The first several chapters of Proverbs have tried to make the clear distinction of the Wisdom of the world (foolishness) and the Wisdom of God. As a culture, Solomon wanted his son to understand that the world’s way, simply never works.  It starts out strong, but always ends in destruction and regret. Conversely, when one follows the teachings of  God, their lives are dramatically different.  They may not be rich, but they will live long and ultimately leave a legacy that stands the test of time.

Now, Solomon turns to the specifics of applying wisdom to the lives of people. In its most practical sense, Solomon points out that the people that follow God are the ones that bring joy, peace and life into the world; while those that abandon God break the hearts of their family, they struggle and starve and ultimately end in destruction.  They break their mom’s heart. No matter the volume of treasure it never satisfies nor lasts.  NNo matter how clever the scheme it is ultimately foiled in the end. 

Solomon reminds us that while it may not seem as exciting to do the right things, it is always the better course for us and all we touch.  As he said in Proverbs 3—“Trust in the Lord with all Your heart, Lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your paths straight!!!”

God Bless You

A wise son brings joy to his father,     but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value,     but righteousness delivers from death.

The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,     but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

Lazy hands make for poverty,     but diligent hands bring wealth.

He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,     but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

Blessings crown the head of the righteous,     but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

The name of the righteous is used in blessings,     but the name of the wicked will rot.

The wise in heart accept commands,     but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,     but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.