Proverbs – Chapter 1: Purpose and Theme

Today we start the first chapter in the book of Proverbs and the title says it all.  We should expect to learn the purpose and theme of Proverbs in this chapter.

“for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight…” – Proverbs 1:2

LOL!  Wisdom and insight?  We’ve had none of that thus far in the Bible so I doubt Proverbs is the book to finally do it.

“…for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.” – Proverbs 1:6

Or you know, the Bible could do away with the parables and riddles and simply state without being ‘mysterious’.  Sheesh.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7

For fuck’s sake.  Fear is the beginning of knowledge?  Fuck you God. Fear is the beginning of child abuse.  

“My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.” – Proverbs 1:10

Following this verse are several about harming people and stealing.  This is one of the very few worthwhile verses in the Bible. If there are truly those doing wrong asking you to join them, then yes, you should definitely say no.  But the Bible is not needed to gain this piece of wisdom.

I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—” – Proverbs 1:26

This is in reference to wisdom being shared but one not listening to it.  What lesson does this teach? It teaches us to mock those that don’t immediately listen without questioning.  Maybe the wisdom should have been accepted, but a truly moral person, including a moral god, would still help those who didn’t listen the first time, not mock them.  Then again, this god of the Bible is not a moral god.

“Then they will call to me but I will not answer;  they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledged did not choose to fear the Lord.” – Proverbs 1:28-29

How Christian of you!  Instead of helping, you mock.  And again, it’s back to needing to fear God to understand.  Bullshit. Fear is the tool of a child abuser.

What did we learn in Proverbs 1?  There is one verse on doing the right thing, but later in the chapter this is followed up by mocking and harming those who don’t listen to you the first time.  Sigh. Violence, mocking, bullying…all biblical ‘morals’.

Coming Soon:  Proverbs – Chapter 2:  Moral Benefits of Wisdom

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