- Relationship with fools
- Relationship with sluggards
- Relationships with gossips
Vs 1: As snow in summer and rain in harvest so honor is not fitting for a fool
Vs 7: Like the legs of the lame that hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
Vs 9: Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Vs 11: As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.
Wow, these are all very graphic and most certainly encourages me to not want to be a fool. all those previous chapters that encourage us to use our words wisely certainly come into play here.
Vs 14: As a door turns on its hinges, so does the slothful turn on his bed.
Vs 15: The slothful man buries his hand in the bowl; it wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
Again, very descriptive! Quite comical! I can just imagine a cartoon playing this out (can you hear the hinges?)
Vs 18-19: Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, is the man who deceives his neighbour, and says , "I was only joking!"
Ever said that before? This is often said in my home when someone makes a joke at someone else's expense - funny - but not for the person at whose expense the joke is made!
Vs 20: Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.
Vs 22: The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.
Ever been told something that you find difficult to keep to yourself? If its firsthand then you must keep quiet to honour their trust in you. If its secondhand info then you need to keep quiet so as to help put any potential fires out.
The consequences can be far reaching:
- you could ruin a deep friendship
- hurt that person in their circumstance
- cause ripple effects all over
- and you lose your integrity
So not worth it.
So, I don't want to be a fool, I don't want to be a sluggard, and I don't want to be a gossip. I think a fool and a sluggard hurt themselves - but a gossip - hurts so many more people. The repercussions are vast.
What do you think?