Pondering the Principles of Proverbs
Stop and think about it, and the truth of that statement will be self-evident.
Consider it from the opposite side—stupid kills.
Lie Number One: Ignorance is bliss.
There are certainly those who are blissfully ignorant, but that does not prove that ignorance is bliss. Ignorance of personal hygiene is costly. Ignorance of nutritional reality is costly. Ignorance of the universal laws of sowing and reaping causes much personal misery.
No. Ignorance is NOT bliss. One can be ignorant and blissful, but it is not the ignorance that produces such.
Lie Number Two: What I don't know can't hurt me. (see Lie Number One)
Pro. 3:13 says the exact opposite: “Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding.” Of course, there is no surprise here. The wisdom of this world is still foolishness with God (1 Cor. 3:19).
Any thinking man or woman, whether a believer or not, will admit to the fact that wisdom carries the potential for the following list of benefits:
- length of days
These are some of the benefits associated with wisdom as found in the third chapter of the Proverbs. Being wise helps one to avoid the situations and people that would rob one of these blessings.
As we begin to go through the individual proverbs, we will see how the practice of each one will bring about the blessing.
Wisdom is its own reward.
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