Yesterday, I decided to write a post comparing proverbial statements to ecclesiastical statements.
I’ll write a question, with two answers: the first from Proverbs, the second from Ecclesiastes.
What does wisdom bring?
- A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, (Proverbs 29:3A NIV84)
- For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. (Ecclesiastes 1:18 NIV84)
How important is wisdom?
- Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7 NIV84)
- Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind. (Ecclesiastes 1:17 NIV84)
Is constant work useful?
- All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23 NIV84)
- Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 2:11 NIV84)
Then why should we have to work?
- The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. (Proverbs 21:25 NIV84)
- The fool folds his hands and ruins himself. (Ecclesiastes 4:5 NIV84)
How the heck does God fit into my living and being?
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10 NIV84)
- Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13 NIV84)
And that’s all I can do for today. I’m going to try to relax now.