Friday, May 9, 2014

Proverbs Part II

Proverbs Part II

     Here is the second and final posting for the questions for the Book of Proverbs. As previously mentioned this book does consist largely of verses repeated again and again and worded a b-zillion different ways. Was King Solomon running out of things to say? It is entirely possible.

1. Proverbs 18:6
     6 The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating.

     1. Sooo, does this mean it is okay to beat the piss out of people who you think desperately deserve it?

2. Proverbs 18:15
     15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.

     1. If the Lord/God is the ultimate in everything, including wisdom, and if the ears of the wise seek out knowledge and the Lord has ears, does the Lord ALSO seek out knowledge?

     2. If the Lord/God is the ultimate in everything does He EVER have to seek out any kind of knowledge or understanding or wisdom in regard to anything?

3. Proverbs 18:17
     17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.

     1. Is this more of the wonderful and expansive knowledge and wisdom of Solomon? Seriously?

     2. Isn't the first to speak in a lawsuit the plaintiff? 

     3. Wouldn't a person of WISDOM not make any assumptions about who is right or wrong in a lawsuit until both have spoken and all evidence is brought forth? Who in the hell thinks that the first person to speak in a lawsuit is the right one, hummm?

4. Proverbs 19:11
     11 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

     1. Much of the Bible discusses the persistent anger of God as well as His consistency in punishing even the smallest of offenses. Did the Lord/God not consider this verse?

     2. If the Lord/God is not very patient, what does that signify in regards to His level of wisdom?

     3. It is to one's glory to overlook an offense? Sooo, is the person doing the overlooking doing so because they want glory, or because they want to be nice or generous or kind?

     4. Why would a smart fellow like Solomon even mention something so trite as glory when gain of glory is the wrong reason to do something that is supposed to be right in the first place?

5. Proverbs 19:14
     14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

     1. Sooo, the person who marries an imprudent wife has been more or less screwed over by the Lord, right? I mean, if a prudent wife is from the Lord why wouldn't the Lord give such a wife to, say, a really good guy (or gal)? Don't lots of nice folk who don't deserve the bitchy wiles of an imprudent woman end up with such for a wife?

6. Proverbs 19:16
     16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.

     1. Sooo, if you want to keep your life you have to keep the commandments? Wouldn't this include the commandments to stone people for various reasons?

     2. Do people realize there are far more than the well known Ten Commandments that the Lord/God supposedly gave people? Are they not supposed to follow ALL of them? Why don't they?

7. Proverbs 19:17
     17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lordand he will reward them for what they have done.

     1. The Lord/God is always promising rewards here and there to people for various things. Do these people ever get them? Are these rewards from the Lord/God supposed to be in the afterlife? 

     2. Are there kind people who do not lend to the poor?

     3. If lending to the poor is lending to the Lord, is the Lord poor and in need of lending? Is this why televangelists are always asking people for money to give to Jesus?

8. Proverbs 19:18
     18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death.

     1. Sooo, does Solomon mean physical discipline or discipline more along the lines of working with the child and showing them by example and speaking with them?

9. Proverbs 19:19
     19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.

     1. Really? Well, the Lord/God seems to be pretty hot tempered. Who the hell is going to rescue Him?

     2. God/the Lord is consistently hot tempered. What penalty will He have to pay?

10. Proverbs 20:4
     4 Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

     1. If a person is too goddamn lazy to plow their fields, how in the hell would they suddenly get the energy at harvest time to get their lazy asses up to look for what they didn't plant in the first freaking place?!

11. Proverbs 20:9
     9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?


     1. Exactly. WHO can say such? Can the Lord/God say such?

     2. Is anger and killing people out of anger a sin? Aren't there plenty of stories in the Bible of God being severely angry and killing people in the heat of that anger?

     3. Is God clean and pure and without sin?

12. Proverbs 20:12

     12 Ears that hear and eyes that see— the Lord has made them both.


     1. And what about the ears that do not hear and the eyes that do not see? Doesn't the Lord make them also? Why would He make something that does not function properly?

13. Proverbs 20:30

     30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.


     1. Sooo, Solomon IS condoning beating the crap out of people?

     2. People in prison get the shit beat out of them all the time. If blows and wounds scrub away evil...well, why do these morons always end up right back in prison?

14. Proverbs 21:8

     8 The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.


     1. What is the point of having Solomon say that the way of the guilty is devious? Isn't such apparent?

     2. If the way of the innocent is so upright why is it punished so often?

15. Proverbs 22:1

     1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.


     1. Not that many verses ago Solomon said that it was wisdom that was more desirable than riches, but now it is a good name that is more desirable? What changed his mind?

16. Proverbs 22: 24-25

     24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,

     25 or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.


     1. Well, God/the Lord is hot tempered and angry. Should people associate with the Lord?

     2. Do terrorists of any religion act in the hideous ways that they do because they have been ensnared by the anger of their God?

17. Proverbs 25:21-22

     21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

     22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.


     1. Sooo, the Lord is rewarding because of what? Because of making the enemy feel like they have burning coals on their head, or because someone fed another person (which is what you do when people are hungry, right?)?

18. Proverbs 28:14

     14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.


     1. Why is the one who always trembles before God always blessed? Is it because God gets something from the trembling person? What does He get? 

     2. Does God translate the trembling of those before Him into glory?

19. Proverbs 29:22

     22 An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.


     1. Sooo, if the Lord/God is so very hot tempered (and oh yes my MY He is) how many sins has He committed? How many conflicts has He stirred up?

20. Proverbs 30:5-6

     5 Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

     6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.


     1. Every word of God is flawless? Really? If that is the case why don't more of the followers of God follow ALL of the commandments of God given in the Bible?

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