Reading through the Bible together
This chapter is one of the more cohesive ones. Every saying speaks of either choices that reflect a moderate, balanced life or actions that help someone else. In other words, this chapter talks about keeping it together in your personal life and also about helping others keep it together in their life. It’s a guide on how to eliminate the focus on your own life.
Best of all, I like the last verse that summarized the chapter: “A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out” (The Message). The chapter is saying that whether it’s a question of how much honey you eat (v. 16) or how much time you spend unnecessary time with your neighbor (v. 17). It’s best not to go one extreme or the other. Too much of even a good thing can often be bad.
What the wise man says in this chapter makes a lot of sense: Moderation, to me is the key to life.
“Dear Lord, please help me to listen to You through the words of Solomon, for these are Your words. Help me to take them to heart and give me wisdom to manage my life and be more balanced in all that I do. Amen.”
Fylvia Fowler Kline
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