Zechariah and Haggai are both very specific in the dating of their prophetic activity. We can also cross-reference their dates with the historical books of Ezra and Nehemiah, and with numerous other extra-biblical sources.
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Proverbs 10 begins with these words, “The proverbs of Solomon…” (Proverbs 10:1).
Over the next six chapters (184 verses) Solomon generously employs the contrasting conjunction “but” 144 times—that’s nearly 80 percent of these verses! He clearly tells us the blessings of trusting God’s wisdom contrasted with the pitfalls of trusting our own wits.
I am also intrigued by the 21 verses where Solomon uses the amplifying conjunction “and.” These proverbs give us either the double advantage of leaning into God’s wisdom, or the double whammy of trying to do it our own way.
I’ll let you read through these six chapters and notice the contrasting conjunction “but” for yourself, but in this blog post I want to especially direct your attention to some of the “and” statements. I’ve listed these in three categories.
(1) The double whammies—
malicious people cause grief to others AND ruin to themselves (10:10)
trusting mortals is short-lived AND self-defeating (11:7)
a quick-tempered person does foolish things AND is hated (14:17)
(2) The double blessings—
a generous person prospers AND is refreshed (11:25)
a righteous life is a blessed life now AND an eternal life forever (12:28)
fearing God brings security for you AND gives your children a sure refuge (14:26)
(3) And these mixed proverbs using both a whammy and a blessing—
a righteous person is rescued from trouble AND it falls on the wicked instead (11:8)
a prudent person is praised AND the one with a warped mind is despised (12:8)
evildoers are trapped in their own evil AND innocent people escape evil (12:13)
There is so much wisdom to be gleaned not only in these words of Solomon, but throughout the entire Bible. Take your time and soak it in as you read the Scripture for yourself.
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However you do it, and whatever tools you may use, get into your Bible every single day, and then let the Word of God get into you too. I can promise you this: Your time in God’s Word will absolutely change your life!