Welcome! Look at verse 1: “Wine produces mockers; liquor leads to brawls. Whoever is lead astray by drink cannot be wise.” A sip leads to one more, then two, then three, then four, and eventually leads to addiction. You say at first, “Oh, one beer won’t hurt me”. No, it probably won’t. One won’t hurt, that’s true, but more will.
Verse 3: “Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarrelling.” People say that it’s cool to have a black eye, a bloody nose, etc., but actually it’s not. It shows that you’re short-tempered and easily angered. There is a season for war, and a season for peace. Drinking leads to drunkenness, which leads to unnecessary fights over silly matters.
Look at 5: “Though good advice lies deep in a person’s heart, the wise will draw it out.” The wise people search for wisdom until they find it.
Look at verse 6 for a second: “Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is really faithful?” Most of the time, “friends” give themselves the title, ‘your friend’, for the gain that is in it. But once they use you up, they dump you. Watch out for them!
Verse 8: “When a king judges, he carefully weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good.” Kings and wise people check both sides of the story. They hear the world was created in seven days – fact or false? Everyone knows it’s false! The Bible says it was created in six days, and that on the seventh God rested. Weigh your evidence.
9: “Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin”?” For there is none righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10) . The world and the men in it are sinners. No one’s pure. As a friend of mine once said to me, “My life’s not a white sheet of paper with a few black spots on it. I can’t be cleaned up with whiteout. My life’s a completely black paper.”
Verse 11: You look it up this time (Try to read along with your preferred translation, because I’ll throw things like this at you). People watch you. They know you by who you are, primarily around others.
Look at 12: “Ears to hear and eyes to see – both are gifts from the LORD.” These were lent to us by Christ – we should honor Him with them.
Here’s 15: “Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.” There is wealth that people pay for to show off; there is also wealth no one can pay for that few have: wisdom.
Take a look at 18: “Plans succeed through good council; don’t go to war without the advice of others.” This is how important other’s opinions are. Notice, wise kings don’t rush into battle. They receive council from others; they prepare. Don’t rush into something without thinking about it and gaining advice from others.
22: “Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter.” Romans 12:19, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,” says the LORD.” Let the LORD handle things. If you take matters into your own hands, it’ll only get worse.
25: “It is rash to make a promise to God before counting the cost.” Again, don’t say, “I’m going to be a missionary!” Consider it first. Is God really calling you?
Look at 27: “The LORD’s searchlight penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.” You may think, “no one saw that”. God did.
Do journal work on 29. We’ve done similar before, so it should be easy.
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