Saturday, March 19, 2011

Proverbs, Chapter 13: Solomon's little instruction book

Listen to your parents. Lazy people are skinny, poor and hungry, industrious people are fat and well-off. Apparently, this book was written a long time ago, because man, things have changed.

Then there are a lot of repetitive verses about the wicked being lying liars and the righteous inheriting the earth. Contention is all the result of pride. I totally agree with that.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. (v. 12) Right. The guy who has 700 wives and built a house with an elevated gold bathtub is a model of self-restraint.

Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly. (v. 16). Mostly by joining a Tea Party.

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. (v. 24) Honk if you were beaten as a child because of this verse. I was not, because my parents are civilised people who don't take child-rearing advice from 4000-year old books written by sand people. Though I certainly agree with the second part of this verse.

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