Proverbs is a book in the Bible that presents a variety of topics from the Hebrews such as family, marriage, self-control, and wealth. Throughout all of Proverbs, wisdom and folly is talked about more than other topics. Wisdom is doing what is right and making good choices, whereas folly refers to being foolish and making unwise choices. Diligence and laziness are two topics that are also talked about greatly in the book of proverbs.
Wisdom and folly are two words that could not be any more different than what they already are. Wisdom is defined as making a decision where that decision will either pay off immediately or sometime in the future. Folly is knowing what decision you should make but you choose to make a different decision because of your own stubbornness and arrogance. Let’s look at an example. Let us say, for instance, that you are put in charge of planning a Christmas party for your job. You were given 5 months to prepare for it, find a venue and a caterer, book the venue and decide what kind of food you want the caterer to bring. You decide, however, to wait until the month before to begin to plan it thinking that you will have sufficient time to find a gorgeous venue and delicious food. Because of your folly there are practically no venues available and all the caterers are so booked that you are stuck to finding some small, cheap caterer that serves, by no means, delicious food. You could have had a gorgeous venue and a delicious caterer but because you decided to wait, you were forced to have a half decent venue and a caterer that might not know what they are doing.
Diligence and laziness are two words that you can really focus on and think about whether or not you are either. If you are a diligent person, you would get things done in a timely manner and not stray from a task that you are assigned. A lazy person would be someone who is assigned to a task, whether that task be easy or hard, and cannot...
Citations: 1. Hindson, Edward E. and Gary Yates. The Essence of the Old Testament: A Survey. Nashville: B&H, 2012. p. 268
2. Hindson, Edward E. and Gary Yates. The Essence of the Old Testament: A Survey. Nashville: B&H, 2012. p. 268.
3. Proverbs 6:6-8
4. Proverbs 26:14
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