Fools Mock…

So the kids and I are working our way through Proverbs. For whatever reason, I’ve just had a hard time getting into the spirit of it. Perhaps it’s that the full chapters tend to touch so briefly on so many different topics, none of them really sink in.

But we’ve been wanting to read straight through, so we’re trying. This morning we were so unfocused as we read, I decided we’d listen to the chapter on loop while we folded laundry.

I’d thought the voice actors would add to the message. Instead, by about the second loop through, they just had us giggling with the way they pronounced the words so dramatically. And from there we started poking at the message itself… a man’s** actions have consequences that will either reward or hurt him, but woman is either a good or bad thing for her husband? Nice.

So I was trying to patch things up, explaining that language is a reflection of culture and so on, when I realized we’d missed one of the major points in Proverbs: mocking doesn’t bode well for anyone.

“Guys, we really shouldn’t be making fun,” I’d finally sighed, while the kids stacked up the towels to put them away.

They both agreed. After a moment Ethan added, “You know, it’s great to have fun and it’s even okay to make the fun you have. The problem is when we make fun of something or someone.”

Smart kid. Maybe something from Proverbs is reaching us, even if I lack some understanding myself.

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  1. * Interestingly, my sweetie had brought us “The Old Testament for Latter-Day Saint Families” just as we were beginning to read Proverbs. I was discouraged at that time to find they’d rearranged the whole book into topics, and didn’t even include all of the Proverbs; instead they’d chosen some highlights to discuss. We had set the book aside for now, since we really do want to fully read through each book of scripture. Now I’m seeing the wisdom in that approach, so we’ll come back and read that version of Proverbs when we’re done with the KJV.

    ** He’d also brought over another fascinating book to help us in our studies: Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. This tells us most mentions of “man” in this chapter translate more closely to “mortal” than to “male”.

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