Proverbs 29: King James Bible
There is no Rest – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 9
9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – There is no Rest
Above, we see a couple of people paired against each other as we often see the scriptures do, to give us a whole picture of how things tend to work. On one hand there is the wise man, on the other there is a foolish man.
Notice that it isn’t just a plain old fool, but is a foolish man. This is pointing out someone’s behavior, rather than their moral fabric, beliefs, etc.. People who could never be considered a fool can behave foolishly.
I happened across all kinds of different translations for the verse above. The word contendeth being used, is a word that in the Hebrew means to judge or govern. For some reason, many different translations of this verse tend to lean toward going against the foolish man in a court of law.
My problem with that idea is, If you’re going against the foolish guy, despite his behavior, the judge will make a judgement. After court, they all go their separate ways and that’s it.
There is no rest for a foolish man who rages or laughs at the wise man who is judging or governing over him. To me anyways, that makes a lot more sense. It doesn’t pay to behave foolishly against people of authority.
On the other hand, there is no rest when a wise person tries to behave as a judge or a person of authority when they’re not. All this tends to do is set a foolish person off, rather than whatever the intention of the wise person might have been.
As many of us might have borne witness, this never tends to end well. Someone wise might receive correction, consider it, and adjust themselves by it if it is sound. Someone who behaves foolishly wouldn’t do that, but would be quick to take offense and viscerally defend their position without considerations.
To all that I would like to inject that someone wise would probably be smart enough to avoid behaving as a judge over anyone, unless he’s in a position to do so. At least one would hope that would be the case, but pride is always knocking at the door of the wise when contending against a foolish man.
So, what’s the point? Well, there are several.
There is no rest when we behave foolishly against people who are in a position of authority.
There is no rest when a wise person places themselves over anyone else unwarranted.
There is no rest when trying to talk sense into someone who insists on rejecting it.
There is no rest when a foolish man brings a wise man down to his level of rage or mockery.
Finally, don’t be the foolish person, but be the wise. No worries right?
Thank the Lord for the Holy Ghost who can break us from our foolish ways, and lead us unto true wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. Without the Lord having sent him into our lives, who knows what the world would be like by now.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 7: King James Bible
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
1 Corinthians 1: King James Bible
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
2 Corinthians 7: King James Bible
5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.
Titus 3: King James Bible
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; 7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Revelation 14: King James Bible
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Thank you for your Word, as we explore the variety of meanings and layers that even one verse can contain! Help us to not be as the foolish person, but rather the wise. Not by virtue of the wisdom of this world, but by the wisdom, true wisdom, that is from above. You said that you’d share it liberally among any who ask for it, so we here today ask that you grant us all the wisdom, understanding, and knowledge that you will for us to contain, and to serve you all the better withit. In the name of hte Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever noticed that there is no rest, even internally, after having contended with a foolish person?
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