The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 21

Today we read Proverbs 21. (Click on the link to read wisdom.)

What do a rooftop and a desert have in common?
Being stuck on either is better than being stuck with a quarrelsome wife.
It sounds like the punchline to a joke, and honestly as I read through today’s chapter I laughed when I read these two verses:

Better to live on a corner of the roof than to share a house with a quarrelsome wife.–vs. 9
Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.–vs. 19

Surely there is no comparison! Who would choose the roof, corner of it none the less,over a perfectly good house? Bugs, weather, and absolutely none of the comforts that are found inside the home.

And I have never been to the desert, but I know I do not want to spend much or any time there. Barren, extreme temperatures, little water or food for that matter. I can imagine that it is hard to breathe, dry, and not at all easy to get around or protect yourself from the elements… Basically it sounds horrible.

Every once in a while the wisdom found in Proverbs provides a bit of a sting. And this one hurts. BOTH of these places, not suitable for living, are a better option than being with a quarrelsome, nagging wife.

Is it possible today’s wisdom might be spoken to others? Maybe a quarrelsome husband, child, or co-worker. Consider yourself in light of these words. Do you find yourself quarreling with others often?

God, there are times Your wisdom hurts, especially when I realize it is speaking directly to me. I’m sorry for the times I choose to quarrel instead of love. Show me how to live differently, to humble myself and refuse to quarrel or bicker with others. Help me to choose love. Amen.

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