The Excellent Woman of Proverbs 31:10ff

The last major section of Proverbs is a poem about an excellent, noble, strong, hard-working, wise woman. And Proverbs 31:10ff is actually an acrostic. The first word of each line in this poem starts with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet and it goes in order from beginning (A aleph, א) to end (T taw,… Continue reading The Excellent Woman of Proverbs 31:10ff

A Fool…Trusts in Himself (Henry/Bridges)

Proverbs 28:26 says this about someone who trusts in him- or herself compared to someone who is wise: "The one who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but the one who walks in wisdom will escape" (NET). Or, as the NLT puts it, "Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who… Continue reading A Fool…Trusts in Himself (Henry/Bridges)

Proverbs and OT Theology(?) (Waltke)

 Some OT scholars find Proverbs problematic because as wisdom literature it doesn't seem to fit into the OT.  Proverbs never mentions covenant for example, nor does it have a messianic emphasis.  G. E. Wright said that OT wisdom literature like Proverbs "is something of a problem."  I appreciate how Bruce Waltke responded to this discussion… Continue reading Proverbs and OT Theology(?) (Waltke)

On Disciplining Your Children: Do It!

It seems that from one perspective disciplining our kids isn't a kind or nice thing to do.  Think about it.  If your child disrespects you, you might take his dessert away for a week.  If company comes over, they'd all get dessert, but your kid won't.  Seems mean.  Or maybe your teenage daughter was terribly… Continue reading On Disciplining Your Children: Do It!

Do Not Praise Yourself (Or: Nobody Likes A Bragger)

I don’t remember if it was a P.E. coach I had in high school or my mom or a good friend, but someone once told me “Nobody likes a bragger.”  There is quite a bit of truth in that phrase!  Scripture puts it this way: “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A… Continue reading Do Not Praise Yourself (Or: Nobody Likes A Bragger)