Friday, 8 July 2011

Proverbs 26

My bible breaks this chapter into 3 sections.

  • Relationship with fools
  • Relationship with sluggards
  • Relationships with gossips
So I'll take on each section and see where it goes .....

Fools
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.

Sluggards
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?)



Gossips
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?

God bless
Tracy

15 comments:

  1. I hate those kind of "jokes" where people say mean things and when you react they say" only joking" as though that will remove their intent.

    My fav is the following:
    Vs 20: Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.

    I find separating the talebearers and sending them to bed early also works well.

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  2. The temptation to gossip is very strong, even for a Christian and even in the church. One year at a Creation Festival CJ Mahaney jokingly recommended that when we are cornered by a gossip we should put our hands over our ears and run screaming from the room--a pretty funny mental image. (At least I THINK he was joking.) I've never had the courage to do that but I imagine it would be quite effective.

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  3. Wow! Proverbs really pulls no punches!

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  4. I think more people should work on pleasing God in these three areas than on some legalistic viewpoint. God is so clear on these issues, but it's some that most people ignore. You sure made it clear and easy to follow. I hope you are blessed for following God in your writings.

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  5. Love how you continue to pull all these scriptures together. We can't just pull a verse out of context, but we must look at all the surrounding verses. That's what you're doing. :)
    Many blessings!

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  6. Hi Stefanie - thanks for my first laugh of the day.

    Hi Pam - I can Imagine that recommendation definitely causing much change with regards to gossip! hehe.

    Hi Tracey - its one of the things I love about Proverbs, calls a spade and spade!

    Hi Pamela, thank you for your kind words - I really appreciate them.

    Hi Lisa - Thank you, I'm hoping that I am getting across what God wants me to and not what I might think.

    Thank you ladies for all your comments. I treasure them
    God bless
    Tracy

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  7. Verse 15!!! I think I will start telling my kids not to bury their hands in their bowl!!

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  8. I had to laugh when I saw that poor little kitten laying INSIDE his/her cat dish. If that's any indication of what a Sluggard is, I don't wish to be one! :)

    But seriously, when you break-down the Proverbs like this, you can easily see the disadvantages of being foolish, sluggish, or a gossip. It's obvious that the bible is very clear that these characteristics are not very appealing, and therefore, we should be striving not to imitate them.

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  9. Such wisdom! Yes, a sluggard & fool hurt themselves, but a gossip so many others. Am always surprised at how straightforward the Word is in our too often complacent and watered down culture. Such truth always brings conviction! Thanks for this reminder. Many Blessings, ~ Jen

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  10. Tracy, I don't like the 'I was just joking' things either. I won't say I've never done it (I did yesterday in fact... to my poor husband...), and I shouldn't be that way. I LOVE your picture for sloth lol. That's just awesome. Thanks so much for this... YEAH, I needed it. Sometimes we all need a good swift kick in the pants... ~Kelly

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  11. I LOVE Proverbs - and am enjoying the way you are writing about the various verses. Those are such excellent word pictures! Thanks!

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  12. Thank you for this! I've been trying to instill in my son the danger of jokes at another's expense. I will come back during my quiet time later to catch up on the rest of your recent posts!
    Blessings,
    Stella

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  13. I feel like I repeat a lot of my follies---especially the ones that involve thinking before speaking. But that whole vomit analogy may make me think a little more carefully next time! Gross.

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  14. Hi Shanda - I'll Tell mine too

    Hi Mrs Wildflower - it was a toss up between a cute kitty and gorgeous puppy - kitty won

    Hi Jen - its one of the things I love about Proverbs - It kind of says it like it is.

    Hi Kelly - I could use a swift kick every now and then!

    Hi Karin - thanks for the comment. I'm a kind of break it down kind of person so I can understand it.

    Hi Stella - My kids are great a making jokes at my expense and I laugh along for so long then - kapowee! - I vent a little. Not so good either. Oh well...

    Hi Rachel - great to hear from you - yes, that one is a little too visual.

    Thanks ladies to you all for the comments. I enjoy them so much.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  15. The Proverbs are so loaded, aren't they?!!! (I just had to follow your thorn photo over to find out what you posted!)

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