Apr. 12. More Contrasts Between Wise and Foolish

Prov. 13:1-14:35

There are more aspects to wisdom that merely acting upon one’s knowledge. “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction.” Wisdom even without worldly knowledge can lead a person to be industrious, righteous, humble and faithful. Also, a fool may possess enormous worldly knowledge, but be a scoffer, lazy, wicked, rich in worldly riches—but spiritually poor and proud. Much has been written and said about proper discipline for children. Solomon wrote, “He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”

The wise man continued to show the differences between the wise and foolish. When a person opens his mouth, the fruits of his speech reveal whether he is wise or foolish. It is important that we refrain from scornful and hurtful words that can injure relationships beyond repair. Even though apologies are given, sometimes the scars from the pain last for a lifetime. One’s words should be truthful and edifying. “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” God’s ways are always the right ways and man has no right to try to change them. The wisdom of God leads man in the right way. That is true whether it involves an individual or a nation of people. “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.”