Proverbs – Live Skills
From reading our proverb of this day, I’m wondering if the saying, “Well, that was a cheap, pot shot”, had it’s beginning among this advice for staying away from cracked pots who think they are not…cracked…who think they are perfect. Isn’t it amazing what we say to each other in all kinds of circumstances that do more harm than good.
Why DO we enter into quarrels that have nothing to do with us? Why do we give honor to foolish people as a way to get them to not be foolish? It doesn’t work, it never has. And I don’t like snow, much less in summer, so why listen and give honor to foolish words?
Following a fool because you don’t have anything else to do or don’t know what to do is like walking into a blazing fire and wondering why you hair is getting singed. It is better to do nothing and wait of God than to leap in a hole the fool digs deeper while trying to get out.
I have learned over the years that the less said, the less gets spread. You don’t tell gossips what you are feeling at the moment, what you are thinking that probably will change as you get more reliable information or even about the weather and what you think you might accomplish. Why? Because a fictional story will be told with you as the main character in a sage that will become out of control with no end.
What great advice is given here about quarrels among people. Don’t be the unwanted guest in a quarrel. Don’t enter into a discussion you know little about for you will appear the fool and everyone will turn on you like wild dogs on a meaty bone.
Proverbs 26, The Message
Fools Recycle Silliness
We no more give honors to fools
than pray for snow in summer or rain during harvest.
2 You have as little to fear from an undeserved curse
as from the dart of a wren or the swoop of a swallow.
3 A whip for the racehorse, a tiller for the sailboat—
and a stick for the back of fools!
4 Don’t respond to the stupidity of a fool;
you’ll only look foolish yourself.
5 Answer a fool in simple terms
so he doesn’t get a swelled head.
6 You’re only asking for trouble
when you send a message by a fool.
7 A proverb quoted by fools
is limp as a wet noodle.
8 Putting a fool in a place of honor
is like setting a mud brick on a marble column.
9 To ask a moron to quote a proverb
is like putting a scalpel in the hands of a drunk.
10 Hire a fool or a drunk
and you shoot yourself in the foot.
11 As a dog eats its own vomit,
so fools recycle silliness.
12 See that man who thinks he’s so smart?
You can expect far more from a fool than from him.
13 Loafers say, “It’s dangerous out there!
Tigers are prowling the streets!”
and then pull the covers back over their heads.
14 Just as a door turns on its hinges,
so a lazybones turns back over in bed.
15 A shiftless sluggard puts his fork in the pie,
but is too lazy to lift it to his mouth.
Like Glaze on Cracked Pottery
16 Dreamers fantasize their self-importance;
they think they are smarter
than a whole college faculty.
17 You grab a mad dog by the ears
when you butt into a quarrel that’s none of your business.
18-19 People who shrug off deliberate deceptions,
saying, “I didn’t mean it, I was only joking,”
Are worse than careless campers
who walk away from smoldering campfires.
20 When you run out of wood, the fire goes out;
when the gossip ends, the quarrel dies down.
21 A quarrelsome person in a dispute
is like kerosene thrown on a fire.
22 Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy;
do you want junk like that in your belly?
23 Smooth talk from an evil heart
is like glaze on cracked pottery.
24-26 Your enemy shakes hands and greets you like an old friend,
all the while conniving against you.
When he speaks warmly to you, don’t believe him for a minute;
he’s just waiting for the chance to rip you off.
No matter how cunningly he conceals his malice,
eventually his evil will be exposed in public.
27 Malice backfires;
28 Liars hate their victims;
flatterers sabotage trust.
When did an argument ensue that you wished you had not become a part of lately? What did you learn?
What do we learn about gossip? What do we learn about liars?
Have we lied or held back truth so we could look good?
Are we cracked pots, glazing over real truth?
What pitfalls await us when we do not wait on you for telling us what to be and do in any given circumstance or situation. Help us to stay tenaciously focused on You. Help us to clean out our ears of the world’s ways and listen intently for You. Help to quickly obey when we hear you call. And help us to make peace at all costs to us for the benefit of those around us, but may Truth, Your Truth be told always. May Your love in us lead our every thought and action.
In Jesus Name, Amen