The 'BARKING OWL' always has something to say, and like the feathered version, can be either WISE...............or ANNOYING!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Proverbs 31 Project: Commenting January 26th on Proverbs 26:1-4

January 26;  Proverbs 26  Verses 1-4

[Please note: The first two paragraphs below are repeated each day for new readers.  My amateur comments are offered below the verses from Proverbs.]

Christians looking for a simple way to review the Bible regularly, have long been convenienced by the fact that the book of Proverbs has 31 chapters, the same number as most of our months.  Each chapter includes multiple bite-sized verses (uhm, proverbs) and can be read through simply in one sitting, one appropriately numbered chapter per day through the month.  A person might read through the Proverbs a chapter a day during any month, but why mess with your head (reading an extra chapter on one, two, or three days!) like that when there are 7 months every year perfectly suited for the endeavor?

My idea here is to reprint about 1/7 of the verses from each day's chapter throughout this year, every time a 31 day month pops up, and then offer a few comments from The Barking Owl.  So in January, we will get through the first few verses of every chapter and then in March, the next group, and so on, until December comes around and we can finally get to the last set of verses in each chapter and complete the book's reading.  If you are smarter than I am (is there any doubt?), you will read the whole chapter every day, every 31 day month, and then you will have read the whole book 7 times this year!  By then you are guaranteed to at least be wiser than The Barking Owl , though no one will ever match the wisdom of Solomon!

[All Bible passages are from the NIV, and are copied from]

Proverbs 26

1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
   honor is not fitting for a fool.

1) Some things just don't go together properly.  As a culture, we too often do give honor to our fools, but it's just not right.  Let's be more careful about our celebrities.  Should we laud those who are famous just for being ......famous?  Maybe we should honor only those who have actually contributed something of value to our existence.

2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
  an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

2) Whew!  There is nothing to fear from the curse of someone who is not speaking for God.  Who has power over you, but God?  Unless you grant the errant cursor some authority over your future, his threatening wishes will fall flat, or as Solomon suggests; they will never "land" a punch.

3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
   and a rod for the backs of fools!

3) Relax.  No one is threatening corporal punishment on the poor fool.  This simply means that such a person, who neglects his real duties will only come through after a dose of reality discipline.  Instead of anticipating problems and correcting his path, he will only learn from suffering through the consequences of his mistakes.

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
  or you yourself will be just like him.

4) Ain't that the trute!  I clearly remember trying to show my little sister how the way she was acting toward me (when we were both little brats), was so unfair, by trying to treat her the same way.  And then being so frustrated that, though she was very upset with the way I was now treating her, she never made the connection!  Two wrongs don't make a right, and two wrongs don't make IT right.

Can you relate to any of today's Proverbs?

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