Today’s passage: Proverbs 10
- Chapter 10 starts a compilation of individual proverbs. There won’t be themes to each chapter…
- Chapters 10-15 contain proverbs that primarily use contrasts.
- Chapters 16-22 contain proverbs that primarily use comparisons.
- Another reminder, these proverbs are poetry. For example, when we read 10:1, we should see that a wise child makes both his/her parents glad and a foolish child grieves both his/her parents.
- In verse 15, both the rich and the poor are trusting in the wrong thing.
- The rich man cannot be protected by his wealth.
- The poor man is not destroyed due to his lack of wealth.
- Both are trusting in money. Both need to repent and trust in God alone.
Questions to consider:
- Why and how does love cover all sins? Does this mean we should try to ignore sin? What does it mean to cover? How is our sin covered? Who is the true everlasting foundation of the “righteous” (Verse 25)? If you truly loved others and someone told you that you were hurting them, what would you want to do? As sinners ourselves, what will we desire for others who are actively being hurt and hurting others in their sin?
- What is the contrast of verse 14? What direction does information go primarily for the wise? What direction does information go primarily for fools? (In or Out) How do you know when it’s time to speak? What would your motivation need to be? (For whose benefit?)
- Which proverb stuck out the most to you? Why? How can you put it into practice today?
Father, please give us wisdom, that we would receive your instruction and heed them and be blessed. Thank you for covering our sin in love through the blood of Jesus. I pray that we Christians would look at others through the lens of your gospel love, be listeners, and then in the strength you provide, be lovers of people and seek their true good for your glory.