Margin notes – The Proverbs 31 Man

The paradigm which is often held up to women, is that they ought to be a “Proverbs 31 wife.” This is based on Proverbs 31:10-31. Precious little seems to be said about the 1st 9 verses and what is said … Continue reading

Margin notes: Proverbs 30:7-9 Makes me wince

7  Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: 8  Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, 9  … Continue reading

Going to Confession and Corona – Revisiting Proverbs 28:13

Proverbs 28:13 – Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. It struck me in re-reading this passage this morning, that it has – beyond the more obvious applications below – … Continue reading

The wounds of a friend – Proverbs 27:5-6

5  Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 6  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. 5-7 These three verses show three different aspects of the same concept. At the bottom of it … Continue reading

Margin notes: Not forsaking steadfast love and faithfulness

Proverbs 3:1–6 (ESV) — 1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. 3 Let not steadfast love … Continue reading

Margin notes: Heading somewhere?

Proverbs 4:25–27 (ESV) — 25 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. 27 Do not swerve to the right or … Continue reading

So much wisdom in so few words.

Sometimes the economy of words Scripture employs to communicate deep theological truth is truly staggering. Proverbs 4:24-27 is one of those places. Let me tease out just some ideas of key importance here. First off, note that wisdom is always … Continue reading

As I was reading today – Proverbs 13:22

On the surface, the wisdom here is plain – we are to think of the generations which follow us. And it is right we take this in the first place in terms of leaving a material inheritance of some sort. … Continue reading

As I was reading today – Proverbs 16:4

Proverbs 16:4 The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Bad eyes? Constant struggle with weight? Abandoned? Hurt? Poor? Wealthy? Too short? Bald? Too attractive to be taken seriously? No pedigree? Wrong ethnicity? Birth … Continue reading

An Observation, and a Prayer – From Proverbs 28:1

The Heavenly Father is patient, and does not chasten without warnings and reproofs. But when those warnings and reproofs are repeatedly rejected, He does finally move. In those times, His action is swift, and decisive. Better to hear these rebukes … Continue reading