Sunday, September 4, 2022
22 Pound on a fool all you like—
you can’t pound out foolishness.
23-27 Know your sheep by name;
carefully attend to your flocks;
(Don’t take them for granted;
possessions don’t last forever, you know.)
And then, when the crops are in
and the harvest is stored in the barns,
You can knit sweaters from lambs’ wool,
and sell your goats for a profit;
There will be plenty of milk and meat
to last your family through the winter.
-Proverbs 27:22-27 The Message
22 Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle
along with crushed grain,
yet his folly will not depart from him.
23 Know well the condition of your flocks,
and give attention to your herds,
24 for riches do not last forever;
and does a crown endure to all generations?
25 When the grass is gone, and the new growth appears
and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,
26 the lambs will provide your clothing,
and the goats the price of a field.
27 There will be enough goats’ milk for your food,
for the food of your household
and maintenance for your girls.
-Proverbs 27:22-27 ESV
Verse 22 study: Solomon considers foolishness almost indestructible. You mix things together with a bowl and a rod. A fool is unteachable even when the most drastic measures are taken.
Verses 23-27 studies: With our fortunes uncertain and life short, we should be mindful about what we do with our lives. We should act foresight to pay attention to our homes, families, and careers. We should be stewards like a farmer with his land herds. Thinking ahead is a duty, not an option for God’s people. Economic resources of a renewable sort are preferable to riches that cannot be replaced. Pay attention to the providential order of nature ensures provisions for our needs. The implications of this passage are more evident in the modern context. This passage is also rare praise of wisdom for planning ahead.