I was reading these and glazing over with a lack of understanding. I actually flipped over to The Message and then researched the ones that still confused me. Here is the read in the Message.
This one cracked me up! I am a morning person…
14 If you wake your friend in the early morning
by shouting “Rise and shine!”
It will sound to him
more like a curse than a blessing.
BTW, my husband wrote verse 15 and 16 in your Bible!
BUT I want you to stop and just marinate in a familiar verse:
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.
This is the Proverb I use the most. I don’t have many friends, but the few that I do I chose wisely. This verse is not about having someone in my life that makes me a better Christian, it is about both of us becoming better Christians because of each other. I have a really close friend, and when I need sharpening she is the iron I go to. She will not tell me what I want to hear, she will tell me what I need to hear.
Proverbs 28 and 29: Anyone care to share any thoughts?