Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Proverbs, Chapters 15 & 16: Vegetarianism isn't holy but Jeopardy is

Chapter 15

Don't get into shouting matches. Listen to smart people. Happy people don't go hungry, presumably because they're always invited to dinner. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. (v. 17) Not exactly the most ringing endorsement of vegetarianism. Give good answers to questions.

Of course there are also a lot of verses about wisdom, listening to your parents and fearing god. Wouldn't it also be wise to say, hire a good editor?

Chapter 16

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. (v. 3) You know, an awful lot of stupid, destructive works have been committed to the lord, including Donald Rumsfeld sending troops into Iraq to get control of its oil look for Weapons of Mass Distraction with this verse etched into the body of their rifles.

It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. (v. 12) Not that Bush or Cheney will ever be punished for lying about those WMDs, authorising torture by the CIA or what happened at Abu Garib.

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! (v. 16) You know, people have been telling me all my life that I'm pretty smart, and I think I'd still choose the riches. Then hire a tutor. And a trainer so I can have a smaller ass.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (v. 18) Schadenfreude rocks, doesn't it?

God controls the outcome of games of chance. Shouldn't that make for more good Christian lottery winnerss?

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