Why are the Proverbs often misunderstood?
Can the promises in the Old Testament book of Proverbs be taken seriously? Someone suggested that, “many cannot take the book seriously because its promises seem removed from the harsh realities of their experiences.”
One proverb promises that, “He who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long life” (Proverbs 1:19). Others promise protection, prosperity, safety, life at ease, and health to those who choose a path of wisdom and obedience (Proverbs 1:32-33; 3:1-2, 7-8, 9-10).
Do all who follow the path of wisdom enjoy these benefits? “The righteous” we are told, “is delivered from trouble, but the wicked takes his place” (Proverbs 11:8). Should we expect this for all righteous people? How would it apply to what we call heroes of faith noted in Hebrews 11?
A well-known proverb says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it”…
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