The wise woman builds her house,(A)
but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
2 Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly,
but those who despise him are devious in their ways.
4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,
but from the strength of an ox(D) come abundant harvests.
5 An honest witness does not deceive,
but a false witness pours out lies.(E)
6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none,
but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.(F)
7 Stay away from a fool,
for you will not find knowledge on their lips.
Wise or Fool
In this passage the wise and the fool are set side by side. The result is that we can measue ourselves on a continuum from utterly wise to utterly foolish and see where we fall. The wisdom we seek is in the bosom of God. This means that rather than try and execute better decisions, our primary path to wisdom is to seek God. How do you do against the measuring stick of the first seven verses of Proverbs 14?
- What kind of actions characterize the wise?
- What actions characterize a fool?
- How can a fool become wise (cf James 1)?
- What does our culture present as wise?
- How do you seek out wisdom in today’s world?