Proverbs 24

Aye Yah! Behind again…Good thing for me that next month is right around the corner, and I have a chance to get this right on a daily basis starting with Proverbs 1.

Verse 26:

An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips.

In general, I’d say this is true. But what about those classic traps or trick questions:

  • Does this dress make me look fat?
  • Do I look older?
  • How old do you think I am?

The honest answer might not be so much of a kiss as it is a slap in the face.

Verses 33-34:

A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest-

and poverty will come on you like a bandit
and scarcity like an armed man.

This seems to be a hyperbolic statement. I find it hard to believe that a little sleep, slumber, or resting of the hands will be the direct cause of poverty. Heck, even God rested on the 7th day. And we’re even commanded to observe the Sabbath to keep it Holy. It seems a bit obstreperous to make such a harsh claim in light of this. I think it must be referring to excessive sleep and rest.

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