In the first Psalm, David contrasts the ways of the righteous and the wicked. In the first chapter of Proverbs, Solomon does the same thing between the wise and the foolish. He goes on to encourage his sons (and by extension all readers) to pursue wisdom.
David was a poet and a musician. He not only wrote songs and played instruments, but he made trumpets for the temple musicians. In Biblical times the Psalms were sung. Think of this book as their hymnal. Solomon was David’s son, and world renown for his wisdom. The book of Proverbs is a collection of wisdom sayings, some perhaps written by Solomon himself and others collected. In both cases, righteousness and wisdom must be pursued. One must seek after them, like walking down a path. There is more than one path, and we must think about which we are choosing. Continue reading
A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. -Prov 18:6
Earlier this week I indicated that this Proverb was my new favorite Bible verse. But what is the purpose of such verses in Proverbs? I have a good friend that is well studied in the scriptures that still has problems with the book of Proverbs. Proverbs falls into what we call wisdom literature. The book is a collection of Solomon’s wisdom, basically good advice he wants to leave his children, but the question is how does it fit into the gospel? Consider these two scriptures:
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God. -Psalm 14:1
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: Proverbs 1:7
A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. -Proverbs 18:6
That’s my new favorite verse. I think I teach this kid history 🙂