Proverbs 22-23

Chapter 22

Verse 6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” is quoted often by parents and educators, and used as a motto by private religious schools. But right in the same chapter, v 15 promotes beating kids with a rod. There’s no discrepancy between translations, either. And v 16, “A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty” is blatantly political.

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There’s still some good advice in here, but I’m so cynical by now that I find myself skipping over it, searching for the bad stuff. V 4-5 is actually pretty good “Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.” Sounds like something that should be posted in casinos. But it doesn’t take long to find something really bad: v 13-14. And 27-28. Familiar themes, I shouldn’t be surprised anymore, and I have nothing more to say about them. V 29-35 is a vivid rant against drinking to excess. How come we never hear this?

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