Flunking Sainthood

Flunking Sainthood


Have You Hugged a Proverb Today?

posted by Jana Riess

This morning I tweeted the last chapter of the Book of Proverbs:

#Twible Prov 31: Dawn to-do list: Buy estate. Make winter coats. Weave cloth 1st. Make family look good. Be strong. Get Michelle Obama arms.

As I worked my way through Proverbs this summer, I was struck by how practical — and how relevant — much of its advice is. I’ve come to love the book for that reason. For example, Proverbs 25′s scourge of depraved members of the king’s court certainly resonates with much of what’s in the news right now in America:

#Twible Prov 25: Removing the wicked Congresspeople from D.C. is like taking dross out of silver. Seriously. I have a few I could nominate.

Timely, huh? And some of the Proverbs are simply timeless in their advice toward prudence, kindness, and care for the poor:

#Twible Prov 17: Even fools look smart when they have the wisdom to close their mouths. We’re all more intelligent when we shut the hell up.

#Twible Prov 19: When you’re kind to the poor you actually lend $$ to G w/ interest! And  T-bonds in the 1st Bank of G are rated AAA.

#Twible Prov 29: Hotheads, listen up: Only fools give full vent to anger. So stop ranting, shock jocks. It makes you look awfully stupid.

I’m actually sad to leave Proverbs, because there are about ten different possible Twible entries in each chapter here. Each chapter is chock full of wisdom, most of it pragmatic. I could tweet the Book of Proverbs several times over and probably not get tired.

But we are pressing on to the cheerful (!) angst of Ecclesiastes tomorrow. For everything, there is a season.

 



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