Just more of the same. The first part’s not too bad; most of the verses contain some truth, or at least something nice (wishful thinking). Then we get to v 22 “Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.” I view the last part of this verse as wishful thinking. But apparently the first part is used by the religious right to oppose estate taxes.
Near the end of the chapter, we get to one of the best-known verses in all of Proverbs, v 24 “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” (KJV) Contemporary translations reduce the suggestion of corporal punishment, with the word ‘rod’ used more symbolically, hence “Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.” (NLT)
On and on we go with the pithy one-liners. But actually, I think this chapter is the best yet. I didn’t find anything horrible in it, and there are a few verses even worth remembering. Try v 4, 10, 13, 15, 16, 21, 23, 29.
This begins with another oft-quoted verse “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” And then it just continues on with more like the last few chapters. Most of it’s not too bad, if you take out the usual crap about how god hates wicked people and we should all fear of the lord. And I’m noticing another theme that keeps coming up – about discipline and correction. Anyone else notice? It features prominently in this chapter in v 5, 10, 12, 31, and 32, but the topic has come up before in previous chapters.