Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ecclesiastes 10:8-10

8 He who digs a pit will fall into it,
And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent.
9 He who quarries stones may be hurt by them,
And he who splits wood may be endangered by it.
10 If the ax is dull,
And one does not sharpen the edge,
Then he must use more strength;
But wisdom brings success.

The devious waste their energies plotting schemes that ultimately only harm themselves.
The hasty don’t consider the dangers of the work they undertake and rush in, to their own harm.
The simple don’t consider how best to accomplish a task and make it more difficult then it should be.

Consider to dig a pit is to set a trap for someone but Scripture warns against such schemes (Ps. 18:26; Prov. 26:27). To break through a wall is likewise self-defeating, since the serpent waits for the crafty. Quarrying stones or splitting of wood is inherently dangerous work. And if the ax is dull the job is simply more difficult and time consuming. Better to prepare before hand then the work will go more smoothly and safely. Therefore by wisdom a person can avoid the pitfalls that only undermine their own efforts and lives.

Scripture Citations
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982

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