Insights from Proverbs 20 for the 20th:
This is probably not going to be very popular, but it ain’t wrong either…
Verse 1 is a warning about strong drink. Solomon calls it a mocker and a brawler. Being led by the bottle is not wise. We’ve all seen (or done) things under the influence that would not have been seen (or done) had it not been for that drink! Think of all the mistakes, accidents, & fights that could be erased if alcohol were not involved.
Solomon then drops a barrage of truth-bombs:
- Don’t provoke,
- Don’t fight,
- Don’t be lazy,
- and Don’t cheat (mentioned twice!).
But also – don’t worry, Verse 9 says nobody’s perfect. Can I get an Amen?
How about this one: don’t gossip or go around blabbing! If someone begins a conversation by looking around, lowering their voice, and then saying “Well, they told me not to tell, but…” – Look out, man.
20’s modern translation = Treat yo mama with respect.
29a. If you’re young, your glory is in your strength (ambition & endurance).
29b. If you’re old, your splendor is in your gray hair (experience & wisdom).
29c. Hey, what if you are in the middle: Still strong, but also getting gray? 🙂
The last verse says every once in awhile life is going to give you a pretty solid beat down. But that’s OK; it builds character. Sure, it hurts – but it also removes evil. It knocks us off our high horse when we get too big for our britches. Haven’t you ever watched a kid who was misbehaving & thought, “You know what that kid needs? That kid needs a good… some discipline.” Come on now. Be honest. Its like that.
Like I said: not popular, but not wrong either.
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