AS I WORK MY WAY through paraphrasing Proverbs, I’m sometimes startled by how appropriate some of them are for politics today.
Ditto for some of the others that deal with everyday life for the rest of us.
I won’t be uploading Proverbs to the Casual English Bible website for another couple of weeks, but here’s a preview of a few proverbs that caught my attention in the past few days.
Heads up: there are a lot in proverbs about incredibly stupid people. I don’t mean to be offensive, but I do want to reflect the tone of the ancient proverbs. So pardon the harsh ones.
“People who isolate themselves don’t care about anyone else.
When confronted by good judgment, all they do is badmouth it.” Proverbs 18:1
“Idiot’s aren’t interested in learning anything.
All they want to do is tell you what they think.” 18:2
“A polished speech wouldn’t sound right coming from an idiot.
And a lie sounds even worse coming from a leader.” 17:7
“You’re better off facing a momma bear who lost her babies,
Than a fool doing stupid things.” 17:12
“Corrupt people take secret bribes,
To see that justice isn’t done.” 17:23
“When wicked people come along, they bring hate with them.
Their shameful behavior ends with their disgrace.” 18:3
Sounding mostly upbeat, but not entirely
“If you don’t have oxen, at least your barn is clean.” Proverbs 14:4
“It’s good for your health to live easygoing.
Getting worked up will rot you to the bone.” 14:30
“It’s better to eat veggies in a house filled with love
Than to eat steak served by someone who hates your guts.” 15:17
“Trust God with everything you plan to do.
Then do it.” 16:3
“People who love to learn will embrace correction when they’re wrong.
People who hate correction get to stay stupid.” 12:1
“True words have a long shelf life—they’re eternal.
Lies come and go.” 12:19
“We eat from the words we speak, so speak good words.” 13:2
The prayer Jesus prayed for us video
Most people don’t realize that on the night Jesus was arrested—a few hours before his crucifixion the next morning—he prayed a heartfelt prayer for people today. It follows a prayer for his disciples at the time.
Political and practical proverbs video #2
Here’s a link to the Vimeo version of that prayer, in a reading of John 17. The prayer for us starts at 4:20 into the reading, if you’d like to jump ahead.