Welcome to Friday’s Bible reading challenge summary and check-in! I encourage you to comment and let us know what you learned this week as we read through the book of Proverbs. From last Friday through today, we covered Proverbs chapters 6-12; I can’t wait to hear about what you’ve been learning! Here are my observations from this week:
Solomon warns his son of laziness in chapter 6, but he also outlines what is often known as the “seven deadly sins.” I don’t remember this list jumping off the page as much when I read through this chapter in January. I found it interesting that the first five are listed as a body part physically doing the sin, “haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil.” The last two listed seem to require more thinking or premeditation, in my opinion, “a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.” Quite the hefty list of sins to avoid- I love that Solomon didn’t sugarcoat the issues, but spelled it out plainly.
Towards the end of chapter 6, Solomon begins to warn his son of adultery and the dangers of an evil woman. In chapter 7, he continues to explain the importance of keeping all this instruction close to his heart where decisions are made. The dangers of an evil woman are thoroughly explained and Solomon explains the long term effects of involvement with her.
This chapter emphasizes wisdom from the first verse of the chapter and Solomon emphasizes the importance of wisdom over gold and silver. I wonder if Solomon worried that his children might rely on his riches to carry them through life. Verse 11:
for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Which verse stood out to you in Proverbs 8?
Proverbs 9 is almost a repeat of Proverbs 8 in concept. Wisdom and instruction is emphasized and warnings of the foolish woman are outlined. Solomon paints a vivid picture of how foolishness destroys lives. The verse that struck a nerve for me this week had me thinking of how I process criticism or reproof.
Did you see where we can find the beginning of wisdom?
Proverbs 10 is a chapter of what we think of as “typical” proverbs. The verses are often statements that present stark contrasts in order to make the point. At times I have a tendency to divide these statements in parts, but I believe Solomon deliberately wrote these verses in a contrasting style to emphasize his message.
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion. Proverbs 11:22
I couldn’t overlook this verse this week. I think this is one of my favorite Proverbs because you just can’t miss the message, can you? I wonder if Solomon might have used a different analogy today. Maybe something along the lines of “Like a perfect profile pic beside a mouthy social media status, so is a beautiful woman without discretion.” That Solomon sure makes me doublecheck my words!
What do you think Solomon’s modern day analogy might have been?
Proverbs 12 outlines the power of words over and over again. You can easily see how much Solomon believed in the importance of using words wisely. I think I may have chosen the same verse as last month for my focus verse of the chapter.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. Proverbs 12:25
Wow- that’s a quick summary! There is so much richness in the book of Proverbs; I hope you are soaking up every minute of this book, even on the second month reading through. And now I’d love to hear about all you learned. Share it with us?
Enjoy the weekend!