This chapter is entitled “Proverbs of Solomon”, which we know is questionable, but whatever. There is a long list of basically one-line statements. It’s a mixed bag. Some are truisms. Some are debatable. Some are nasty. Some are just plain wrong. As usual, we read that God will punish the wicked and reward the righteous, that people who do bad things are born wicked and stay wicked, and that fear of the lord is a good thing. These themes come up so often that I’m just going to quit commenting on them.
Some highlights –
The truisms: v 5, 17 and 26.
The debatable: v 12, 19, 23.
The nasty: v 13 and 16.
The wrong: v 3, 22, and 27. I surely wouldn’t rely on this book for life lessons, but it would make good fodder for a debating club. I found most of the verses hard to classify – almost all have room for discussion and I think some could fit more than one category. Some readers will probably even disagree with my choices. But that only serves to demonstrate that the bible is big on black-and-white thinking, and not much for nuance or interpretation. The fact that we have to consider and discuss these verses at all proves that the bible is not our current source of morality or guidance.
A continuation of the one-liners. I’m not going to continue to categorize all the verses – read through them and decide for yourself. I could add more categories – wishful thinking – which would apply to v 4 here (“right living can save you from death”).
How about another – fundie quotes (like v 24, which supports the prosperity gospel).
And yet another for famous quotations, like v 29 “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind”). Great movie – now we know where the title came from.
Oh my gosh, just more of the same. How long will this go on for? I’m putting v 4 in the fundie quotes category (I’ve actually seen this quoted).