An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Listen to the Fool

(Proverbs 23:9 KJV)  Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

At first this made me think of the NT phrase about throwing our pearls before swine.
(Matthew 7:6 KJV)  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Then I began to wonder if Solomon wasn’t speaking tongue in cheek.  Is this an example of OT humor? 

We often fall into the trap of believing that people listen when we “speak” (1696).  Dream on.  Sometime when you are at a meeting take a look around.  Observe all the glassy eyes, conversations and texting going on all sides.  The same happens when we talk.

How often are we the fool (3684)?  How often do we automatically assume that what we have to say is “wisdom” (7922)?

So?  Listen to what you have to say.  Does it reflect the fact that you have been in the Word?  Or does it simply reflect you have been listening to talk radio or watching Dr. Phil?

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