Reading in Proverbs tonight and the Lord sure did put a mirror up to my face with some of these. I have much work to do. Can you relate to any of these couplets written by and/or collected by Solomon?
A wise son brings joy to his father' but a foolish son grief to his mother.
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
What the wicked dreads will overtake him, what the righteous desire will be granted.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food.
He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgement.
If you read these and think "Huh?" you are not alone! As in much of the Bible there is a deeper meaning than what it seems on the surface. It helped me so much to get a Life Application Bible (from my Mom in 1998) which has translations after each verse. Most of my blogs are from these translations!
For example, "An evil man is trapped in his talk, but a righteous man escapes trouble". This, of course, does not mean that righteous men will never encounter trouble. TRANSLATION: If you find that you always have to defend yourself to others, maybe your honesty is less than it should be.
But the good news is that "if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord',and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
We do not EARN salvation. We can only hold out our empty hands and receive slavation as a gift.
From Proverbs 10, 12 & Romans 10