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Proverbs 1:26 NIV

By February 1, 2024No Comments

“I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—”

This one sounds a little tough. Is God really mocking and laughing at others misfortune, especially since it is the result of their own ignorance? Solomon wants us to know, as he experienced, that few things are as embarrassing and shameful as being taunted and made fun of for ignoring the opportunity to act with God’s wise counsel. The picture from the original language here is that during the unwise person’s time of calamity wisdom is exulted, the difference is obvious to those who witness the contrast. This occurs as the unwise suffer their consequences and the value of walking in God’s design becomes recognized in its superiority. Both the word laugh and mock are best translated as “to mock”. Wisdom doesn’t reserve sympathy for anyone who willing lives stupidly. This verse is not insinuating we should mock anyone. Surely when we do we will quickly find ourselves in the position to be mocked. We will act stupidly. We are to always look for an opportunity to encourage reconciliation and seek redemption for anyone we see walk away from God’s path. Today live wisely. #BeTheEdge

“God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.” 1 Kings‬ ‭4‬:‭29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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