Today’s reading is: Prov. 22:17-24:34
Proverbs Chapter Twenty-Two
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- Prov. 22:17 begins a collection called The Words of the Wise, which Solomon gathered and made a part of his knowledge.
- This collection of proverbs was apparently delivered by Solomon as a teacher to his pupils (Prov. 22:19-21).
- There are some 30 sayings in this collection from 22:17-24:22, and 4 more from 24:23-34.
- Human viewpoint sees vulnerable people as victims, but God sees vulnerable people as the objects of His care (Prov. 22:22-23; Ps. 68:5).
- Association with carnal believers and unbelievers is a snare for the believer (Prov. 22:24-25; 1st Cor. 15:33; 2nd Cor. 6:14-17).
Proverbs Chapter Twenty-Three
- Believers need to beware the seductive nature of prosperity (Prov. 23:1-3; Dan. 1:8).
- Believers need to have the proper orientation to temporal-life wealth (Prov. 23:4-5; 1st Tim. 6:17-19).
- Parents are pleased by children walking in the light (Prov. 23:15-16,22-25; 10:1; 3rd Jn. 4).
- Believers pursuing the Christian Way of Life should not envy the antichristian way of death (Prov. 23:17-21; 24:1-2).
- The final proverb of chapter 23 is a vivid description of drunkenness (Prov. 23:29-35).
Proverbs Chapter Twenty-Four
- A believer’s spiritual house is much more important than their physical house (Prov. 24:3-4).
- A believer’s spiritual strength is much more important than their physical strength, and he gains that wisdom/strength in the company of other believers (Prov. 24:5-6).
- Believers are charged to come to the aid of their fellow believers in their undeserved suffering (Prov. 24:11-12; Heb. 13:3; 10:34-36).
- A cat doesn’t actually have nine lives, but a righteous man falls seven times and rises again (Prov. 24:16).
- Believers should not rejoice in the calamity of others—even their enemies (Prov. 24:17-18; 17:5; Job 31:29; Obad. 1:12).
- Prov. 24:23-34 is the final section of Solomon’s composition (Prov. 10-24), and contains 4 more of his collected proverbs.
- Judge with righteous judgment (Prov. 24:23b-26).
- Have your priorities right (Prov. 24:27).
- Be a good neighbor (Prov. 24:28-29).
- Watch out for laziness (Prov. 24:30-34).