An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 180 – Don’t Count On Tomorrow Through Don’t Wander (Proverbs 27:1-8)

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1. Should you count on tomorrow coming?
No: “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1).

  • Psalms 89:47, Psalms 90:10, James 4:13-16, and I Peter 1:24.

2. Should you praise yourself?
No, let that come from others: “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips” (Proverbs 27:2).

  • Proverbs 25:27, II Corinthians 10:12, and II Corinthians 10:17-18.

3. Is a fool’s wrath a heavy burden?
Heaver than stones and sand: “A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both” (Proverbs 27:3).

  • “For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one” (Job 5:2).
  • Being a fool is bad enough (Proverbs 3:35, Proverbs 13:16, Proverbs 18:7, Proverbs 23:9, and Ephesians 5:15).
  • Add to that being wrathful and you’ve got a bad situation (Proverbs 15:18, Proverbs 19:19, and James 1:19-20).
  • Where does anger rest (Ecclesiastes 7:9)?
  • Foolishness (Ecclesiastes 7:17) and wrath (Psalms 37:8 and Ephesians 4:31) should not be part of our lives.

4. What is worse than wrath and anger?
Envy: “Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy” (Proverbs 27:4)?

  • Proverbs 14:30, Proverbs 27:4, Romans 13:13, I Corinthians 3:1-3, Galatians 5:26, James 3:16, and I Peter 2:1-2.

5. Is it better to rebuke someone or to have hidden love for that person?
“Open rebuke is better than secret love” (Proverbs 27:5).

  • Leviticus 19:17, Proverbs 9:8, Proverbs 28:23, Ecclesiastes 7:5, I Timothy 5:20, II Timothy 4:2, Titus 1:10-14, and Titus 2:15.

6. How should we view correction when it comes from our friends?
As a faithful action: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6).

  • Correction from friends (Psalms 141:5, Proverbs 25:12, Galatians 2:11-17, and Revelation 3:19).
  • Deceptive kisses (Psalms 55:21, Proverbs 26:28, and Matthew 26:48-50).

7. Can you get so much of something that you stop appreciating it?
Yes: “The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet” (Proverbs 27:7).

  • You can certainly stop appreciating what you have (Ecclesiastes 5:10-13).
  • That is why we must always, whether in lacking or abundance (Philippians 4:11-12), be content (I Timothy 6:6-8 and Hebrews 13:5-6) and thankful (Ephesians 5:20 and I Thessalonians 5:18).

8. What application can be made from Proverbs 27:8?
The verse says this: “As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place” (Proverbs 27:8).
Here is an inspired answer: “(They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them” (Psalms 107:4-5).
Wandering away from where you belong is not good (
Proverbs 21:16, Hebrews 10:38, and II Peter 2:20-22).