Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Proverbs, Chapter 26, verse 4.
Sometimes people treat others like a fishing tournament. The fisherman baits his hook with some challenging remark, just enough to entice us to take the bait by challenging our religious beliefs. Once we bite that lure and get involved in the interaction, the fisherman yanks the pole and starts to reel his catch in. Usually, it’s best to resist the opportunity to respond to people when they set us up.
Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. Proverbs, Chapter 26, verse 20.
I like the visual picture I have with this passage. One way of looking at this passage might be to think of the wood as the person who listens to gossip. The fire is the person who spreads the gossip. If people listen to gossip, it “adds fuel to the fire.” If no one listened to these stories, it would put the gossiper out of business; because they do it for the attention it gets them.
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*The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. Proverbs, Chapter 26, verse 22.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. Proverbs, Chapter 29, verse 2.
This reminds me of how I explain to my students about democracies where the people elect the government officials. This is contrasted with some countries where the dictator takes over the country by force. I tell them these dictators usually have their needs as a priority and not the needs of their citizens, who often live in impoverished and inhumane situations.
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*The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it. Proverbs, Chapter 29, verse 7.Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.
Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. Proverbs, Chapter 29, verse 20.
This is talking about our opinion of people who go around babbling every thought that goes through their head. Do you trust people like that to know your deepest, darkest secrets? Do you appoint people like that as heads of corporations? Do you really trust them to be there in a pinch when you really need them? They aren’t generally the people we turn to when we need help.
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