26 The appetite of laborers works for them;
their hunger drives them on.
29 A violent person entices their neighbor
and leads them down a path that is not good.(AS)
30 Whoever winks(AT) with their eye is plotting perversity;
whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.
31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;(AU)
it is attained in the way of righteousness.
32 Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control than one who takes a city.
Brain Over Brawn
In Julia Donaldson’s book, the Gruffalo, a powerful theme is revisited. The idea is that a small mouse can outwit the powerful Gruffalo and other predators who wish to eat him. Proverbs reinforces this idea. Of course, physical fitness is a benefit and shows good stewardship of what God has given. However, if there is a choice between brawn and brains Proverbs chooses brains. The FBI reads body language to be able to tell what powerful enemies are thnking and then can use that against them. Many times in history a mighty army has been stalled by superior strategy on the part of an inferior force.
- What does this passage say about intelligence compared to a warrior’s skill?
- How did people in the Bible use strategy to defeat overwhelming odds?
- To whom does God reveal superior strategy?
- In the lives of regular people in the West when do they fight when they could think?
- How does taking time to consult God rule out chance in conflict?