Sunday, July 24, 2022
11 Young people eventually reveal by their actions
if their motives are on the up and up.
Drinking from the Chalice of Knowledge
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—
we get our basic equipment from God!
13 Don’t be too fond of sleep; you’ll end up in the poorhouse.
Wake up and get up; there’ll be food on the table.
14 The shopper says, “That’s junk—I’ll take it off your hands,”
then goes off boasting of the bargain.
15 Drinking from the beautiful chalice of knowledge
is better than adorning oneself with gold and rare gems.
-Proverbs 20:11-15 The Message
11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
the Lord has made them both.
13 Love not to sleep, lest you come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
but when he goes away, he boasts.
15 There is gold and an abundance of costly stones,
but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
-Proverbs 20:11-15 ESV
Verse 11 study: The Hebrew word covers a wide range of ages from babyhood to early adulthood.
Verse 12 study: The gaining of knowledge are God’s given and reliable forms of what principles mean.
Verse 14 study: A person that is a bargainer belittles products at purchase but then gloats later over their value. Bargaining is an established social ritual. This verse is supposed to be a humorous comment.