Monday, August 22, 2016

Proverbs 9:6 (KJV) Forsake Foolishness

Proverbs 9:6 (KJV)
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
There are two ways of interpreting the instruction of this verse:
  • Forsake foolish persons 
  • Forsake personal foolishness 
It seems to me that both are equally sound and worthy of adherence.
Foolish people will only lead us into personal foolishness.
As difficult as it is for some to forsake anyone, even if that one is a bad influence, there is no question that wisdom associates itself with those who do. This does not mean we shun those who could potentially be a negative influence. We want to reach out to people of all sorts so that we might be the best influence upon them. It does mean that we identify foolish persons for who they are and refuse to be drawn too closely in with them.
Personal foolishness has at least two negative qualities:
First, it is foolishness.It will do us no good.
Second, it limits our being influenced by wisdom and wise people.Wisdom will see us for who we are, mark us as having the potential of negative influence upon them and avoid deep relationships with us. If we want to be influenced by wisdom we must forsake more and more that which is foolish.

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Proverbs 9:6 (KJV) Forsake Foolishness

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