an actor or actress thinks? What difference does it make what an athlete or a rock musician thinks about a certain political candidate or issue? Why would I want to buy a certain item simply because a celebrity endorses it? These people know no more about what is happening in the real world than the rest of us do, and in many cases have even less understanding. They certainly are not approaching life from a Biblical standard, so why should their lives and views be honored? It isn't seemly, and the person who gets caught up in looking to them for leadership is as foolish as they are.
Even in our churches we can get involved in this type of behavior. Preachers who know very little doctrine and teach very little Bible are elevated because they have dynamic personalities, tell great stories, and have large congregations. Church members are put into positions of leadership who are unqualified to hold them. People who are unfaithful are given offices within the church in a hope that they will become faithful. They are being lifted up for honor, and they don't deserve it.
Fools need to be rebuked, not rewarded. Let's be careful to only honor those who have shown themselves to be faithful followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery