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DEALING WITH ANNOYING PEOPLE

October 24, 2016

Monday

 

Proverbs 27:3 

A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.

 

 

LESSON

 

A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty, as was the stone which was at the well’s mouth, where Laban’s flocks were watered. A stone which could not be rolled away till all the shepherds were gathered together, and like the burdensome stone Jerusalem is compared to. A stone is heavy like that at the sepulcher of Christ, rolled away by the angel. And sand is a very ponderous thing; difficult to be carried, as the Septuagint render it, as a bag of it is; and to which heavy afflictions are sometimes compared.
But a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both; it cannot be removed, it rests in his bosom. It is sometimes intolerable to himself. He sinks and dies under the weight of it, as Nabal did. “Wrath killeth the foolish man,” and it is still more intolerable to others, as Nebuchadnezzar’s wrath and his fiery furnace were.

 

People who have to bear the angry wrath of a fool will find it harder to endure than carrying a heavy stone or a load of sand. So one should avoid it. Treat him as Hezekiah commanded his noble to act towards Rabshakeh.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 16:20

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