I was reading these and glazing over with lack of understanding. I actually flipped over to The Message and then researched the ones that still confused me. Here is the read in the Message.
This one cracked me up! I am a morning person…
14 If you wake your friend in the early morning
by shouting “Rise and shine!”
It will sound to him
more like a curse than a blessing.
BTW, my husband wrote verse 15 and 16 in your Bible!
BUT I want you to stop and just marinate in a familiar verse:
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.
This is the Proverb I use the most. I don’t have many friends but the few that I do I chose wisely. This verse is not about having someone in my life that makes me a better Christian, it is about both of us becoming better Christians because of each other. I have a really close friend, Karen Medana, and when I need sharpening she is the iron I go to. She will not tell me what I want to hear, she will tell me what I need to hear.
At first this was confusing:
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 the lambs will provide you with clothing,
and the goats with the price of a field.
27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family
and to nourish your female servants.
How timely this Proverb is to teach our children of all ages. During this COVID so many people immediately had no money or food. Know the condition of your family so that when an emergency strikes, you can be prepared.
Proverbs 28 and 29: Anyone care to share any thoughts?