8 Whoever plots evil
will be known as a schemer.
9 The schemes of folly are sin,
and people detest a mocker.
Seven times, Proverbs condemns scheming and schemers. Scheming is qualitatively different than planning. The former implies dishonesty and conspiracy; the latter involves prudence and strategy. Schemers mock authority by cheating the system and defrauding those who trust them. It’s no wonder they are despised when their plots are uncovered.
10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
how small is your strength!
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
We just might be the one the Lord has appointed to rescue those facing imminent danger or death. If we turn our backs on them, then the One who knows our heart will hold us accountable. We don’t need to be heroic—just obedient. If we are, then God’s strength will be sufficient for us when we face the moment of truth.
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.
If we only craved wisdom the way we craved sweet delights; then we’d live long and leave a powerful legacy.
Prayer: Lord, give me the courage to act on behalf of the helpless.
Let me crave wisdom like a delicious dessert
so that you might transform my heart and mind.