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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Folly Literature

(Proverbs 13:16 KJV)  Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

“Folly” (200) is something that no one likes to talk about, or write about.  It was interesting to me that this word is used 25 times in the Hebrew and 23 are in Proverbs.  Its root word {191} shows the same pattern, 20 out of 27 in Proverbs.  We talk about Proverbs being part of the Wisdom Literature.  Maybe we could call it the Folly Literature. 

Folly seems to be a choice.  Some might have more of a tendency but it comes down to our preferences and priorities.  We decide what parties to attend.  We stop to watch when we should move on.  We click the link on the web site.  We ignore the speed limit.  It is a national past time to blame other individuals or institutions for our problems, and there is often some reason for that, but ultimately we are the ones who perpetuate the folly.

So?  If you are reading Proverbs you are aware of the kind of life you should be living.  No one else can live it for you.  I don’t know about you but one of the struggles I have is in accepting responsibility instead of making excuses.  Folly. 

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