What is the difference between the fool and the wise? Well, one thing is that a fool is lazy and/or a thief. Verses 2-5 seem to highlight the difference between wisdom and laziness, note the contrast between “a negligent hand” and the “hand of the diligent.”

The second distinction I saw was the way that a fool and the wise use their words. Between verse 6 and 32 there are 13 references to mouth, lips, and words. This is an issue for me. You might have noticed that I can overstate things from time to time. It is interesting that this emphasis on our words and what we say caught my attention. I know God has wanted me to be more careful about what I say and how I say it. By God’s grace may my lips “bring forth what is acceptable” (v. 32).

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