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Proverbs With Purpose For Young People- Proverb 18: 1-2

Here is a practical example to help understand-

Proverb 18: 1-2

He who [willfully] separates himself [from God and man] seeks his own desire,

He quarrels against all sound wisdom.

A [closed-minded] fool does not delight in understanding,

But only in revealing his personal opinions [unwittingly displaying his self-indulgence and his stupidity].


Imagine a student named Sarah who is known for her sarcastic comments and unwillingness to listen to advice. One day, Sarah's teacher assigns a group project on the Book of Proverbs. Instead of working diligently with her classmates, Sarah decides to focus solely on her own ideas. She rejects any suggestions or criticism, claiming that her way is the best.


Application of Proverb 18: 1-2:


Willfully separating oneself from God and man: Sarah's behavior exemplifies willful separation from both God and her classmates. She has isolated herself from the group and is only concerned with her own desires.

Seeking one's own desire: Sarah's goal is to get her way, regardless of the consequences. She is not interested in understanding others or seeking wisdom.

Closed-minded fool: Sarah's closed-mindedness prevents her from appreciating the value of understanding. She stubbornly clings to her own opinions, refusing to consider any alternatives.

Revealing personal opinions: Through her sarcastic comments and unwillingness to listen, Sarah unintentionally reveals her self-indulgence and stupidity.

Sarah could take steps to change her bad habits. She could turn toward God and interact better with man (others), and start by:


Seeking humility: She could admit her mistakes and be willing to learn from others.

Opening her mind: She could be open to new ideas and perspectives.

Listening to others: She could listen attentively to her classmates and try to understand their point of view.

Practicing empathy: She could try to see the world from others' eyes and show compassion.

Taking responsibility: She could acknowledge her own role in the situation and take steps to improve her behavior.

The passage emphasizes the importance of understanding and wisdom.

It also highlights the dangers of self-indulgence and arrogance.

The example of Sarah is a cautionary tale about the consequences of isolation and lack of understanding.

It is important to remember that everyone has the potential for growth and change.



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