KD Old Testament Lesson 31: Proverbs

1 A Note on approach

These represent the notes I made during my reading of the scriptural text for this lesson. It is not a lesson outline or a lesson plan but really notes about issues and questions that struck me as interesting during my reading. Consequently, the notes do not have a conclusion and very little mention of application. I like to let those things arise while I teach.

2 Introduction

2.1 Fools and Folly

Read Proverbs 26:4

4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

And also the proverb is the next verse:

5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

* What do you think of these two proverbs?

* Do you think these proverbs give us any insight into how we should approach the book of Proverbs? About how we should read the different proverbs? About how the different proverbs relate to each other?

* These two proverbs are sometimes held out as good examples of why the instruction in Proverbs is only situationally and not universally true since the two proverbs seem to contradict each other1.

* Do you think these two proverbs contradict each other? Are there any other possibilities?

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