Proverbs 26: King James Bible
Honor and Parables – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty six, Verse 8-9
8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honor to a fool. 9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouths of fools.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Honor and Parables
Above, we have two verses that may appear similar to two verses we’ve already touched on, earlier in the chapter. Those similar verses are verse 1 and 7.
1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool.
7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
As we can see, we’ve got two verses talking about honor, and two talking about parables, as they would relate to the fool. What changes is the focus the Lord uses from one verse to another.
The different focus that I’m referring to, is that the two precious verses (vs. 1&7) are an introduction to the problem, centralizing on the fool himself. But the two verses that we are concentrating on in this devotional (vs. 8&9), are shifting the focus away from the fool, and placing it on others.
A Stone in a Sling
We know that honor is unseemly for a fool, but here we learn that the one who is giving him honor, is as one preparing to do harm. I say that because nobody equips a stone in a sling unless they’re getting ready to use it.
How is honoring a fool like being one who binds a stone in a sling? Because when we do things that we know aren’t right (especially concerning the Word of God), it does cause harm in some way, shape or form.
The Lord says that it’s unseemly to give honor to a fool. Knowing that, are we doing right or wrong when we decide to honor a fool? If it’s crosswise the Word, it’s wrong. When we make a decision to do wrong, there will be consequences for it. Some kind of harm will come to someone, somewhere, somehow.
Not necessarily physical harm such as what a sling could do. Harm comes in many flavors. Any of which could effect people emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and yes, sometimes physically, or tarnish a good reputation.
A Thorn in the Hand
A thorn in the hand of a drunkard may not go noticed immediately, as the drunkard’s senses may be dull from the effect of the drink. But eventually, that thorn is going to start to smart, until someone pulls it out. Even then, there’s a wound that will linger for a little while.
Something as small as a thorn, splinter, or anything like that, can cause a great deal of damage if left to itself for a longer period of time. For example, years ago I had a tiny sliver in my finger. I knew it was there, due to an annoying little sting feeling I’d get when something would come into contact with it, but too small for me to see and dig out of myself.
Eventually I stopped feeling it, and forgot about it. Days later I noticed that where I could once feel the sliver, the area began to turn a shade of black. And in a short amount of time, the black area grew larger, and to make a long story short, it had to be taken care of quickly or else…
That is the effect (so I believe) that the Lord is talking about when he compares a thorn going into the hand of a drunkard compared to receiving a parable from the mouth of a fool. For people who understand what a fool really is (aside from popular definition), they’re easier to spot.
That would make us more likely to remove that thorn as quickly as possible, and take no more thought or action on what he’s had to say. But the Lord is using a drunkard as an example. One who’s senses have been dulled.
If someone who has no spiritual wits about them hears something that sounds like wisdom coming from the mouth of a fool, they’ll not know whether or not it’s true wisdom, and will probably take it to heart, like a thorn in the hand.
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 16: King James Bible
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
1 Timothy 1: King James Bible
3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
Thank you for your Word, and for the examples you give us in the scriptures above. Help us to stay awake and alert toward the things that we allow into our senses, so that we do not become deceived by the mouth of fools. And if we are honoring fools, help us to avoid doing so, and show us the error of our ways through your Holy Ghost. Not to proclaim that we are any better than they, but are adhering to your precepts & your ordinances. Thank you Father. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever given honor to a fool or his parables and found out the hard way that you shouldn’t have?
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