Chapter 23: Labor not to be Rich
“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.” (Proverbs 23:4)
We should never focus on work as only a means for us to become wealthy. If we become wealthy by our work, then so be it, but it should not be our main focus.
“…as he thinketh with his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7)
If a man lusts after sex, drugs or alcohol then that is what the man is. This is similar to the idea of “you are what you eat”, we are what we do in private and public.
“Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.” (Proverbs 23:9)
Fools will not listen.
“Withhold not correction from the child; for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.” (Proverbs 23:13-14)
Does this mean we should be children? NO! But we shouldn’t be too easy going either… we need to put some tough love into parenting.
“…despise not thy mother when she is old.” (Proverbs 23:22)
When our parents get old, we should still respect them. We should always look out for them, as they have looked after us.
Chapter 24: Listen to Counsel
In a multitude of counselors there is safety. We need to learn to take advice from others! A wise man is strong, and a man of understanding increases that strength daily.
“Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.” (Proverbs 24:29)
Here we see that we are judged on our works and are not just saved by the grace of God alone. We need to remember that if someone has wronged us we cannot always get revenge by doing the same thing to them. Let’s say someone cut off your arm, would it make sense to cut off the arm of the offender? No. This is what the scripture is talking about.