10/22/2010

Don't Speak to a Fool (Proverbs 23:9)

Wisdom is wasted on a fool: Prov. 23:9 says, "Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words." "Do not speak" does not mean "be rude/disrespectful." Also, we Christians think that we should be nice and not discriminate between people. Yes, we shouldn't. But it's wise to understand that a fool is not necessarily lacking in intelligence or intellect, but stubborn and proud, and thus unteachable (Prov. 9:7). Jesus also said, "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs" (Matt. 7:6). Of course, this does not justify anyone treating anyone else like a dog or a pig!

Envy = Inadequate fear of God: Prov. 23:17 says, "Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord."

Repeated warnings (all through Proverbs) against money, lust & drunkenness: Prov. 23:4,5 (money); Prov. 23:26-28 (lust); Prov. 23:29-35 (drunkenness).

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