Solomon continues his discussion on the distinction of the wise and the foolish. One of the big distinctions that Solomon observed was the inability to foresee danger in the choices we make. Solomon looks at various scenarios like digging a pit or breaking through a wall. But the idea is if you are going to trap, steal, attack or pilfer–you must be ready for the consequence of your actions.
The wise color within the lines. They do not look for ways to sneak around the rules or gain something for nothing. Instead, they think through their choices and their actions. They work hard and smart. They use the right tools–ready and in good condition. They speak with reserve and don’t simply clamor to hear the sound of their own voice.
In our culture–we love to be the selfie royalty. We love to see our picture, hear our voice and find the loopholes to evade work and capture. God and Solomon remind us that that lifestyle leads to serious consequence. Be content to sit in the background. Affect lives from the wings. When you are center stage–be people of humility and integrity–then you will live long and fulfilled lives; and you will have a lasting impact and legacy.
God Bless You
8 Whoever digs a pit may fall into it;
whoever breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake.
9 Whoever quarries stones may be injured by them;
whoever splits logs may be endangered by them.
10 If the ax is dull
and its edge unsharpened,
more strength is needed,
but skill will bring success.
11 If a snake bites before it is charmed,
the charmer receives no fee.
12 Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious,
but fools are consumed by their own lips.
13 At the beginning their words are folly;
at the end they are wicked madness—
14 and fools multiply words.
No one knows what is coming—
who can tell someone else what will happen after them?