Tuesday, August 9, 2022
6-8 Don’t accept a meal from a tightwad;
don’t expect anything special.
He’ll be as stingy with you as he is with himself;
he’ll say, “Eat! Drink!” but won’t mean a word of it.
His miserly serving will turn your stomach
when you realize the meal’s a sham.
9 Don’t bother talking sense to fools;
they’ll only poke fun at your words.
10-11 Don’t stealthily move back the boundary lines
or cheat orphans out of their property,
For they have a powerful Advocate
who will go to bat for them?
6 Do not eat the bread of a stingy man;
do not desire his delicacies,
7 for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
8 You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten,
and waste your pleasant words.
9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
for he will despise the good sense of your words.
10 Do not move an ancient landmark
or enter the fields of the fatherless.
-Proverbs 23:6-10 ESV
Verses 6-8 study: In bold terms, the writer warns us not to envy the lifestyles of those who have become wealthy by being stingy and miserly and not to gain favor by fawning over them. Their friendship is useless; they’ll use you for their own gain.
Verse 6 study: This verse’s meaning is uncertain. But by reading context clues, personal hospitality is insincere with hidden motives.
Verse 8 study: Vomit is the metaphor for a bad relationship and the feeling of disgust at the hosts’ insincerity.
Verse 9 study: This verse is a constant reminder of the proverb in 9:7, “A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.” A fool is unteachable.