Prov 10 & Isaiah 28:10 “Precept Upon Precept”
Do you find Proverbs a challenge? If I were the author, I would want to include all the verses around wisdom together and the consequences of stupidity in another. But thankfully, I am not the author, and the Holy Spirit did not arrange this chapter or any of the following chapters that way. Instead, perhaps Isaiah’s verse gives us the answer: “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.” [Is 28:10 KJV] Thus, we learn best when we take in a bit, meditate upon it, and then find that same tidbit further on, which brings that same truth to light but given differently. For example:
Prov 10:1 says a wise child makes a father rejoice, and Prov 23:15 my child, If your heart is wise, then my heart as well be glad. Same principle but worded in a different way.
Paul reminded Timothy of this wisdom: “all scripture is profitable for gaining wisdom in teaching (doctrine–biblical principles), reproof (rebuke), correction (challenging us to walk uprightly) and training in righteousness (that is the way of God) so that we may be capable and equipped for every good work.” [2Tim 3:16]