Jun 4 (Daily reading: Proverbs 4-6, NIV) Solomon passed on to his sons some good advice that he had received from his father David: “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.” (4:4-5). This wisdom needed to be accompanied by good sense: “Avoid (the path of the wicked), do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way” (4:14-15).
Solomon wrote many proverbs that were practical and showed good sense. For example, concerning adultery: “Keep to a path far from (the adulteress) … May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth” (5:8, 18). And a good work ethic: “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” (6:6).
In Proverbs 6:16-19, Solomon gave several attitudes or actions that God detests. Here is my paraphrase: “Do not roll your eyes at someone because you feel you are superior. Always tell the truth! Remember how Jesus interpreted the commandment: ‘Do not murder.’ He said, ‘Anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment’ (Mt. 6:22). Do not devise plots that will take advantage of people. Keep your feet on the path of righteousness and off the path of evil. Follow the way of truth and peace and seek to be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem! As Paul advised, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Rom. 12:18, NIV).
– Al Gary