Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 23

Fatboy Oh listen, dear child—become wise;
   point your life in the right direction.
Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk;
   don’t eat too much food and get fat.
Drunks and gluttons will end up on skid row,
   in a stupor and dressed in rags
Proverbs 23:19-21 (TM)

I’ve always found it interesting that the church is quick to speak out against the evils of drinking, but I’ve never heard a sermon about gluttony. Scripturally, they are clearly on par with one another.

[scratching head]
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4 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 23”

  1. Thanks for the honesty, Keith. It’s hard to read any chapter of proverbs without slapping your head once or twice and uttering a Homer-like “Doh”!
    Good point, Taylor. They both need to be discussed. We typically medicate ourselves when we feel we can’t cope – some with a martini – others with a twinkie!

  2. I agree. I also think that a sermon should be preached about that…seeing as today in class, one of my teachers told me he was working with four different seventh graders that struggle with alcohol problems. What is the world coming to?

  3. ‘listen dear child – become wise’ I always pray that my girls will make wise choices. I made some pretty poor choices at the cyclone game this weekend. This passage hit close to home. kjw

  4. 4-5 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich;
    restrain yourself!
    Riches disappear in the blink of an eye;
    wealth sprouts wings
    and flies off into the wild blue yonder.
    I push myself pretty hard sometimes to get an extra dollar. I wonder if I have sacrificed something for my family in my pursuits. I need to keep the right priorities in life… isn’t everything. The second half seems to say that we spend what we make anyway.

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