(Proverbs 22:25 KJV) Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
This verse in a continuation of the last. The context is picking our friends and associates. To a large degree I can’t pick my neighbors. I have no say in my birth family. I am limited in controlling my work associates. Even picking friends is not just a matter of reviewing qualifications and punching a button. Friends don’t fill out an application.
There is a point at which we can encourage a deeper relationship or distance ourselves. Friendships involve sharing the things you have in common and compromising on what you don’t. Rarely do you agree with anyone on everything but there are certain types of people to avoid. Here the reference is to short tempered people. In chapter one it was violent thieves and people advocating a communistic sharing of resources.
So? As you read Proverbs or any other book in the Bible there are recommendations about the common things of life. You won’t have a quiz on teleology or hermeneutics. I need spell check to even mention them. You will be influenced vitally on other things like the friends you chose. Choose wisely.
Friday, December 22, 2017
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