"The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot."
How does the book of Proverbs help us to live righteously so that others remember us with joy? If it seems that I write about a few things in various ways, you are right. The Proverbs do the same thing--encouraging us to gain wisdom and to learn what a righteous life should exemplify. What topics does the 10th chapter of Proverbs cover? Let's take a look:
Foolishness versus wisdom--verses 1,8,10,13,14,21,23
Wickedness versus righteousness--verses 2,3,6,7,13,17,20,23,24,25,27,28,29,30
The diligent versus the sluggard--verses 3,4,5,26
The right way versus the wrong way--verses 9,10, 24
What we say--verses 8,10,11,13,1l8,19,20,21,31,32
All of these topics are covered over and over in the Proverbs. When something is repeated many times, it seems that we should sit up and listen.
My word of encouragement for you today is to take the time to study the Proverbs on your own. Take a set of colored pencils and using one color per topic, begin to shade or underline them. You will be amazed how many different topics are repeated. Those above are some of them. Then somewhere in your Bible make a topic index that shows the color you used for each specific topic. You will have a storehouse of wonderful wisdom from which to learn and grow.
As we learn to lead a righteous life,