Read 143.) Proverbs chapters 22 thru 24. Within chapter 22, the Proverbs takes another turn. We have the familiar two-line verses, such as began with chapter 10, but here, beginning with verse 17, we have longer expressions of wisdom, called the Sayings of the Wise, thru chapter 24.
Verse 6, of chapter 22, has been much abused. Please understand that the Proverbs are not promises in any absolute sense. They are general expressions of broad truths, that may not always work out as stated. In this instance, while not being a promise, it is generally true, that children will hold to the beliefs and values of their parents, but just as true; children grow to become their own adult selves, personally responsible for their own decisions. These decisions will, not infrequently, go against their upbringing, and many a believing parent has known the heartache of a wayward son or daughter, who strayed far from God, and never returned. God has no grandchildren; only children. And, each individual is personally responsible for making that decision to come to God through the resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ; and by believing upon Him, experience the New Birth and be saved. With no such personal decision, there is no salvation for that individual. Beyond that, we have known many to profess faith in Christ, who, whether a short time after, or long, fell away, and no longer so much as mentioned His Name or darkened a good church’s door again. Still, train up a child in the way he should go. You may never know when that wayward one might come back again. Pray for their brokenness in repentance, and their sincere turning back unto Jesus. He will abundantly pardon and receive any errant one who wishes to enter, or re-enter, the fold!
Read 144.) Proverbs chapters 25 thru 27. Fascinatingly, with the first verse, we learn that these were preserved by men of Hezekiah, who was a good king in Judah, from the time of about 725 to 696 BC, a little more than 200 years after Solomon’s reign. Note how many of these have to do with the tongue! Chapter 26, verses 4 and 5 appear to contradict one another. They do not. This is an expression of a ‘situational ethic’, something we would typically despise. It is the better part of wisdom to know which to apply, once you have encountered a fool. Chapter 27, verse 17, is a long-time favorite of mine! I love discourse and debate, as long as it remains civil, and does not become heated; is rational, and from out of knowledge, supporting one’s case. How ’bout you? It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell