It probably was not as pronounced as it has become, but I learned and recall in a simplified manner how everyone injected their opinions into a conversation, agree, or disagree.  There was little or no time to think through an opinion, just an opinion!  All too often it moved on to an argument! 

I recall the first time I heard the statement: “The Book of Proverbs has thirty-one chapters; one for each day of the year.”  Was it co-incidental that it ended at thirty-one?  Be that as it may, one or two in addition to the months that are shorter will be good reading… Helpful to adaptation!

To illustrate, let us see verse 1 of Chapter 29.   “A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.”  Get the picture: Hard headed, broken hearted!

Each verse has a jab for most of us… “A fool loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back.” (v11)

Try verse 19 of chapter 30, in its context: “The way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, a ship in the middle of the sea, and the way of a man with a maid.”  Not understandable?

And chapter 31?  “Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all. Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”  I read the Bible I gave my beloved Patsy years ago, and meditate on all that is underlined, finding blessing upon blessing from Genesis to Revelation.

I would not want to miss those verses on any day of the month.  My beloved wife more than qualified!  She was the epitome of the fear of the Lord! Reflecting upon that thought at the beginning, “Everyone has an Answer”; it behooves us to consider and re-consider what God has to say by way of an answer.  Proverbs is an excellent starting point. And as the old preacher said years ago: “Your arms are too short to box with God!”

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