Our reading challenge for the day is Proverbs 26-31. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?
Today’s reading begins with a heavy emphasis on the fool and the burden he places on others. I continue to be struck by the sharp contrast between wisdom and folly. It’s my impression that much of our modern Western culture pursues the kind of attitudes and behaviors characterized by folly rather than wisdom. We are rewarded culturally by being fools, not by being wise. This will doubtless have consequences.
29:9 (ESV) “If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.”
Chapters 30-31 break the pattern of couplets for good, lending balance to the book which begins and ends with longer narrative portions. The last portion of chapter 31 is often used as motivation for a woman to live an exemplary life. I would propose that this is an impossible standard individually but that it fits the Church being the bride of Christ, her blessed husband.