Wisdom & Foolishness: A Contrast

Taking the long view

The book of Proverbs shows how a sensible person avoids such self-destructive traps as evil companions, pride, sexual immorality, drunkenness, and laziness.

Proverbs teaches us how to bring ultimate, lasting good to ourselves by making wise choices.

Open to instruction

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel” (12:15).

The fool’s mind is closed to advice and correction (15:12).

He fails to grow because he thinks he’s OK as he is. But the wise man welcomes correction because he realizes he has room to improve (9:8).

Proverbs has much more to say on the subject. Evidently God thought it worth emphasizing.

And we’d be wise to listen.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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In One Ear . . . ?

When to listen, when not to

Listening is a major theme of the book of Proverbs.

The book is designed to guide young men in making wise choices, while avoiding foolish ones.

For this to happen, one must really listen, learn, and live accordingly.

Youth must listen to their parents (1:8; 4:1-6; 23:22).

But they must also avoid listening to the wrong people (1:10-19; 7:6-23; 17:4).

They must listen to wise counsel (12:15; 19:20).

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To our advantage

It’s wise to listen to needed correction and foolish not to (1:20-33; 15:32; 25:12).

Listening leads to positive outcomes (8:32-35; 21:28)

Refusing to listen results in major consequences (5:1-14; 13:1; 19:27).

God won’t hear the prayers of those who won’t listen to Him (28:9).

It’s just that important!

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Proverbs Revisited

A Christian counselor told me he assigns some of his clients to copy by hand chapters from the book of Proverbs. He has seen wicked people change for the better by doing this.

Wisdom absorbed

Proverbs was originally designed to help young men avoid the traps youth are vulnerable to—and to make wise choices instead. But Proverbs makes for profitable reading for any age, male or female.

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As the counselor told me, Proverbs has 31 chapters, one for every day of the month.

Wisdom applied

A chapter a day could make a real difference for any of us—if we turn what we learn into living.

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