“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/More Proverbs of Solomon, XXV

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

Fool – Someone lacking common sense or judgment.  The term often refers to one who is not mentally retarded but one who is lacking in moral (good) qualities.

1dis·ci·pline noun \ˈdi-sə-plən\ – control that is gained by requiring that rules or orders be obeyed and punishing bad behavior:  a way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders:  behavior that is judged by how well it follows a set of rules or orders.  Merriam Webster.

Discipline to Discipleship 

Discipline Program “Building Discipleship” The words “discipline” and “disciple” both come from-the Latin word meaning “to learn.”  To learn the way of discipleship, to follow in Christ’s footsteps, we must be prepared to face the disciplines that make learning possible. Sometimes we need to be corrected, lest we go astray, knowing God’s corrections are always acts of love.  St Angela Merici Parish School.

“I Hear The Music In The Air”, Vickie Winans.

“More Proverbs of Solomon”, XXV, Proverbs 26:1) As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.  Psalm 12:8.  2) As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless (undeserved) shall not come.  3) A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.  4) Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.  Isaiah 36:21.  5) Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit (eyes).  6) He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.  7) The legs of the lame are not equal:  so is a parable in the mouth of fools.  8) As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.  9) As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.  10) The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors (sinners).  11) As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.  12) Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit?  there is more hope of a fool than of him.  13) The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.  14) As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.  15) The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him (or he is weary) to bring it again to his mouth.  16) The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason (answer discreetly). 

Quest Study Bible – v2, In ancient times many believed that words of blessing or cursing had mystical powers to accomplish their intentions.  This proverb dismantles this superstition, picturing the curse as a fluttering bird that doesn’t want to land.  vv4, 5, Some fools should be answered (v5), others should be ignored (v4).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-9, Wise sayings, as a foolish man delivers and applies them, lose their usefulness.  v12, We see many a one who has some little sense, but is proud of it.  This describes those who think their spiritual state to be good, when really it is very bad.  v13, The slothful man hates every thing that requires care and labour.  v15, It is common for men who will not do their duty, to pretend they cannot.  v16, He that takes pains in religion, knows he is working for a good Master; and that his labour shall not be in vain. 

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