We ended the last chapter of Proverbs wondering if we should or should not run out and buy olive oil. So many difficult questions in life! Let’s see if this chapter has more dilemmas for us.
“Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.” – Proverbs 22:2
Wow…such comfort to the poor who are suffering horribly.
“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” – Proverbs 22:7
A verse Christians continue to use today when pushing for public policy. The poor must be ruled by the rich for they made bad choices. Sigh. What a crock of shit.
“Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.” – Proverbs 22:15
The Bible says you can’t be a good parent unless you beat your kids with a rod. Child abuse is okay in the eyes of the Lord.
At this point in this chapter the Bible switches over to 30 sayings of the wise. This should be good.
“Do not exploit the poor because they are poor…” – Proverbs 22:22
Republican politicians should read their Bible.
That’s it for this chapter. The sayings of the wise will continue in the next chapter. The takeaway from this chapter? This supposed book of morals is okay with physical abuse of a child.
Coming Soon: Proverbs – Chapter 23: Untitled