If King Solomon was alive today, what proverbial advice would he have written for today’s partakers of social media?
Three thousand years ago there was no internet. However, I believe most of his proverbial advice is still relevant today. Proverbs are pithy statements of advice which may need to be interpreted from past common settings to relate to our modern times. King Solomon knew this when he stated that proverbs and the sayings of the wise are like goads: (or stimuli) in his Ecclesiastes Epilogue 9:11.
Ancient Wording of Proverb 17:1
Better a dry crust with concord, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.
Elaborate hospitality and practiced civility do not necessarily indicate a desire for friendship, and a banquet may be a tense, unhappy occasion with dislikes and rivalries just below the surface and with a climate of insincerity, where men affect goodwill, but are, in fact, probing for weakness in their opponents, engaged in a delicate but deadly form of verbal fencing. (Excerpt from Proverbs McKane)
Modern NIV Proverb Wording.
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
How does this proverb relate to goodwill bloggers and the internet? Keeping in mind that proverbs are goads, or stimuli for wisdom, I discovered this fellow blogger’s interpretation and advice for social media. You decide if she has interpreted wisely King Solomon’s original wording and meaning as being relevant stimuli of this ancient proverb. She lists a number of other proverbs as well.
Better is writer’s block with quiet than a blog full of content with strife.
I surmise King Solomon might agree with her interpretation of goodwill advice to promote wisdom instead of folly when blogging. Especially just before Christmas when many of us will sit around tables and feast about the arrival and advice teachings of a very special ancient Person of Goodwill.
Regards, goodwill blogging, and Merry Christmas.
Wisdom for Social Media HERE