"Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him." NASB
Irony and warning. At first glance, this can seem like a thorny concept, especially to anyone going through the Proverbs, hoping to grow in wisdom. When considering this idea, it can begin to feel like walking through a mine-field. On every side there is pride, false-humility, folly, arrogance, dishonesty, and more.
The simple solution is to stop considering wisdom, and instead, for the Christian, to consider only Christ. But the warning is here, and we must parse it!
This Proverb, far from being a confusing mess of introspective deceit, is a simple warning about humility and arrogance. It falls into one of the major themes of Proverbs: are you teachable? Do you listen?
We don't need to dwell on whether we are wise or foolish - instead we need to ask the honest question: When someone instructs me, do I listen? Pursue wisdom! Don't fret over false-humility, hidden pride, or whatever other secret folly you may fear; instead, be teachable, listen well, and practice what you know. Don't be "wise in your own eyes."
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