Gangs And Conspiracy 1:11-16

Gangs And Conspiracy
Proverbs 1:11-16

If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
let’s ambush some harmless soul;
let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
cast lots with us;
we will all share the loot.”
my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
for their feet rush into evil,
they are swift to shed blood.

PCdc Commentary

There is a culture, in certain communities, of accepting gangs and gang members.
All manner of excuses are used for their violent, criminal behavior.
Do not even associate with them because they are quick to shed innocent blood.

Beer And Wine For The Perishing 31:4-7

Beer And Wine For The Perishing
Proverbs 31:4-7

It is not for kings, Lemuel—
it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.

PCdc Commentary

The king should avoid beer or wine
because he may do wrong under the influence.
Besides, they are for the perishing.
Seems to advise leaders to be tea-totalers.

However, this is not the case in the New Testament
where alcoholic beverages are specifically approved,
with warnings to avoid over-imbibing.

To Your Health!

Only My Daily Bread 30:7-9

Only My Daily Bread
Proverbs 30:7-9

Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

PCdc Commentary

Just meet my needs for the day, Lord.
Evil could result from having
either too much or too little.

Who dares to offer this prayer?