Family relationships, material possessions, work practices, education, personal discipline (eg of the tongue) and much more are covered in this chapter. Find one proverb that speaks to something happening in your life this week. Write it out!
Solomon has spent the first nine chapters of Proverbs going deep with respect to WISDOM and FOLLY, telling a story almost of them as two women.
Now we get to the proverbs as they are regularly portrayed – THIS / THAT.
“A wise son makes a glad father,” – WISDOM, vs “… but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.” – FOLLY.
And so it goes onwards from here.
Each of these proverbs contains depth, and you can unpack them as we look at Israel in the Old and New Testaments, as we look at history from then, and as we look through our own experiences.
So it’s pretty interesting to have a think about Jesus and what He spoke of while on earth.
And again, we see Him taking God’s word and going deeper than what people knew or expected.
Jesus told many parables. In a way, a parable is like a bulked-up proverb. Showing in story the truth of wisdom and folly.
The parable of the good Samaritan illustrates this so well. The folly of the people who thought they knew God versus the practical application of God’s love.
The parable of the sower is another. It gets right to the heart of wisdom, God’s word. The importance of receiving God’s word, of it being planted deep within us, that it might grow and we bear much fruit! And then too, the folly of the world, of the thorns and stones and even of the birds.
These proverbs have so much in them.
Let’s be encouraged to take them and think in terms of our own lives, living for Jesus. Is there laziness we need to address? Or a love of folly? Perhaps we are wrestling with slander, or a love of money.
The beauty of these proverbs is that they are always both convicting AND encouraging.
Just as Jesus spoke of in the parable of the bridesmaids – Let’s seek after and listen to and walk obediently under God’s wisdom (the flasks of oil) SO THAT we are not found outside the marriage feast, the door shut.
Praise God for His word! Praise God for Jesus, that through Him we can join in the marriage feast of the Lamb!