We are coming close to the end of Proverbs, but still have a few more chapters. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs and today we are taking a look at Chapter 27. This book of wisdom has brought us very little, if any, wisdom, but maybe the last few chapters will surprise us. We can always hope, right?
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” – Proverbs 27:1
Yeah, I can buy this. One can never truly know what tomorrow will bring. This is why my philosophy is to do what you enjoy. Don’t spend time trying to live up to all of God’s silly rules when there is no evidence God exists, let alone any god. Live to be happy, not to satisfy a non-existent god.
“Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.” – Proverbs 27:2
And I can buy this too. I prefer letting others praise me instead of boasting about my own accomplishments to others. If I’m really accomplishing something, others will say so without me informing them first.
“Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?” – Proverbs 27:4
God should take this advice. He’s far too jealous in the Bible.
“If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.” – Proverbs 27:14
How dare you bless me at 7 in the morning! Now you shall feel the full wrath of God’s fury!
“A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.” – Proverbs 27:15-16
This is advice? Here’s some real advice. Show your wife respect.
An odd chapter that offers some reasonable advice at the beginning but then complains that wives are always nagging and quarrelsome. Just when the Bible starts to turn the corner and offer some wisdom, it reverts back to attacking women. Sigh.
Coming Soon: Proverbs – Chapter 28: Untitled