|Who’s the bigger fool? The fool, or the fool who follows her? In the end, I guess it doesn’t matter because if they both continue in their way, they both will end up destroyed. In this passage Solomon deals with the “strange woman,” and the man who falls for her. Proverbs spends a lot of time dealing with the subject of strange women, not so much because woman are particularly evil, but because men are particularly lustful.
In Bible times a name often represented your character:
1Samuel 25:25 “Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal [fool] is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send….” – Abigail pleading with David on behalf of her husband.
Your name also represented your reputation:
Genesis 18:19 “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” – The Lord discussing His assessment of Abraham
Having a name backed by a strong testimony is a precious treasure. It needs to be valued above all else:
“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving [favor] rather than silver and gold.” (Prov. 22:1) Continue reading
Be faithful even when it’s tough
Proverb 12:9 “He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.”
This verse is better understood as “A poor person who provides for himself is better than someone who is proud and destitute.”
You’ve probably met, or seen the proud and destitute. They’re often holding up a sign that says “Will work for food,” but when you try to offer them work, they have excuses for why they can’t, and would prefer a generous donation instead.
And you may have met the poor, but self-providing individual. He may be between jobs or have hit upon hard times, but he’s faithfully seeking work where he can and doing what he must to provide for himself and his family. God says there’s more hope for someone like that than there is for the “proud and destitute.” Continue reading