Wisdom 101 – Chapter Eleven (V)


 The Trustworthy and The Talebearer – Part Two

Are you looking for Wisdom? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because that’s exactly what I’m looking too!  I have read the words of the scriptures in the past many times, but back then I was being spoon fed the doctrines  of the churches I belonged to. I now find myself 20 years on from my close involvement with Christianity reading the words of an ancient king who was known for his wisdom and wealth. My object here is to learn from 3,000 year old wisdom.

Proverbs 11-15

Someone you know comes to you and wants to borrow some money which the financial institutions have turned down because they believe them to be too big a risk. They ask you to be guarantor, what do you do?  I suppose it depends on how well you know them, or how able you are to meet the payments if they default, doesn’t it? If you turn them down it will make things awkward between you for a while or it may end your friendship.

King Solomon says that the answer to this question should be no every time. It may seem a little harsh at first glance, but we came here to learn from his wisdom and to be able to tell whoever may ask you that you aren’t refusing them your help in this way does not reflect on them personally. I am sure it will help you to be able to tell them that this is the answer you always give, to such a question because of the wisdom you received from an ancient king, will help you.

You can show them this verse in the scriptures, but I would suggest that you could consider if you are financially able to give them the money they need, without expectation of part or full repayment, but maybe we should wait and see if Solomon has anything to say about my idea later.  It seems to me that the amount of interest people are charged for borrowing money should be enough to support the wisdom of Solomon on this matter, do you agree?

Proverbs 11-16

I am not sure as I read this, if the intention was to contrast the graciousness of women with the violence of men or weather it is Solomon’s intention to speak of the different types of human being there are from a lifestyle point of view, rather than from which sex they belong to.Surely you could equally say A gracious man gets honor and violent women gain wealth? I don’t suppose it matters really, what we are here for is the wisdom contained in the words.

It’s a fact that people gain wealth through forceful means, but I think the point Solomon is making here is that honor is to be desired more than wealth. the honorable person is a far better character to know than the violent one, even if the violent one is wealthy! I am reading these words of Solomon because I want to become wealthy like him and yet I am sure he is not intending to encourage his son or any future readers of his words to take up violence to become wealthy.

Proverbs 11-17

If you want proof of my conclusions about the previous verse then you need not look any further than the next words of Solomon to be found here in verse seventeen.  In an energy universe what you send out comes back to you; we read later in the scriptures “Cast your bread out on the waters and it will return to you after many days.” It’s the law of karma, the measure you give will be returned to you, cruelty and kindness each have their own reward.

In business (as in the rest of life) it is always possible to find a cruel and a kind way to deal with others. Solomon is clear which way he thinks we should deal with those our lives touch and his reasoning for being this way is impeccable logical in my view. I suppose we are all tempted to “get one up” on our competitors or rivals, but what might seem like a good idea could end up being a double-edged sort that comes back to hurt us.

Proverbs 11-18

I seem to be on the right track here. What kind of a reward do you want? If given the choice: deceptive wages or a righteous reward? Maybe you don’t mind, but whatever your answer, my desire is for the reward that is due to those who sow in a way that is not deliberately attempting to deceive others. I want the reputation of one who is trustworthy, even if known for my mistakes, they are seen as genuine ones and that as a result I gain wisdom through them.