Proverbs 26

It’s the format of these last couple of chapters that really gets to me. Reading these verses – which can change topics in an instant – reminds me of a string of firecrackers going off. They’re like random pops – some longer, some quicker. There seems to be no focus.

This actually makes sense, since this is just a collection of Solomon’s proverbs, not Solomon writing them himself. The rest of the book is fairly well laid out, but the final collection is like a book of quotes – lots of good stuff, but it needs some arrangement.

 

A whip for the horse and a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools! (26:3)

Do we need to say any more? Haven’t we all wished we had one of those?

 

There is a short section where Solomon goes off on fools. He uses several comparisons (26:6-11):

  • Like cutting off the feet or drinking violence…
  • Like legs that hang limp from the lame…
  • Like tying a stone in a sling…
  • Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard…
  • Like an archer that wounds at random…
  • Like a dog that returns to its vomit…

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